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31st January, 2011 at Delhi Technological University

Celebrating the spirit of Social Entrepreneurship..

Driven with the vision to create better ways to help people grow
Speakers@ TEDxDTU

Mr. Suhel Seth

Chairman of the National Marketing Committee of both CII and FICCI for 2010-11
Managing Partner of Counselage India

Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India.

Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising Chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. Counselage advises Tata Steel, The Taj Group of Hotels, Hero Honda, Tata Teleservices, NDTV, Coca Cola, Diageo, SREI and Max India amongst others.

Suhel has several passions: he is a regular speaker at industry meets; is a lecturer at various Indian Institutes of Management. Suhel also writes provocative columns in The Financial Times, London and in Business India, The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express on current affairs and the social landscape of India. Suhel has co-authored two books on Calcutta with Khushwant Singh and R K Laxman. Suhel was also the Keynote Speaker at the Indian Advertising Congress in 1998. Suhel has also been a speaker at all Marketing Summits organised by CII and was the Chairman of the CII Marketing Summits from 2005 to 2010. Suhel was on the global advisory board of British Airways until 2009 and presently sits on the global board of Cavendish and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London) and on the regional boards of Citibank and Coca Cola. He has addressed the International Executive Committees of companies such as American Express, BMW Foundation and Renault on ‘Understanding the Indian Consumer’.Suhel has also addressed the Harvard Business School on Building Brands in India.

Suhel has published several papers on `The changing Indian Consumer':Suhel has also written extensively on the impact of advertising and its linkages to societal influences such as religion and culture. In February 2002, Suhel’s first book `In your face’ was published. More recently, Suhel has been commissioned by Penguin India to write a book which is tentatively titled `The Indian Mindset’: this will be the first Indian marketing book to be published by Penguin India. Suhel has also just finished a book `Of roots and wings': 50 years of Indian Airlines. 
Suhel is a member of the Harvard Business School Consultants Club and is active on the Delhi theatre scene and has acted in several plays and films (by Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali) as also has represented India at the University of Oxford in Debating. He is also the Founder of both the Calcutta and the Delhi Debating Society and Concern for Delhi. Suhel has also been a Rotary International Scholar as well as the Founder of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs in Calcutta. 

Suhel is on the Board of Advisors of Deepalaya, the Neemrana Foundation and the Max India Foundation.

Suhel has been appointed to the Experts Committee of India's Railway Board and is Brand Advisor to the Indian Railways Minister as also to the Indian Railways Ministry.
Suhel served as a Trustee on the India Brand Equity Foundation for six years, appointed by the Government of India. IBEF is the apex body responsible for creating a vibrant Brand India.  
Suhel is the Chairman of the National Marketing Committee of both CII and FICCI for 2010-11. 

Prof PB Sharma
Founder Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University(formerly Delhi College of Engineering)

A renowned academician Prof. P.B. Sharma is the founder Vice-Chancellor of Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering). Prof. P.B. Sharma is a former Professor of IIT Delhi, Founder Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Technology University, former President of Engineering Science Division of Indian Science Congress, former Chairman of Indian Society of Mechanical Engineers and Vice-Chairman of World Confederation of Productivity Sciences, India Section. A Doctorate from University of Birmingham, UK, Prof. Sharma during his professional career spanning 40 years has made distinguished contribution to the advancement of frontiers of knowledge in the areas of Aero Engineering Technology, Power Plant Engineering, New and Renewable Energy Resources and Knowledge and Innovation Management. He has guided 14 PhDs, published extensively and provided industrial consultancy to the renowned organization including GTRE Bangalore, Ministry of Defence and the world renowned Rolls Royce of UK.

Recipient of many awards and recognitions Prof. Sharma, is a Fellow of World Academy of Productivity Sciences, Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Fellow of Aerodynamics Society of India and also a Fellow of ISTE.

Mr. Pradeep S Mehta
Founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International)

