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Thought Leaders Conclave

“A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible” - Mark Yarnell

From varied fields and walks of life, hail these leaders who have shown the world that an idea, a noble thought is all that it takes to make a difference. They have shown the power of a simple solution for a complex problem. After overcoming all hardships and fighting their way to fame, they have lived an inspiring journey. Thought Leaders Conclave provides you with the perfect chance to hear their stories and to learn from their experience.

  • Maj. D P Singh (Retd.) – A proud Kargil War Veteran and India's first blade runner
  • Dr. D. Udaya Kumar – Designer of Indian Rupee symbol
  • Prem Rawat – International peace ambassador

Maj. D P Singh (Retd.)

A proud Kargil War Veteran, Maj. D P Singh became the first Indian to run a half marathon with a racing blade on his amputated leg after a near-death experience, thus rightfully earning the title of “India’s blade runner”.

Echoing his belief that Physically challenged are not challenged but indeed challengers, he initiated a trust called “The challenging ones” that encourages specially-abled people to push their limits and lead the change by action on ground. It motivates more than 1000 challengers across India, to overcome personal obstacles through the medium of sport. A triple Limca record holder, he has been honored by the Canadian Government, and is a recipient of the REX Karamveer Global fellowship (2014-15). Losing a leg at the young age of 25, did not deter his confidence and belief in himself and till date he has ran around 20 half marathons. With his conviction, he has set new standards of bravery and endurance.

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Dr. D. Udaya Kumar

Designer of Indian rupee symbol, Dr Udaya Kumar, was a post-graduate student at IIT- Bombay when he won the nationwide contest run by the government to design a symbol of the Indian rupee. He currently heads the department of design at IIT Guhawati.

With his design- that blended Devanagri “Ra”and Roman “R”, India joined the elite group of economies having their own distinct symbol for the currency. From conceptualization to making it happen, the symbol designing was a challenging task which was completed in 2 months. This symbol has given India an international standing and has been pivotal in highlighting the strength and global face of Indian economy.

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Prem Rawat

Prem Rawat is an internationally renowned speaker who presents a fascinating and practical perspective about the ‘Business of life’. Asking the question “What does real success, prosperity and happiness actually look like?”, Prem Rawat provides a uniquely challenging view to the status quo. As the world advances globally in every sphere Prem asks “Are human beings really thriving, achieving their true potential, or are we just surviving?”. Addressing The Young President’s Organization in Europe on the subject of “How do we become better Leaders?”, Prem said, “We talk about the need for prosperity. In my formula, prosperity without human contentment is chaos.” Prem sees human happiness as not just a possibility but a critical need for everyone. Without it, however good we become in business, however apparently successful we become in our careers, we will remain unfulfilled. What we are now seeing in the world says Prem is the result of the lack of human contentment, including wars, environmental destruction, greed, violence and social ills, all of which can be avoided provided humanity is in touch with itself. His recently published book “Splitting the Arrow – Understanding the Business of Life” addresses key aspects of understanding life better, using the powerful medium of story-telling.

In 2001, Prem Rawat started ‘The Prem Rawat Foundation’ (TPRF) with a mission to address the fundamental human needs of food, water and peace. TPRF’s -Food for People, is an innovative program that provides nutritious meals to children and ailing adults in India, Nepal and Ghana.

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