SpeakIn, Asia’s finest network of speakers and thought leaders, releases the monthly issue of the Top 10 trending speakers of the month.
SpeakIn presents yet another feature where we bring the thought leaders that made headlines across domains and influenced opinions. On the release of the February 2020 issue, Deepshikha Kumar, Founder and Managing Partner of SpeakIn, comments, “In this connected world that we have today, it’s easy to get lost in information, where beliefs are amplified and reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system. SpeakIn aims to break through these echo chambers by bringing the most relevant content through our curation systems.”
1. Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls O.B.E. has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. He trended throughout the month for the upcoming episode on his real-life survival show Man vs. Wild with the superstar Rajnikanth. He is a phenomenal motivational speaker and in on of his talks he says, “It’s actually about the simple things that keep us moving through the dark nights that we all face from time to time, and about the things that keep us moving and smiling in the brighter days. So remember you are made amazing, stand tall and N.G.U. – Never Give Up.”
2. Sudha Murty
Philanthropist, acclaimed author, and the Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation Padma Shri Sudha Kulkarni Murthy, remained in the headlines for a variety reasons – her interviews in various forums, the launch of her book ‘The Gopi Diaries’, and the upcoming biopic based on her and Mr Murty’s life story. In a recent interview, she remarked “Gender equality doesn’t mean everything is half-half. There are certain rules for women and certain rules for men. It’s nature’s decision which you should not challenge.”
3. Richard Rekhy
Richard Rekhy is a Non-executive Board Member for KPMG Dubai. He was the Chief Executive Officer of KPMG in India and was featured in LinkedIn’s 20 most powerful people in India. He was one of the esteemed panellists in the Indian School of Business Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion in Delhi where, through his own personal anecdotes, he highlighted the importance of making sacrifices for an entrepreneur and putting his or her company first He quotes, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do. Always be in service of others. This will leave an impact on others forever and you will be remembered long after you are gone. Titles are given but Respect is earned.”
4. Padmaja Ruparel
Padmaja Ruparel, president of India’s largest angel network, Indian Angel Network (IAN) Fund, is a sought-after voice in the world of start-ups, investing and entrepreneurship. On this year’s budget, she comments, “This budget has informed the industry of the empathy the government caters towards Indian enterprises. This positive sentiment is evident in the government’s drive to roll out “no tax harassment” policies along with the establishment of the investment clearance cell for assisting entrepreneurs in India.”
5. Ambi Parameswaran
Acclaimed author and adman/brand strategist Ambi Parameswaran has worked on brands including TCS, Digene, Brufen, Santoor Soap, Sundrop Cooking Oil, ICICI Bank, Tata Indica Cars, Zee TV and Amul. In a recent op-ed article on distractability for audiences, he remarks, “In the world of marketing, we are worried that our costumers are too distracted … At a personal level, we need to figure out how to become ‘indistractable’. And from a marketers point of view, we need to probably figure out how to ride the distraction tiger better.”
6. Vineet Malhotra
Prime Time News and Sports Anchor for NewsX and Star Sports, Vineet Malhotra is one of the top anchors and moderators for various forums across the nation. He shares his thoughts on the evolving trends in media: “The changing landscape of technology and media is defining how we perceive the world. The globe is moving towards a new normal that is often misunderstood and it is up to us now to clear the air. Information is power and how we use this faculty is going to shape the future. ”
7. Sutapa Sanyal
Former Director-General of Police in Uttar Pradesh, Sutapa Sanyal is an international speaker, writer and advisor on issues of diversity, gender and women in leadership. In her TEDx Talk, she motivates the audience by saying, “You can become a leader no matter where you come from or who you are at the moment. I have done it in my own small way, all the speakers on the stage today have done it, women across the country across the world are doing it, and now it is your turn!”
8. Yamini Bhat
Yamini Bhat is the CEO and Co-Founder at Vymo, an AI-enabled personal sales assistant that can suggest what a salesperson can do next. An alumnus of both BITS and IIM Bangalore, she is an active voice in forums for entrepreneurship and innovation. In a recent interview on disruption through AI, she remarks, “AI will let salespeople focus on more human attributes of their work, such as empathy, higher-order intelligence and other aspects that may require human discretion and engagement. If anything, it will help salespeople be more human.”
9. Swami Narasimhananda
10. Meera Tenguria
Ace corporate communications strategist and reputation consultant, Meera Tenguria is the founder and CEO of Aarohan Communications. In the context of communication strategy for corporates, institutions, and startups, she explains, “The context within which the messaging happens plays a key role in it’s crafting. For instance, is it following a major announcement change in policy or technology; is it before an expected economic or natural crisis; is it following or preceding a boom or a slow period. The objectives of the communication are central to communication strategy – is to create awareness around a concept, advocacy of a topic, raising funds for a cause or organisation, managing change or engaging with stakeholders. Context gives content meaning.
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