Pradeep S Mehta (62) is the founder secretary general of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), one of the largest consumer groups in India, with offices in London, Lusaka, Nairobi, Hanoi and Geneva. Established in 1983/84, CUTS International has now completed 25 glorious years. Mehta studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior (higher secondary), St Xavier’s College at Calcutta (B. Com) University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur. Mehta serves/has served on several policy making bodies of the Government of India, related to trade, environment and consumer affairs, including the National Advisory Committee on International Trade of the Ministry of Commerce and its working groups. He chairs the Advisory Board of the South Asia Network on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu. Mehta also serves on the advisory boards of Centre Advisory & Review Group of the Research Centre on Regulation and Competition, Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK; Institute for Consumer Antitrust, Loyola College, Chicago, USA; American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Washington DC, USA; Brains Trust of the Evian Group, Lausanne; the OECD’s Advisory Committee for Investment in Africa, OECD, Paris; Advisory Committee of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Delhi In the past, Mehta has been an NGO Adviser to the Director General, WTO, Geneva, besides serving on the governing boards of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, Mumbai; the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva and the Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi. A prolific writer, gifted speaker, skilled trainer and organiser in the social science field, Mehta has been named as one of the 30 most famous columnists in India by a leading newspaper in India. Over 1100 articles of Mehta have been published in several newspapers and magazines on issues relating to consumerism, competition policy, and trade & economics. He has written and/or edited several books and monographs such as: Towards a Functional Competition Policy for India; Competition Regimes around the World; WTO and India: An Agenda for Action in Post Doha Scenario; Analyses of the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy; Multilateralisation of Sovereignty; How to survive as a consumer; Numbers, at what cost.


Mr. Ajay Chaturvedi

Founder & Chairman of HarVa, Rural Enterprise

Ajay is the Founder & Chairman of HarVa, a unique and first of its kind rural enterprise in the world. HarVa means ‘green’, the color that signifies progress and well being, Green for the Villages and stands for “Harnessing Value” of rural India. HarVa is a new age business model focused on assisting rural India to access and harness the opportunities that urban India / local environment offers for a better quality of life. The engine that drives this Socio-Capitalistic model is the out-of-the-box thinking leading to innovations relevant to connecting rural India with the corporate world. Primarily HarVa is into all women Rural BPOs, Community Farming of non-rain dependent cash crops and Microfinance for the under-served. Besides serving on boards of several companies, Ajay is an ex-Citi banker where he served in Strategy and Sales positions in Cards and Consumer banking verticals. Ajay begun his career with IBM Consulting in the US and has over 14 years of experience in Management, Operations and IT Consulting across Financial Services, IT and ITeS industries in US, UK, and South East Asia. Prior to Citi, Ajay was the Transition Leader at Global Vantedge, a company that was a pioneer in many ways besides being the first offshore receivables management provider. Ajay is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the drivers of inclusive growth. He also thinks that the real growth in India is yet to come and is possible only when we get into the real fabric of the country and not just overlay thoughts and patterns from the developed nations. A voracious reader, an avid golfer and an ardent traveller, Ajay spent almost a decade living in the US and across the world and now lives in Gurgaon.

Runa Khan
Executive Director, Friendship

Acube Solutions

Described as an entrepreneur and humanitarian, Runa Khan is the founder Executive Director of Friendship in Bangladesh and founder board member of Friendship International which is currently operating in five countries. Educated in Calcutta where she completed her Bachelor in Arts with Honours in Geography from Lady Brabourne College, and a second BA from Eden College in Dhaka, Runa Khan has had an array of experiences in diverse fields from education to communications to management to teaching among others.  Her expertise lies in developing integrated development models in education, health, innovative livelihood support; emergency relief; preservation of culture; communication and liaison; and tourism.  Prior to founding Friendship, she has held formal positions as consultant for leading telecom companies and international organizations, proprietor of boutique houses, teacher, and founded tourism and service-oriented companies. Additionally, she is the author of 8 children’s books; 6 educational and 2 fictional, which are two of the best-selling English children’s books in Bangladesh.
Friendship, which was founded drawing upon Runa Khan’s wide range of practical experiences, reflects this in its work on diverse fields which stem from a holistic approach to development, acknowledging the inter-connectedness of basic needs and sustainable economic development.  Her diverse interests enabled her to build an organization which integrates innovation into development work in order to create lasting, real change.  

