TEDxShivNadarUniversity 2017

TEDxShivNadarUniversity 2018 is empowered by the two years of experience already under our belt. Even today, we are grateful to our speakers and partners from our previous years for their support and contribution.

Abhineet Sonkar

What sets ‘innovators’ like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Joe Gebbia, Marc Randolph etc. apart from others? And why do they succeed in times of uncertainty? Abhineet leads the Innovation & Design Thinking practice for HCL Technologies in Europe & APAC where he is helping companies solve their ‘wicked’ problems and stay relevant. Working with corporations across five continents, Abhineet has realized that in business world one can never really plan for success ~ future belongs to those, who create success. Easier said than done, when we have been groomed to ‘live’ by the perfect plan, when we have been urged to ‘think’ with just one-half of our brain, when we have been ‘fed’ the same lie – again and again. On 12th November, listen to Abhineet demystify this lie, and share his mantras on how to turbocharge your full-brain potential, and synthesize success.

Amitabh Mall

What is life like, when you’re at the top rung of the corporate ladder? What is it, that a partner at the Boston Consulting Group looks forward to learning after consulting some of the biggest companies in the world for sixteen years? Amitabh Mall, Partner & Director at the Boston Consulting Group has, for a long time, been observing the best leaders of the world in action, and understands the heart of what truly matters for them. Being an avid reader, Amitabh has been studying writers for a long time, and has been a participant in the Iowa Summer Writers Festival where he noted a writer’s approach to life. On 12th November 2017, listen to Amitabh Mall talk about what are the six things that business leaders can learn from writers, and reveal insights about life in consulting.

Bianca Ghose

Everyone has a story. We use stories to give meaning to our lives, to make sense of what we’ve accomplished, and to establish connection with other people. But is your personal story – the one that is meant for the outside world – as simple as the story of you just being you? Bianca Ghose, a corporate storyteller, has spent the last decade working with different forms of storytelling. She shares her experiences – and experiments – with stories and talks about how your personal story, your ‘brand’, is about knowing who you are, what you stand for and then finding authentic but innovative ways to make that visible.

Garima Avtar

How does it feel to sit in the driver’s seat, waiting for the countdown to reach zero? To spend every ounce of attention constantly fixed on the road, believing you will survive the next few hours? Ace Rally Race Driver Garima Avtar gives us a glimpse of this world. She is the Corporate Vice president at Delton Cables Limited. She has been felicitated as a Superwoman of Delhi NCR as well as a SuperMom by Radio One 94 3 FM. She began her journey in Motorsports as a part of the coveted Team Mahindra is one of the handful of female rally drivers who have participated in almost of India’s major motorsport competitions, including the Indian Rally Championship, the Raid De Himalayas, Desert Storm, the Mughal Rally and the Autocross and Speed Prints to name a few. From battling tradition at a very early age to financing her passion and finally breaking the stereotype around the male dominated sport, Garima has faced it all.

Karan Vaish

Hardly 3 years out of college, Karan Vaish is the lead systems engineer for the TeamIndus Lunar Rover – ECA. His forte, mechanical engineering, and experiences in designing quite a few unmanned rover systems throughout professional, university and school years, landed him with the opportunity to design an actual rover fit for space flight back in 2013. Aided by veterans from the Indian Space Research Organization and backed by a team of dozen engineers, this makes him the youngest engineer to build a rover ready for space flight, due launch in the first quarter 2018. His objective - ensuring that TeamIndus’s lunar rover, ECA, traverses at least 500 meters of the lunar surface and sends back High Definition imagery data.

Nikheel Aphale

Why are letters drawn the way they are? What if 'ह' was written as 'स' ? Ever wondered how hard it is to do calligraphy? Nikheel Aphale is passionate about calligraphy and letterforms, especially the Devanagri script. He has designed many book covers for leading publishers from India using calligraphy and handwriting. His calligraphy practice primarily emphasizes on the abstraction of letterforms, which further gets translated into different mediums, be it paintings, logos or products. Nikheel religiously collects matchboxes, vintage stuff, plain-notebooks. “For me calligraphy is a purely spiritual experience. The way my pen, ink, paper and hand interact – is a play of action and reaction. I am not sure of how the stroke is going to end or how ink is going to react on the paper or how the tool is going to help ink form interesting unexpected texture. I enjoy this process of uncertainty, surprises, unplanned exploration more than a final outcome”.

