Swapna Abraham is a singer-songwriter, actor, author, interior designer, mentor, and marketing and branding enthusiast with her roots and formation in India and prime experience in the UAE. She is a multiple world record holder and award winner.
Swapna has authored and produced 21 musical albums and performed extensively on the international gospel music platform (www.swapnaabraham.com). Holding 4 world records in singing and songwriting with the Golden Book of World Records (www.1000songsin1000days.com), her book entailing the journey and lessons through the 1000-day world record journey is soon to be published.
A mentor in singing and songwriting, Swapna championed the first branded karaoke cafe “Kafeoke” in India with a school for singing and songwriting and a recording studio. She is also known for her acting performances as Donna in the Mamma Mia musical directed by the late Mithran Devanesan, and Meenakshi in the Tamil feature film Nadunissi Naaygal directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. Her years at the T A Pai Management Institute and Indian Institute of Management Kolkata led her to becoming an avid marketing and branding enthusiast. Leaving no flair unpursued, Swapna is also an interior designer and member of the Designers Society of America (www.alikainteriors.com).
In culmination, Swapna is the recipient of the NeedStar Award (2010), a Women's Day Citation "Role Model for her progress and success in the field of Mainstream Career, Art & Entrepreneurship"; the Lamp-Icongo Karmaveer Chakra for Gospel Music Maestro Award (2012) for the contribution to gospel music from 1991 to 2012; and the Aspire World Award (2019) for her Passion for Excellence at the 31st Global Women’s Empowerment Summit, Dubai.
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Anupama Venkatesh is presently Head of Partnerships and Special Projects at the American India Foundation. A seasoned professional with over 21 years of experience in integrated brand solutions, business development, and digital & cultural transformation, Anupama is a passionate storyteller with a proven track record in forging strategic alliances across B2B and B2C sectors.
Anupama has worked with several media conglomerates like NDTV, India Today, Network 18, Times Television Network and Hindustan Times. She held an integral role in NDTV’s key social initiatives such as ‘Save the Tiger’ and ‘Greenathon’ and drove the joint initiative ‘#WhyTheFarq’ between India Today and Oxfam on the inequality towards women. Anupama also steered the Digital India project in association with HP, State Governments, and the Central Government. The exposure through her initial years saw her working with an Indo–Japanese NPO, for which she spearheaded the annual fundraising initiative for their project ‘Namaste India’.
Aparna Arora was born and brought up in New Delhi (India), where she did her post-graduation in Public Relations after graduating from Delhi University. She is a science communications fellow from Cornel University. A travel enthusiast, who is excited about spiritual wellbeing, cultural diversity, food, and the performing arts.
Aparna is a Corporate Affairs professional with over twenty years of experience, across Tech (Facebook & ByteDance), FMCG (Mars Inc.), Retail (Walmart), Entertainment (HBO, CNN and Cartoon Network), and Non-Profit (Save the Children & World Bank) in India, S. Asia and SEA. Working with diverse industries has equipped her with strong experience in Communications, Public Policy & Advocacy, Media Relations, Digital, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Daivata Chavan-Patilis a Media Educator currently associated as a faculty member with the Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai. She is also a film producer and is associated with Onjal Arts Productions as Creative Producer since 2016. She produced a Marathi feature film ‘Barayan’ that theatrically released in Jan 2018 all over Maharashtra and was very well received by the audience.
Currently associated with Africa Asia Global Scholars Network, UK, as Assistant Director, Research and Technical and Maharashtra State President, Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their Information and Broadcasting Council on Honorary posts. She is also on the Executive Board of Public Relations Society of India, Mumbai Chapter. Her command over three languages, domain knowledge, in-depth reading, strong socio-cultural understanding, and the ability to empathise with the listener makes her an excellent orator. She has already been invited as a speaker by various academic institutions and industry across India.
Sunita Paul is an award-winning publisher, entrepreneur, organiser, author & editor publisher from the City of Joy, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She is the Managing Director of AABS Publishing House and CEO of AABS Events and Entertainment, Sunita is also the Editor-in-chief of Reader’s Choice Magazine and organizer of many events of high repute. A poet, novelist, short story writer, painter and motivational speaker who is a widely published author in USA and India.
In 2017, Sunita was the recipient of the Literary Nobel Laureate conferred by the World Nations Writer's Organization, Kazakhstan and was on the board of directors of Atunispoetry.com . She is also the ambassador of peace for the Human Rights Council, and the international peace organization HPWA. Sunita is the editor of many anthologies of international repute. She has been published in different anthologies and websites, blogs, e zines. Her many poems has been translated in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian.
Madhulika Agrawal is a media professional for 22 years, who’s passionate about content & its impact. A Literature graduate from Miranda House, with PG courses in Journalism & Filmmaking, and a Masters degree in Communications Policy from London, Madhulika has donned a gamut of challenging roles across the Indian Media Industry. Starting her journey as a News producer with Star, she later used her creative & analytical skills to later launch Fox Traveller Channel & relaunch the Nat Geo Channel in India.
From TV she switched to Radio, where she headed programming and then joined the India Today Network as Creative Head to set up their brand solutions team. Here she conceptualised and executed various content properties across TV, Digital & on-ground for different brands. Many of these were social impact projects like a Women’s Equality Campaign for Oxfam, a Youth Campaign for Fabindia and a Digital India Campaign for HP. Besides work, she enjoys good cinema, is a travel & culinary enthusiast & has a special interest in Health & wellness, with a certificate course in nutrition from e-cornell.
