Phanindra Sama Co-founder redBus.in & Chief Innovation Officer, Govt. of Telangana
Phanindra Sama was the co-founder at redBus.in, India's first online bus ticket booking service. Mr. Sama is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. Prior to Redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments as a Senior Design Engineer. He is one of the founding patrons of the Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad that helps locals work on solutions to pressing issues.
Vimal Kumar Founder, Juspay
Vimal Kumar is a founder at Juspay, which was set up with the primary aim of revolutionizing digital payments in India. Prior to Juspay, Vimal worked for BankBazaar.com, Amazon.com and Trilogy.
Prerana Langa CEO, Yes Foundation
Prerana Langa is the CEO at Yes Foundation, the social development arm of Yes Bank. Prior to this, Prerana was part of a two-member start-up team to set up ICICI Foundation for inclusive development. She has had an opportunity to work on a wide range of social programmes, community engagements and communications for ICICI Bank, McDonald’s India, Monster India, Hindustan Lever Limited, Emirates Airlines, etc.
She was awarded the Swedish Government’s SIMP program grant 2013 (one of the top 20 selected from India) to study in Stockholm, the international business potential of corporate responsibility.
Siddhi Lad CSR Operations, DHFL
Siddhi Lad is the Head – CSR Operations, Dewan Housing Finance Ltd, with a distinct bent of mind towards philanthropy and social impact. He has led design and implementation of large programmes in education, rural development, skill development, livelihood generation, financial literacy and sustainability.
Piyush Agrawal Co-founder and CEO, SuperProfs
Piyush Agrawal is the co-founder and CEO at SuperProfs (Aurus Network), which is revolutionizing the online education industry by bringing classrooms of India's best professors online, so that students preparing for competitive exams like CA, CS, GATE, IIT-JEE, IAS, etc. can attend them from anywhere, at anytime.
Snehapriya Co-founder, SP Robotics
Snehapriya is a Co-founder and the CEO of SP Robotics Works, a skill development startup focused on creating an ecosystem for school students to learn and experiment with robotics. Sneha has developed a 10-level course for children aged between 11 and 17 years through robotic kits that are designed and developed by her.
From spearheading the development of several unique products to chartering the growth of the community, she is a driving force behind all of the company's initiatives. She has also helped release Kidobotikz, an e-learning offering focused on maker-centric education.
Manish Kumar Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, NSDC India
As the managing director and chief executive officer at National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) India, Manish is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively in one direction toward achievement of the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission.Manish also represents NSDC at domestic and international fora. He is also the official spokesperson for NSDC.
Jayant Krishna Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, NSDC India
Jayant represents the voice of industry in the skill development sector and supports various initiatives such as reforms, capacity building and operational effectiveness in NSDC’s skilling eco system. Jayant is also responsible for optimum utilization and efficient monitoring of various resources available within the organization. Jayant represents NSDC at domestic and international for a and is also the official spokesperson for NSDC.
Dr. Sushil Vachani Former Director, IIM-Bangalore
Dr. Sushil Vachani works to provide low cost, high quality education and skill develop opportunities to students around the globe. Dr. Vachani is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University's School of Management. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Vachani served as Director of the Indian Institute Management Bangalore where he launched an ambitious MOOCs program.
He has extensive managerial and consulting experience with the Boston Consulting Group, Philips, the Tata Administrative Service and Tata Motors. Dr. Vachani also advises non-profits on their strategy and operations. He believes that NGOs can benefit from selectively adopting certain strategies and techniques from the for-profit world.
Md. Mokhlesur Rahman Senior Operations Officer, World Bank, Bangladesh
Md. Mokhlesur Rahman is an experienced senior operations officer at World Bank, Bangladesh with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. He is a finance professional with expertise in non-formal education, analytical skills, secondary education, program evaluation, and strategic planning.
Gregory Bavington Executive Director, Queen's Innovation Center
Greg was appointed Executive Director of the Queen’s Innovation Connector, Canada in November 2012. His latest innovation challenge follows five years as President and CEO of KN Rubber LLC and roles helping to design smelters in South Africa and GM’s modernized assembly plant in Oshawa, Canada. Greg was also exposed to several high-profile engineering projects, including the English Channel Tunnel and the SkyDome roof. He has served as an elected member of Queen’s University Council and on the Queen’s Engineering Society Board of Directors. Greg also serves on the board of several private companies, income trusts, trade associations and not-for-profit organizations.
Eddy Campbell President and Vice-chancellor, University of Brunswick, Canada
H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell is the 18th president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada's oldest English-language university. An internationally recognized professor of mathematics, Dr. Campbell holds two degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Campbell is also a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics and continues to maintain an active research career. Upon arriving at UNB in 2009, Dr. Campbell led the development of a strategic plan building on UNB's rich tradition of education, research and community service. In the spirit of the strategic plan, UNB has established entrepreneurial initiatives such as the Pond-Deshpande Centre, a major addition to the university’s capacity to support entrepreneurship and innovation.
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