Indic Teen Fest is a one-of-its-kind educational platform where teens get a lifetime exposure to different fields, learn from accomplished speakers, meet peers from all over the country, and discover their passion and career interests.
2019 witnessed speakers from various fields, creative activities and life-long friendships.
Rana Daggubati, is an Indian actor, producer, television personality, and visual effects co-ordinator known primarily for his work in Telugu cinema, as well as his works in Tamil cinema and Hindi cinema.
In 2010, he made his acting debut with the Telugu blockbuster Leader, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He made his Hindi film debut with the hit film Dum Maaro Dum (2011), alongside Bipasha Basu, where he received positive reviews for his performance. In 2012, Rana gained prominence by starring in hit Telugu film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. In 2015, he played a notable supporting role in the successful Hindi film Baby (2015). He later starred as the main antagonist in Telugu film Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), which recorded the second highest gross opening for an Indian film. He then featured in a supporting role in Tamil film Bangalore Naatkal (2016). In 2017, Rana later reprised his role as Bhallaldeva in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which became the highest grossing Indian film of all time. He has also simultaneously starred in the successful Telugu movies Rudramadevi (2015), The Ghazi Attack (2017), and Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017).
As a Visual Effects producer, Rana won the State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects in 2006 for the Telugu film Sainikudu. In 2006, he received the National Film Award for co-producing Bommalata – A Bellyful of Dreams.
A passionate entrepreneur, Mahesh is a qualified CA, CMA and ACS. He started his career as an investment banker with SBI Capital Markets. He was associated with the Outlook group for 17 years and headed it for more than 10 years.
Mahesh believes that the demographic dividend India seeks can turn into a nightmare if youth are not shown the right direction to maximize their capabilities. CAREERS360 is the result of his deep understanding of student issues, and the information gaps that need to be filled to help students take an informed career decision.
Shobhit Mathur is Co-founder & Executive Director of Vision India Foundation. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay, University of Washington and Indian School of Business. Previously he has worked for Amazon.com in Seattle and served as the Joint National Organizing Secretary of Youth For Seva and has more than 10 years of experience in public policy and leadership space.
Pervin Malhotra is India’s top career counsellor. Her immensely popular career query columns in the print and electronic media reach an estimated audience of 50 million. She is the Executive Director, Career Guidance.
Apurv Kumar Mishra is a Senior Research Fellow at India Foundation (IF), a premier think-tank in India where he leads initiatives relating to foreign policy. At IF, he was part of the core team that organised the 1st Indian Ocean Conference 2016, 1st India ASEAN Youth Summit in August 2017, 1st Workshop on India’s Foreign Policy 2018 and India Economic Summit 2018.
He is a Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University and teaches courses on law at several institutions
including Gandhinagar National Law University, Maharashtra National Law University, Indian School of Development Management and Vedica Scholars Program. He is also the Editor-in-Chief at India Law Journal and a member of the Executive Council, Institute of Leadership and Governance at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.
Apurv is also a consultant at University of Chicago India Centre (UChicago India). At UChicago India,
he leads the Anubhav Lecture Series- an initiative of Harris School of Public Policy, University of
Chicago to train grassroots leaders in India.
Apurv is a founding member of Robin Hood Army (RHA) – a voluntary organisation of young professionals and students that works to get surplus food from restaurants across to the less fortunate people in 100+ cities across 12 countries. He has previously worked at Albright Stonebridge Group- a Washington-based strategic advisory firm and corporate law firm Amarchand & Mangaldas. Apurv is an alumnus of Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University and has a degree in law from National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
Aayush is fascinated by India’s rich history and its vibrant social and cultural landscape. After graduating from IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad, and working for 2 years at The Boston Consulting Group, he decided to follow his passion and co-founded Roobaroo Walks to help make heritage discovery more fun, intuitive, and engaging via heritage walks led by Storytellers, Cultural activities with local experts, and a self-guided Mobile app. Since its founding in Jun 2015, Roobaroo Walks has conducted over 1,600+ experiences across Varanasi, Delhi, Lucknow, Amritsar, and Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, and made it to the memories of 6,000+ people including travelers from 45+ nationalities and students from across 12 schools and colleges of India.
Aayush is excited about sharing his experiences with Stories, Technology, and Spirituality with the vibrant youth at Indic Teen Fest.
Manish Kumar did his graduation from IIT Kharagpur in 2010 and got placed in IBM through campus placements. He started his own start-up in agriculture sector, Farms & Farmers (FnF), rejecting the job offer. FnF started its operations from native village (Chakdariya) of Manish and expanded to many districts of North Bihar.