In recent years, as the founder of Friendship, some of her most important work includes 
- Building a healthcare (including secondary) and educational system in some of the most inaccessible areas of the country; where there were none prior to Friendship’s arrival.
- Empowering over 45,000 ultra-poor members by providing livelihood support in the form of innovative micro-finance module which include agricultural methods, creating alternative sources of livelihood through cottage industry for commercially viable products.
- Bringing solar powered electricity to over 80 families, schools and shops in the area through a micro-finance scheme.
- Finding new and innovative ways of coordinating the work of the government and the NGO to strive and meet demands of the beneficiaries and the MDGs. 
- Pioneering the preservation of the oldest heritage of Bangladesh, providing opportunities for artisans, and successfully bringing the uniqueness of these the wooden boats to national and international awareness.
Her work has been covered extensively by local and international media especially because of her approach to work which is founded on simple logic, empathy, respect, and innovation. Prior to heading Friendship, in 1994, she received the Ashoka Fellowship as recognition for her work in developing innovative teaching methodology.  She also received the prestigious Rolex Awards for Entrepreneurship in 2006, Media Award Bangladesh for contribution to Development (2007), and the IDB Award for contribution to women in development in 2008. Recently she has been accorded the prestigious SCWEC Women Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2010 conferred by the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council. Runa Khan has been a visionary in her work as a development worker and social entrepreneur, bringing in the professionalism and high standards of a corporate outfit, but retaining the humanity and sensitivity required to achieve such difficult goals under difficult circumstances.  
Under her leadership, Friendship now is a vibrant organization with a number of regional offices, with a staff of about 300 people and direct and indirect beneficiaries totalling a few million. 

Jagdeep S. Chhokar

Ex-Professor, IIM Ahmedabad

Jagdeep S. Chhokar was a professor (teacher, trainer, researcher, and advisor) of Management and Organisational Behaviour at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, from 1985 till November 2006, when he retired after reaching the mandatory age of superannuation. He is also a citizen-activistfor improving democracy and governance in the country; a bird watcher and conservationist; and a trained lawyer. Before becoming a professor he was an engineer-manager with the Indian Railways, and worked as an international marketing manager for four years.He is one of the founding members of Association for Democratic Reforms ( educational qualifications are LL.B. (2005); Ph.D. (1983), MBA (1977), Grad. Mech. Engg. (1967); Grad. Prod. Engg. (1967). He has taught in several countries including Australia, France, Japan, and the US. His professional interests cover all aspects of organisational functioning, cross-cultural management; international marketing; international management; international business; human resource management; business strategy and policy; management in government, and in public systems/sector; and industrial and occupational safety.  His broader interestsinclude electoral and political reformsinformed choice (freedom of information)world affairs, and ornithology (bird watching).

Ms. Saloni Malhotra
Co- Founder, DesiCrew

An engineer from the University of Pune, Saloni Malhotra currently spearheads DesiCrew which she founded with Dr .Jhunjhunwala at TeNeT group, IIT Madras in Jan 2005. She started her career in an interactive media start up, Web Chutney in Delhi. Saloni's work with DesiCrew has been featured in leading newspapers and magazines across the globe such as BusinessWeek, BusinessToday, The Economic Times, Fast Company, The Hindu, etc. She has been nominated for BusinessWeek's Asia's Youngest Entrepreneurs, MTV Youth Icon 2008, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 and also facilitated in the presence of the President of India by the CII. Saloni is the founder of DesiCrew and handles Marketing and overall direction of the organization.

Mr. Arbind Singh
Founder Nidan, a non profit organisation for informal labor

Arbind Singh (born 1966) is an Indian social activist. He founded Nidan, a non profit organisation for informal labor. It operates in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. He greatly improved the bargaining power of the street vendors with the state governments.

Arbind was born in Muzaffarpur and spent his early years in Katihar, a district in North-east Bihar, which is a hub of first generation migrants. As a child, Arbind was perplexed by the routine eviction of his neighborhood vendor friends. In the 1990s, armed with degrees in sociology and law from the Delhi University, Arbind returned to Bihar. His work in the NGO Adithi was a turning point, where he was deeply inspired by its founder Viji Srinivasan. He started work with vendors under the aegis of Adithi, before registering Nidan as a separate entity in 1996.
Arbind’s goal, with great urgency, is to ensure greater numbers and scale of businesses run by the poor. He lives in Patna with his wife and two children. Under Arbind’s leadership, Nidan has received the first Bihar Innovation Forum Award from the state.
In 2008 ,he won the Social Entrepreneur of the year award by Khemka Foundation.

Tricia Morente
Head Strategy and Marketing ,Life spring

Prior to joining LifeSpring, Tricia Morente worked with the Acumen Fund as an Acumen Fellow. In this role, she focused on developing LifeSpring's CRM capabilities. Prior to this, she was a business strategy consultant and also worked in the field of economic development. Her work experience ranges from North America to Australia, Rwanda, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. Ms. Morente received her BA from Harvard University, MBA from Columbia Business School, and MA in International Affairs from SIPA. 
In her free time, she is a trapeze artist and a harpist.

