Speakers




Saniya Shah, an inspiring female entrepreneur has had her fair share of achievements, ranging from recieving her MBA from Cornell University to becoming the CEO of Pilota. She has also led teams within the innovation incubator of Fortune 7 company, UnitedHealth Group where she created and launched new products for the company. Saniya Shah stands with pride as one of the Forbes 30 under 30 recipients. Her keen foresight and compatibility with hard work hae made her a perfect fit for being a three time founder.
We are delighted and honoured to have her as one of our speakers for TEDxKids this year and inspire young, ambitious students





Our next speaker, aka Pooja R Bhale, acts as a messenger when it comes to communicating the deep rooted harmony that mother earth possesses. She aspires to reconnect people to this planet using her understanding, knowledge and unconditional love that was developed from her vast experience as a conservation biologist and as the head of Protecterra Ecological foundation (PEF). “The Farm” is PEF’s flagship project, which aims to revitalize our interconnection with earth by developing our perspective by raising awareness. Spiritual ecology is the niche space in which she intends to operate all her work. Her profession also complements one’s passion to explore the world as she has traveled all across India, South Africa and England to contribute her skills by working in certain protected areas. Along with being an asset to her incredible initiative, she also portrays her versatility by being on the Maharashtra rugby team, acquiring a certification in Leadership For Young Adults. Apart from all this, she’s been a professor since she was 24 and also, given that she shares her home with around 40 animals, she’s truly an animal lover. Pooja R Bhale is a light spirited woman, who’s unlimited ambition and dedication is bound to lead the world to a spiritually better direction.





Presenting our third speaker for the day Swarup Deb, who’s not only an animation designer professor, but also an educator, design thinker and strategist. He is a perfect blend of being smart as well as participating and motivating in art, culture and theatre events since a very young age. Despite being a professional in all those fields he’s also a mechanical engineer, who graduated from Govt College of engineering Pune and had contributed in famous companies like Bajaj Auto and Larson & Toubro before studying animation film design from The National Institute of Design. Swarup also owns the title of being a creative producer and managing director of Girgit Studios Pvt Ltd. Being in the animation field he has helped and contributed to various design teams like TVCs, Short films, Promo films, etc, but has also spread awareness of themes which are social relevant like child abuse, parent safety for children, gender inequality through these films. Last but not the least he is also a recipient of the 40 under 40 award of animation express for being very brilliant and one the most promising individual influencer.






Chandni is not only a helping hand for students to discover the depths of their potential, but she’s also an epitome of sheer hard work and dedication. She has worked with the objective to provide students with a platform to uncover their zeal and she has done this by using her stance as the director of Schools Education Foundation (SEF). She manages the design and execution of all structural school processes and she has played a prominent role in carving the “student vision” for all programmes that SEF conducts. The foundational building block of her work is her undying motivation towards ensuring that the children have the facilities and strength to bring about change in the world and be the leaders of tomorrow. Along with this, she personalises her connection with students by being a part of the senior leadership team at SEF. Over the course of 3 years, she has been an asset for a multitude of achievements, ranging from leading the first governmental partnership school to eventually leading all their programmes. Even in these devastating times of Covid-19, she is spearheading all of SEF’s strategic shifts that have come her way. Her experience includes possessing a degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She worked alongside a few nonprofits before joining the Teach For India Fellowship in 2013. After the Fellowship, she joined Teach For India as a Program Manager and worked for 2 years. She also led TFI’s unique student leadership initiative called ‘Udyami’ in Delhi. Apart from her profession, her hobbies include spending time with her dogs and always wanting to satisfy her curiosity by learning about new things.





Chef Gayatri Peshawaria is quite famous for being the owner of Gayatri’s Gourmet, a food education company based in her hometown, Amritsar. In addition to her ten years of cooking experience she believes in cooking with seasonal and natural food to support the local farmers and to accomplish her zero waste cooking agenda. From the UK to India she hasn’t failed to portray her brilliant cooking skills, whether it’s being a wine critic, journalist or participating in Gourmet Gateway in the most famous cities of the world. She is the founder of MasterClass, an education program which empowers school students to make informed food choices whilst being in an enjoyable environment. Over 1000 children across 5 major schools in India have been trained and certified in Master Class’ successful four year run as of now. “The idea is to cook like they do in the farm – simple food, big taste!” is what she lives by, while obviously maintaining her simplicity and efficiency. She has travelled the world with her passion and trademark candor and continues to wow people by experimenting and creating.







“Lucky,it’s Nalini Sorenson!” we say, just like Nalini herself titles her books. Our next speaker Nalini is a world renowned, award-winning children’s book author, whose insight is a delight for kids. She believes in savouring the moments of sudden elation and “living life to its full potential”, a twist on the cliche. In our transient lives, she promotes being cheerful and appreciative of beauty all around. Humour and intellectual tranquility is her forte. Nalini has had many books published, Her book titles include, ‘Lucky, It’s Summer!’, ‘Lucky, It’s Not Just a Christmas Story!’, ‘Lucky, It’s Diwali!’, ‘While You Are Sleeping’, ‘Papa’s Marathon’, etc. {Hence the opening of this paragraph}
Nalini is a woman of various talents and equal responsibilities. Her family relies on her for having a wonderful, fully balanced day filled with light humour. She has not only written readers for schools students across India, but has also attended and presented at numerous literary events. Her lively attitude towards life makes her a perfect role model for children and represents her young spirit.