Past Speakers


Sheena Iyengar is the ST Lee Professor of Business at CBS, where she has taught since 1998. A graduate of both Wharton and Stanford, she is one of the world’s experts on choice and innovation. You may recognize her from one of her Ted Talks, which have collectively been viewed nearly seven million times. At Columbia Business School, Dr. Iyengar teaches her two popular, groundbreaking courses: Think Bigger and The Innovation Salon.


Dr. Sivaram is a physicist, bestselling author, and clean energy technology expert with experience spanning the corporate, public, and academic sectors. He serves in the Biden-Harris administration as senior advisor to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and the senior director for clean energy, innovation, and competitiveness.


Harsha Bhogle did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School. After which, he obtained his B.Tech degree from Osmania University’s College of Technology. For post-graduation, he enrolled at IIM-A from where he acquired a PGDM degree. He was voted as the most loved cricket commentator across the globe at a poll conducted by


Niren Chaudhary was named Chief Executive Officer of Panera in May 2019. Niren has more than 25 years of international corporate leadership experience in the food retail and hospitality industry. Niren holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, an MBA in Marketing from the University of Delhi, and also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Raghu Raghuram joined VMware in 2003 and is currently the company’s CEO. He is an industry thought leader and has successfully steered the company’s strategy and technology evolution. Raghuram holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.


Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”


Sonu Sood is an Indian actor, producer, model and philanthropist who works predominantly in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil films. Currently being hailed as the Messiah of migrants across India, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has truly emerged as a real-life hero. The philanthropist continues to display his dedication and concern for people in different parts of the country during the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Milind Pant joined Amway in January 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He leads the overall management of Amway and is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and growth strategies. He is the first non-family member to run the business since its founding in 1959.


One of the greatest icons of the Indian Silver Screen, is a trained Classical Indian dance performer in three different styles of dance. At the pinnacle of her dance career, Malini exploded on the Indian film scene having given numerous jubilee hits and being paired with all the top actors at the time. She has made path-breaking in-roads in the areas of films and television production for women and their role in society.


Javed Akhtar is son of well-known Urdu poet and film lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar, teacher and writer. Akhtar belongs to a family lineage of seven generations of writers. His body of work can be categorized under four distinct categories: Script Writer, Lyricist, Poet, and Activist.


Randhir Jaiswal is a career diplomat and he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1998. In his over two decades of diplomatic career, Jaiswal has served in Portugal, Cuba, South Africa and at the Permanent Mission of India in New York.


John Chambers is founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures and focuses on helping disruptive startups from around the world build and scale. Prior to founding JC2 Ventures, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco, serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.


Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Saket Modi is the Co-founder and CEO of Lucideus, an enterprise Cyber Risk Quantification (CRQ) platform company. A computer science engineer by education, he founded Lucideus in 2012 while in his final year of engineering. Saket is a part of Fortune Magazine’s 40under40, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 35under35, Forbes Magazine’s 30under30 lists among others.


Sudha Ragunathan is a Carnatic vocalist, singer and composer from India. She was conferred the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1994, Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2015) by the Government of India. Her distinctly stunning vocal style has ignited musical imagination and spirit across languages, frontiers and ideologies.


Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. He is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature – India, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India Resources Trust and Council on Energy, Environment and Water.


Raveena Tandon is a multitalented and multifaceted individual who lives every moment with full zest. She is actively involved with UNICEF for the girl child and DAIRRC, an anti-drug organization with Dr. Yusuf Merchant. She serves as the Brand Ambassador for PETA, IDA, The Spina Bifida Association, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Smile Foundation.


A leading first generation entrepreneur, Sumant Sinha is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of ReNew Power – India’s leading clean energy company. He started his career as an investment banker in the US and UK, working with leading global banks. Subsequently he returned to India to work in senior leadership positions in the Aditya Birla Group and Suzlon.


Srivatsan (Sri) Rajan is a Partner in the Bain & Company’s San Francisco India office. Prior to this, he was the Chairman of Bain’s India offices and has also served as the Managing Director there. He has over 20 years of management consulting experience in India and the United States.


Shankar Mahadevan is an award-winning music composer and singer. He started learning Carnatic music from childhood and could play the veena by the age of five. Mahadevan went on to become a software engineer for Oracle before returning to his roots in music.


