Among the most acclaimed of Indian journalists,Mr.Utpal Chatterjee,who was until recently,the Honourable Sheriff of Calcutta and its first citizen,has interviewed 18 Heads of State, nine Nobel Laureates and travelled with three Indian Prime Ministers as part of their respective media delegations.That apart,he has twice covered the U.S.Presidential Elections,coast to coast,interviewing prospective Presidents and also the first and last open election in the erstwhile U.S.S.R. during the tenure of President Mikhail Gorbachev (whom he also interviewed).Having done his fellowship in Journalism from Oxford,he has travelled abroad on other official assignments at least 45 times across all the continents except Africa and Australia.
Now the Editor,India,of LEADERS,the niche global journal headquartered in New York,he has worked for several Indian newspapers and journals that include,among others,the Amrita Bazar Patrika,The Independent and The Times of India.He also has the experience of being among the first lot of news presenters & Election anchors for Doordarshan.Since 1997,he is also on the panel of experts for the South Asia Desk of the BBC ,London. Having completed 36 years in journalism,he has also been an active Rotarian since 1997 and devoted himself to all avenues of service.He has received several awards and recognitions,-“Outstanding Rotarian of the Year” twice being among them.He has led the Group Study Exchange team to Germany in 2006. His interests include books,cinema,theatre,sports,music and public speaking.
His passions include social welfare,a couple of villages that he and his friends have adopted and the cleaning and greening of Calcutta.
1985: National Award for the MOST PROMISING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR.
2013: SAMMAN FOR LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT IN JOURNALISM BEYOND BOUNDARIES.
2015: Rotary International Vocational Award for Excellence in Journalism and Public Service.
Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, is India’s most eminent and renowned classical dancer, choreographer and dance scholar. Ananda was conferred the Padma Shri in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Bharatanatyam in 2009.
Ananda is a sought after motivational speaker and actively engages with young India on a wide range of topics, at leading corporate entities, leadership programs, hospitals, universities and schools. She was a TED speaker in 2009 and her TED talk after her tryst with cancer has been ranked as one of 12 incredible TED talks on cancer. Also, the Huffington Post in Jan ’15 ranked Ananda’s TED Talk, as one of five greatest TED talks by an Indian. Another rare honour was a recent invitation to speak at the Harvard Business School for the Inspire Series of the India Conference.
Rahul Narvekar, a ‘Start-up Pro’ is the founder CEO of India Network and Founder Director of Scale Ventures: an early stage investment fund, is an entrepreneur who started his career at an early age , as a door to door salesman to support his education. From sale campaigns at TSN: Tele shopping Network, to Script writing for soap operas for UTV , to corporate advertising on cable TV to co-founding India’s first interactive music channel: Oxygen.
From marketing to handling revenue, Rahul has done it all before co-founding www.FashionandYou in 2009: a coveted fashion and luxury brands e-commerce store. In 2012 he joined hands with NDTV to create www.indianroots.com, a curated marketplace for designer and ethnic products targeted at the global Indian. An alumnus of Mumbai University, IIM Calcutta, and ESSEC Business School, Paris; he believes in the power of entrepreneurship to empower India.