Private Event — TEDxGateway
Asia Society India Centre is partnering with TEDx Gateway, providing limited exclusive passes for its supporters.
2012 TEDxGateway speakers include:
Usman Riaz is a young Pakistani musician making a worldwide mark with his astonishing and fun-to-listen-to technique. Influenced by percussive guitarists — who move beyond strumming to striking, treating their fretboard like the soundboard of a piano — Riaz makes a sound that feels larger than the instrument itself, with a compelling pattern of repetition and variation that harkens to mystical music traditions. In 2011, a viral video for his song "Fire Fly" helped bring his sound from the small-but-thriving Pakistani music community to a global audience. He's now collaborating with other musicians in Pakistan and working on a new album of original music. Riaz is a TEDGlobal Fellow.
Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up with a private endowment, to work on water and sanitation issues in India. She is also Founder-Chairperson of Pratham Books, a charitable trust which seeks to put "A book in every child's hand." An ex-journalist, author and philanthropist, she has been deeply involved with development issues for more than a decade. She is currently a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. She sits on the Boards of many non-profits, notably ATREE (the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) and Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services. She has authored two books published by Penguin India: a novel, Stillborn, and a nonfiction account of dialogues she moderated between social and corporate leaders, Uncommon Ground.
Steve Winter is the Director of Media for Panthera and has been a National Geographic photographer for almost two decades. He has produced stories for National Geographic, Time, Newsweek and Business Week, among other publications. Winter became a National Geographic Society Photographer in 1991, covering a multitude of subjects for the magazine, including Russia's giant Kamchatka bears, tigers in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley, life along Myanmar's Irrawaddy River and snow leopards in Ladakh, India. In 2008, winter was awarded BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year honor, and has an image included in the “Top 40 Nature Photos of All Time” by the International League of Conservation Photographers. He received two consecitibe Global Vision Awards from Pictures of the Year International in 2011 and 2012.
Evan Grae Davis is the Director of It’s a Girl, a film that documents the practice of killing unwanted baby girls in South Asia. He has spent 16 years travelling around the globe, covering everything from the Aral Sea disaster in Eastern Europe to poverty in Africa to social transformation among tribal groups of South America. He has dedicated his career to advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos championing the cause of the poor and exploited. Davis draws from his experience and passion as he lends leadership to Shadowline Films, a team of filmmakers who share a common concern for the critical issues of our time. It’s a Girl is his first feature-length documentary.
Karthik Naralasetty is an internet entrepreneur and founder of the social networking site Socialblood.org, which helps connect blood donors and recipients of the same blood type through Facebook. He dropped out of Rutgers University, New Jersey in 2009 to found his own technology company, Redcode Informatics, in Bangalore, India. In June 2011, he witnessed a family’s struggle to find regular blood transfusions for their four-year-old daughter who was suffering from thalassemia, which drove him to begin Socialblood.org. In November 2011, he won the Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Award.
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