Mr. Naidu’s previous stint as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh lasted an entire decade from 1994-2004. He is considered a rare politician and a visionary who pursues his innovation strategies with great vigour and determination. His approach towards development is non-doctrinal and he believes in absorbing good aspects of various development models. An able and efficient administrator, he introduced many market-based reforms in 1995 while also formulating many unprecedented populist schemes. Now, in his third term as Chief Minister, he has set international benchmarks in e-governance.
Marjolein is a singer, rugby player and a PhD in Environmental Technology, researching electricity production from living plants. She has concurrently, founded a spin-off company Plant-e to bring this innovative technology to the market. Plant-e’s technology makes it possible to produce electricity with plants while the plants keep growing. This offers new opportunities for multiple land-use, combining energy with food/feed or nature within the same surface area. She is a WEF Technology Pioneer and is a member of several boards.
Nitin’s venture Sohum Innovation Lab is an innovation company with a focus on healthcare and services. With its small team of management professionals, engineers and designers, and Sohum serves both the industrial and social sectors. Its vision is to create profitable solutions in healthcare products and services for the global healthcare market Sohum has developed high end technology solutions (brain signal analysis to remote vision screening) which have the potential to prevent lifelong disability and illness. These solutions have been implemented in several countries and are changing the present status of healthcare in emerging economies.
A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Prateek is an environmental enthusiast. He has a demonstrable track record in innovation and entrepreneurial sojourns in the environmental services industry. A trained engineer, he has interest in gas, sustainable development, CDM and developing environmental awareness. His company, Carbon Clean Solutions Limited has been recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Sibabrata Das founded Atomberg Technologies Pvt. Ltd. with his friend Manoj Meena. It is a smart appliances and hardware company that won the National Entrepreneurship Award in 2017 in the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Category, and received recognition from the Prime Minister and Niti Aayog as ‘Champions of Change’ in the startup ecosystem. His company was also later initiated into the Working Group on Energy Efficiency constituted by Niti Aayog. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bumbay, Sibabrata and his Co-founder at Atomberg - Manoj Meena have recently been listed on “Forbes India’s 30 under 30”
Rob Leslie has lived and worked in many countries. In 2013, he founded Sedicii. It uses a novel method called zero knowledge proof. Sedicii technology is based on a method of matching identity data without the need to expose the underlying data thereby protecting the privacy of the person. He is also a mentor with Enterprise Ireland (E.I.) providing advice to E.I.’s high potential start-up companies and is an active investor in various startup companies in the technology and biotech spaces. Rob has been recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Peter Vesterbacka served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment Oy. Mr. Vesterbacka manages Rovio Entertainment’s business strategy, including expanding Angry Birds into a broader entertainment franchise. He serves as Senior Advisor of Transfluent Oy. Previously, he has founded Some Bazaar, he has held several communications industry related positions at Hewlett Packard and founded the Hewlett Packard Mobile E Services Bazaar and he is the co-founder and original initiator of MobileMonday. He serves as a Director of Star Wreck Studios, Start Up Sauna, BlueGiga Technologies Oy, Oy Filmkompaniet Alpha Ab and American Chamber of Commerce in Finland. Lightneer has teamed up with CERN and Oxford, to create the best ever science learning game.
Amit Narayan is the founder of AutoGrid Systems, a company which builds software applications that enable a smarter energy Internet. AutoGrid’s Flex™ suite of energy Internet applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver cheap, clean and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. AutoGrid has been recognized with several prestigious industry awards including the 2016 Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge (EPIC), Greentech Media’s Grid Edge Award 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer 2016, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2015, Red Herring Top 100 North America 2015, 2017 Cleantech Global 100, and Industrial Innovation Company of the Year 2014 by the Cleantech Group.