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Naiyya Saggi is the CEO & Founder, BabyChakra. BabyChakra is an award winning, venture funded online platform that is trusted by millions of young mothers in India on maternity & childcare. In a short span of time, it has grown rapidly to become the largest platform for parents online. Naiyya has been awarded as one of the leading young entrepreneurs in India by BusinessWorld, Economic Times, Google & Microsoft.

Naiyya is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (MBA 2012) where she was a Fulbright and J.N.Tata scholar.
Prior to Babychakra, Naiyya was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and at the Bridgespan group (Boston) where she worked extensively on her areas of passion – maternal, child health and education.

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Fatima Mahdi Karan is Consulting Editor at BTVI, a leading business channel that is now partnering with the world’s top news organization, Reuters. She has been a leading Anchor and Producer since 2005. She holds a Masters in Diplomacy, Law and Business as well as Honors degrees in Economics and International Relations from Boston University, Boston, MA. Fatima anchors “Lunch Money” as well as “Markets Rewind”, two of the channel’s flagship shows focussed on stock markets and the economy. Fatima has also pioneered “Women Mean Business”, a unique show that showcases leading female thought leaders from across the spectrum. Fatima regularly participates in high impact live panel discussions and has been instrumental in moderating dialogues with organizations as diverse as the World Bank to the Women in The World.

When not working, Fatima can usually be found snuggling her two young sons. She is also passionate about Indian Modern and Contemporary Art.

neha

A National Sales Capability Head by profession, A radio jockey by passion and Founder of World’s largest and fastest growing mommy community-“UNIMO Universe of moms with 1 Lakh Plus constantly chattering MOMS”. This community is felicitated by Facebook and has been chosen up as a case study.

UNIMO has city wise chapters in Mumbai, Delhi , Indore, Pune ,Kolkata, Bengaluru , Dubai & Singapore. Mumbai chapter which is named as MUMO Mumbai Moms has 78000 mothers of Mumbai. Neha is a doting mom of Twin Boys who are 10 year old. She is an Engineer & MBA who has been a guest lecturer and speaker on the panel of many reputed organization and educational institutes. She has worked in renowned organizations like IFB, Times of India, Hindustan Unilever limited, Modi and ABD. She is currently working a National Sales Capability head for a Liquor Giant.

She has an enriching corporate work experience of 14 years in the field of Training and Personal branding. Neha has been awarded “Young Learning leader of India”-2014 by CHRO Asia in association with World HRD Congress .She has been selected among the top women leaders of India. Neha is a NLP Certified Professional who is certified on “Emotional Quotient EQ-i 2.0”.

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Malini Agarwal a.k.a MissMalini is the Founder & Creative Director of MissMalini Entertainment, a leading new media network that creates highly engaging, multi-platform content geared towards India’s Internet Generation. Malini is India’s first and most famous celebrity blogger & social media personality, having pioneered Indian lifestyle blogging with MissMalini.com in 2008. The website today reaches over 4 Million organic monthly visitors from over 200 countries, more than 80% of which are women, and has a social media following of over 7 Million.

A regular speaker at CMO forums on digital brand building, she was declared as the #1 Digital Influencer in the world on SERMO’s Digital Influencer Index 2016, and was ranked #12 on IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising 2016. Named India’s most famous blogger by the The Huffington Post and Forbes, Malini has been profiled by various international media outlets including BBC World (UK), Reuters, CNN (USA), DW (Germany), TV5 (France) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). She is also a regular feature in local publications such as Vogue India, Elle India, Grazia India, Hello! India, India Today, The Economic Times, Business Standard, NDTV Profit, among many others. She has been featured on CNBC’s Young Turks as a fast-growing media startup to watch, and is currently nominated for the Young Business Women Awards 2016 by CNBC-TV18.

Expanding on her digital leadership, Malini made her first foray into television in 2014 with the reality entertainment TV series, MissMalini’s World on TLC, and again in 2015 with Kya Seen Hai @MissMalini, on ZOOM, one of India’s leading Bollywood & Entertainment TV channels. Her 15 year career in media & entertainment includes stints as a vertical head at MTV, a popular RJ and Programming Director at Radio One, and as the Head of Digital Content for Channel [v]. MissMalini Publishing is backed by seasoned investors such as Rajan Anandan, MD of Google India, as well as the founders of Match.com, Chegg.com, SherSingh/Exclusively.in, and the Asia Director of TA Associates.