In March 2016, Manish resigned from his own venture, FnF, and founded another organization, Back to Village (B2V) with one of his batch mates from IIT Kharagpur, Puja Bharti (who resigned from GAIL India Ltd., a Govt. of India Maharatna company). Currently B2V is operational in Odisha & Jharkhand and working for promotion of Natural/Organic Farming. B2V provides end-to-end services (from crop selection to market linkage) to farmers through its extension centers run by rural youth known as Micro-agripreneurs.
Manish is also National Vice President of National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS), a multipurpose cooperative society having its presence in more than 600 districts of the country. He has won Millennium Alliance Award, and Jain-INCID Award in 2014 and 2012 respectively for his contributions in nation-building.
He is a journalist by education, a filmmaker by passion and a social entrepreneur by spirit. At a very young age, he became a full-time social activist that gave him an opportunity to travel across the country to know & explore multiple aspects of India & Indianness. During this period, he met & interacted with many individuals and organizations who are devoted to the resurgence of Indian values, ethos, and spirits. He also worked for 3 years in mainstream media He is the founder and chairman of India inspires foundation’ and editor of www.indiainspires.org, a unique and popular ‘video portal’ to connect youth to the finest scholars of Indian civilization. The portal has viewership and following worldwide.
In his filmmaking journey, he made many films but his recent documentary film ‘Kumbh-Eternal journey of Indian civilisation’ got appreciation and recognition worldwide. Using his expertise in communication design and filmmaking, he is currently working on many projects related to Indian renaissance.
Ashish Dhar is an engineer turned entrepreneur, who has worked in diverse areas such as automobile manufacturing, management consulting, adventure travel, e-learning and alternative media. He is also a political satirist and a generally sceptical person, so he has few friends (one joke allowed). He is the founder of Pragyata and Upword and also associated with the Indic Collective Trust. He hails from Kashmir but lives in exile in New Delhi.
Moni Gupta considers herself a co-incidental PhD who had the good fortune of interacting with some of the finest multidisciplinary & multicultural people in the world at Cambridge, IIT and PwC (US-India) for more than 10 years.
She is passionate about impact and thrive with detailed oriented work and challenging environment. Hailing from a small town, she understands the need of resources for development and therefore have founded and led multiple social educational initiatives.
John Edwards is a Photographer & Film Maker with a professional experience of more than 16 years in Media, Publishing and Advertising as a Photo Journalist, Chief Photographer, Photo Editor, Art Director and Director Creative. He has been appointed as CANON Photo Mentor since 2015 and was awarded the Best Travel & People Photographer of the Year 2016 by International Camera Fair. He is an Empaneled photographer in UNICEF India and PLAN India.
He has shot more than 30,000 faces across India and Asia and have made Two documentary films on children for National and International NGOs. He has trained more than 2000 photographers in India.
Roopa Pai graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering but quit several years ago to pursue her passion of writing for children. Today, with over 25 published books on subjects as diverse as sci-fi fantasy, popular science, maths, history, economics, life skills and philosophy, she is one of India’s best-known children’s authors. Among her books, which are enjoyed just as much by adults as by children, is the popular life-skills book Ready! 99 Must-Have Skills For The World-Conquering Teenager and the award-winning national bestseller, The Gita For Children, listed by Amazon among its list of ‘100 Indian Books To Read In A Lifetime’. Her latest book, released earlier this year, is The Vedas and Upanishads for Children.
Roopa is also a TEDx speaker. Her talk – Decoding the Gita, India’s Book of Answers – has received over 1 million views to date.
When she is not writing, Roopa can be found leading children, overseas student groups and corporate leaders on history walks around her beloved Bangalore, as part of her job as co-founder of the heritage walks and tours company, BangaloreWalks.
Dr. Rakesh Godhwani is the founder of SoME, School of Meaningful Experiences that offers programs for teenagers that helps them become more confident, communicative, curious, creative, collaborative and competent. He is also an Adjunct Faculty of Communication at IIM Bangalore and IIM Udaipur, coaches promising startups and senior managers in the industry, gives seminars and talks in corporate events and colleges, reads a story to his kids every night before they sleep, bicycles to work whenever he can, writes, earns a fraction of what he used to, but lives a million times better. His fourth book titled “Public Speaking Kaleidoscope” was released by Business Expert Press USA in May 2017. His earlier book “What to Say and when to Shut Up!” was published by Penguin Random House in November 2014 and translated in Marathi in 2017. Rakesh recently launched his online course on EdX and IIMBx called “Effective Business Communication” designed for learners around the world
Prior to this, Rakesh has worked in Wipro, Intel and Qualcomm in various profiles ranging from product marketing, sales and business development before he took the plunge to pursue his passion
in teaching and writing. He is an alumnus of NIT Karnataka (BE Computers, 97), IIM Bangalore (PGSEM, 2004), and Cardiff Metropolitan University (PhD, 2018). Rakesh also volunteers as a counsellor at Vishwas Society for Mental Health.
