Artistic Director & Enterpreneur- United Kingdom
Alok is currently CEO & Artistic Director of Milap, an international Indian Arts and Culture Company, based in England. He is responsible for the leadership, strategic and artistic direction of the organisation, delivering a long-term plan for Indian arts. Alok is an experienced professional and cultural leader, with specialist skills in artist development and mentoring, production and curation, and is currently in the final stages of PhD research on Indian music in Britain.
Following university qualifications in languages, literature, politics and public administration, Alok began a career in the arts, a creative industry in which he could pursue his passion to help make a difference to people's lives.
Founded in 1985, the Milap’s mission is to Inspire, educate and entertain people of all backgrounds. Milap’s ethos is expressed best through these words ‘Uniting Hearts Through Arts’, as they use performances, events and projects to try to bring people together, give them amazing experiences, and send them away happy.
Milap runs a varied national performance programme, an academy for emerging artists, and various strategic programmes to develop Indian arts. It is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity.
Anita holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Lady Irwin College, Delhi and a post graduate Diploma in neurological and physically challenged from AADI (Spastic society of Northern India). She also holds a post graduate diploma in Learning Disability from SNDT Mumbai. Anita has over the years worked tirelessly for the awareness of the rights and duties of children with special needs. She has also completed 3 stage courses of Brain Gym from Australia. She has conducted several awareness workshops in Delhi University and various schools around Delhi, NCR. Anita is a hugely motivational teacher who encourages and supports independent thinking, positive attitudes and self-worth in young girls.
Education Professional- India
Clinical Nutritionist- India
Ms. Ishi Khosla is a practicing clinical nutritionist, columnist, author, an entrepreneur, researcher and welfare worker.
She is actively involved in clinical practice at the Centre For Dietary Counseling in Delhi where she deals with a wide range of nutrition related health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, food allergies, digestive, immune system, neuro psychiatric and endocrine disorders in adults and children. To scale up her practice and reach out to a global audience Ms. Khosla has founded a unique score based nutrition App called theweightmonitor.com. She has also published two popular books with Penguin India, one of them (Is Wheat Killing You?) being the only book on Celiac Disease in India.
Ishi is also the Founder of the Celiac Society of India and speaks at several seminars on eating well.
Karan Kakar is currently a Technical Manager for an Oil & Gas consultancy based out of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Karan has over 18years' experience dedicated to riser and subsea engineering ranging from conceptual through to detailed design, delivery management and operational integrity management. Karan holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, Bachelor of Technology degree in Naval Architecture from IIT Madras and is a Chartered Marine Engineer. When not in front of his laptop, Karan enjoys indulging his family, experimenting in the kitchen and consuming stories about fictional worlds.
Engineering Professional- Malaysia
Media Personality - India
Rated as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Media by the Exchange 4 Media group for 2 years in a row, Mala Sekhri is one of the most prominent names in the Indian Media and Entertainment circuits.
Being one of the key people who contributed to the success story of the illustrious India Today Group, she has played a pioneering role in bringing in the most foreign magazine titles to India. She has launched and run operations of the most popular health and lifestyle Magazines in India, including Cosmopolitan, India Today Plus, Business Today, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar among others.
During her stint as the host of “Sureeli Baat” on India’s eminent news channel, Aaj Tak, she has interviewed the likes of Kailash Kher, Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Daler Mehdi, Sunidhi Chauhan and Usha Uthup among others.
In her role as moderator and anchor for many group events and programmes, she has interviewed several celebrities like Dr. Jeffery Life, Dr Deepak Chopra, Sonu Nigam, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, KK, Vishal Dadlani, etc.
In addition she has conceptualised and organised over 70 concerts with leading musicians including Ustaad Bismillah Khan, Ghulaam Ali, Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Hans Raj Hans, KK, Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan, Kishori Amonkar amongst many others.
Her columns as a guest author can be found in numerous publications. As a thought leader in the industry she has conceptualised and spearheaded unique and innovative entertainment properties.