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Sharmistha Ray (b. 1978) studied studio art at Williams College, and holds a dual degree M.S. in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture and M.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute. She has won the Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant (2004), TED Fellowship (2009) and Montblanc Young Artist World Patronage Award (2012), and was nominated for the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in the Visual Arts category in 2014.

She has held previous solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai and Aicon Gallery in New York and participated in over 30 group shows. In 2013, she delivered a TED Talk focused on how the cultural complications of gender and sexuality have impacted her artistic practice at the first official TED Fellows Retreat in Whistler, Canada. She continues to be an active member of the global community of TED Fellows and an advocate for LGBT causes in India.

Ray has worked on art and design commissions and projects with organizations and corporates in America and India including Berklee College of Music, Godrej, JSW and Mahindra & Mahindra. In 2014, Ray founded Bellevue Salons to encourage public dialogues that integrate creative disciplines and further collaborative modes of engagement. Since its inception, she has conducted salons in Mumbai and Goa, and collaborated with practitioners from fields as diverse as the performing arts and world music, experimental gastronomy, environmental causes and agriculture.

In 2015, On the Seashore of Endless Worlds, her debut 3D sculptural painting on steel was unveiled at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the largest urban arts festival in Mumbai, and acquired by JSW for their corporate collection.

Ray splits her time between Mumbai and Brooklyn.

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Dr. Sheetal Sabharwal(M D , D G O) is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. A pioneer in hydro birth (water birth), she is a director and partner at the Tulip Women’s Health Care Centre at Khar. She is also a consultant at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Centre at Khar.

Dr. Sheetal Sabharwal is a specialist in Obstetrics labour and delivery (esp high risk), Gynaecology, Infertility, Puberty (adolescent gynaecology) and Menopause.

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Srishti Arya was to the film industry born. Daughter of producer Ramesh Behl and sister of filmmaker Goldie Behl, she even married into the fraternity when she married her childhood sweetheart D.O.P. Sameer Arya. Srishtihas been an independent go-getter since her teenage days, when she jumped into the marketing world at the tender age of 15.

It was the sudden demise of her father that compelled the young Srishti and her brother Goldie Behl to shoulder responsibility of their production house Rose Movies. Shrishti made her production debut in 1998 with the multi-starrer ‘Angaaray’, a gritty thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Nagarjuna, Pooja Bhatt, PareshRawal and others. Following this, Shristhi produced Goldie’s directorial debut ‘Bas ItnaSaKhwaabHai’ (which she also co wrote) starring AbhishekBachchan and Rani Mukerjee in the lead roles. Her following projects included the 2008 release ‘Drona’, which again starred AbhishekBachchan with Priyanka Chopra as his female lead, ‘London Paris New York’ starring Ali Zafar and AditiRaoHydari and rom-com ‘I, Me Aur Hum’ starring John Abraham, Chitraganda Singh and Prachi Desai. Srishti’s future project include films to be directed but new age luminaries like Tigmanshu Dhulia, KunalDeshmukh, Abhishek Sharma and MohitSuri.

Apart from Bollywood, the spunky Srishti has also made a name for herself on the small screen when she floated Rose Audiovisuals pvt ltd. ‘Lipstick’ which was aired on Zee TV, was her debut show which was hailed as bold and new age and set the stage for the kind of differentiated programing that Rose would henceforth stand for. The latest in the series of such shows is the soon to be aired show on Star Plus.
Having now worked on all the GEC platforms, she has recently forayed into lifestyle and non-fiction programing and Web series.

An avid reader, feminist and hands on mom to her 14 year old son Veer, Srishti has an infectious joie de vivre which she hopes reflects in her cinema and television programs as well.

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Eefa Shrof is an elite Fitness Lifestyle Coach & Consultant in Mumbai, India. She is also the proprietor at her company Supernova Fitness & Nutrition. Her brainchild, ‘The21’ – A 21 Day Fitness Challenge has taken Bombay by storm. Her prestigious client list includes movers and shakers of India such as, Hrithik Roshan, Ami Modi, Anupama & Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhay Deol, Anushka Sharma, Gayatri & Vikas Oberoi and Dipali Goenka.

