After graduating from IIM Ahmedabad, Siddharth Sthalekar joined India's Capital Markets and headed India's largest equity derivatives. But, it all changed for him after a visit to Gandhi Ashram. During his 4-year volunteering stint at the Ashram, he has developed a greater understanding of wealth through his experiments in economics such as "Seva Cafe" and “Moved by Love”.He currently owns "Sacred Capital", a firm that helps individuals understand the role of wealth in their lives. The firm focuses on Asset Curation, which is a fresh outlook at engaging with one’s wealth by using smart technology to build a portfolio of assets from across the world.
He is a living portrayal of the phrase "Diamond in the rough". Born in Dharavi, Asia's biggest slum, he grew up seeing the ill-effects of the lack of a proper education, in the form of youth prone to drinking and gambling their money and life away. Thus, in his early twenties, he tasked himself with reforming his community. The OSCAR Foundation (Organization for Social Care Awareness and Responsibility) instills the value of education in children through football. His novel initiative has won him many laurels on the National and International stage, but above all, has transformed the lives of over 3000 children.
He is the person behind the success story of Saguna Baug, the popular Agro-tourism hub. After completing his Masters in Food Science and Technology from the University of California, he returned to India in 1976 “to find sustainable, worthwhile livelihood through Farming profession”. He has pioneered the Saguna Rice Technique (SRT), a no-till rice cultivation system, which just might be the answer for rice-growing countries like India to tackle problems of Food Shortage and Global Warming.With the help of his family and team, he has changed the perception of agriculture in India.
Trained in Kathakali, Sudha Gopalakrishnan is an artist as well as a champion of preserving India's heritage. She is the Executive Director of Sahapedia, an online multi-media library that enables exploration of the rich cultural landscape of India.With over thirty years of experience in multiple aspects of Indian arts and heritage, she has lead the National Mission for Manuscripts- a nation-wide effort to document, conserve, and place in the public domain one million Indian manuscripts, worked on the policy and practice relating to Intangible Cultural Heritage with UNESCO, and published several books including Kutiyattam: The Heritage Theatre of India.
Fondly known as PK, he is a businessman, philanthropist and an entrepreneur all rolled into one. Starting with housekeeping at a holiday inn, he steadily climbed up the business ladder and today, is the CEO and founder of the Oasis Enterprise.His vision is to inspire and establish out-of-the-box thinking in the next wave of entrepreneurs for the communal good.
Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, a professor at IIT Bombay, can rightfully be named the Solar Power visionary of India. His work and literature in the field of renewable energy has been widely accoladed on the national and global stage.His notable projects include 1 Million Solar Urja Lamps (SOUL) initiative, aiming to provide solar lamps to 1 million students in rural India, the New Energy Foundation, promoting renewable energy in villages, and KWatt Solutions, a company working towards affordable solar energy. He is also the founding member and Chairman of Education Park, a non-profit school based on sustainable principles.
He is a Sound Engineer by occupation, but on a happen-chance trip to Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, he became acquainted with India's National animal, the tiger. From that moment on, he has dedicated himself towards tiger conservation. He joined a course in wildlife conservation with Tiger Watch, an NGO at Ranthambore, and went on to found the PROWL NGO in 2013, which works with the Maharashtra forest department for tiger preservation in Maharashtra and Telangana.When born with a cognitive impairment, it's difficult to not let it be the most extraordinary thing about oneself. But Hans Dalal has, through his indomitable spirit, become an inspiration to many.
Abha Agrawal is a professor turned social entrepreneur. She went from teaching engineering students to co-founding Desi Hangover, a foster community for youth entrepreneurship.By redesigning Kolhapuri shoes and marketing them on the global stage, she has contributed greatly to uplifting the lives of rural artisans. Over the last 3 years, Desi Hangover has sold in more than 6 countries, but chiefly, it has made a whole community of artisans financially secure, enhanced education for their kids and made them aware of the true value of their art.
Rabia Kapoor is a poet and writer from Mumbai. At 19, she has already charmed India's poetry community. Her poem, "The Introvert's Banter", has recently been making waves on the internet and has gathered nods from introverts all round. Armed with her honest and powerful words, she's on her way to conquering the literary world.