Madanmohan Rao 

Research Director, YourStory Media 

Madanmohan Rao is research director at YourStory Media and editor of five book series ( His interests include creativity, innovation, knowledge management, and digital media. Madan is also a DJ and writer on world music and jazz. He can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao 

Anshul Tewari 

Founder, Youth ki Awaaz 

Anshul is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Youth Ki Awaaz, India’s largest media platform for young people to speak up and create an impact. He has worked across media, technology and citizen advocacy to build and scale community driven models of social change. Anshul is an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurship and was named a Young Innovator by the United Nations ITU in 2012. He was also named a Forbes 30 Under 30 media influencer in 2018. He also serves on the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group for South Asia. 

Sangya Ojha 


The Puppetarians 

Sangya Ojha is a puppet consultant, TEDx speaker and co-founder of The Puppetarians, a unique Puppet Performance Initiative based in Mumbai. Sangya also puppeteers popular puppet characters like Elmo & Aanchoo for Sesame Street India (also known as Galli Galli Sim Sim, on Indian Television) since 2006. Sangya has been playing puppets for over 17 years and also performing in famous TV shows like Dance India Dance & Kaun Banega Crorepati. She also does live puppet plays, and puppetry workshops for kids, teachers and parents; create online educational and entertaining content with puppets, and trains puppeteers worldwide. Sangya has received Jagran new Media’s Awareness Warrior’s Award and the prestigious mBillionth Award for her Puppet Video Series ‘Tara hai Taiyar’ that she created under The Puppetarians with UNICEF, U.P. Over the years Sangya has collaborated with the biggest names in entertainment, education and corporate sector to spread the art of Puppetry among young and grown-ups. Sangya believes that by combining the age-old art of Puppetry with new technologies ideas of great value can be presented for all ages and the impact of this innovation could be life-changing for all involved. 

Arindom Baidya 

Independent Consultant 

Arindom Baidya has been working in social development in South Asia and South East Asia for over fifteen years, focusing on developing agriculture value chains and agriculture risk management solutions. Arindom works with farmer cooperatives, NGOs, corporates, governments, and multilateral organizations, helping them build scalable solutions. He blends traditional research methods, human-centred design, and other social innovation tools with data analytics and technology to find the most effective solutions. Arindom is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.  

Ludmila Ushani 

Administrative Assistant, Foundation of Goodness 

Ludmila Ushani is an administrative assistant and operations coordinator, IT instructor and the coordinator for visitors & volunteers at the Foundation of Goodness’ project headquarters and flagship model, the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama, Sri Lanka. Ludmilla is also an alumni of the Foundation of Goodness’ empowerment programs where she built up her IT knowledge and polished her English language skills. 

Sumeet Singh 

Founder, OneKeyCare Ventures 

He has a bachelors degree in Computer Science and has over 10 years of experience in developing technology products for social impact. In 2017, Sumeet founded a OKC a social impact startup which uses tech for good innovations to empower communities. The tech solutions developed as part of this startup have impacted over millions of lives. His IoT solution for low birthweight management for saving newborn babies won the mBillionth South Asia Mobile Innovations for Social Good award in the Health & Wellbeing category. Sumeet has more than 6 years of entrepreneurial experience in developing and implementing digital mental health products and interventions. His work on screening and intervention for postpartum depression won the Grand Challenges Award. 

In 2021, Sumeet was awarded the UNESCO Youth Game Changers award for his work on adopting game-based methodologies to prevent violent extremism. This was showcased at a global conference hosted by UNESCO-MGIEP in collaboration with UNOCT, UNAOC. 

Previously, Sumeet has worked as a development consultant to the World Bank and United Nations and various state governments. 

Ritika Bhatia 

Content Team Lead, Youth ki Awaaz 

A highly-motivated, multidisciplinary media professional with over 10 years of experience ranging across diverse media formats (such as motion pictures, branding & content strategy, marketing & communications, and print & digital publishing), I have a strong inclination towards working with socially relevant and engaging content. A pop culture aficionado, my other passions include poetry, gardening and challenging gender stereotypes. 

Swaraj Shetty 

Co-Founder, Director, Khaanachahiye Foundation 

Swaraj Shetty is a communication strategist and activist based out of Mumbai, India.  He is the Co-founder/ Director – Growth and Marketing at Khaanachahiye a crowdsourced initiative to fight hunger through relief efforts and policy interventions powered by the citizens of Mumbai MMR ( 7.2 million meals + 71,000 grocery kits shared since 2020). He is also the co-founder of the citizen collective, Litmus Test Project, which works on active citizenship and good governance interventions.[Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Over the last 15 years, as a digital marketer, community builder, and growth hacker, Swaraj has led successful high-growth communication projects in India and Southeast Asia as part of the world’s largest messaging platform, Gupshup. Swaraj played multiple roles – community builder, bot designer, digital marketer, growth hacker, and product evangelist at messaging platform Gupshup between 2008 and 2018. He lead efforts in building and deploying future messaging products and services built on the Gupshup Platform working with brands, ngos and social movements.

He has volunteered and led mobile and digital initiatives in transformative civic engagement campaigns like Khaanachahiye, India Against Corruption, LokSatta Movement, and the Mahavoter Campaign. He was awarded the Mumbai Mirror Mumbai Heroes award in 2017 and ‘Social Media for Empowerment 2018 and 2021’ South Asia from Def India and the World Summit award in 2023 for the KC Campaign.