RTE activist Samina Bano founded Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation along with other IIM and Harvard Graduats in the year of 2012, with a commitment to the cause of elementary education reform at institutional level while working closely with the civil societies as well as the government in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Samina Bano, now heading the Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) as its chairperson in a span of six months did what even Uttar Pradesh government could not achieve in a year. In 2014-15, only 54 poor students were given free admission in schools under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota under Right To Education (RTE) Act. After her crusade, the number in 2015-16 has swelled to over 1,300 and is still counting. Among those admitted, nearly half the children are from minority community.
Among numerous awards and honors achieved by her , World Women Super Achiever Award(2015) and Ashoka Fellow(2015) stand out.
Gaur Gopal Das
An Electrical Engineer from College Of Engineering, Pune, Gaur Gopal Das decided to upgrade his career to be a life coach after a brief stint in corporate. In 1996 he joined ISKCON & has been very active in this field ever since. Serving in the leadership at the ISKCON Chowpatty branch, Gaur Gopal Das has been speaking at various prestigious colleges in India and abroad for over 2 decades.
He has been involved in guiding leading doctors, medical professionals & corporate firms across the globe.
Gaur Gopal Das also regularly visits the members of the Rotary Club & Lions Club for talks and guides various top ranking celebrities and corporate leaders.He was awarded the 2016 Rotary International's Super Achiever Award for outstanding contribution in field of spirituality and inspiration. Based on the timeless wisdom coming down from ages, his talks make the audience think deeper and find simple solutions to difficult problems.
Ignatius Orwin Noronha
Ignatius Orwin Noronha, Managing Director of Leowin Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a man on a mission. A relentless innovator, Orwin Noronha has already made an indelible mark by inventing a host of products ranging from waterproofing treatments tailored to Indian climatic conditions to Specialised Concrete Mix Design for Road Concrete, which have or have the potential to save crores for the national exchequer. His current mission is to “Make the Entire World Free of Mosquito Menace in the shortest span of time in order to protect people, cows and pet animals”. His invention, the “MozziQuit” Mosquito Trap Device, is considered by many to be the most economical and eco-friendly mosquito trap till date. The Mozziquit has already been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research and has earned awards and praises from a number of organisations.
Mahendra Jakhar is an ex-journalist currently working as an independent screen-writer and author based in Mumbai. His latest release as a script-writer was Manjhi – The Mountain Man, directed by Ketan Mehta starring Nawazuddin Siddique. Currently he is working on TV series for Star TV based on the true life story of an Indian Army soldier who was caught behind enemy lines during 1971 war. His first novel, THE BUTCHER OF BENARES, was published by Westland Publications. It was rated as the Best Crime Fiction Debut Novel of the Year and was Amazon Rising Star.
He conducts workshops on screen-writing and to help discover the hidden creativity, imagination and ideas in everyone.
Russell Collins is an Australian traveller who has spent many years exploring the Himalayas and has been a proponent of eco-tourism for over 2 decades.
Mr. Collins has been working on bringing high efficiency clean burning solid fuel stoves to the Himalayas in an attempt to deal with deforestation and pollution in the form of a social enterprise called 'Himalayan Rocket Stove Pvt Ltd'. The aim of this project is to save 1 million mature Himalayan trees over the next 10 years whilst also reducing pollution in and out of the home. He has also developed a clean burning cook stove that can be made on site for less than $1 anywhere that people have access to some form of clay. This non-profit venture is called 'The Smokeless Cookstove Revolution’ and aims to save over 1 million lives in the next 10 years.
Mr. Collins is passionate about exploring the mountains on his Royal Enfield Bullet, camping out in his Gypsy King.
A Stats, Math and Computer Science major, Sanjay started working at Google as an analyst until Facebook lapped him up in their newly opened Hyderabad office. Soon after, Sanjay moved to the USA to work at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, as a Marketing Analyst.
Sanjay moved back to India almost 2 years ago to fulfill his dream of working at the grass root level on social issues, and also at the same time have a direct impact on the society. Sanjay after briefly working with ProjectKHEL in Lucknow, started his own social project Wisen in February 2016. Through Wisen, he has been working with youth and raising awareness on gender based violence and its prevention.
Gender inequality is one of the most important social issues in India, and is also the root cause of gender violence, which includes acts like domestic violence, eve teasing, acid attacks, relationship abuse, and bullying. The solution to this social issue lies in the hands of youth of this country. He, therefore, started Wisen to contribute to this cause in his own small way, and as of today, he has reached out to 10,000 youth across Lucknow and Hyderabad.
He has been running this project single handedly providing free of cost workshops by discussing and breaking the taboo on above mentioned issues among other important topics among youth in schools and colleges.
Aparna Saraogi is the Executive Chairperson and Co-Founder of WEEFoundation (Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment) – India's first of its kind initiative to strengthen Women Eco System.
She is also the Vice President of RBS. Treasurer of IIT Delhi Alumni Association, Member of Board of Studies, Mody University and Special Invitee to Senate, IIT Delhi.
Aparna is a complete believer of nature and believes everything is possible with passion and trust. Constant learning and exploration are integral to her life.
Archana Sardana is India’s first and only woman BASE jumper, an accomplished skydiver, mountaineer and scuba diver instructor. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth.
She has done 335 skydives, multiple BASE jumps across the globe and is also the first woman master-scuba diver trainer in india.
She did India proud by unfurling the tri-colour at a depth of 30 meters in the ocean, off the Andamans’s Neil Island, and set a new record in the process.
Apart from registering her name in the Limca Book of Records 2011, she has also performed a ‘free fall’ skydive from a height of 13,500 feet, a BASE jump from a 400-feet high bridge in Utah and also from the KL Towers in Malaysia with the national flag. Interestingly these dangerous feats have only come about post her marriage to a naval submarine officer.
Additional, Archana is the only Indian who is a trained Instructor with the Disabled Divers International and runs her own Scuba Diving Academy in Delhi.
Mr. Sunil Barnwal is an IAS officer and Secretary to the Chief Minister, Government of Jharkhand.
He is a graduate from ISM Dhanbad and has a Master's Degree from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Mr. Sunil was the all India Topper of 1996 Civil Services Examination. He has served as the Secretary, Department of IT, Government of Jharkhand and Secretary, Industry and Mining Department, Government of Jharkhand.
Sarandeep Singh is the Chairman and CEO of Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Foundation (WEE Foundation), an initiative of IIT Delhi.
He is a Ph.D. in Decision and Risk Analysis and has a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University where he received the Arjay Miller Scholar award.
Sarandeep Singh is also a Certified International Master Trainer for various programs, six sigma master black belt and an Executive Coach. During his career, he has worked with global Fortune 500 organizations like American Express, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Franklin Covey in various leadership roles globally.