Eefa discovered her passion for fitness through a road accident in 1996 that could have otherwise left her crippled and facially scarred. After being told by doctors at the tender age of 23 that she would be in a wheelchair by age thirty and she should learn to accept her facial scars as part of her personality, Eefa made her way back to a life by finding her inner champion through fitness. Thereafter she has dedicated herself 100% to what she strongly believes gave her a second chance at life…physical fitness that is the result of mental acuity and emotional balance.

Eefa conducts workshops and consults and trains one on one. She is focused on bringing her clients the international, gold standard techniques based in science and psychology. Her work, weather one-on-one or with groups, covers all areas of fitness: flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, nutrition, body composition and sports psychology. The21 ends with a Firewalk, where the challengers walk across a bed of hot burning coals without getting burned to understand the power of their mind over their body.

Eefa’s philosophy illuminates through her strong belief that the body is gross mind and mind is subtle body. The mental and emotional balance that her clients achieve in the process of sculpting their bodies is what they value the most in training and with her. She is the winner of a national award and voted as ‘The Most Promising Yoga & Nutrition Expert of 2016’ by The Indian Leadership Conclave. She is also voted as one of India’s top young leaders by the Young Women’s Achiever’s Summit 2016. The highlight of her life was topping the U.S, at age 40, in Sports Nutrition with a 97.7% while studying with the International Sports Sciences Association.

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Anupama Kapoor is a Women Coach & a Gender Advocate. During her more than two decades of experience, she has met a countless number of women at the crossroads. Women who are eager to start, desperate to leave, raring to return, constantly juggling, guilt-ridden, battling’work-life balance’ or just trying to maintain equilibrium. Launching Reboot: An online Mentoring and Coaching Community of Returning Women Professionals, in 2013, was a logical conclusion.

Her quest to support women led her back to college and she join the Post Graduate course in Gender Development Studies at the Research Centre for Women Studies at SNDT, Mumbai.

Anupama speaks on Diversity & Inclusion and Gender at Corporates. More recently, she has conceptualized and launched the World’s first full-time Post Graduate Management Programme for Women aspiring to return to work in collaboration with SPJIMR, Mumbai.

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Sonali is a clinical psychologist with 12 years of experience and she works with young adults, artists, children and parents to enhance their emotional well being. She has her own practice at Sushrut Hospital Chembur and Baby 360 Khar. She has worked as a Student Counsellor for 10 years with TISS. She uses Skype as a medium for counseling session. Her work extends across NGO’s corporates, colleges and schools where she focuses on preventive mental health advocacy.

Sonali was featured as an expert in The Tara Sharma Show on Star World thrice, and she continues to write features for The Swaddle about parenting and relationship issues. She also writes a weekly advice column for DNA focussing on parenting and teenager concerns.

She has written extensively on subjects like digital detox, managing anxiety and depression for adults, psychosomatic concerns, working with LGBT clients and personal counselling such as strengthening self esteem, inculcating self care. One of her passion is understanding how we can enhance self compassion and self care in women. She is currently working on her first book.

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Anjali lives and breathes People Konnect each day – giving direction to the organization, ideating verticals and offerings to cater to the emerging talent management needs of the industry, ensuring relationship with key clients, and, most importantly building a competent team.

She drew strength from her own journey through the 3Ms – Marriage, Mobility & Motherhood to set up People Konnect. Anjali’s vision resulted in the Back To the Front, which is a recognized organization in the industry today to drive the gender diversity mandate in companies and the workforce.

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Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and antakshari lover whose work focuses on love, desire, popular culture, feminism and urban life. Her films include the path-breaking Unlimited Girls and Q2P as well as Partners in Crime, Morality TV and the Loving Jehad, Where’s Sandra, Cosmopolis:Two Tales of A City and A Woman’s Place. She also directed the cutting-edge prime time TV series Connected Hum Tum. She is the writer of the internationally released feature Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) and the founder of Agents of Ishqa first of its kind multi-media project on sex, love and desire in India. She lives in Bombay, likes to cooking, poetry, flowers and earrings and writes the popular weekly columns Paronormal Activity (Sunday Mid-day)and How To Find Indian Love (Mumbai Mirror).

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Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO www.sheroes.in – an online career destination for women.​ The SHEROES Community has access to high growth career resources, mentorship and​ ​support. SHEROES engages with businesses to help them connect with female talent in form of employees, partners, customers and business owners.

