Speakers at TEDxIIMRanchi 2013

Sandeep Maheshwari

A successful entrepreneur, a guide, a mentor, a role model and a youth icon for millions of people all over the world started his career as a model at the age of 19 and was moved by the harassment and exploitation experienced by models and decided to help countless struggling models. At the age of 26, he launched ImagesBazaar which today is the world's largest collection of Indian images with over a million images and more than 7000 clients across 45 countries. This life-changing endeavour made him one of the most renowned entrepreneurs of India at a young age of 29. His ethics resonate some of the philosophies like 'To Never Fear of Failures' and "Be Truthful to self and others".

Anshu Gupta

An Indian social entrepreneur popularly known as ‘Clothing Man of India’ and founder of Goonj, he won the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award for his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.

Ira Trivedi

A veteran Indian novelist, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and speaker her published works are What Would You Do to Save the World? , The Great Indian Love Story and There is No Love on Wall Street all of which have been translated into several regional languages. Her latest book, There is No Love on Wall Street was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Diaz and has been translated into Greek and Spanish. Her first book, What Would You Do to Save the World?, was inspired by real life interactions with the glamour world at the age of 19.


Capt.Navin Gulia

An injured and paralyzed soldier who went on to become an official motivational speaker of the Indian Army. To earn a living he taught computer science, fought for a driving license, designed a hand driving kit for the differentially abled that can be attached to any car. He has been awarded 'National Role Model' Award 2007, Times of India 'Global Indian of the Year' Award 2005, Limca Book 'People of the Year' Award 2005, State Award for Adventure Sports 2004, Chief of Army Staff Commendation 2005, Karmaveer Chakra 2009, cavinkare 'Ability Mastery' Award 2006, Indira 'Youth Kranti' Awards 2011, Godfrey Phillips 'Mind of Steel' 2010, Karmaveer Excellence Award 2012, CNN ibn 'Real Heroes' Award 2012, 'Indian Pearl' by The Week magazine 2012.

Ahdaf Soueif

Born in 1950 she is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, In the Eye of the Sun (1993), set in Egypt and England, recounts the maturing of Asya, a beautiful Egyptian who, by her own admission, "feels more comfortable with art than with life. In 2008 she initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature  of which she is the Founding Chair. Soueif also writes