Smt. Sudha Murthy is an Indian engineering teacher, Kannada and English author, and renowned social worker. In later years she funded Infosys and became the Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, and a member of the public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation.


Shri. N.R. Narayana Murthy is the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, a company which he started in 1981 and under his guidance, became the leader in innovation in technical, managerial and leadership training, software technology, customer focus, employee satisfaction, and physical and technological infrastructure.


Dr. Siva Sivaram serves as President of Western Digital and is responsible for ongoing development of the company’s industry-leading NAND flash memory, as well as development of next-generation technologies. Siva is also the Chairman of Akshaya Patra USA.


Boman Irani is a versatile film and theater actor, voice-over artist and photographer widely known for his comedic and villainous roles in Bollywood films like “Don”, “Munna Bhai MBBS”, “3 Idiots”, “Happy New Year” and “Dilwale”.


Vinita Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading large companies both in India and overseas. She has worked with eminent multinationals like Coca-Cola, Cadbury, and Britannia Industries in a variety of marketing, general management and chief executive roles across the world.


Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is an Indian celebrity chef, entrepreneur, television personality & author of best-selling cookbooks to a global audience. He is best known as the star of TV show Khana Khazana, which is the longest-running show of its kind in Asia.


Kash Rangan is the Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing at the Harvard Business School. Formerly the chairman of the Marketing Department (1998-2002), he is now the co-chairman of the school’s Social Enterprise Initiative.


Ashish Jha is the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. He is the incoming Dean of the Brown School of Public Health. He is a practicing Internist and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Paresh Rawal was born on May 30, 1950 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. He is a producer and actor, known for Hera Pheri (2000), OMG: Oh My God! (2012) and Hung


Vandana began raising funds for Akshaya Patra in 2012 and launched the Los Angeles Chapter in October 2014. Under her leadership, the chapter has consistently raised over $1 million dollars every year. Vandana was appointed to the Akshaya Patra USA Board in 2015

Past Performers


Kailash Kher is an Indian playback singer and music composer, he sings songs with a music style influenced by Indian folk music and Sufi music. He is inspired by the classical musicians Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.


Carnatic Music 2.0 is an experimental project founded by Mahesh Raghvan that attempts to present Carnatic compositions in a modern style by fusing them with elements of Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and Electronic Dance Music.


Vinaini learned to dance from her mother and guru, Kalaimamani Dr. Sinduri, at Savithri Arts Academy. Vinaini has been dancing her entire life and travelled the world performing and dancing with her guru Kalaimamani Dr. Sinduri. Active on social media and Youtube, Vinaini has a large following on TikTok and Youtube with a video going viral with nearly 23M views.


Roopkumar Rathod is an Indian playback singer and music director. With his equally gifted wife, Sunali Rathod, they travel all over the world and perform at a number of concerts. Together, they have captivated audiences across the world such as the U.S., U.K., Dubai, East Africa, and Singapore with their soulful renditions of various genres of music spanning ghazal, sufi, light classical and film songs.


Brought up in Toronto, Canada, Abby V is a singer, songwriter, music producer and composer. He has trained in and performs a wide range of musical genres, including both forms of Indian Classical Music (Hindustani and Carnatic), Light (including Bollywood and Tamil – Kollywood), Ghazal, and R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop.


Samir & Dipalee are a dynamic singer couple from Bollywood in Mumbai. This duo is often referred to as “India’s favorite singer couple” and have a huge fan base all over the world. They have over 300 international shows to their credit in the past 4 years in over 10 countries including USA, Canada, UK, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Israel, Netherlands, Kuwait & many more.


Shankar Mahadevan is an award-winning music composer and singer. He started learning Carnatic music from childhood and could play the veena by the age of five. Mahadevan went on to become a software engineer for Oracle before returning to his roots in music.


Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, one of the best known Carnatic musicians today, is a multi-talented artist, who has been trained in Hindustani music and playing the veena. She has performed at the most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York – only the second Carnatic musician to perform there after M.S. Subbulakshmi.


Baljinder Singh, “BALLU”, is a well known flutist who brings his melodious tunes to life through his love for the flute. He has immense professional experience, recording with artists such as Ravindra Jain, Suresh Wadekar, Udit Narayan, Anuradha & Kavita Poudwal & many more.


Agney means “born from fire”. A vocalist, arranger and songwriter freshly graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music, his music seeks to create and draw from the melting pot of cultures that he has grown up in to promote a message of harmony, peace and love.