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Aakash Mehta is a singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, producer, stand-up comedian and interior
designer. And he does all this without being a star kid. It helps that he has issues and that he likes
dealing with them on stage. A true student of the art, Aakash now relishes every mishap, misfortune
and misadventure so that he can talk about it on stage.
Anil Malhotra is a practising Advocate in India since September 1983. He attained Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and an LLM degree from the University of London, London in November 1985 where, he studied Comparative
Family Law at LSE and Law and Society at SOAS. For over 30 years, he continues to act as a expert to
render reports in foreign courts and conduct matters in Indian Courts pertaining to interpretation
and application of foreign Court Orders regarding divorce decrees, child abduction, custody,
maintenance, adoption and family related issues of Non-resident Indians (NRIs).
Shantanu Anand and Nandini Varma are the cofounders of Airplane Poetry Movement, a project to
build a working infrastructure for spoken word poets and their educators. Their vision is to create an
ecosystem where poets have opportunities to build careers and spoken word education is accessible
The Indian Jam project is a collaborative platform where Indian Classical and Western Musicians
come together and perform Indian adaptations of western theme music of famous TV series/movies.
It is a one of a kind concept where fusion of Indo-western styles of music produces a concoction
which is deeply emotive as well as thought-provoking showing that music transcends boundaries
and has no language.
Kaiwan Mehta has studied Architecture, Literature, Indian Aesthetics and Cultural Studies. He is a
theorist and critic in the fields of visual culture, architecture and city studies. He authored Alice in
Bhuleshwar: Navigating a Mumbai Neighbourhood. He is completing his doctorate at the Centre for
the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, through the Manipal University. Since March 2012 he
has been the Managing Editor of Domus India and is also the Director - Academic Affairs at the
Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) - Parsons Mumbai.
A Marketing professional with more than two decades experience, Viral Oza, has recently been appointed Marketing Director – Times of India. Prior to this, he has worked with Microsoft (erstwhile Nokia) as Director for Go-To-Market for the global launch of Windows 10 on Lumia phones after being Director – Marketing for Nokia India.
Viral also brings with him 16 yrs of experience with Unilever in India and overseas in Asia & Africa, Middle East & Turkey, where his last assignment was Category Director, Skin Care. Viral was associated with Unilever’s Deodorant business for many years where he led the marketing for Axe Deodorant across Asia after leading the launch and establishment of Axe Deo in India.
Shilpa Phadke is a researcher, writer and pedagogue. She trained as a sociologist. She is an Assistant
Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier’s College, SNDT University, TISS in Mumbai and the
University of Cambridge, UK. She is co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets.
Riva Pocha is a graduate in Forensic Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, with
over 15 years of training experience in the field. She has advised local law enforcement agencies and
provided training consultancy to educational institutions. She is passionate about forensics and with
her dedication strives to push forensic training and consultancy in India to international levels of
Professor Sudhir Raniwala teaches at the University of Rajasthan. He pursues his experimental
research programs at European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN, which is the largest
particle physics laboratory in the world. CERN is also known for creating the world-wide-web, and
for the discovery of Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. He has been a visiting scientist of the
Indian National Science Academy to the Department of Atomic Energy of the Govt. of India, an
associate of CERN, and a senior associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy.
Meghana is a student of Sociology and Anthropology at St Xavier's college. She enjoys acting and
directing for theatre, and has been a part of a number of professional productions. She is a regular
attendee of protests and plays in the city. Her hobbies include reading and attempting to smash the
Nayantara is ReefWatch's Executive Director. She lived on the islands of Lakshadweep and
Andamans as a SCUBA Diving Instructor for a few years, inspired by the beauty of the ocean, but
increasingly disturbed by its degradation by factors global and local. Eventually she left the islands to
learn more about marine biodiversity and conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in
San Diego and has returned informed, optimistic and passionate about protecting India's marine
Rhea Lopez is the elephant campaign manager for Wildlife SOS, a charity that has been working since 1995 to protect, conserve and rehabilitate elephants, tigers, leopards and other wild animals across India. As part of the Wildlife SOS elephant team, Rhea Lopez helps coordinate elephant campaigns and monitoring elephants that are selected for rescue. Her most rewarding moments are while accompanying rescued elephants on their journeys to their forever home at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura.
Arthur uses his agility to raise emotion within his audience. Self-taught from his young age, he gradually opens himself to other disciplines such as contortion, acrobatics, parkour, ballet and circus. As a dancer contortionist, he offers a new approach of these disciplines by exploring new artistic ways. His versatility and the synthesis of these different influences allow him to develop a very unique style, now recognized internationally. He is currently working with the stage manager and artistic director of cirque du soleil, Franco Dragone.
Veydaant is a student of Economics and Sociology at St. Xavier's college. He has been involved with speech and drama, and other performance arts since his school days. He is passionate about political science and art. His hobbies include reading, writing, watching football and spreading leftist propaganda via memes.
Kavin is a student of Economics and Statistics at St. Xavier's. He enjoys engaging in discussions about Sports Economics, a field that he believes deserves more attention. His idea of love is watching his favourite football team play on a lazy Sunday. His hobbies unsurprisingly include video gaming, cars, and debating.
Meher Moos is a solo woman traveller from Mumbai who has visited as many as 180 different countries in 50 years. Having worked with Air India briefly and then in the field of tourism, she has run through 18 different passports in her lifetime. She is also credited with being the first Indian woman to have visited Antarctica.
Aditi Agrawal and Anjali Menon are founders of Gudgudee, a design studio that creates inclusive playgrounds for children. They are passionate about transforming the urban landscape for children in India with their imaginative play spaces that keep in mind the special children as well. Aditi and Anjali, both are trained furniture designers from the National Institute of Design. Their tryst with playgrounds began while they were still students at the design school and realised how little attention is paid to design of public spaces.
Shreya Singhal is an Indian born lawyer. Her fight against Section 66A of the Information Technology Act in 2000 brought her to national prominence in India.
One of the prominent faces in India's emerging hip-hop scene is a rising artist called Naved Shaikh, who goes by the stage name of 'Naezy'. His style of rapping kills two birds with one stone: Gives you food for thought and also gives you a sick beat to groove to. Born in a Kurla chawl, he took the sticks and stones of a rough childhood and transformed them into stories that have led him to perform at NH7 Weekender and beyond.
Dr. Gita Chadha is a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, India since January 2013. She has published several articles on science criticism and feminist sociology in journals of repute. She has developed frameworks for feminist archiving at the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. She has designed and taught a first of its kind course in Feminist Science Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.