October 4th, 2019, New Delhi: SpeakIn, Asia’s largest network of speakers and thought leaders, releases the September issue of the top 10 speakers of the month. The list is a monthly feature showcasing the men and women who are influencing thoughts and actions of the nation. These trending speakers cut across versatile genres and promotes pioneers from mountaineering and politics to education and technology.
In a bid to disrupt the expert network industry, SpeakIn seeks to make knowledge accessible across the world by matching expert advisers with those seeking their insights. This month’s list includes Greta Thunberg, Nakul Beri, Randhir Singh Kalsi and more – each, trailblazers in their own right.
On the release of the September issue, Deepshikha Kumar, Founder and Managing Partner of SpeakIn, says, “It is crucial that we understand the adverse effects that climate change has on our planet and adapt the modes to rectify it. If we as humans don’t take charge of our own actions and keep adding fuel to fire, nature will surely hit back. That’s not a secret anymore.”
Top 10 Speakers September 2019
Rank 10: Saachi Soni: Popularly known as the Mountain Machine, Saachi is a mountaineer and adventure enthusiast from India. At the age of 21, she became the youngest Indian woman to scale Australia’s ten highest peaks in just a matter of 50 hours. She holds a place in the Limca Book of Records, has climbed up the Mount Everest, and was also the youngest Indian woman to reach Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe. Talking about the spirit of adventure and what keeps her going, she says, “If you do not jump, your parachute will never open. You will be safe, but you won’t soar. So, you gotta jump.”
Rank 9: Ainara Kaur: A marketer at heart, Ainara Kaur’s twenty year journey and experience as a creative tech entrepreneur, brand strategist and marketing leader has fabricated her into a strong advocate of women empowerment in corporate sector. Speaking about women leadership, she said, “It’s imperative to see the need to increase women in corporate world, specifically in leadership roles, as a business issue rather than a feminist issue. As marketers who are involved in impacting the way people think, it is our fundamental responsibility to be sensitive on how we showcase women in our communication.” Kaur has previously worked with organisations such as Myntra, AmEx, Yes Bank, and currently leads Canvilicious.
Rank 8: Temsutula Imsong: As one of the best-known faces from the North-east nationally, this social worker from Nagaland is leading a successful charge in India’s fight against garbage. Temsutula Imsong is a 34-year-old woman who has made Varanasi her home and her mission is to clean the ghats. She gained fame when Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about her and her team’s effort to clean the ghats at Varanasi and also mentioned about her at his address in Toronto. “We talk to people about how important it is for the community to clean the place they live in, maintain it and feel proud of it. Our country will not be clean unless every citizen is involved in the effort.” says the activist.
Rank 7: Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao: Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao has made history in the traditionally male-dominated aviation business by being the only woman to have started and run her own major commercial airline, Vietjet Aviation. She was featured by Forbes as Asia’s Power Businesswomen 2019. She is Vietnam’s first self-made woman billionaire, with a net worth of $2.5 billion, and the wealthiest self-made woman in Southeast Asia. On the operational challenges she faces as a leader, Thao says, “It’s an equation with a lot of unknown factors that you need to solve—and you need to solve them all at once. There are many questions that you need to have answers to, and if there’s one that you haven’t answered, you’ll surely fail.”
Rank 6: Atul Tripathi: Atul Tripathi is a data scientist, author, lecturer and mentor on Artificial Intelligence. He currently spearheads application of AI in cyber-security at Tech Mahindra. Previously, as a consultant to National Security Council Secretariat, (part of Prime Minister’s Office) he designed and built AI enabled Big Data platform for Strategy and Governance. He is member of Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square. He is adviser for Data Science Centre, ISSER Mohali. He has authored a book on AI too. In the era of AI as a buzz word, Atul says “AI and Data Science are automated systems and processes for solving business problems for businesses to take more informed decision”.
Rank 5: Chloe Cho: An award-winning journalist, a prolific content creator and a talk show host, Chloe hosts an inspirational podcast series ‘Maverick Dreamers and Thinkers.’ She is a former CNBC anchor, CNN World Report contributor and the Executive Producer and Presenter of CAN. On the era of new technology and disruption, Chloe says, “Disruption is real. From traditional to new industries, every single field is being upended as a wave of new technologies and new thinking changes the status-quo. Both businesses and individuals need to change their mindsets to survive in the new digital age. Not doing so will leave them behind, creating societal problems worldwide.”
Rank 4: Anil Srivastava: Anil Srivastava leads the Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage Mission at NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of Government of India. A prolific thought leader on e-vehicles and mobility transportation, Anil speaks at numerous national and international conferences and is a part of collaborations to foster cooperation between India and the rest of the world on spearheading electric mobility. On the future of mobility in India, Srivsatava comments, “A spectacular transformation in mobility is happening in India, adoption of EVs would be swifter and quicker than expected. Tremendous opportunity for industry in EV and battery.”
Rank 3: Nakul Beri: The Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Nakul Beri is a Singapore based banker with a wealth of experience in both wholesale/institutional side of banking and the private banking space. “As the banking industry transforms itself to a more technology-based platform towards transacting and perhaps less advising, I believe there will always be premium value for ‘human’ interaction. There will be a continuous need for high quality bankers to play the role of ‘Financial Doctors’ for clients on a consistent basis.” says Nakul, when inquired about the advent of technology in the traditional banking set-up.
Rank 2: Randhir Singh Kalsi: The force whose vision, strategy and leadership contributed at different organization levels towards Maruti Suzuki becoming India’s largest carmaker; Randhir Singh Kalsi is a highly accomplished techno-commercial leader and change-driver. In a career spanning over 35 years, Kalsi has led and delivered numerous green field projects and transformations at Maruti Suzuki. On the rising concerns on automotive sustainability, Kalsi comments, “The 120-year old Auto Industry is experiencing an unprecedented set of transformations. An inclination towards Shared Mobility, the need for efficient Alternate Fuels and the rising mandate for Electric vehicles is rapidly shifting current business dynamics. We are bound to witness considerable impact on the industry’s entire value chain, including auto parts manufacturers and dealers, which will bring in its own set of challenges. On the whole, the industry is on the threshold of an exciting era, packed with innovation.”
Rank 1: Greta Thunberg: Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist focused on the risks posed by climate change. On August 2018, Thunberg demonstrated outside the Swedish parliament, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organized a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million pupils each. Thunberg was also featured on the cover of Time magazine, which named her a “next generation leader” and noted that many see her as a role model. On September 23, 2019 at the UN climate action summit in New York, Greta’s emotionally charged speech, addressing the world leaders shook the entire globe, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you!”
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