Speakers for the January 2014 TEDxBandra Event
Maeve is a ten year-old who loves to tinker, read, and explore (but not always necessarily in that order). For her, tinkering means to play with words, program computers, and bring her ideas to life. She is an American by birth and a Brazilian by heart, though she loves her new life as a transplanted Indian. This is her first TEDx talk and she is excited to share her thoughts about creativity and making.
Ashutosh Phatak is the founder of the True School of Music, India's fist comprehensive institute of contemporary music and is one of the key founding partners of Blue Frog Media Pvt. Ltd. which single handedly changed the face of the live independent music scene in India.
Ashu is also a multi-instrumental music composer and producer. He has released over 15 albums, composed music for over 3000 television commercials and the soundtrack for 10 feature films.
A popular figure on the live music scene in India plus a regular at the festival circuit, he continues to perform with, and produce multiple bands across India.
He lives in Mumbai, India along with his dogs, Frodo, Magic and Scruffy.
John Kilbane has known since he was thirteen years old that he was meant to be a game programmer. During his high school years, John participated in several regional and state competitions in computer programming while attending a half-day vocational high school that specialized in computer science. After high school, John attended Full Sail University where he graduated with a degree in Game Development and gave the commencement speech for his class. John since has been consulting with ASB to promote Gamification and the Maker Movement in schools. He has worked with teachers to help bring their classroom game ideas to life and has been working with students during Maker Faires to introduce them to computer programming and robotics in a fun and carefree environment.
Sean Blagsvedt is the CEO of Babajob.com, which connects employers to informal sector employees in the developing world - such as maids, guards and office helpers - through a combination of mobile phones, location, skill and price filtering and social connections. The site has added over 500,000 users and 1 million job positions, launched with 6 large mobile carriers in India and has been profiled by the New York Times as a significant innovation that "seeks to bring the social-networking revolution to the world's poor."
Previously, Sean spent 9 years with Microsoft in the Office, Windows and Research groups. In 2004, Sean moved to Bangalore as the 3rd member of Microsoft Research India, heading the Program Management and Advanced Prototyping team, focusing on novel approaches to mobile phones and technology in emerging markets.
Prior to Microsoft, Sean worked at the White House with the Internet Policy czar, Ira Magaziner. Sean holds dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Public Policy from Brown University (1998) and is a TED Fellow.
Speakers for the December 2012 TEDxBandra Event
Prakash Agarwal has over 30 years of engineering, marketing and general management experience in the semiconductor, mobile computing, multimedia, digital imaging, digital video, wireless communications, mobile TV broadcast and consumer electronics. He was a cofounder, President/CEO and a Director of NeoMagic Corp. Under his leadership, NeoMagic became one of the fastest growing semiconductor company and leader in providing Multimedia Accelerators to Notebook PC market with over 60% market share.
Prakash has been recognized by several awards. Most notably he was awarded the 1998 Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to his business and his community.
Prakash is a board member of iEinstein Organization, This project’s mission is to ignite a transformational education movement in India. The project aims to enable an eLearning eco-system consisting of: a state-of-the-art netbook/tablet; an innovative platform and content; and broadband coonectivity with affordable financing. The project will work with a variety of suitable "non-profit" organizations, governmental agencies and "for-profit" corporations to make possible this eco-system serving 100s of millions of students from all sectors of the population.
_Sean is a co-Founder of Lighthouse Advisors India Private Limited and is responsible for all aspects of sourcing, underwriting and managing portfolio investments. Lighthouse and its affiliate funds provide active, hands-on growth capital to rapidly growing middle market Indian companies benefiting from the burgeoning Indian consumption story. Previously, Sean was a Managing Director at W. P. Carey & Co., a NYSE-listed finance company, where he served in various capacities since 1994, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Acquisitions Officer, responsible for over $1.5 billion of financings to companies across industries. In addition to Lighthouse portfolio company boards, Sean sits on the Board of Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd, one of India’s leading retail companies, as well as the American School of Bombay.
Sean graduated summa cum laude in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and has also completed an advanced seminar study on India with the Wharton Fellows program. He previously served as a Board Member of the New York Philharmonic, the Business Advisory Committee to the UN, and the Wharton Club of New York, and has resided in Mumbai India since January 2005.
_Elizabeth works with schools to create individualized, collaborative, and joyful classroom environments in which Khan Academy software and visionary teachers help students master concepts at their own pace. Before Khan Academy, Elizabeth worked at McKinsey & Company and earned a B.A. in Intellectual History at Penn.
Speakers for the December 2011 TEDxBandra Event
Sunita Bhuyan is a violinist of the Hindustani style. Recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award for Music, Sunita has undergone her initial training from her mother Minoti Khaund, eminent violinist and disciple of Pt. V.G. Jog. Sunita has attained a master’s degree in Hindustani Music from Prayag Sangeet Samitte, with a distinction and has also studied advanced music under the apprenticeship of violin maestro Padmabibhushan Late Pt V.G. Jog. Along with pure classical music, Sunita has been performing a variety of light music melodies, experimenting with jazz, folk and popular music to reach out to a diverse spectrum of audience. Sunita is the head of Learning and Development at Syntel Inc, an American ITES company, and uses music as a life enrichment tool for her management development workshops. This program has been awarded in the innovative learning category at the world HRD congress.
Fenella Kelly is a drama teacher, teacher trainer, theatre director, dancer and actress. She graduated from Cambridge University in Drama and Education. Wanting to see the world, she then trained as a TESOL teacher, and before she knew it she was co-running a school in Crete. Directing language schools every summer brought her back to the UK, but it was in Istanbul that she found her theatrical feet again, for it is there that she co-ran a theatre company that produced large shows, comprised of an international cast, for charity, and toured with English Language Teaching plays. From Istanbul she headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to be head of Performing Arts and teach Theatre and Dance. Next stop was Cairo where she had a similar job. After a brief spell in the UK to do an MA in Drama and Theatre in Education she headed to St. Julian’s School, Portugal and she is now working at the American School of Bombay as a High School Drama teacher. She is also part of Expressions Modern Dance Company in Mumbai.
Archana Prasad, is an artist from Bangalore, India. Her work is a particular conjunction of visual art, technology and urban community-based art, steeped in design and research methodologies.
As Co-Founder & Director of Jaaga Archana has a unique artist-activist role. She works towards building a stronger arts community and positively impacting public perception of art, artists and art-practices, and seeks to harness the power of the internet in this negotiation. She has a keen interest in documentation and creating public awareness on Bangalore's socio-cultural heritage.
Craig Johnson is the Superintendent of the American School of Bombay. Craig has returned to India (where he spent 12 years of his childhood) after 15 years in Brazil. While in Brazil, Craig served as the High School Principal, at Graded School in Sao Paulo; and more recently as the Headmaster of the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. Craig’s roots, as a classroom teacher, are in Middle and High School English and Social Studies. Craig continues to stay engaged in student life, by coaching soccer, and trying to teach or co-teaching an English class as often as possible. A regular presenter and workshop facilitator on a variety of Leadership and School Improvement topics, Craig has also published a novel (Wave Watcher), and has a second novel on the way.