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Prakash Belawadi

Prakash Belawadi is an actor and writer, known for Airlift (2016), Sanju (2018) and Wazir (2016). He was born into a family of theatre artistes in Bengaluru. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering. He is an Indian theater, film, television and media personality, an activist and a journalist known for his remarkable performances in movies of various languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam; few of them being airlift, Madras cafe, Youngistaan, Talvar, Kendasampige, Solo and many more. He co-founded the Centre for Film and Drama and launched the Suchitra School of Cinema and Dramatic Arts, both in Bangalore, the latter in 2012. He also won the National Film Award (2002) for his directorial film Stumble and Karnataka Nataka Academy Award (2012)for his contribution to English and Kannada language theatre.

Roopa Divakar Moudgil

Roopa Divakar Moudgil, commonly known as D. Roopa, is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Davanagere, Karnataka. She is the first woman to become an Indian Police Service (IPS) official in Karnataka. She is currently the Inspector- General of Police, the second highest-ranked officer in hierarchy in Bangalore and Karnataka. She is also Additional Commandant General, Home Guards & Ex-Officio Additional Director, Civil defence, in Bengaluru. She was previously posted as Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety in Karnataka and prior to that as Deputy Inspector General of Prisons.

Capt. Naveen Nagappa

Capt. Naveen Nagappa is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Babuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere. After his training at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he joined 13 Battalion of J&K Rifles during 1999. With just 6 months of service behind him he lead a team of 120 soldiers to fight the enemy at point 4875. He had to fight the enemy in biting cold without food or water for more than 60 hrs. During the final assault he got severely injured by enemy grenade sustaining injuries to both his legs. After 21 months of hospitalisation and 8 major surgeries he was declared medically unfit to serve. Currently he is engaged in motivating the youth towards nationalism and patriotism. He provides counselling to the youth to join the defence forces. He is also involved in welfare of Martyr families. 

Neeraj Chandra

Neeraj Chandra is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and an Electrical Engineer from IIT Kanpur. Neeraj started his career with Unilever in India where he held several positions in Sales and Marketing over a period of 20 years reaching the position of Regional Brand Director for Asia. Neeraj then moved as the VP & Chief Operations Officer for Britannia where he built new benefit spaces, new brands, and big new channels, successfully tripling the businesses to a billion dollars. Thereafter, he moved to Emami as the CEO – Consumer Care Division. Neeraj has a passion for creating large new businesses and brands.

Mirchi RJ Smitha

She started off as an on-AIR RJ and went on to become a popular voice within a short span of time. Following this, the lady took a hiatus from Indian shores and moved to the US where she continued to engage herself with community radio shows. Currently, She can be spotted every Monday to Saturday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 - “Hi Bengaluru” featuring on Mirchi 98.3

Anju Maudgal Kadam

A communications professional, yoga instructor, mentor for Sheroes, Pinkathon Ambassador and The Founder and Chief Nurturer of #100SareePact and Webtv.in, Anju enjoys the challenge of piecing together a story to look at the big picture. #100sareepact, a platform for voices of women to build the narrative of their lives through the medium of the saree. Pinkathon, India’s first Women's only run, believes in a fit mind and body leading to unlocking of potential, she champions the cause for women’s health and fitness because a healthy woman can change and impact so many more lives. On the Sheroes platform, She urges women to be counted in the workforce too. If there is one description that suits her best, it is that of a custodian of stories. Especially those that inspire and bring change.

Swati Bondia

Founder and Director of Clap (Centre for learning and Advanced Practice) is a Social entrepreneur from Odisha. She started her first venture as OM Shanti Traders, at the age of 18 in Bangalore. She started her second venture CLAP which emerged as the leading career mapping organisation in the country with clientele diversing over 5 countries. She has received “Woman of the Year” award in the year 2016 and 2018. She is the awardee of the prestigious “Sevak of the Year” by sevak foundation. She is the only selected participant from SAARC nations for UN funded Bottom of the Pyramid Challenge at Bogota Colombia.

Dr Ali Khwaja

Dr. Ali Khwaja is the Chairman and principal faculty of Banjara Academy. Since more than three decades, he has been conducting training programs and workshops for most prestigious Government and private organisations and is in great demand all over the country by wide range of Institutions. Twenty years ago, he devised a unique program to teach people from all walks of life and of ages, the human skills of counselling and emotional support across the Indian Community. This course has no text book, curriculum or theory, but has touched the hearts of thousands who have not only improved their life significantly, but are consistently reaching out to many others not only in India but also in other countries.

Jayanthi Kallam

Jayanthi Kallam is the co-founder and executive director of ARRC (Avian and Reptile Rehabilitation Centre) operating in Bangalore, India. A computer engineer by profession, she has worked in the United States across many industrial sectors, while simultaneously pursuing an MBA degree from Leonard Stern School of Business,New York University. She graduated with distinction as a Stern scholar and undertook management roles in the IT/Financial Services sectors in New York City.

Arun S Venkataraman

Arun S Venkataraman is a Robotics engineer with multidisciplinary international research and patent consulting experience. He works with technology companies and academic institutions in strategizing best innovation practices through research consulting, managing patent portfolios and providing training on various aspects of intellectual property.
Arun holds a Master's degree in Robotics from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai.

Aakash Nambiar

Ultra Marathon runner, Barefoot runner, Cyclist, Pinkathon Ambassdor, Bharat Beard Club Ambassdor. He is also a Freelance Marathon Organiser and had participated in several 10kms, 21kms, 42kms, Goa to Gokarna (145 kms), Bangalore to Mysore (145 kms), Una to Dharamshala (120 kms), and cycled from Chikmagalur to Udupi (600 kms) in 7 Days.He has raised funds for various causes through running.