Sairee is India’s foremost women at work evangelist and earlier co-founded Fleximoms. She is also the Convener, The SHEROES Summit and has been instrumental in bringing businesses​ ​and women professionals on a common platform.

Nominated for the Editor’s choice for L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, she is also a Cartier Women’s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful​l​​ ​Women in Indian Business 2012 and has been featured on shows like Young Turks, Pioneering​ ​
Spirit and What Women Want. A believer in work-life redesign, serial entrepreneur, mentor, an​ ​occasional writer and mother of an 9-year- old.

Sairee started her career as a journalist with Advertising & Marketing magazine and quickly​ moved on to set-up world’s​​ ​first daily for mariners — www.newslinkservices.com.

Sairee has worked in start-up mode as well as in large set-ups in research and consulting capacities. This includes setting up Russia and CIS practice for Heidrick & Struggles HSII​ ​www.heidrick.com and Confederation of Indian Industry www.cii.in.

Sairee went to Jawaharlal Nehru University for an M.Phil in International Relations and to IMT,Ghaziabad for a PG in business management.

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Anjali Kirpalani is the former Editorial head of the fashion website Stylekandy.com. She’s been a TV anchor/producer with ET NOW, a lecturer, a management trainee & a marketing executive. Writing is the one constant in her life. Her short story ‘Destiny’ has won 2 competitions. She has written two books, ‘Never Say Never’ and ‘Written in the Stars.’

lalita

Lalita Iyer writes for little people and big people and the little people in big people. She’s a self-confessed cat slave and is in therapy for the same.

meghna

Meghna is an award-winning Indian author, journalist and TEDx Speaker.  Her debut collection of short stories Happy Birthday (Random House India, 2013) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award 2014, the world’s biggest short story prize. One And A Half Wife (Westland, 2012) – her debut novel – won the national Muse India Young Writer Award and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Meghna is also known for having abridged the world’s longest epic, The Mahabharata, into one hundred tweets that The Guardian (UK) quoted as ‘wonderfully descriptive and paced’. She has previously worked with Times Now, NDTV and Bloomberg-UTV.

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Shaili Chopra is a leading business journalist, moderator and golf specialist. She has been the Senior Editor for primetime programming at ET NOW. She also writes for DNA and Tehelka. Shaili anchored the 9 pm show, and in her new avatar continues to moderate big discussions with top CEOs and politicians and conducts big global interviews. She is one of the most trusted faces in Indian business journalism and recently got the Ramnath Goenka Awardfor Excellence in Journalism, considered the highest honour for journalists in India. She was one of the first journalists to report the Mumbai Terror attacks from Taj on 26/11. Shaili won the News Television Award for the Best Reporter in India in 2007 and later in 2008, her business-golf show won the Best Show Award. She also won the Media Foundation Best Business Anchor Award. In 2010, FICCI awarded her the Young Women’s Achiever Award for contribution to media.

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Kiran Manral is celebrated author and has worked with the Asian Age, the Times of India and Cosmopolitan before she quit to set up her own content supply firm during the first dotcom boom. Her blogs were both in India’s top blogs and she was a Tehelka blogger columnist on gender issues. She was India Trend Spotter and Cultural Lead at CEB Iconoculture US, and is currently senior consultant at Vector Insights LLP.
She initiated the online volunteer network India Helps, post the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai and the team of volunteers worked on the rehabilitation of the affected and the bereaved of this and the 13/7 bomb blasts amongst others. She is also part of the core founding team of both www.csaawarenessmonth.com (Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month) and www.vawaawarenessmonth.wordpress.com (Violence Against Women Awareness Month). She is on the Planning Board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, an author mentor at Sheroes India and is an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi. She was awarded the Women Achievers award by Young Environmentalists Group in 2013.

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Pooja is the Chairperson of The Grassroots Foundation, a charitable foundation. The foundation’s objectives and activities include poverty housing, livelihood skills programs, education, farming reforms and water harvesting. In 2000, she complied and edited Timepass, the memoirs of her mother Protima Bedi. She has been a columnist with the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and MiD DAY newspapers, and has written articles for numerous publications, including L’officiel, Femina and The Week. She has also been a brand ambassador for Kaya Skin Clinic, Allergan India and the Country Club (CCIL India). She is remembered for the Kama Sutra condom campaign which she endorsed and used as a vehicle to raise awareness of AIDS. She is currently a relationship counselor with her column ‘Heart Chakra’ in the Times of India, and also with her column in Femina, an Indian women’s magazine. She also writes a monthly column for the magazine Men’s Health.

