The theme for this year is ‘I’ for Ideas where ‘I’ stands for an individual i.e. the speaker and the second “I” represents the ideas and innovations that come from within a person.
1. Chaitanya Lila Das Monk | Life-coach | Motivational Speaker
An IT engineer by qualification and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Chaitanya Lila Das has been serving as a resident monk at ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai for the last 11 years. An expert at sharing life enrichment lessons, blending ancient wisdom and personal realizations, he inspires & guides modern-day individuals, from both the academic and corporate world, helping them upgrade the quality of their lives.
2. Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu AVSM, VSM (Retd)
Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), was commissioned in Dec 1978 and superannuated in2017. During his army career, he held all important appointments and attended all prestigious courses. He has served extensively in counter-insurgency areas. He has been an instructor at the NDA and Defence Services Staff College. An outstanding sportsman who has played polo for the Indian Polo Association(IPA) and Indian Army teams. He is currently the Vice President Of IPA. He is a good golfer and is on the management committee of the Delhi Golf Club.
3. Diya Chordia: Founder, We Talk Back
Diya Chordia is the 17-year old who ran a 3-month campaign in rural areas of Rajasthan to educate people about voter rights before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. She ideated and published booklets for voter awareness and a textbook which is a step-by-step guide for activists on party politics. Diya has been praised by Mary Robinson, Shashi Tharoor, Col. Bhatt, and featured in DoSomething Organisation's newsletter for her innovative campaign.
4. Saachi Soni: Mountaineer
Saachi Soni was the youngest woman to climb Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak; Youngest Indian to climb all the ten highest peaks of Australia in 50 hours and made it to Limca book of records. She was also the youngest woman selected in the team to climb Mt. Everest by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, she was initiated into mountaineering by her father at the tender age of seven, and spent her childhood, trekking, climbing and summiting peaks all over the world.
5. Mayank Bharadwaj: Student Speaker
Mayank Bhardwaj apart from being a student of the discipline of Humanities, is also a Counter Speech Fellow with YLAC, India (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship) and Instagram. He believes in using the expression we all have to facilitate change using various performing arts such as singing, poetry and public speaking to advocate for various issues that aren’t talked about.
6. Nidhi Kalal: Student Speaker
Nidhi Kalal is a 16-year-old who loves to communicate with nature and my endeavor is to assist nature in the best way possible to overcome the problems prevailing in the environment. She tries to interact with the public, talk about social issues, in order to make them aware of the problems as well as the possible solutions. She likes to read books of different authors and to explore their vision of the world.
7. Saumya Pande: Textile researcher I Design educator
Saumya muses on the mundane, the common, the ordinary and the everyday. For a living, she teaches design. For love, she works with yarns and for inspiration, she looks at the overlooked, up close. As the HOD at IIAD Delhi, Saumya connects with young minds in the classroom and as the Co-Founder of the Zameen Astar Foundation (ZAF), she creates a livelihood for artisans at the grass root level.