Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri is a Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974.

During a career span of  39 years, he served in senior positions at the Ministries of External Affairs and Defense. He also held ambassadorial level posts in the United Kingdom, Brazil and served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations both in Geneva and New York. He had earlier served in India’s Missions in Tokyo and Colombo. He has been described as the keen debater and vocal about his views and opinions.

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Shri Anurag Thakur

Shri Anurag Thakur is the Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. He was first elected in a by-poll from Hamirpur Constituency (Himachal Pradesh) in May 2008. He has won the Loksabha elections in 2009, 2014 and 2019. He is one of the youngest Parliamentarians in India today and received the Best Young Parliamentarian Award in 2011.

He was also appointed as the president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) for the period of 2010-2016. During his tenure, he has led a march under the banner of “Rashtriya Ekta Yatra” from Kolkata to Srinagar in January 2011.

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Smt Poonam Mahajan

Smt Poonam Mahajan is a Member of Parliament from Mumbai’s North Central Constituency. She is also appointed as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha and the President of the Basketball Federation of India.

She has been described by many as dynamic, astute, passionate, hardworking and dedicated that epitomizes the progressive Indian woman of the 21st Century.  She believes in the Mantra of ‘Public-Politician’ partnership and she has been steadily involved in solving problems pertaining to her constituency and the country at large.

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Prof. Dr Mario Voigt

Dr Mario Voigt is a German Politician and a member of the Thuringian Parliament since the year 2009. He is also working as a professor for digital transformation and politics at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Berlin (Germany).

He became a member of the Junge Union and the Christain Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) in 1994. He was the first East German federal chairman of the Ring of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS). Since 2008 he has been the deputy district chairman of the Christain Democratic Union of Germany CDU Saale-Holzland-Kreis.
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Shri Kishore Desai

Shri Kishore Desai is currently serving as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), NITI Aayog, Government of India. He has diverse professional work experience that includes policy development, management consulting and operational execution working for Central Government & State Government agencies.

Shri Kishore’s area of expertise includes developing strategic policy papers, development of business plans, leading industry outreach initiatives, strategy formulations, policy advisory, project structuring, feasibility evaluations and other financial analysis with a focus in the transport Infrastructure space (Aviation, railways, Metro, Highways, Port & Logistics)

He has published article and discussion papers related to his expertise area.

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Shri Anand Narasimhan

One of the lucky few who get to make their passion their profession Anand Narasimhan enjoys every moment of his Dream Job. A B.Com from RA Poddar College, Mumbai, Anand also holds a Mass Com diploma from St Xaviers College, Mumbai and an MBA in Marketing from SIES College, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. From sales to advertising to broadcast Anand is one of the few in the media industry who have a 360degree understanding of the dynamics of the business of communication.

A Sr Media Planner on the Britannia account with Group M, Anand was based Bangalore before the shift to broadcast happened 2005.
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Shri Samir Saran

Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and Chair of CyFy: The India Conference on Technology, Security and Society.

He is co-founder and the curator of the Raisina Dialogue, India’s premier platform on geopolitics and geoeconomics.

Samir is a commissioner on The Global Commission for the stability of Cyberspace, an international multi-stakeholder body working to discover and detail the norms and rules that will help in managing cyber regimes implicating international security.
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Smt Advaita Kala

Advaita Kala is a best selling and internationally published novelist. Her debut novel Almost Single has sold over a 150,000 copies in India alone & has been translated into multiple languages, including French, Marathi & Hindi. It was also selected for the Bantam Discovery Program, a prestigious publishing program run by Random House USA, that introduces new voices in fiction to the American reader. Advaita is an award winning screenwriter, most notably of the film Kahaani. Unique to Advaita’s writing is her ability to cross genres, she has written a TV show for prime time television, film, fiction, numerous columns in leading publications on a range of issues from politics to social concerns and womens rights.
Her film and literary work has focussed on themes of female empowerment and experience. She is also a popular food columnist.
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Smt Gaurie Dwivedi

With 15 years of experience, Gaurie is a senior journalist having covered policy, politics and business. An alumnus of Delhi School of Economics and Lady Shri Ram College, Gaurie started her career with Business Standard and then Economic Times. She was part of the senior editorial team that launched ET Now- India’s leading business channel.

Gaurie is currently executive editor with NewsX where she conducts the prime time evening debate and is also a regular columnist with the Sunday Guardian.

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Shri V. Umashankar

Shri V. Umashankar is a 1993 batch Indian Administrative Service Officer of the Haryana cadre.
At present, he is the CEO of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). Over the career span of 24 years, he has garnered wide experience.
Shri V. Umashankar joined GMDA on October 31, 2016, as an officer on special duty, was made additional CEO on August 17, 2017. He has previously occupied the CEO’s chair from January to October 2018 and was then transferred to Chandigarh as the Additional Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in addition to being given the post of CEO,Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran. He returns to the position of CEO of Gurugram
Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) in 2019.

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Shri Yashraj and Yuvraj Bharadwaj

Yashraj and Yuvraj are 20 years old entreprenuers. They own 36 Research Projects and 18 patent applications that they have filed in a team personally and the company owns more than 100+ patents. They are also the recipients of Karmaveer Chakra Award 2016 and have also been named amongst top 10 young entrepreneurs of 2017 & 2018 across the globe by success magazine.They have a lot of fellowships under name few of them being SF Fellowship Durbanvile, etc.

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Shri Sandeep Singh Saini

Shri Sandeep Singh, also known by his nickname ‘Flicker Singh’, is an Indian hockey player and a former captain of the Indian national hockey team. He is considered to be one of the most dangerous drag-flickers in the world. As the captain, he has helped the national team win the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Apart from the national team, he has also played for several clubs in the Australian and European leagues, as well as the Hockey India League. He is truly a man of steel, after an accident in 2006 which forced him off the field, he made a stunning comeback to the National team in 2008 and the rest is history.
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Shri Amarendra Khatua

Shri Amarendra is a director-general (DG) of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and was the former secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
He belongs to 1981 Batch of Indian Foreign Service. And did his graduation from Delhi University in 1978. He has worked in different capacities in key divisions including finance, administration, northern division and Latin America Division while working at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He has also served in the Ministry of Commerce &Industry, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry.

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Smt. Karuna Gopal

Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Advisor on Smart Cities, Governance & Policy. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.
Governments of USA, Sweden, South Korea, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Israel have invited her for inputs on Smart Governance. In 2018, Ms Gopal was invited by the Prime Minister of UAE to address their flagship event – World Government Summit at Dubai.

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Shri Anshuman Magazine

Shri Anshuman is a well-renowned leader at Industry forums. Presently he is working as Chairman and CEO at CBRE (world largest commercial real estate services and investment firm), focusing on India, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa. With over 23 years’ experience at CBRE, he develops the professional real estate consulting services in India. Under his guidance, the firm has successfully provided effective real estate solutions for a diverse range of products in India and South East Asia.

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Shri Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is the Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Zomato. Gaurav has been at the forefront of building Zomato, one of the largest restaurant search & discovery and food transaction platform globally, which drives transactions between users and restaurants across multiple markets – India, ME, SE Asia and ANZ. Zomato achieves this objective by operating across three business segments – 1. Food delivery (Online Food Ordering), 2. Dining out (Subscription Program, Table Reservations) and 3. Enablers (Raw material supply to restaurants, Kitchen Hygiene Ratings, Cloud Kitchens) which also help in growing the restaurant ecosystem.

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