Reema Ahmed

How often do you hear the words “penis” and “vagina”, as opposed to “liver” or “fingernails”? At what age did you learn about ‘birds and bees’? Did you have ‘the talk’, or did you learn about it on your own? Reema Ahmad, Co-founder of Candidly, works towards building an understanding of prevalent attitudes on gender and sexuality as they manifest in media and through culture. In the process, she hopes to raise awareness and question existing stereotypes, without creating an atmosphere of fear, guilt or shame – feelings that are often associated with sexuality, gender and abuse. Reema believes that silence fuels misconception and stereotypes, and the only way forward, is candidly. On 12th November, listen to Reema talk about the miraculous path that lies ahead when you face discomfort head on.

Reshma Valliapan

Ever heard voices that seemed to come from nowhere? Woken up and felt like the monsters you saw in the dream are still waiting under your bed? What if you could see someone in the room who no one else could? Reshma Valliappan is the protagonist of the PSTB documentary: “A Drop of Sunshine”, which is based on her true story of recovery and living with schizophrenia without medications. Being compared to John Nash as ‘A Beautiful Mind, yet again’, she is an artist with a beat of her own. Her book, an autobiographical account of her life before being diagnosed with schizophrenia, is “Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenic”. The book is a first of its kind on schizophrenia, shedding light on the issues of stigma, human rights, legal rights and what it means to live without medications. Today, Reshma is an artist – activist for a number of issues related to mental health, disability, sexuality and human rights, and is the co-founder of The Red Door.

Sanjay Seth

Sanjay Seth is a B. Tech (IIT-Delhi) and MBA (IIM-Ahmedabad) and has over 31 years of experience in the corporate and IT sector and has spent the last 7 years working in the tobacco control industry as a trustee for the Sambandh Health Foundation. He currently serves as the Chief of Operations of the Sambandh Health Foundation. Sanjay had entered tobacco control as India Program Director in the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. He is also associated with the Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health and continues to manage the Voice of Tobacco Victims campaign. Over the past few years, Sanjay has played a transformative role and made a significant impact in the country, saving numerous lives.

Shreya Soni

In a marketing dominated world, what does it take to run a ‘secret’ organization? Ever receive an anonymous letter/mail inviting you for a meal with like minded people, signed by a ‘Stevie’? The Delhi Secret Supper Club started in 2013 by Shreya Soni with the first anonymous meet-up, where the mission was to get like minded people in one place, and give them the opportunity to connect with each other, with special focus on food, ambience, company and music. The DSSC started off as a secret supper club, and soon became the country’s biggest and coolest secret. After staying anonymous and faceless they came out of the proverbial closet on the organization’s fourth year of existence. Today, they are the leading curators of immersive experiences for the country’s finest and most exclusive member base; along with one of the country’s finest lifestyle guides and exploratory platform for a discerning readership who are curious to know what’s new in the city.

Sriram Raghavan

riram Raghavan is a technocrat of his own accord. He is the Director for IBM Research in India and is responsible for establishing and executing the technical agenda of IBM's India Research Lab in collaboration with IBM's worldwide research labs and business units. He holds the important responsibility of communicating IBM’s technical vision to all clients, startups and everyone concerned. He also led the Information & Analytics Department at IBM Research-India, establishing new research directions at the intersection of large scale data management, text analytics, and distributed systems. Sriram has been with IBM since 2004 when he first joined the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, as a Research Staff Member. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and Stanford University and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Stalik K.

Have you ever seen the true horrors of untouchability? Who are the people who bring light to the true plight of those who are victims of the caste system? Stalin K., India’s leading exponent of community radio, campaign design and community video, has produced films such as “Lesser Humans” and “India Untouched”, which have galvanized international attention to caste discrimination and won numerous film awards. Stalin has designed more than 20 campaigns and events on various human rights issues including Cricket for Peace, Game4Change, Asia Social Forum and Making Caste Visible at UN World Conference against Racism, and has taught workshops on development communications and the use of media for empowerment at Universities and NGOs in the India and the United States, such as Boston University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences etc.

Zorian Cross

Faculty at Films and Theatre Personality, and a multi-award- winning actor and playwright, Zorian Cross has starred in over thirty productions, four short-films, written over a dozen scripts and directed ten plays - all in a short span of 7 years. His first original play, 'The Coming Out', not only became a local sensation at the 2011 Short and Sweet Delhi Theatre Festival, but also won him the Best New Talent Award for acting and writing. The play, went on to be performed in five different cities across the world, winning five awards in Bengaluru and one in Sydney. Since then, he has penned five original plays, all of which have been critically appraised at various workshops and performed as dramatized readings. Apart from his own original work, he has played major roles in plays by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Dario Fo. With his art stemming from his supreme confidence in his sexuality and the pain of his past, Zorian Cross plans to revolutionize the Delhi theatre scene through his company: Zorian Cross Productions. With the aim of promoting original work and discovering and nurturing fresh talent, Zorian Cross plans to conquer the world one round of applause at a time.

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