Kuppal Palaniappan

Kuppal Palaniappan is a management consultant at Deloitte who was recently selected in the top 100 most talented women across Deloitte Australia as part of the Deloitte Aspiring Women’s leadership program. At Deloitte, Kuppal consults on matters of strategy and technology across social impact, not for profit and the public sector.

Kuppal was a delegate in the 2017 Australia India Dialogue and won the group challenge. Her group proposed to decrease the approx 100,000 drowning incidences in India every year, by bringing the best of Australian Surf Life Saving skills and expertise to India.

Kuppal is also the co-founder of Soleful Shoes, an online shoe store which advocates for an inclusive fashion community. Soleful Shoes sells shoes to women with feet size 1-5 and 10-14, who due to size are traditionally excluded from the shoe industry.

Amongst her achievements, Kuppal has worked at the United Nations University and was selected as a delegate to the South American Business Forum.

Kuppal has a double degree in Business and Technology from UTS and a postgraduate in Social Impact from UNSW.

Ihitashri Shandilya

Ihitashri is a Social Entrepreneur and a Sustainability Champion, who believes in the power of entrepreneurship to tackle the social challenges of rural livelihood and cultural preservation.

After 7 years of stint with the Corporate world (in the areas of Supply chain management and Enterprise Resource Planning), Ihitashri started her brainchild Social Enterprise ‘MITHILAsmita’ to promote the heritage Madhubani Paintings of India.

The enterprise aims at using the power of marketing, technology and strategic partnerships to bring sustainability in the rural artisan sector, with a focus on women artisans.

In the course of her Social entrepreneurship journey, Ihitashri has developed expertise in the areas of Social Business Development, Partnerships, Thought Leadership, Digital Marketing and Academic Collaborations and is actively working on initiatives to use culture as a tool for empowerment and development.

Kalyani Khona

Kalyani is the co-founder of Inclov, the world’s first inclusive matchmaking app for people with disability and health disorders to find love. Inclov is accessible to people with visual impairment and cerebral palsy amongst others. The online solution is complemented with an offline platform, which we call Social Spaces. Social Spaces brings people with or without disability together to meet in person. These meetups are organised at curated inclusive locations across India.

The app matches people on the basis of cure availability, medical condition, level of independence and lifestyle choices. Today, Inclov is a community of 20,000 people with physical impairment and intellectual disability with 6000 matches and counting

Shaili Chopra

Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s no.1 digital media platform for women, dedicated to passionately championing and promoting their stories, to Empower, Engage and Elevate their efforts. It has reached over 15 million women through its online and offline network. She received the Vital Voices Fellowship for 2017. Entrepreneur India called her the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. Beyond Diversity Foundation also felicitated her with the Woman of Influence Award 2017 for her work with SheThePeople. In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine. As a report she holds the most prestigious award in journalism, Ramnath Goenka Award.

Mallika Bajaj

Global media entrepreneur, and sportscaster, Mallika Bajaj did not grow up knowing she would become a media professional. However, she was brought up to believe that whatever she did would make a difference. She is a celebrated name when it comes to inspiring women or empowering the youth through digital media. Mallika completed her BA in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne and went on to successfully pursue a Masters in Media and Communications, from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she acquired knowledge, skills, and the confidence to establish her own company at 23. Her desire to empower women, and talented young professionals, using digital media as her tool, led her to conceive the idea of Little Yellow Beetle Media Pvt Ltd (LYB), which of functions on the dual focus of ‘Digitizing India’ and connecting India to the ‘Digital Globe’, one leap at a time, offering young professionals the opportunity to explore their creative best.

A digital native, she is responsible for launching India’s first 360-degree media solutions digital studio, and lending a similar structure to Doha, Qatar all under the age of 25. She was also the name behind launching the Video information segment to Hindustan Times, Live Mint (Murdoch Group) at the age of 17; in their New Delhi, India headquarter office. Mallika is the world’s youngest host for the BNP Davis Cup Tennis tournaments across Asia/Oceania. She starting hosting the events at 16 and went on to doing so up until 2014. Women Entrepreneur of the Year (2015), a National Youth Parliament Ambassador (2015), Global Scholar and Young Leader (2011) and headed for more.

Lately, she was last seen inspiring audiences at the IBC Amsterdam, and at the W.I.N, in Rome, and lends her time to empowering and helping students at prestigious universities in India.