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Mini is an Indian television host, actress, VJ and model. She was the host of the Indian reality singing contest Indian Idol for 4 seasons. Earlier, she was a VJ on MTV India where she hosted many popular shows for the channel. She holds a degree in English literature from Lady Sriram College and in Business Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. She started her career as an advertising professional at J Walter Thompson, New Delhi through IMT Campus Placement. She currently also hosts an interview based show with politicians, industrialists and opinion makers called ‘Dilli dil se’.

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Shunali has worked variously as a journalist, a corporate communications specialist and the owner of a successful PR firm in the past. She has recently authored a book on motherhood, battle hymn of a bewildered mother and is avid blogger on things like motherhood and the everyday quirks of family life.

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Kiran Manral is celebrated author and has worked with the Asian Age, the Times of India and Cosmopolitan before she quit to set up her own content supply firm during the first dotcom boom. Her blogs were both in India’s top blogs and she was a Tehelka blogger columnist on gender issues. She was India Trend Spotter and Cultural Lead at CEB Iconoculture US, and is currently senior consultant at Vector Insights LLP.

She initiated the online volunteer network India Helps, post the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai and the team of volunteers worked on the rehabilitation of the affected and the bereaved of this and the 13/7 bomb blasts amongst others. She is also part of the core founding team of both www.csaawarenessmonth.com (Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month) and www.vawaawarenessmonth.wordpress.com (Violence Against Women Awareness Month). She is on the Planning Board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, an author mentor at Sheroes India and is an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi. She was awarded the Women Achievers award by Young Environmentalists Group in 2013.

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Nutritionist to stars like DeepikaPadukone, SonamKapoor, RanbirKapoor and SushmitaSen, celebrity dietician Pooja Makhija has, to date, transformed the bodies – and the lives – of thousands of people. Her clientele includes models, actors, socialites, CEOs, ace yoga instructors, personal trainers, producers, directors, singers, pilots, architects, builders, media professionals and housewives. She has further been the nutritionist for the Miss India and the I Am She beauty pageants, and was responsible for getting some of the country’s most glamorous girls into shape in their bid to represent India internationally.

But for Pooja, it’s not about weight loss as much as it is about nourishment. Ms Makhija believes that food is fuel and not calories and should be treated as your friend, not your enemy. An MSc in Food Science and Nutrition and a BSc in Dietetics from Mumbai, Ms Makhija also believes in the power of food to heal, which is why her nutrition programmes work well for diabetics, heart patients, PCOS patients and for those whom lifestyle changes will greatly benefit.

Formerly on the Board of Studies in Food Science and Nutrition of the SVT College of Home Science, she has further has been invited and been affiliated with colleges and educational institutions to include Symbiosis International University and JD Birla Institute, Kolkata.

Her belief in the power of food has been translated into being a brand ambassador for Tata Tetley Green Tea, Dabur Honey and Zespri Kiwifruit. She has also been associated – through a breakfast recipe book – with the Kellogg’s campaign on the importance of eating breakfast, and has additionally been the face of World Yoga Day in Surat. Other brand associations include L’Oreal and Vogue and she has also been invited to give nutritional talks by Bajaj Allianz, Kotak, Citibank and HP as well as inaugurated a one-of-a-kind diet clinic in Kolkata.

Her bestselling book released in 2012, Eat Delete is in its third reprint and has already been translated into Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati with a Marathi edition in the works. She is working on two more books – Eat Delete Junior (Title TBC), a book on child nutrition as well as N for Nourish (Title TBC), a children’s book aimed at teaching kids about nutrition – and hopes to release them in the coming year. She also had her own TV show – the Pooja Makhija show – on the Food Food channel and has a regular column in the Bombay Times.

While she works from Mumbai, Pooja can actually work with clients from any corner of the globe. Her new weight loss and health portal www.nourishgenie.com means you actually never have to meet her, but can get your diets delivered straight to your inbox. However, at the core of Pooja’s activities – be it books, the health portal or her clinic – is her ongoing mission to educate people about the magic and wonder of food so that it becomes not something you’re afraid of but something that is an everlasting support to you in the time to come.