Upasana’s mission is to simplify payment acceptance for Indian merchants/retailers. Her focus is ontaking the MobiKwik Wallet to millions of retailers, bank partnerships, and talent acquisition. Upasana comes with a strong payments background as a senior product manager with PayPal (an eBay company) in Silicon Valley and prior to that with HSBC at San Diego. She graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering from NIT Jalandhar and a Masters in Management Science from Stanford University.
Neha Upadhyay is the CEO and Founder of Guna Organics. She is a Macrobiotic coach who graduated from King’s College London & trained in organic, macrobiotic cooking from Daylesford Organic Cookery School & Whole Food Harmony (UK), is presently a certified organic macrobiotic coach in New Delhi. After having worked in the education sector in the UK, where she worked with several children suffering from Juvenile diabetes, Autism, ADHD and other neuro motor problems, she was reluctant to treat them with western medication and hence trained in Macrobiotics and Organics which have proven to be alternative healing practices.
Guna works with farmer producer organisations that include over 650 farmers from Afghanistan and different states of India such as Ladakh, Kerala, Goa and Uttarakhand to promote eco-positive eating by marketing handmade organic products and conducting Macrobiotic food workshops.
Combining her experience in lifestyle journalism with a flair for fashion, Priyanka Gill created POPxo in 2014 as a digital content platform for engaging content lifestyle content for young Indian women. In 2015, 1.2 billion people saw POPxo posts on Facebook, with 212,000 daily fan interactions. The website got 19 million unique views and over 3.5 million video views. It is available in Hindi and English, engaging audience via both video and text. She keeps the brand ahead of the curve with initiatives such as the POPxo Style Council, the POPxo Blog Network and The POPxo Campus Ambassador Programme.
After graduating with honours from Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi, Priyanka went on to contribute to Vogue India, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure and Grazia.in. She is a Contributing Editor to Harper’s Bazaar India and guest-edited the India special issue of the Mayfair Times magazine in June 2013.
As an investor, Priyanka works with early stage tech startups and food concepts, such as Bea’s of Bloomsbury, Campanja, SoundOut, Yieldify and Raptor Supplies, as an investor, board member or advisor. She extends time and support to several charities. She co-chaired the Pratham UK gala in 2009-2010, raising over GBP 2 million for the charity. She also advises Akshayapatra UK, and the Savitri Waney trust as an advisory board member.
A busy mother of two young children, Priyanka juggles a demanding family life with her passion for work and travel. She is a recipient of the FICCI Women’s Achiever’s Award 2015 and the Digital Women Awards for Content Creation in 2015.
Ms. Taru Kapoor has been Head of Indian Operations at Tinder, Inc. since January 2016. Ms. Kapoor focuses on establishing the Tinder brand in India, steering its user growth and user engagement by focusing on local user needs. Ms. Kapoor was an Investment Analyst at Sequoia Capital India and focused on early stage. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital India, Ms. Kapoor was a Strategy Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked in the banking, insurance, and consumer goods sectors. She was an active member of start-ups and VC community in Harvard Business School. She has extensive experience in business development, product and growth strategy and financial modeling and planning. She worked with Sequoia Capital India. She is a Harvard MBA graduate. Ms. Kapoor graduated with Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where she was awarded the Alok Saxena Memorial award for being the second best all-round graduating student of the year.
Ishita is the Founder and CEO of BitGiving, India’s leading crowdfunding platform which helps raise funds online and gives wings to entrepreneurial ideas, creative minds and social issues.
A self confessed geek, Anand was quick to be bitten by the technology startup bug and started her first venture at the age of 22. Passionate about making impossible dreams come true through her venture, she envisions revolutionising crowdfunding in India. Anand’s infectious energy, perseverance and foresightedness has helped BitGiving grow from a two member company to a leader in the crowdfunding niche.
An erstwhile film-maker, Anand is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College. She is also affiliated with the Lean In Foundation and is heading the circles for Women Entrepreneurs in India.
Jaiveer Shergill is a practicing lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and a politician belonging to the Indian National Congress party. Graduating in 2006 from West Bengal University of Jurisdical Sciences, Jaiveer went to the UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California,USA, and took a master’s degree in Law. In 2006, after graduating from law school, Jaiveer enrolled in the Delhi Bar and began his career as a law associate with “Economic Laws Practice,” a reputed law firm specializing in tax and commercial cases. In 2008, Jaiveer was accepted into the Chambers ofAbhishek Singhvi, who is Senior Advocate, a Rajya Sabha MP, and a spokesman of the Indian National Congress party. As a practicing advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Jaiveer has been involved in various high profile cases.
Currently serving as the National Media Panelist for the Indian National Congress Party, Spokesperson of the Punjab Pradesh Congress and Co-Chairman of the Legal Cell, Congress (Punjab). As a unique initiative, Jaiveer launched a 24×7 legal toll-free helpline number to provide legal assistance to congress workers who are victims of political vendetta and facing false cases slapped by the Akali-BJP Government. Jaiveer has been instrumental in voicing various economic and social issues in the media including but not limited to foreign direct investment, depleted conditions of schools in Punjab, alarming drug use, women safety etc.
He is the youngest National Media Panelist of the Indian National Congress. He is also one of the youngest spokespersons of the Congress Party for Punjab (Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee) and also the youngest person to be appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Congress Legal Cell for Punjab. He has also served as the Young India Representative for the International Bar Association (the most prestigious Lawyers Organization of the world) for a period of two years (2008–09).
