National Geographic Explorer and Wildlife Photographer
Sandesh Kadur is an award-winning wildlife photojournalist, author & documentary filmmaker. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, who uses images - both still & video - to expose the need for conservation and encourages protection of the planet’s biodiversity. His photographs have been published widely in books and magazines while his documentaries with subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards have been aired worldwide on the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic networks. He is the founder of Felis Creations - a media and visual arts company that focuses on creating content that inspires conservation.
Neuroscientist & Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Dr. Shubha Tole is an Indian neuroscientist and Professor. Her research involves investigating the development and evolution of the mammalian brain for which she has won many accolades such as The Infosys Prize in Life Sciences in 2014 and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Biological Sciences in 2011 - which is India’s highest scientific honor. Her work does not end in her lab. She is dedicated to fostering an appreciation and application of the sciences in students through public outreach talks, posting about scientific issues and topics on the internet, and mentoring pre and post-doctoral students. She is also a member of various scientific groups and societies.
Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University, UK
Prof. Sugata Mitra is a PHD in Physics credited with more that 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. Amongst many awards from India, the UK, USA and other countries, he was awarded the 1 million dollar TED Prize in 2013 and was conferred the prestigious Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2005. His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Physics and Consciousness. His famous Hole in the Wall experiment has left a mark on popular culture and was the inspiration behind the Oscar winning movie of 2009 - Slumdog Millionaire. In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them.
Professor of International Mental Health & Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Clinical Science, UK
Vikram Patel is a Professor of The Wellcome Trust and Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He will join Harvard Medical School as the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in April 2017. He is Joint Director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees. He is a recipient of the Chalmers Medal (Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Medal (US Institute of Medicine), an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation), an Honorary OBE from the UK Government and the Dharmaj Ratna from his ancestral village in Gujarat. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.
Founder BoP HUB, World Toilet Organization
Mr. Jack Sim was formerly in the construction industry but he left and founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001 to create good will and bring the subject into the open. He is known for breaking the global taboo of toilet and sanitation by bringing it to global media centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts since 2001. Sim was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time magazine. He received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He was elected a Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2007, and as of Fall 2007 he was assisting in the United Nations plans for the International Year of Sanitation in 2008. Jack Sim has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Illinois University, NUS, NTU, SMU, LKYSPP and is currently teaching at the Tote Board-LKYSPP Executive Course on Social Branding.