Speakers


Satish Manchakanti

Satish Manchakanti

Co-Founder U&I and Changeplus


Satish is a Social Entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in the verticals of Corporate Training and Media. But his true passion is social change. He is the Co-Founder of U&I. U&I is a volunteer-driven organisation that empowers 2000 underprivileged children with after school education across 54 centers in 20 cities. His powerful speeches are drawn from his rich experience. He has trained & taught thousands of people across two countries - India and the UK, having started his career in the UK. He has successfully built a highly motivated volunteer base of over 2000 Change-makers. His dream is to make U&I the best volunteering organisation in India. Apart from directing, producing and writing close to a hundred corporate films, He has written and Co-directed a contemporary play called 'One Phone Call', as well as the critically acclaimed documentary called ‘A Handful of Dreams’.

Aneesha

Aneesha Dutta

Public Speaker


DTM Annesha Dutta loves telling stories and helping others tell theirs. An M.Phil in English Literature (St. Xavier's, Kolkata) and a Gold Medallist ( University of Calcutta) - Annesha's first love is teaching - as an Assistant Professor for B-schools for 10 years. She has been a 'Teach For India' alumnus and a 'Jagriti Yatra' participant for the programme for young entrepreneurs. DTM Annesha was named 'Linkedin India Top Voice 2017 and 2018’ for her viral posts blogs and videos which had 25k reach and 40k followers. Annesha Dutta has been running ‘Annie Way’ - a 365 videos project in 2019 on her YouTube channel to help students and professionals communicate with confidence and crack their desired job interviews. She started her YouTube channel - 'AskAnnie'to help MBA students crack placement interviews and present with confidence. She is currently handling ‘Linkedin Branding’ for the fintech startup, ‘MoneyTap’.

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Anjali B Gupta

Kick Boxer


Mother of 2/ Business Owner/ Krateka/ Kickboxer/ MMA Fighter/ Powerlifter Anjali lives to break stereotypes. Brought up in Mysore, her earliest memories are of riding horses with the Mysore Mounted Police. She excelled in volleyball, kho-kho & throwball, and won Silver in Kabaddi at the State Dasara Sports in 1996. She moved to the US and worked while going to college in the evenings and weekends, in New York City. With the birth of her children and with the tugs of being a full time mom, she threw herself into learning the Tabla, and Ukulele, mixing songs on Garageband, resulting in a few re-imagined Shlokas on YouTube. Once back, she found herself single with her children, overweight, and depressed, while having to deal with the stresses of Indian life that she hadn't been a part of for over a decade. Not being one for "gymming", a friend suggested MMA. In September 2014, she stepped into her first MMA class, and the rest, is History.

Ashok Rao

Dr. Ashok Rao

Director NIE (MC) –NIE University


Dr.Rao holds a BE, ME &Ph.D all in EE from Mysore University (1982), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1985) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1991) respectively. Earlier he was Head, Network Project at CEDT, IISc Bangalore from 1999-2005. It was a project funded by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development & Co-operation). He is also a Entrepreneur having successfully started and managed several IT & Renewable Energy companies during 1998 to 2011. From 1999, he has been a Consultant on Design of DSP & Multimedia systems to Philips, NXP (Star TV), Tektronix, Honeywell, Toshiba, SONY, Infineon, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, LG, etc. From 2007, He has been a Guest / Visiting Professor at IIM Bangalore,teaching PGPP and PGSEM programs and executive MBA programs there. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Public Policy courses there.He was SeniorAdvisor for Research, Govt.of Kerala (Dept of Technical Education) from Sept 2013 to March 2017.

Ashok Rao

Christopher C Doyle

Author


Christopher C Doyle is a bestselling author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story. His first three novels – The Mahabharata Secret (released in 2013), The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret (released in 2014) and The Mahabharata Quest: The Secret of the Druids (released in 2016) – explore the science behind the enduring legends of the Mahabharata, in an explosive blend of science, mythology, history and action and are all bestsellers. His debut novel, The Mahabharata Secret, was also nominated for the Raymond Crossword Book Award, 2014, as one of the top 12 books in the popular category. Over the course of his corporate career, Christopher has written articles on management and business for Indian and international publications and is also a regular invited speaker for international conventions and conferences. He is also a musician and lives his passion for music through his band which plays classic rock.

