Speakers of 2022
MAJOR VIVEK JACOB
Following in the footsteps of his military family, Major Vivek Jacob joined the National Defense Academy in the 1998. He served 14 years as a Special Forces Operator in the Para Military. He specialises in Counter – Terrorist missions and Precision Combat Shooting. He is also trained in Sky Diving, Scuba Diving, High-altitude endurance trekking and Un armed Combat. He has led numerous Combat, Reconnaissance and Search & Rescue (SAR) missions in India and abroad. He also held the appointment of Troop Commander (Special Forces) at the United Nations Mission in Africa (UNMEE).
Due to an unfortunate event following a combat skydive which led to a spinal cord injury, Major Jacob prematurely retired from the forces. This encounter changed his entire perspective towards life and led to the development of C.L.A.W. (Conquer Land Air and Water). Its core team comprised soldiers drawn from the Para, Para SF regiments and the Navy’s marine commandos (MARCOS). Their primary goal is to 'design and implement sustainable large-scale employment solutions' for people with disabilities and the underprivileged, particularly in the 'Environmental conservation and Sustainability' space.
He is also the founder of Operation blue freedom which is a movement to express the powerful spirit and ability of people with disabilities. Operation Blue Freedom aims at providing opportunities to the disabled to take part in adventure sports in land, water and air and take survival training in the harshest of the terrain to the next level.
SHRI GAURANGA DAS
Shri Gauranga Das is a leadership and mindfulness coach based in Mumbai. He graduated as a B.Tech. from IIT Bombay in 1993 and quickly found his calling to become a monk. He is a spiritual, mindful meditation expert, a strategic character, educationist, a sustainability and climate change warrior and a social welfare catalyst with a mission to create a value based society. Shri Gauranga Das is a Governing Body Commission Member in ISKCON working actively to improve leadership and governance of temples and communities globally. Shri Gauranga Das is also the Director of the Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) which was founded by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja.
Ms. Yamini Reddy is a Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of Natya Tarangini. Ms Reddy was taught by her parents who are also prolific artists and gave her first performance when she was 3 years old. She believes in maintaining the purity of the traditional art form while creating the perfect balance between experiments and tradition. Ms. Reddy has also authored the research thesis named ‘Audience Development’ for the Performing Arts in India.
Ms. Prakriti Prajapati is an author and a doctoral student at Penn State University. She has worked at the Centre for Policy Research, TERI and IIT-Delhi. She has experience understanding water-society relations, normative ethics in governance and public policy, and professional ethics. A deeply sensitive and compassionate person, Prakriti explores the spark in her personal life, professional commitments, and in serving a purpose higher than the self.
Ms. Prakriti has a background in Economics, with specialization in environment as is currently trying to address the nature-society imbroglio in order to make the world a better place. Ms. Prakriti will share experience regarding the spark that she finds within herself on her journey and how as responsible citizens we can work towards achieving a better equilibrium.
MAJOR ARUN AMBATHY
Major Arun Ambathy is a veteran of the Indian Army, Parachute Regiment Special Forces and has served the nation for 11 years. He was a chief member of the Rapid Reaction Team that is trained to respond to unforeseen circumstances around the globe. He has also served in Jammu and Kashmir as a part of the Counter Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism Grid, to curb terrorism in extreme weather conditions. As a member of CLAW, Major Arun is now working towards spreading awareness for people with disabilities.
Ms. Ameira Sikand is an independent consultant, researcher, entrepreneur and feminist changemaker. She has designed programmes and policies in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, education and life skills to advance the leadership of adolescents and young people. She has worked with diverse stakeholders such as INGO’s, Women’s funds, UN agencies and Startups. She is also the founder of The Unmute Files. which is an organization committed to cultivating body acceptance, body liberation and bodily empowerment amongst adolescents and young people across India, through information dissemination, highlighting young people’s body journeys and creating safe spaces for community building.
Ms. Valentina Trivedi is a writer, performer, and educator, Passionate about learning, she specialises in approaching the learning process from a child’s perspective and holds workshops for teachers and parents pan India. Performed at literature festivals across the world. As a Dastango, adapted Satyajit Ray's film 'Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne' into a Dastan for children. Scripted and directed short films, including 'Leap of Faith,' a biopic on the Yoga Guru Sri BKS Iyenga
Mr. Mussarat Hussain is a Senior Advisor at Leadership and Functional School (Training Academy) at Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Honourable Vice President at NHRDN's Delhi-NCR Chapter and President at AAXISS, Delhi NCR. He Has more than three decades of rich experience in HR Strategy, Corporate HR, Plant HR & L&D in diverse industries like Digital Equipment India Limited, Eicher Goodearth Ltd, HEG Limited, KHD Humboldt Wedag in the past He has been awarded Fr. Michael Van Den Bogaert Distinguished Alumni Award by XISS in 2020-21
He has unique experience of working in Indian, American, European and now Japanese MNC.
He is a member of the CII Regional Committee on HR & IR ( Northern Region ) & CII Regional Committee on Skill Development & Livelihood. Executive Member – ISTD Gurgaon Chapter.
He has done CII HR Excellence Assessment in companies like Tata Capital, Hindustan Zinc, Infosys, Bharat Petroleum, Aegis Ltd & Hansen Drives Ltd etc.
He is a life Member AIIMA, NIPM, NHRDN, IICC & ISTD. Also advisory board member of several B School including member of Board of Studies.
He was honored with Excellence Award 2020 for Leadership in L&D at the 21st National Management Summit
Ms. Pranjil Patil joined Indian Administrative Service in 2017 with AIR 124. In May 2018, her appointment as Assistant Collector in Ernakulam had grabbed headlines. In October next year, Ms. Patil made history when she took charge as the sub collector of Thiruvanthapuram. In 2020, she moved to Delhi as SDM in the Government of NCT of New Delhi. Currently, she is working as District Magistrate of Shahdara, Government of NCT of New Delhi.
Ms Laara WilliamSen is an international professional painter.
She graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1988.
Her paintings are held in private collections around the world. She has received nine international awards including, “The Top Ten International Painters” award for her exceptionally brilliant artwork.
She participates in charity globally and has conducted exhibitions to gather funds to free children from slavery. Her paintings are inspired by the environment and human nature.