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G S Prasad

Mr. Gauri Shankar Prasad took over the reins of Rourkela Steel Plant as Chief Executive Officer on 1st October 2011. Before joining RSP, Mr. Prasad was Executive Director of CET at Ranchi.

Mr. Prasad's illustrious professional life began when he joined SAIL at Bhilai Steel Plant in the year 1977 as a Junior Manager, after completing his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from NIT (the erstwhile REC), Rourkela.

A Fellow of the Institution of Engineers as well as a Life Member of Indian Institute of Welding,   Indian Institute of Metals and Management Association Rourkela, Mr. Prasad has visited several countries including USSR, U.K., France and Japan and has been trained in different aspects of steel making and maintenance.

As the Chief Executive Officer of RSP, Mr. Prasad has ushered in a renaissance in every field of endeavour. Under his able leadership the production and productivity of the Steel plant have reached unprecedented heights.. Mr. Prasad's passion for people and unique ability to reach out to them makes him an exceptional leader. He has introduced an initiative 'Antarang' to connect to the people in a more informal way and thereby create greater synergy and synthesis across the rank and file of the organisation. With a single-minded devotion to usher in inclusive and sustainable growth Mr. Prasad has initiated a unique concept 'Samvardhan.' It aims at not just making RSP a progressive plant and enriching the lives of each of its employee but also ensuring that the entire regions as well as all the stakeholders flourish.

Urmi Basu

Urmi Basu is the founder of New Light India

After fifteen years of professional work Urmi set up a small non -profit named New Light in Kolkata in 2000 with a seed money as little as Rs 10,000/- along with two other young people from the Kalighat red light district. The mission of the organization is to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women, girl children and young people. That small initiative today provides care and support to more than a thousand people. The organization also works to fight against child prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of sex- trade.

In November 2011 Urmi received the Make a change Award from Children`s Hope India, New York.

In October 2012, a documentary named Half The Sky based on the novel by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn was shown on PBS featuring Urmi and her work with the victims of trafficking. Following the documentary Urmi received the Global Citizen Award at the Global Music Festival in Central Park, New York which was organized to mark zero tolerance for hunger, poverty and abuse.

Urmi was chosen as a recipient of a blessing from His Holiness The Dalai Lama under the title Unsung heroes of Compassion 2009 on the 26th of April 2009 in San Francisco for her work that promotes compassion and peace.

Dhruv Lakra

Dhruv Lakra is the Founder & CEO of Mirakle Couriers.

Dhruv Lakra has a strong background in the social and finance space. He started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and shifted to the social sector after the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004. After working for two years in this sector he went on to pursue his MBA on a full scholarship as a Skoll Scholar from the University of Oxford with the intention on coming back to India.

After Oxford Dhruv founded Mirakle couriers in Mumbai which is for profit courier service that employs low income deaf youth.  The deliveries are done by deaf men, and the back office is run by deaf women. For his innovative work with the deaf at Mirakle couriers, Dhruv has been has been awarded the Helen Keller Award, CNN IBN Indians of the year and Times Now Amazing Indians, the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship based in New York, the National Award from the President of India, and more recently the highest civilian award from the Jammu and Kashmir government.

Phanindra Sama

Phanindra Sama "Phani" is Co-Founder & CEO of redBus.in, India's largest bus ticketing company.

Founded in Aug. 2006, redBus today has operations across 22 states and offers services for ~19,000+ routes and has built relationship with about 700+ bus operators and 40,000+ travel agents. 

redBus is amongst Forbes top 5 startups to watch in 2010. redBus is ranked no#1 amongst the fastest growing companies in India in a survey done by All World Network and  is also awarded India's best internet startup, 2010 by IMAI.

Phani is ranked no# 3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He has been chosen as a Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the year award under IT, ITES category by ET NOW and the BITSAA 30 under 30 awards. He is also selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur (www.endeavor.org) and TiE Entrepreneur (www.tie.org).

Himanshu Tayal

Himanshu Tayal is a Sr. Consultant at Hole-in-the-Wall Education Limited (HiWEL). He has over 15 years experience in e-Learning, Instructional Design, Web and other Software development. Currently, he is involved in Solution Design at HiWEL. His interests include UX design, specially interfaces for children, and Intelligent interfaces.

Incorporated in 2001 initiated as a joint venture between the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of The World Bank Group, and NIIT, a global IT and education company, Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) was set up to research and propagate the idea of Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). It is a cost effective, unique non-invasive and collaborative learning approach which uses an open playground setting to encourage children to explore and learn and in the process makes learning joyful and effective.

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