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C.M. Patil

CEO Sandbox Startups


He got his Bachelor degree for Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from S.L.N College of Engineering, Raichur and did his PGDBA from Symbiosis (Distance education). A good negotiator with amazing skills like strategic planning, team building, crisis management, Project Management, Vendor development, and an operational analyzer. A strategic contributor with an experience of 12+ years of Entrepreneurial journey, working with Product and Services companies. He has demonstrated leadership skills with a good track record of building internal team, managing external teams and vendors with a penchant for maintaining a strong relationship with whomever he interacts and does business with. CEO of Sandbox Startups of Deshpande Foundation, he has been the head of Operations and delivery at Zentron Labs Pvt. Ltd, Co-Founder at M/s Get2Galaxy Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd, National Manager of Technical at M/s ATeN Systems &, Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and he was also the Director at M/s Cadmaxx Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Saveen

Saveen Hegde

Design Thinking Specialist and Founder - Unbox


Saveen Hegde is a Design Thinking Specialist, Business Storyteller, and an award-winning speaker. He represented District 92 in Vancouver in the coveted World Championship of Public Speaking. He is one of the Top 10 speakers in the world (as recognized by Toastmasters International, 2017) amongst 35,000+ participants. He has led consulting engagements on Business Storytelling & Design Thinking which have proven to be highly effective for leaders of global organizations like Walmart, SAP, Oracle, Shell, Capgemini, Calvin Klein, Nike, Western Digital, Tata, VMware, KPMG, Robert Bosch, LinkedIn, etc. The novelty of his work transpires from his new-age research & learning on Design Thinking & Innovation from Harvard University. He is the founder of Unbox, a boutique creative consulting firm based out of India. Unbox has delivered 10,000 hours of learning solutions in over 35 cities across 7 countries for 75+ global organizations. Apart from his excellence in the field of creative learning, Saveen is also an Improv theater artist with the Indian Improv Tribe. He learned the art of Improv in an intensive program at the renowned UCB Theatre, New York and has performed over 300 live shows in 4 countries.

Nikilesh

Nikhilesh M M

CEO - Kalisu Foundation


A very passionate human being with an intention to give back to the society and to make this world a better place to live in, he along with his brother Vignesh M M started Kalisu Foundation in the year 2013, an organization providing high-quality education to children studying in Government Schools coming from low-income background enabling them to maximize their potential and transforming their lives. Today Kalisu is completely focusing on bringing back the habit of reading and to make 1 crore children read by 2022. Kalisu foundation has been impacting more than 10000 children from 35 government schools through a persistently growing fellow and volunteer network from all walks of life with a holistic approach towards educating and developing every child, hoping to give them a brighter future. The organization work in a very unique concept of library space and has exclusively designed program to children in libraries which is Jnanaalaya. He also manages his family business ‘Lakshmi Industries’. He also part of the Chai start up called Chai Stop, which runs chain of chai cafes in Mysuru and Bangalore. He has also been selected for the Incubation program at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and is currently undergoing training/Mentorship from IIM-B.

Nikilesh

Vivek Atray

ex IAS, Author & Motivational Speaker


Vivek Atray is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor and Independent Advisor. He retired voluntarily from the IAS in 2017. He is an ex under 19 cricketer. He speaks on Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, People Skills and Behavioural Issues. He has over 1 million views on YouTube. He is an Honorary Professor at Shoolini University, member of the CSR Advisory Board of Action Aid, Convenor of SUVICHAR- a Think Tank and Senior Vice President of the UT Cricket Association, Chandigarh. He has 6 TEDx talks and 2 highly popular Josh Talks. He speaks regularly on Leadership, Life skills, Pubic Speaking Skills, Emotional Intelligence, and Calmness. His novels "Move on Bunny!" & "Dubey ji Bounces Back" proved highly popular. He is writing a book on Life Skills for Young Indians. He writes a fortnightly column- Random Forays- for the Hindustan Times. He hosts a Talk show called Delicious Conversations. He also spearheaded the national award winning e-SAMPARK e-Governance project. He was quoted by the New York Times during this period. He believes in promoting positivity and creativity in society through his writings and Talks. His favourite book is the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Sudhir

Sudhir Vombatkere

Campaigner for a sustainable future


Sudhir Vombatkere is a soldier, engineer, cross-discipline thinker, writer, fitness enthusiast, optimist and a firm believer in the Constitution of India. He is recipient of the Visistha Seva Medal from President of India in 1994, for distinguished military service. He was responsible for design and construction of a motorable bridge founded on ice at an altitude of 5,602-m in Ladakh in 1982. He is the only Indian engineer to earn a mention in the Guinness Book of Records and the Limca Book of Records. As Adjunct Associate Professor in International Studies of the University of Iowa, USA, he was teaching a course on Sustainable Development to undergraduate students from US & Canadian universities. He holds a PhD in Civil Structural Engineering from I.I.T., Madras (1987). Since his retirement in the rank of Major General in 1996, he has been engaged in voluntary public service.