Speakers

Secretary, Chief Executive Officer, State Development Council, Govt. of Jharkhand

Shri Anil Swarup is presently posted as Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India. Shri Anil Swarup started his career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in, 1981. His past assignments in various Ministries of the Government reflect his in-depth knowledge and experience in visualizing, conceptualizing, articulating and implementing various schemes. Shri Swarup holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Allahabad University, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold medal for the...

Actor/ Director

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq, in 2008, that won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. Nandita's second directorial venture, Manto, based on the life and works of Saadat Hasan Manto, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film...

Founder and Advisor, SECMOL

By introducing educational reforms in government-run schools, Sonam Wangchuk is encouraging communities to reinforce the cultural identity of minority ethnic groups that live along the northern border of India. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating. He is one of two Indians who has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award this year.

Actor/ Poet/ Storyteller/ Theatre Director

Danish Husain is an actor, poet, storyteller, and a theatre director. He started his career in theatre with Barry John and went on to work with directors like Habib Tanvir, M.S. Sathyu, M.K. Raina, Sunil Shanbag, Sabina Mehta Jaitly, & Naseeruddin Shah. He was instrumental in reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling Dastangoi. He runs his own theatre company The Hoshruba Repertory in Mumbai and his latest productions include plays Guards At The Taj (2017) and Qissa...

Founder, GOONJ

Popularly known as the Clothing Man, Anshu has done his Mass communications twice and masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector. An Ashoka Fellow and the Global Ambassador of Ashoka, Anshu is creating a mass movement for recycling and reuse of tones of waste material by channelising it from the cities to the villages, as a resource for rural...

Founder, Ondede

Akkai Padmashali is an Indian transgender activist, motivational speaker, and singer. For her work in activism, she has received the Rajyotsava Prashasti, the second highest civilian honor of the state of Karnataka, and an honorary doctorate from the Indian Virtual University for Peace and Education. Padmashali started her career of activism at Sangama, an LGBT Right group based out of Bangalore where she was motivated to inspire many more minds. Since then she has been fighting a battle for ensuring dignity and rights of...

Group CEO, BASIX

Vijay Mahajan is a social entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of the BASIX Social Enterprise Group which is engaged in livelihood promotion of low income households in over 20 states in India and six developing countries. The BASIX Group comprises 11 entities, including three social enterprises providing microfinance services, four providing livelihood promotional services such as agricultural guidance and market linkages; vocational skill training; solid waste management; climate...

Founder & Managing Director, Impulse Social Enterprises

For 30 years now, Hasina has been working to create sustainable life-enhancing opportunities and a safe environment for women and children in North East India. This primarily involves putting an end to unsafe migration that leads to exploitation, and is one of the key drivers of human trafficking from the region. She strongly believes that one cannot end human trafficking of women and children, until women at the grassroots are skilfully empowered and economically self-sufficient. Which is why, her work stands on two pillars: ...

CEO Living Habitats Pvt. Ltd. (Division of Mittal Builders)

Sanjay Mittal comes from a family steeped into entrepreneurship, especially in the space of real estate. As a group, Mittal Builders has been at the forefront of this industry. It caters to all strata's of society, offering housing opportunities to the lower- and middle-income groups as well as the elite. After being part of numerous projects with the family business, he realized that sustainable construction required a paradigm shift and included a look at, not just environmental, but also, social sustainability. This led...

CEO India Post Technology Centre & Senior Deputy Director General, Department of Posts

Ashok Pal Singh is a civil servant who works on creating value in public systems. He is associated with opening the telecommunications sector in India to competition and the private sector, introduction of the Child Helpline, the National Pension System, Aadhaar and more recently, the India Post Payments Bank.