Speakers - TEDxMEC 2020
Aamir Ali Sultan
Aamir Ali Sultan is a Playback Singer, Songwriter, Composer & a performer, who has worked with the biggest music labels in India - and his journey from a small town to Bollywood is nothing short of inspiring. Currently a verified artist on top music streaming platforms, his experience in the industry tells the story of carving one's horizons through uncertainty and obstacles. Best known for his hit albums Nanhi Pari, Ashq, Damayanthi, Hot Fountain, Red Auddi and more, he has also collaborated with the country's top musical legends in "Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam" One Nation One Voice. His passion, determination and talent ensured that he stood out in his field- he has judged some of Asia's Biggest Youth Festivals, and been featured in exclusive articles in prominent magazines. Here to talk about exploring opportunities, learning, and navigating through mediocrity, we have Mr. Aamir Ali Sultan!
Bhasker Malu is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Christ University, Bangalore. With heaps of experience and being extremely passionate about psychology, he has been actively involved in making the psychology more approachable and commonplace in today's tech savvy world. Mr. Bhaskar Malu has been involved in the development of 3 apps linked with psychology, including Summarising Psychology, UGC Net Psychology and Guide to SPSS all of which help in making knowledge about psychology a more easily accessible resource. He also hosts several podcasts including one on psychology spreading the word about the not so well known facets of the human psyche. Mr. Bhaskar is an up and coming author, podcaster and avid football fan who captures his audience with his brilliant words and substantial knowledge.
Alaina G. Levine
Alaina G. Levine leads a vibrant and multi-faceted career and Is an internationally renowned speaker. She's the founder and president of Quantum Success Solutions, an enterprise offering STEM Career Consultancy services. Her book, Networking for Nerds, has been included as one among the top 5 books of the year (2015) by the Physics Today magazine & she has authored over 350 articles in several prestigious international journals and publications. An internationally renowned speaker, she has delivered over 700 keynotes, and is a speaker at the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration. Her unique sense of humour makes her stand out,helping her leave a mark in the minds of the audience.
Mr. Ajit Sivaram is more than just a doting parent and loving husband - he is the co-founder of one of India's biggest volunteer-driven charitable organizations, U&I. An alum of St. Stephens, New Delhi & Hillsong Leadership College Sydney, Ajit is passionate about leadership, social change & helping people achieve their fullest potential. His heart for people is as contagious as his love for life and with him around, you're guaranteed a great time! U&l began as a simple decision to use office space to conduct computer classes in the evening for children from a nearby slum and turned into an organisation with over 2000 volunteers that reaches more than 1600 children in 52 Learning Centers across 20 cities, as well as the rehabilitation of 85 mentally challenged and 100 special needs men. The U&l endeavour began when two gentlemen realized that ordinary people coming together can make a huge difference in the lives of the neglected. A simple thought, that helped carve the horizons of many. Here to speak about "How to Change the World in 3 Simple, but Not-So-Easy Steps", we have Mr. Ajit Sivaram!
Oneal, a.k.a FCboy, as he is known in the foodie circle, is a Maritime lawyer by profession and a food blogger by passion. After having graduated from one of the premier law schools in India, he traveled the world for pursuits in work and academics. During the course of his postgrad in the U.K., he worked part-time in some of the world's most popular food chain restaurants as a waiter, a sandwich artist, an ice cream man, a bar tender, etc. He started food blogging through his FB page [Soul Fried Monologues) and his instagram account [fc_boy_83] in June 2016. He is now one of the core members and an active contributor to the award winning concept food group in Kochi called "Eat Kochi Eat". He is a food enthusiast and appreciates all cuisines, he does his own cooking at home and is a food critic only when it comes to his mom's cooking.
Ashwathy Venugopal is a Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Avasarshala, an organisation working to empower, educate and ensure that children have access to opportunities that help them fulfil their potential. Avasarshala has been internationally recognised as one among the top 10 purpose-driven innovations by Bridge for Billions. Ashwathy has been recognised as one among the top 10 Social Innovators from India at Youth Co: Lab 2020. She's the recipient of the Eastern Bhoomika Iconic Women Awards 2020 and was one of the chosen speakers at ChangemakerXchange Collective Action Summit, jointly hosted by Asoka University and Robert Bosch Stiftung. She's also a Kectil International Youth Leader, Curator of Global Shaper Community Trivandrum (an initiative of World Economic Forum), Indian Ambassador for Digital Grassroots Program, Wedu Changemakers Rising Star for 2020, Vital Voices GROW Fellow 2020, inSIG 2020 Fellow and Youth IGF India 2020 Fellow.
A filmmaker, a film editor and teacher - Mr. Unni Vijayan is a two time National Film Award recipient, popular amongst the regional audience for his work in movies like "The Blueberry Hunt" (2016), Lessons in Forgetting (2011), Mansarovar (2004), etc. He also served as a member of the selection committee for south indian films for the national awards selection, 2013. A graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and trained in film editing, he eventually graduated into directing films. Today, he focuses on his real passion, script writing. He also teaches students the finer nuances of film-making, especially script writing! Talking about Carving New Horizons in his field, we have Mr. Unni Vijayan!