21-year-old Malaika Vaz of Saligao is an award-winning youth ambassador, filmmaker,social entrepreneur.She graduated from Sharada Mandir School ,and the Mahindra United World College.Malaika is in the Limca Book of World Records for being the youngest to expedition in both the Artic and Antarctic polar circles. Malaika has founded the women's empowerment organization 'Kriya' and is also the Director for the first India-Pakistan climate peace conference that will bring together the two neighbors to collaborate to address the pressing issues relating to climate change caused by global warming. She is a Polar Youth Ambassador, council member of Students On Ice (which works towards sensitising youth toward's polar conservation).
A project leader for the Global Manta Trust. Malaika,represents the global outdoor brand Columbia sportswear in India.Along with cinematographer Nitye Sood, Malaika founded 'Untamed Planet', a production house to showcase fresh takes on complex topics related to human-animal conflicts and the illegal wildlife trade.'Waghoba' her debut documentary,which was produced during her internship with Felis Creation, has been screened at several film festival's across the globe.Presently in the midst of a Nat Geo Explorer shoot series focused on co-existence between communities and the 3 big cats of India,and season 3 of the Discovery series " On the Brink". The other project of Untamed Planet that's on the boil is a documentary on the illegal wildlife trade in Manta rays across south east Asia. She aim's at bringing about policy level change through trade moratorium.
A versatile personality who is a adventure sports athletic,a Ted X speaker, a Pilot,Scuba Dive master who is also a indulgent cross country Equestrian enthusiast who has trotted to all continents around the globe. She also Wind-surfed competitively in the past.
Dr Mickey Mehta is a leading global holistic health guru and a Corporate life coach was born on 29th Aug 1962 (56 years young today) born to a lower middle class family in grant road (in the heart of the red light area) Mumbai. Today with 36 years in the field of holistic health, he's been a pioneer with many firsts to his credit. A Life Coach to billionaires , politicians , bollywood , miss worlds and miss universes.
Having spoken at the Harvard, the IITs, IIMs of the world including many other countries. He's on national TVs, national radio, a leading social media influencer of Asia, etc. Awarded with the economic times wellness icon of India and has been awarded the hundred most influential health exponents of the world. His corporate workshops in India floods his diary and people just want more of his book (The Shoonyam Quotient) tour.
He also trained personnel of The Army, The Navy, The Air force, The Maharashtra State police , The Customs Department and The Immigration Department. His Yoga International Day initiative has initiated close to 4,00,000 people into wellness over the last four years.
Chairman and Founder, The Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship. Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production. Prahlad Kakar, Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production, one of India's oldest and foremost Ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. Prahlad founded his firm in 1977 and virtually invented a genre of television advertising in India in the years that followed.
Prahlad has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created Award winning commercials for the most reputed Corporates and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region. After having assisted renowned feature Filmmaker, Mr Shyam Benegal he moved onto Advertising films. "To tell a story in 30 seconds in the most engaging way possible" remains Prahlad's reason for his continued passion for ad filmmaking, even 30 years later. Known as the "Ad guru" he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate "regional Indianness" and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews. He has helped create memorable campaigns for brands like Pepsi "Yehi Hai Right Choice Baby! Aha!", Gold spot "The Zing Thing", Maggie "2 minutes!", Britannia "Ting Ting Ti Ting", Limca "Zor ka Jhatka" and Maggi Sauces "It's different".
Today Prahlad is consulting with Companies to provide innovative solutions for promoting and brand building various products and services. Creative workshops, Motivational and Leadership interactive sessions for the top and middle management executives and university students to deal with current issues and future challenges specifically designed for every Company's needs. After years of planning to venture into Education, Prahlad along with his partners - Pratish Nair, Mitali Kakar, Reah Irani and Priya Menon launched PKSBE in 2016, to take their cumulative experience in the fields of Branding, Marketing Communication, Education, Logistics, Corporate Training and to mentor, train and groom young budding entrepreneurs and help them set up their-business.
Swami Smaranananda Giri is the General Secretary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, founded in 1917 by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. The Society renders spiritual, humanitarian, and charitable services, and disseminates the Kriya Yoga teachings of Yoganandaji for the all-round development of man. Swami Smaranananda was a Post-Doctoral Fellow from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He obtained his Ph. D. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1981. He received the Gold medal in the state during the school final examinations; and also another Gold medal in the University for topping in Engineering.
He served at IIT Chennai as a Research Scholar, at IIT Kharagpur as a Senior Research Assistant, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Hyderabad, as a Design Engineer, at Siddhardha Engineering College, Vijayawada, as an Associate Professor, at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, as a Post Doctoral Fellow, and at Center for Navigational Electronics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, as a Senior Scientist. In his short research career, he published about 20 papers in international journals.
Swami Smaranananda served in both academia and industry before joining Yogoda Satsanga Society as a sannyasi. It was at IIT Kharagpur, Swamiji happened to be introduced to Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s scientific techniques of meditation and concentration. Realizing the profound impact of yoga meditation in imparting ever-new bliss, and the reassuring security that it brought to one’s self in this world of change, Swamiji resolved to pursue this balanced path of yoga and service to mankind throughout his life.
In 1985, Swamiji had the choice to join the former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in his missile project as a Scientist; but he instead chose to enter the Yogoda Satsanga Ashram as a sannyasi. Swamiji has spoken extensively at premier institutes and organizations, in India and abroad, on the science of yoga meditation, and it’s efficacy in overcoming stress, anxiety, fear, and worry – and to tap into man’s tremendous innate potential. He has delivered a TEDx talk, and was interviewed by many magazines and TV channels including Doordarshan. IIT Kharagpur recently conferred on him with the “Distinguished Alumnus Award”.
As the General Secretary of Yogoda Satsanga Society, Swamiji oversees its four Ashrams and more than 200 meditation centers across India, providing spiritual and organization guidance. Yogoda Satsanga Society runs around 20 educational institutions, and several medical dispensaries serving tens of thousands of patients every year. The Society also runs several specialized clinics, free eye camps, and helps orphanages and leprosy colonies. During times of catastrophe, or natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, etc. the Society provides relief and aid material to the needy and afflicted.