As the world enters the new decade, it is time we highlighted the men and women who have inspired and impacted millions through their speech. The speakers featured in this list come from various walks of life and with their experiences have catapulted themselves to greatness. In this post, we list out 10 of the top trending speakers in Indian in January 2020.
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Indian business magnate Sanjeev Bhikchandani recently was in the news for being announced as the recipient of the Padma Shri Award. The founder of Naukri.com, he has also funded various internet-based startups including Jeevansathi.com, 99acres.com, Shiksha.com, Zomato, and Policybazaar. Notably, Sanjeev was also honored with SpeakIn’s Icon of Excellence in Speech #Entrepreneur last year for inspiring many budding entrepreneurs across the world. A popular investor himself, on Zomato’s acquisition of Uber Eats, Sanjeev comments, “It helps in terms of synergies regarding customers and regarding rider network regarding the restaurant supply chain”.
Survivor of a brutal acid attack, Laxmi Agarwal is an activist and a campaigner for acid attack survivors. One of the strongest women that the country has seen, Laxmi was recently in news as a film based on her life – Chhapaak – released with Deepika Padukone playing the lead. She received the International Women of Courage award in the USA and was lauded by then-first lady Michelle Obama for her exceptional campaign against acid violence. “There has been a perceptible change in the attitude of people over the years since when I, after facing rejection, decided to fight for the acid attack survivors’ cause,” she had said.
Sanjay Jha is the Executive Director of the Dale Carnegie Training operations in India and the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Party since. He recently moderated an esteemed panel discussion on Organizational Agility, on which he comments, “Organizational agility requires an openness to new information and learning, a positive attitude toward change, and confidence that it can succeed. It thrives in an environment of trust and psychological safety, where people are empowered, engaged and connected to a customer-centered purpose. And it requires an effective set of tools, processes, creative and social intelligence, and competent change leadership”.
Sanjoy K. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, the team behind the world’s largest literary gathering — the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. “Even as tribalism grows across the world and countries build walls around them, we have to remember that each one of us is a human being, together here on this earth for a common cause of humanity,” he said at the inauguration of the festival.
Rana Safvi is an Indian Historian, scholar and writer known for documenting Indian culture and heritage. The author of four books, Safvi also runs a popular blog showcasing Delhi’s culture and traditions. She remained in the headlines for January for lending her opinion on the attacks in JNU as well as anti-CAA protests. “As far as traditions are concerned, I believe in preserving them as long as they are not patriarchal or impinge on somebody’s freedom, rights or dignity” Safvi quotes on preserving traditional Indian values.
One of India’s top-selling authors, Ashwin Sanghi made the news with his recent book launch session with actor Sonali Bendre at Jaipur Literature Festival. Sanghi was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and has written two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers. Known for his fiction thrillers on history and mythology, Ashwin is a natural storyteller who not only enthralls his readers through his pages but also rivets his audience through his lectures and presentations. Ashwin explains the concept of myth Sanghi and comments “In any myth, there is a touch of the doubt for every believer and there is a touch of belief for every non-believer.”
Swami Sukhabodhananda is a prominent spiritual teacher In India, focusing on the scientific aspects of meditation and psychology. He has been sharing the wisdom of ancient Vedas with millions of people across the globe. “The pursuit of real happiness lies in adapting a happy outlook in dealing with problems rather than looking at problems as a pain. Problems add to our experiences and make life more meaningful,” he comments on dealing with problems in life.
Arvind Mediratta is the Managing Director and CEO of Metro Cash and Carry, prior to which he held global leadership positions at Walmart and Yum! Brands. Arvind has several accolades that follow him: he was rated amongst “25 Hottest Young Executives in India” by “Business Today” in 2006, “50 Most Powerful People in Media, Advertising and Marketing in India” by “PITCH” in 2004, and “Top 8 Marketers in India” by “The Economic Times” in 2003. On the recent budget, he commented “Tax holidays to startups will encourage existing and new entrepreneurs in doing business. The government’s announcement to simplify GST from April 2020 returns will help lakhs of small traders, kiranas and restaurant owners”.
Papa CJ is an award-winning, world-renowned international stand-up comedian. He has performed over 2000 shows in over 25 countries across the world. Forbes Magazine called him ‘the global face of Indian stand-up’ and Harvard Business Review called him ‘one of the most influential comedians around the world’. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford and is an experienced motivational speaker. He has been invited to speak at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. As a corporate coach, he has trained over 50 blue-chip companies globally. He consults brands on concepts and content strategy. Under his initiative called The Papa CJ Happiness Project, he performs in support of charitable causes across the world. His maiden book, an autobiography titled ‘Naked’, was launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2020.
Leadership coach, actor, popular author and acclaimed executive Utkarsh Rai is one of our top speakers for the month. In the previous year as VP software and MD, Infinera India and Last year, he also debuted in Bollywood with the popular film ‘Batla House’. Author of five Non- fiction and fiction novels, Rai is also a recipient of the Udyog Ratan Award, a fitness freak and a popular speaker. On being a multi-talented personality having made big across several industries, Utkarsh says, “Though shuttling between Mumbai and Bengaluru is not a walk in the park, learning how to work in one more industry has given me belief in the adage: Dreams do come true”
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