Mr. Yashveer Singh

Co- Founder, National Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Yashveer is Co-Founder of National Social Entrepreneurship Forum, a non-profit organization promoting social entrepreneurship in youth across India. NSEF establishes student run chapters at Universities which conduct various activities to create an ecosystem to produce the next generation of social entrepreneurs. NSEF activities include Idea conferences, workshops for students and young social entrepreneurs, social business plan and blogging competitions, idea cafes, facilitating internships and mentoring young social entrepreneurs. Additionally, he also serves as an advisor to Grassroots Accelerator, a nonprofit organization enabling SHGs and grassroots entrepreneurs through training and advisory support.

Yashveer has earlier worked with Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a non-profit organization focused on improving governance in India, through a combination of political advocacy, research, grass-roots mobilisation, and civic training. Prior to Janaagraha, he led a rural entrepreneurship initiative to develop appropriate marketing strategies and income-generation projects for rural communities in Rajasthan.

Yashveer is a StartingBloc fellow and holds MSc (Hons.) Economics from BITS Pilani, where as President of the student's union, he conceptualized, led and guided many student initiatives and was instrumental in preparing VISION-2020 plan for the university. He enjoys reading and playing basketball and is enthusiastic about Innovation in Public policy and governance.


Mr. Arvind Saraf
Co- Founder, Swasth India

Arvind did his Bachelors in Technology in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur in 2001 and started off his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EE & Computer Science department - working on designing and building next generation microprocessors. He moved back to India in 2005 and joined Google in Bangalore. He left to co-start Swasth India - a social business with the intent of ensuring access to healthcare to all.


Mr. Harihar Dash
Stage Performer, Finalist India's Got Talent II
Dance Form - Locking and Popping

Harihar Dash was one of the finalists of the reality show India’s Got Talent-II. He has always spellbound the judges as well as the audience with his performances. He is known for his particular dance form and specialises in Excellent Popping n Loking Dance. Harihar comes from a small village in ORISSA called as Behrampur. He started his journey from the small village as a local dancer. Nowadays he can be seen on television for the famous airtel add, dancing on streets wearing a green jacket as an act to entertain the passer-bys. He not only showcased his talent on stage and stunned the judges but also inspires many youngsters to come up and showcase their talents and skills.

Latest Airtel Video.



Mr. Nitin Gupta

Stand Up Comedian

Nitin Gupta (Rivaldo) is the CEO of Entertainment Engineers. He is a Chemical Engineer from IIT Bombay famous for creating a Cult Play 'Love In December'. A play which Subhash Ghai said could put most Bollywood Romantic Comedies to shame. 

Fresh out of IIT Bombay, he got an offer to perform on Laughter Challenge, the opportunity which he later turned down! The reason is why he founded Entertainment Engineers with a simple mission, to make Stand Up Comedy respectable in India and to create a humor Renaissance in this country. Humor he says, ought to have an emotionality to it. We not only want people to laugh and think, we want them to LAUGH, THINK and FEEL at the same time. T.V. was not the medium to do that. So Nitin took to the Stage, College Festivals, Corporate Shows. And in a short span he has already enthralled the Audiences in some of the Biggest College Festivals in India, IITs, NITs, IIMs including their Alumini Meets. A Guest Speaker at various E- Cell Platforms and Marketing Conclaves. A TED Favorite. He is widely considered as the most Original Orators of present times. But Theater and  Stand Up Comedy  is not the only thing on Nitin's Mind. He has already had many offers from Bollywood to make Love in December. But he is in no hurry, as he candidly puts it, 'Love in December is our baby, hence it will be our Home Production.'He soon intends to enter into Advertising. Till then we will have to be remain content with his heartwarming Stand Up Comedy Concerts.

Ms. Sanjukta Basu
Founder Samyukta Media and TED Fellow

Sanjukta Basu is the founder of ‘Samyukta Media’, a social enterprise which provides Social Media and Communication Consultancy and Training to unlikely groups such as nonprofits, academicians, SMEs, rural entrepreneurs, creative artists, and marginalized communities. 

Sanjukta is one of India’s earliest female bloggers who has been very active in the Indian social media circle. She has ideated and led several initiatives using social media for social development. Her activities over the last 5 years have earned her considerable media attention (BBC World Service Radio, NDTV, Indian Express, Sunday Guardian and Guardian UK) and more recently a TED India fellowship.
She has a formal degree in Law from Delhi University and has a wide work experience of over 10 years in nonprofit sector working with women’s rights organizations. In her last role she managed the Internet and Community Outreach for the ‘Bell Bajao’ Campaign by international NGO ‘Breakthrough’.
She has launched ‘Samyukta Media’ with the mission to take the media revolution as witnessed by the present information age to every doorstep at the bottom of the social pyramid.


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