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Deepti Pillay Sivan
Deepti Pillay Sivan is an Indian film actress, film director and businesswoman based in Kerala, India. She is known for her lead role as Mohanlal's daughter in the movie Kalippattam starring Mohanlal and written and directed by Venu Nagavalli. She acted as the pivotal character in the movie. She also acted as a heroine in the movie Moonilonnu directed by K. K. Haridas. She is known for directing the film documentary Decoding Shankar about Shankar Mahadevan. She is currently the business head of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Previously, she was the station head of Red FM 93.5. The documentary film "Decoding Shankar" which she directed got a nomination at Indian Panorama-2018.
Anshu Varshney is an Indian actress and model who was crowned Mrs. India Runner Up in 2018, after which she pursued her passion for acting in Mumbai. She has worked in many short films, feature films and TV serials one of which is The Kapil Sharma Show and has acted in many web series. Anshu is known for her portrayal of the character "Charu" in the web series, Metal hood. She has also acted and featured in more than 65 commercials - Dabur, Dettol, HDFC, Everest, Cadbury, Philips and Odomas etc, and several Government ads. She is a motivational speaker. Anshu Varshney has been interviewed on Mehmaan on Doordarshan the national TV channel and received their award for Inspiring and Extraordinary Determination Woman.
Padmini Ravi has been on a journey in dance for over 5 decades. She is a performer, teacher and choreographer who reveals a new dimension to dance. Padmini is also the founder and director of Padmini Ravi Dance Academy and serves as an exponent and teacher of Bharathanatyam, the ancient South Indian classical dance known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. The classical art form embodies the three primary ingredients of Dance - Expression, Rhyme and Rhythm, which she imparts through training with her creative interpretations and adaptations of its movements. Padmini Ravi is a recipient of the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy Award as well as the State Rajyotsava Award.
Amrita S. Nair
Amrita S. Nair is a published writer, columnist, author and an Advocate at the Bombay High Court, working as an Associate at Parinam Law. As the founder of The Silent Sexism Project and the Intersectional Feminist Magazine, she understands well the insidious ways in which discrimination and denied access to resources affects communities across the country. She is equally passionate about delivering justice to the underprivileged and is particularly interested in feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights, and has had the opportunity to revel in a variety of Indian music, dance, and cuisine as a Fauji kid. When not busy with work or championing the causes she feels strongly about, she is usually found curled up with a book in a cozy nook.
Krithika Ram is an award-winning speaker & leader in the development sector with more than 15 years of experience, presently serving as Coach-Operations & Donor Management in Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) addressing the gender gap in technology. Earlier on, Krithika headed the India programs for WEConnect International, a US-based non-profit working with large US corporations and women-owned businesses to promote supplier diversity across the globe. She has been responsible for strategizing, strengthening and executing the CSR initiatives in Ramky Group, L&T Infotech and Icreon Tech. Krithika is passionate about mentoring women-owned SMEs and has been supporting some in Northeast India as a part of GIZ and Dhriti's Her&Now program since 2020. She is on the Advisory Boards of NPOs and is also associated with two women-owned enterprises.
Trina Dutt is a singer/songwriter who loves spreading joy and music through various genres of indie pop, soul, blues and rock. From intimate concerts and musical theatre productions to the radio, she dips her soul in the waters of all things music, singing and performing! Trina has a Diploma in Pop Vocals from the London College of Music (LCM) and a Diploma in Music Theatre (LCM), having topped India across all genres and won the 'Kawai Rolling Trophy for Outstanding Musician - Diploma (All Subjects)'. She also won the National Interschool Talent Contest 'Voice of Viva' in its 7th edition. Trina has performed in musical productions such as CATS (2014) and Lucky Stiff (2019) and was also part of the Under25 Summit in 2020 along with various online performances for charities and events alike. Trina has been training vocally for 12 years and performing for 7 years.
Mae Mariyam Thomas
Mae Mariyam Thomas is a presenter, journalist, podcast producer, and audio content/production consultant with over 15 years of experience in radio and podcasting. She started her career working in radio in the UK and India. She’s most well-known for being the host of India’s first indie music podcast Maed in India which was selected by Apple as one of the Best Podcasts of 2018 in India. The show has been running for over 7 years and is a platform to showcase some of the best independent music coming out of India. In 2019, she was chosen by GQ magazine for their 50 Most Influential Young Indians. Also, Maed in India is a 2021 Webby Award Honoree in the category of Limited Series & Specials - Diversity & Inclusion. Currently, she works as a podcast consultant to develop audio ideas, design shows, and handle production and distribution of podcasts.
Sohini Roychowdhury is a classical Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, movement director, producer, author and professor of Natyashastra. She is the founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance & Communications. A premier ambassador of Indian culture, Sohini´s performances – solo and with her multinational troupe Sohinimoksha, have been garnering tumultuous audience appreciation, and rave critical reviews all over the world. A visiting professor of dance at 17 Universities across the globe, Sohini is a winner of the ‘Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman’ by The House of Lords, British Parliament; the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts, ‘Governor’s Commendation’ for Distinguished World Artiste - by the Governor of Namur Province, Belgium; She Inspires Global Woman of the Year 2021 and many more.
Kainaz Jussawalla is an author, columnist, celebrity talk show host and the winner of three awards - “The Shiksha Ratna”, the “Asian Literary Society Author Award” and the “Fuzia Woman Achievers Award” for excellence in social media. Over the years, she has written extensively for various newspapers and magazines including Savvy and The Times Of India. Her writing work includes several anthologies and one bestseller. Currently working on her third book which will be published in 2023. She studied at St Xavier’s College Mumbai and lives in Mumbai city. Kainaz Jussawalla runs an initiative under the name “Be A Friend” which provides support and companionship to senior citizens in the community. A strong advocate for body positivity and has spoken at various health forums including Health First UK, AIIMS Delhi.
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