Her penchant for creating engaging content and making it commercially viable combined with her great interest in Music, Health and Lifestyle keeps her going.
She currently is the Co-Founder of Musiconcepts that has staged , the biggest Music Initiative in South Asia - The India Music Summit - since 2017. After three successful editions of the Summit, Musiconcepts is now set to roll out many unique Music Initiatives in India.
An entrepreneur turned investor who is extremely passionate about climate change and renewable energy - Rustam wears multiple hats. He works with one of Canada's leading sustainable energy funding organizations (SDTC | www.sdtc.ca) while teaching at the University of British Columbia and running projects for the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University.
Rustam sits on the board of many companies including Boond (a company he founded in 2010 recognized as one of India's most impactful solar companies credited to have provided electricity to over 50,000 people) and EnAccess (a non-profit working for energy access in Africa). He is also the Executive-in-Residence at the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator where he mentors other entrepreneurs on business modelling, marketing and fundraising. Rustam has authored books on investing and social enterprise models and talks at forums and universities to motivate others to fight climate change and create innovations on the ground. Owing to his first hand experience in the development sector and emerging economies, he has collaborated with international agencies like GIZ The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Universities like Columbia University, Aalto University of Finland, University of British Columbia, and University of Pittsburgh in research projects and talks/panel discussions.
Rustam holds an INSEAD MBA graduate with MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He has also been awarded ‘Echoing Green Fellowship’ for work in Climate Change in 2014 and the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Technology Fellowship 2017.
Social Enterpreneur- Canada
Dr. Shylaja Rudraiah
Doctor of Medicine- India
Shylaja Rudraiah holds a degree in BUMS from the Government Unani Medical College, Bengaluru and a Diploma in Pharmacology Vigilance from Institute of Clinical Research, India. What makes her work as a doctor very successful is that she combines the preventative aspects of health and healing with her knowledge in both Western and Eastern Medicine. Shylaja has also taught for some years as a Teach For India Fellow whilst taking a break from her medical career. She continues her work in combining speaking at Govt schools on health and healing. She also works as the Resident doctor at private clinics and rural hospitals.
Talish Ray is the founding partner of TRS Law Offices and takes pride in the fact that she is a generalist in the world of specialists.
She has worked extensively with corporate houses, individual clients and not for profit organizations. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India as well as the various High Courts and Tribunals around the country and has extensive experience in the area of practice involving corporate structuring, mergers and acquisition, court litigation and, policy work. She continues to serve as a senior counsel at the High Court of Delhi for the Union of India.
Outside of her law practice she also serves as the Convener for the panel for gender sensitivity at the Executive Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (Delhi State). She is also a member of the entrepreneurial education advisory board for Acropolis group of institutes in Indore.
She is also the project director for www.girlsgottaknow.in which is an early stage gender program for young girls and women launched in December 2016.In her spare time she conducts ‘by invitation only’ heritage walks around the city of Delhi. Currently in their 5th season, about 4000 school students and 600 adults have joined her on her walks.
A state level trap shooter in college, she is presently training for her Dan II blackbelt in Taekwondo. She enjoys cooking traditional Avadhi Cuisine and also fancies herself as a singer but thankfully no one invites her to sing.
40 years of trying and learning by making mistakes. Like to say, I know what to avoid and still learning everyday by trying.
Worked 30 years with large global corporations in different geographies both within and out of India. Have been given bigger responsibilities over the years. The realisation that you manage smarter people than yourself has been truly humbling. Started as a Brooke Bond - Sales Manager
PepsiCo - Director Customer Development ( Middle East & North Africa), Adidas - Managing Director South East Asia and then for ProTAC - MD and Founder
Have tried putting money where my mouth is by trying my hand at entrepreneurship the past 10 years. It's been a sharp learning curve and realising that hope, compassion and empathy are the corner stones of moving forward. To grow you need to grow everybody around you.