Speakers



Dr Karnam Malleswari

She is presently holding a designation of CHIEF GENERAL MANAGER – Food Corporation Of India, New Delhi and had an illustrious career with this organization since 24 years.

She hails from Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh and has settled down in Delhi / Haryana after starting a family. She is a doting mother of two young boys aged 17 yrs and 11yrs.

Along With her husband Shri Rajesh Tyagi, who has been a national level weightlifter himself, she wished to give back to society and contribute to the Sport in which she had excelled. They had a vision to create India’s first Weightlifting and Powerlifting Academy under the aegis of the KARNAM MALLESWARI FOUNDATION, focusing on making Olympic champions from Grassroots, for the country, Founded by them in March 2017, this academy which is located in Yamunanagar, Haryana is supported by Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt of India. It is running successfully for last 3 years and has produced young champions at prestigious events like Khelo India Youth Games and National School Games.

As Chairperson of this organization, she regularly trains the athletes and is actively involved on ground for all aspects of the program implementation.

Recently she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy with specialisation in Sports Management by Ballsbridge University.

Dr. Deepa Malik

A lady who has continually risen above all odds, braving chest below paralysis for the past 20 years - winner of 5 President of India awards, 4 Limca world records, 3 International Awards, 68 national & state medals, 23 international medals.

Padma Shri, Khel Ratna & Arjuna Awardee Dr. (h.c.) Deepa Malik is India’s first paraplegic woman biker, swimmer, rallyist & India’s first ever female Paralympic medalist, enabling people with disabilities through her foundation Wheeling Happiness; she has received not one but 2 honorary doctorates for her contributions to the fields of Sports & Social Service; and also supports the government in its various outreach campaigns like Swachch Bharat, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Accessible India, Jaago Graahak Jaago, Khelo India, Fit India to name a few..

Dr. Kshama Fernandes

Dr. Kshama Fernandes is the Managing Director and CEO of Northern Arc Capital, a leading finance company in India that invests and connects underbanked institutions and businesses to capital markets investors. Deeply respected for her knowledge and commitment towards the cause of unleashing the power of finance for the greater good, Kshama has been a member of various High- Powered Committees setup by the Government of India and has worked on consulting assignments for the World Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and NSEIT.

Kshama has been featured by FMO, the Dutch global Development Finance Bank as a role model in banking. She is also a recipient of Accion’s Edward Claugus International Award for Leadership in Financial Inclusion. She has been featured on the cover page of Forbes, Entrepreneur and Business Goa, besides many others.

Kshama has a Bachelors in Mathematics, a Masters in Management and a Ph.D. in Finance. She is also an accomplished adventure sports enthusiast with many achievements to her credit. She is an ardent motor biker, a trained mountaineer and skydiver and a transoceanic sailor.

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat is the First lady Sarpanch of Soda located in the District of Tonk, Rajasthan, India. She was first elected as a Sarpanch in February 2010 and re-elected for a second term in February of 2015 courtesy the demand of the village residents.

Rural India is the beating heart of the world’s largest democracy, but its people are cut off from India’s development in many ways. India’s biggest challenge is to bridge the growing rural urban divide. Sarpanch Rajawat’s aim is to make Soda a model village by pursuing an integrated, sustainable, gender-balanced development that can be replicated in other villages. To accomplish her goals to bridge that divide Sarpanch Rajawat is actively seeking support in the form of expertise as well as funds / adoption of projects from the government as well as non-government sectors including corporations, NGOs and individuals to collectively work towards creating the model village.

During her first term, Sarpanch Rajawat was successful in bringing transparency into the council office, water to a drought hit region, constructing toilets, promoting plantation, construction of roads, opening a bank and encouraging women and girls to also open accounts and inculcate the habit of saving, forming self help groups, providing a better infrastructure to the government run girls’ school, saving a girls’ college in the village from shutting down, mobilizing parents to educate their children, providing electricity to every household and, introducing a waste management project among other accomplishments.

Sarpanch Rajawat’s focus during her second term is on improving the quality of education (at anganbadis, primary school level as well as in the government run high school where students are only taught Hindi Literature, Sanskrit Literature and Geography); introducing vocational training to help provide alternate sources of income; improve the ecological balance and, agricultural practices. For all of this she is still seeking support.

Sarpanch Rajawat is an alumna of Rishi Valley and Mayo College Girls’ School. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and followed it up with a degree in business management from Pune. She worked in the corporate sector for about seven years during which she undertook myriad roles in media, hospitality, and the telecom industry.

Sarpanch Rajawat is an Aspen fellow and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She co-chaired the World Economic Forum on India and was recently invited to be part of the first Obama Summit held in Chicago and Town hall in Delhi.

Sarpanch Rajawat received the First Ladies National award from the Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Ministry of Women & Child Development at Rashtrapati Bhawan in January of 2018. She was also awarded Reebok’s Fit To Fight award by Ms.Kangana Ranaut and has received many others including the Young Indian Leader award by CNN/IBN; she has been honored by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu - Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation - with ASSOCHAM Ladies League’s Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers award; Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National award; All India Woman Achiever’s award; India TV’s Yuva award and; honored on Technology Day by Former President Lt. Shri APJ Abdul Kalam.