Jaiveer also regularly writes on issues of terrorism, parliamentary functioning, government policies relating to digital infrastructure, financial planning, employment generation, impacts of rampant drug use, governance etc
Anand is Chief Product Officer @ Snapdeal, one of India’s pre-eminent Internet franchises (Snapdeal, Freecharge, Shopo, Exclusively.In, Unicommerce, GoJavas etc.) with over 100 million combined registered users and with over 1000 engineers.
Previously, he was CPO at Bharti Airtel, the #3 mobile operator globally with over 210 million subscribers driving a new subscription music and video service Wynk Music, Airtel Money etc. and leading their e-commerce business. Earlier, Anand was with Yahoo in Silicon Valley, where he was Sr. Director for Mobile. Previously, he co-founded Aeroprise Inc. Under Anand’s leadership, Aeroprise became the most-deployed solution worldwide for mobile service management, raised $7M in funding and was acquired by BMC Software.
Anand holds a M.S. in Electrical Engg. from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Communications Engg. from PSG College of Technology (India). In 2010, he was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
The only Indian to receive the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship for studying Economics at Cambridge University in 1994, Suchi graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and procured her master’s degree in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics where she won the British Chevening Scholarship.
Creating and scaling businesses which impact people’s lives deeply using technology has been her sole passion. Starting from the early years in finance, where she was part of teams that designed India’s first special purpose financing vehicle, and then the world’s largest aviation insurance company via a transatlantic merger, Suchi has had an illustrious career.
Her successful stint at eBay encapsulated Suchi as a part of the relatively early team building out the UK business, creating earning opportunities for millions of sellers. UK ultimately went on to become the second largest eBay market in the world. Subsequently, as an executive management team member at Skype, she led teams that designed and launched the biggest upgrade in Skype’s history since launch, thus enabling free peer-to-peer multiparty video and screen share. Finally there was Gumtree – UK’s largest online classifieds business, where Suchi was Managing Director & CEO, helping millions of women and men find incredibly useful daily life savers.
Suchi calls herself a Delhi girl who has come home after over 15 years to build LimeRoad.com, a venture conceived after the birth of her second child, while snatching a few minutes of me-time flipping through a magazine. Nothing, she felt, gave unhindered access to a rich breadth of product across South-East Asia, in an interface that was as easy as flipping a magazine. Thus grew the idea of the platform, the proposition and the interface. Driving for lasting impact has been a core theme for her.
She has also been selected as one of 15 women worldwide – high potential leaders under 40 for driving change and impact, showcased & celebrated at the World Women’s Forum in Deauville, Paris, 2010. Recently, she was one amongst the few entrepreneurs chosen to address the Startup India Standup India Event in New Delhi and share the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
She has great admiration for people who have questioned status quo and made lasting change happen in their own contexts, and all her core partners reflect the same grain.
LimeRoad is a fun and exciting way to discover, share and shop. Limeroad.com is today reimagining e-commerce as we know it today with a social-commerce platform. Targeted at the intelligent woman of today, it has an incredible width of carefully selected retailers, enabling customers to discover the best of lifestyle products across categories like apparel, accessories, and home. LimeRoad.com is a brand owned by A.M. Marketplaces Pvt Ltd.
Priya Sachdev is a double major in Mathematics and began her professional career as an investment banker in London.
Post her specialization as a Financial Analyst, she implemented her knowledge & expertise in the family enterprise – The Sachdev Group (TSG), a leading automobile dealer representing Ford, Toyota & Hyundai in North India. Priya is also the Founder & CEO of Harpreet Insurance Pvt. Ltd., a company specializing in General Insurance & Motor Insurance.
As the Co Founder of TSG International, Priya along with her sister Charu were the pioneers in bringing fashion luxury labels to India with their first standalone store Moschino in Mumbai launched in 2005. In 2008, she launched her multi-brand store called Kitsch in New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai retailing world’s most sought after luxury labels such as Stella Mc Cartney, Lanvin, DVF etc.
Priya Sachdev launched Rock N Shop in 2015, which showcases over 100 labels and is dedicated to supporting retailers and brands to reach out to a highly affluent audience in India.
Ruchi Aggarwal is a Marketing and Strategy professional with over 2 decades of multi-industry, cross cultural experience in India and UK, with a track record of success and innovation.
Ruchi has worked with diverse industry sectors – Scottish Rugby at Edinburgh; Vodafone in India; Healthcare, with Bausch and Lomb and now IT with Microsoft, in India.
Apart from her corporate responsibilities @ Microsoft, Ruchi is a keen speaker at Industry events both internationally and in India. She speaks on a range of topics – some which you may expect like Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, Innovation – but also some that are close to her heart like Personal Branding and Creating Women Leadership under the Diversity and Inclusion umbrella. She is Microsoft India’s representative to the Anita Borg Institute which runs the renowned Grace Hopper event for Women in IT.
Ruchi has received many awards and accolades for her work over the course of her career and continues to do so, at Microsoft India. Most recently she has been awarded with the ‘Most Influential Marketing Leaders Award’ – at Mumbai and ‘Women Leadership award’ for her work in inspiring women across levels to wire themselves for success!