Aman is a firm believer of Innovation-driven entrepreneurship. He is creative, decisive and a high energy individual with an infectious enthusiasm for education, technology, finance, and economics. He is a focused blockchain expert and an active speaker in south-east Asia. He is founder and promoter of TowardsBlockchain(TBC), a multinational company focused on blockchain technology implementation.
He is researching on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the economics of equity crowdfunding, artificial intelligence, IOT, and other emerging impactful technologies. He is a prominent speaker at various blockchain conferences. He has spoken at distinguished universities like IIT Delhi, IIT Indore, IIT Mandi, IIM Ahmedabad and other academic and industry forums. Aman was invited by the Andhra Govt. to speak on the industrial revolution technology blockchain in different colleges of the state. He has taught blockchain to over a thousand students in various colleges.
He strongly believes that there is some exhilaration in Cryptos because coins can be used for a global financial settlement to ultimately enable the world to exchange value and the underlying technology, Blockchain, has the potential to disrupt the world as much as the Internet did. He suspects that Blockchain is a combination of technology and philosophy and has a plethora of use cases in supply Chain, BFSI, Manufacturing, Energy, healthcare, Auto, etc. His statement says that the fundamental impact of blockchain will be more in the Government sector and towards Industrial revolution 4.0.
Jitin Singla is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Prof. Frank Alber (UCLA) and Prof. Ray Stevens (USC). He graduated with Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2015. Since then he has been working on understanding the molecular and mesoscale architecture of cells using cryo-electron tomography and soft X-ray tomography as part of his Ph.D. thesis.
Because of his interest in understanding the inner workings of the cell and how everything is orchestrated to make a cell a living entity, he is actively working under Pancreatic Beta Cell Consortium which has taken up one of the top challenges of the 21st century to create a multi-scale spatiotemporal whole-cell model. He is also working with “World Building Media Lab” at Cinema School at USC, to create Virtual Reality experience of inner workings of the pancreatic beta cell, an important role player in Diabetes. Overall, he is involved in projects that are bringing together artists, engineers, scientists and doctors to tackle Diabetes and create immersive experiences for the world to better understand it.
Raghava carries 17 years of corporate experience with expertise in leading cross-functional creative product development Teams. In his last role as the Development Director at Electronic Arts (EA Sports), he led the operations for the EA’s mobile game development studio in Hyderabad, engaged in crafting highly refined digital consumer experiences for global markets with a P&L of $50M and a player base in excess of 3M DAU’s.
After his corporate stint, he moved into Public Policy to engage directly with India’s governance needs. He consults for Vision India Foundation, where he designs and delivers Public Policy training programs and works on strategic initiatives.
He is also the founder of Trikarana – Learning and Development solutions (Pvt ltd) where he trains corporates and universities on creative, product development skills such as Design Thinking, Decision Making Mental Models and Leading Creative Teams.
Surabhi Khanna is a designer, educator. She has masters in Industrial Design, with specialization in toy and game design, from National Institute of Design (NID), India after graduation in architecture. She has worked on projects and workshops related to heritage, innovations, culture-based design.She has been associated with several institutions of design and education as a part time/ visiting faculty.
For more about her visit: http://www.surabhikhanna.com
Sahil Aggarwal is a young educationist and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Rishihood University. After graduating from IIT Delhi, he co-founded Vision India Foundation, a nation-building initiative to create public leaders and currently serves as its honorary director. He has a keen interest in public policy, governance and diplomacy for which he also did a Masters from Jindal Global University.
He has co-authored a book on public policy, co-designed a card game on politics, and keeps writing for newspapers and web magazines.
Soumya Aggarwal is the CEO and a co-founder at IGenPlus, an initiative focussed on building next-generation thought-leaders. She believes that young students hold the future in the their hands, and it is our responsibility to guide them with ancient wisdom and modern insights. Soumya curates experiences and designs curriculum to introduce teenagers to Yogic thinking, Design thinking and Exponential thinking through fests, conferences, and expeditions, thus equipping them with tools to become future leaders.
She is a young social entrepreneur who believes in Indian spirituality and ethos. Inspired by honesty, she aims to create a global movement where students prepare themselves for life rather than educating them for careers.
She also serves as the executive advisor of Gateway Education, Delhi NCR providing affordable quality education. She is the curator of Families for Change at Vision India Foundation. She has developed Manifesto, a card game on electoral politics. She has also written several articles in newspapers and web magazines on important national issues. She likes to conceptualize and implement new initiatives for youth leadership. Soumya graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University in Sociology.
Schedule - Indic Teen Fest 2019
Identify the strengths
Know your purpose
Ideas of India
Create your own business