Nikita Nagesh

Nikita Nagesh is a product manager at BlueChilli where she works with startup founders, UX designers and developers to turn startup ideas into tech products. Nikita is passionate about creating technology which has a positive social impact in the world and she is working with the Refugee Yoga Project to create a mobile app to teach refugees yoga to help them to heal from depression and PTSD.

Nikita is the co-founder of the Leading Women video series (in partnership with UNSW), where young women interview women who are directors of ASX200 boards. The goal is to bring attention to the importance of gender equality on boards and to inspire young women to aim for leadership positions in the business world.

Nikita studied Commerce/Law at UNSW, and before working with startups she was a management consultant at EY and had various roles in the legal industry. Nikita was born in Bengaluru, India and has a strong connection to India. She visits India every year to spend time with her grandmother and she loves yoga and Indian dancing.

Karensa Menzies

Karensa is an agri-food development specialist committed to delivering impact for dairy and agricultural communities through a value chain approach both in Australia and globally.

With a PhD in dairy science, Karensa has over 15 years professional experience working across the realms of science, education, research & development (R&D), the public and private sectors, policy advisory, investment and international market place development to foster progressive and sustainable agricultural supply chains, businesses and industries. Prior senior positions include the Industry Development Specialist for the Australian dairy industry, Innovation Manager of an R&D program spanning the dairy supply chain, Lactation Research Fellow, as well as regional and international roles in research and education for dairy and broader agricultural sectors.

Karensa has led many strategic initiatives for the Australian dairy industry and continues to work with industry bodies, government, dairy companies, education providers while also an active contributor to Australia’s first agri-tech start-up community. Current interests include fostering responsible resource stewardship and openness to market needs; integration of digital technology, transparency, traceability, food safety, environmental and social accountability; developing people and capability through innovative learning frameworks. In recent years, Karensa has spent periods in India understanding the local dairy industry and advising new dairy operations.

Karensa has sat on number of key agricultural councils and advisory committees, and continues to serve on education industry reference committees. She is a member of multiple Australian dairy industry national R,D&E Steering Committees, and the (University of Melbourne) Food Industry & Value Chain Transformation Research Hub Industry Advisory Board.

Esha Oberoi

Esha Oberoi is the Founder and CEO of Afea Care Services, a home care service that she started at the age of 24.

Whilst overcoming a personal challenge and fighting depression, she fell into a role as a carer in a local nursing home, inspiring her towards an opportunity to redefine the experiences of our ageing community. Since Afea’s inception, Esha has enhanced Afea’s service offerings to meet the growing demands of the aged care and disability population and continues to hold a strong passion towards being of service to vulnerable communities.

She strives for excellence in her business, being at the forefront of healthcare innovation and recently co-launched Inebura, a business enabler and technology platform that helps home care providers in driving efficiency and transparency in their operations. Esha is guided by providing authentic experiences, purposeful, responsible and understanding home care, as well being committed to Afea’s Vision, to be the most Trusted Care Provider and the Mission, to Empower People.

She is a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation, Sydney Chapter and The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Wesa Chau

Wesa Chau is Director of Cultural Intelligence, a specialist consulting company that helps other organisations harness the power of cultural diversity and co-founder of Poliversity, a partisan independent body that promotes culturally diverse leadership, representation and recognition.

She was a participant in the inaugural Pathways to Politics program for women at the University of Melbourne and ran as a federal candidate for the seat of Higgins in 2013. Her efforts and contributions are recognised and was named 2010 Young Victorian of the Year, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2012 and finalist Agenda Setter of the Year in 2016. She is a current PhD candidate exploring the topic of political skills in politics. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Swinburne-Scanlon Intercultural Fellowship, travelling to India and Malaysia to understand intercultural relations in both of these countries.

She is also a regular commentator on television and radio and has published a range of articles and opinion pieces on international education, cultural diversity and Asian Diaspora. Additionally Wesa serves on the Board of Carers Victoria and the Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality. Wesa holds a Masters in Business Management; Graduate Diploma of Law; Bachelor of Engineering and Commerce, and is a qualified teacher.

Stephanie Rice

Becoming an Olympic Swimmer was my childhood dream. I was fortunate enough to reach the absolute pinnacle of my career as an athlete and now be able to use my success as a platform to connect, share and contribute to organisations that are meaningful to me.

Being an entrepreneur allows me the freedom to dream big and create a company that aligns with my core values of health, empowerment and giving back to those less fortunate than myself.

Knowing that I have been able to have a positive impact on other people’s lives, and contributing to causes that will change the world is what fulfils me the most.