Theme: Radical Reframe

Many of us, young leaders and innovators, at a very pivotal stage of our lives, are over-burdened with our perception and perspective of the world. We become stubborn to accept the radically changing world because we love to be comfortable in our own nest of thoughts. The 2nd edition of TEDxSMIT will amplify ideas through speakers who will push our community to radically re-frame our thought process and provide a new perspective and a clear perception of the present. So that, learning never stops, innovation breaks boundaries and mankind creates a better future.


Avipsha Thakur
Executive Director, Roshni

An entrepreneur with expertise in managing start-ups, both for-profit and not-for-profit,Avipsha has over ten years of successful track record in sales, product marketing, project management, operations, and strategic partnerships. She joined Roshni in 2013, and has led the organization to triple its reach and empower over 24,000 girls from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Empowering women to realize their highest potential is her calling.

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Satyarup Siddhanta
Ace Mountaineer

A Software Engineer by profession, mountaineer by passion and an environmentalist by value, Satyarup Siddhanta is a person who believes in pushing his own limits. His list of accomplishments and feats would fill entire pages but the most noteworthy include the fact that he has climbed the highest peaks of each of the six continents (including the highest mountain in the world –Mt. Everest). He completed his bachelor of technology from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology and is a certified mountaineer from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. When he’s not scaling the highest peaks the world has to offer, he has been known to give numerous motivational speeches, appear at talk shows and is also the author of a few papers.

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Kunal Munshi
Founder, Sunrator Technologies

An entrepreneur with intense passion for adventure and environment. His love for renewable technology and solar power led him to establish Sunrator technologies- a solar power consulting firm that provides design, analysis, advisory and training to private and government organizations. A well-known figure of the Solar Power industry, Kunal Munshi had delivered various lectures and has also been featured in numerous talks on renewable and solar power. He was a part of the 1st Indian Scientific Expedition Team to Antarctica in winter that constructed the highly advanced 3rd Indian Research Station, Bharati in 2012.

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Suresh Kochattil
Social Media Expert

Suresh Kochattil is a social media activist who revels to challenge the system or the lack of it. A hotel management professional who moved into media with a 16-year long stint with The Times of India. He now finds a fulfilling life with Apollo Hospitals foundation, which seeks to create meaningful difference to the lives of the less fortunate. His social media role spans the political spectrum of developing razor sharp campaigns that involves instant retort which seeks to correct the media twisted stories.

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Dr.Suman Sahai
Founder, Gene Campaign

Dr. Suman Sahai, who has had a distinguished scientific career in the field of genetics, is a recipient of the Padma Shri, the Borlaug Award, Outstanding Woman Achiever awards, the Birbal Sahni Gold Medal and the Order of the Golden Ark of the Netherlands.Dr. Sahai is the founder Chairperson of the Gene Campaign which is a leading research and advocacy organization, working on issues relating to food, nutrition and livelihoods. She has published extensively on science and policy issues and is a member of several national policy forums on scientific research and education, biodiversity and environment, biotechnology and bioethics as well as intellectual property rights

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Kunal Newar
Illusionist and Mentalist

Kunal is a Corporate Entertainer and Mentalist and has performed at various renowned stages across the country. Slightly different from the regular magicians, he has the ability to captivate his audience by creating an Illusion of a mental phenomenon with Psychological and Mind Reading Skills. Kunal masters in close up magic, corporate entertainment, restaurant magic and many other styles of magic. He attempts to modernize the age old magic tricks being performed across the globe and relives the lost faith in magic. He personifies the famous quote ‘the closer you look, the less you’ll see.’

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Sudhir Mishra
Geo lead, Talent acquisition, Infosys

A human resources and a marketing professional with over 16 years of industry experience. During this he has handled leadership roles for some of the most visible organizations and brands including the Times of India and Infosys Limited. He spent close to 6 years in his earlier stint with the Times Group and played a pivotal role in enhancing brand visibility of the Times Group brands like The Times of India, The Economic Times, Femina and Filmfare. During this he led the institutional sales, events and promotions efforts for the Times Group across the northern cities of India. On a personal front, Sudhir is a Motivational Coach. His desire to impact lives in a positive way keeps him going.

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