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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Mr Binod Kumar Bawri is a leading intellectual, visionary, entrepreneur, and philanthropist in India. He is the Founding Director of Ideopedia. 

He is the pioneer of industrialization in North-East India. For over 40 years he has dedicated himself to the economic and social enhancement of North-East India. He has uplifted the lives of tens of thousands of people through results-oriented philanthrophy and public-spirited endeavors.

He was the Founder of Calcom Cement, the largest private-sector enterprise in North-East India. Calcom provided direct and indirect employment to over 25,000 people annually.

Mr Bawri has over 30 years of experience in the cement industry, and over 40 years of business experience in manufacturing. At the age of 21 he set up one of the first manufacturing industries in North-East India. He started and built several companies in diverse industries such as plywood, timber, cement, spices, retail, software, and construction, etc., over the last four decades.

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Mr A Surya Prakash is the Chairman, Prasar Bharati, India’s largest public broadcasting body. He is an author and Columnist and a leading commentator on Indian constitutional and parliamentary issues and governance. Apart from his pioneering work on Parliament, he is known for his well-researched interventions on national issues.

Over the last 47 years, Mr Prakash has held key positions in several print and electronic media organisations. He was Editor, Zee News; Executive Editor, The Pioneer; India Editor, Asia Times; Political Editor, Eenadu Group of Newspapers; and Chief of Bureau, The Indian Express, New Delhi.

Currently, apart from heading Prasar Bharati, he is a Member of the Executive Council of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi and Member, Board of Governors, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He is also Member, Advisory Council, Vivekananda International Foundation, a New Delhi based Think-Tank and Director, India Foundation, New Delhi.

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Mr Swapan Dasgupta is an Indian journalist and Member of Parliament, being a presidential nominee to the Rajya Sabha (Council of States, or India’s Upper House of Parliament)

At various points in his career, he has held editorial posts at The StatesmanThe Daily TelegraphThe Times of IndiaThe Indian Express and India Today, where he was managing editor till 2003.

He has published his works in The PioneerThe TelegraphDainik JagranThe Times of IndiaThe New Indian ExpressOutlookThe Free Press Journal and several other newspapers and magazines, and is currently a freelance writer for various publications. Over the last decade, he has acquired the fame of being one of the most frequently appearing faces on Indian television. 

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FOUNDERS 

Malvika Bawri is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and innovator. She is the Founder of Ideopedia. She is the Co-Founder and President of Think India. She is the Founder of Diduce Technologies, a software startup.

She is the Co-Founder of Quantta Analytics, a Big Data and Artificial Intelligence driven platform that creates efficiencies in human interactions. She was the Chief Strategy Officer of Calcom Cement, the largest private-sector enterprise in North-East India.

She was the Founder of Saroj Antiques, a global antiquarian company. She was the Co-Founder of Cijen, an analytics and software company based out of California. She has been granted a patent by the USPTO and has several patents pending. She is an Advisor to several startups. 

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Ritesh Bawri is a serial entrepreneur, change maker, nutritionist and lifestyle consultant. He is the Co-Founder of Ideopedia. He is the Founder of Think India. He is the Founder of Quantta Analytics, a Big Data and Artificial Intelligence driven platform that creates efficiencies in human interactions. He is the Co-Founder of Diduce Technologies, a software startup.

He was the Managing Director of Calcom Cement, the largest private-sector enterprise in North-East India. He spent over a decade building and running cement plants in Eastern India. He was the founder of Cijen, an analytics and software company based out of California. He served as the President of the University of Michigan Indian Alumni Association. He is a member of the Alumni Board, Ross School of Business. He co-founded the India Business Conference at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

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ADVISORS 

Dr Nikhil Agarwal is among the foremost Innovation and Policy experts in India. He is the CEO of  the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST) @ IIT, Kanpur. He is responsible for the incubation, innovation, research and startup activities at IIT Kanpur. In 2018 he was appointed Vice Chairman, Mahaashmita Livelihood Rural Accelerator Program (MILAP), Govt of Maharashtra. He is a Fellow of IC 2 Institute, University of Texas, Austin.

In 2014 Prime Minister Modi urged the Indian diaspora to serve the country. Dr Agarwal responded to the call and joined Chandrababu Naidu’s government in Andhra Pradesh as CEO, Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society to kickstart the statewide innovation agenda. He was involved in developing large scale innovation projects such as a 300 acres cyber security industrial park, rural innovation labs, incubation centers, and an INR 1 billion startup fund.

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