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Discover the individuals who are set to inspire and lead in the coming year across various fields

Updated on: 04 July,2024 05:02 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Entrepreneurs inspire by pioneering new solutions to societal challenges, fostering innovation, and creating opportunities.

Discover the individuals who are set to inspire and lead in the coming year across various fields


Their resilience, risk-taking spirit, and dedication inspire others to pursue their dreams. By transforming ideas into reality, entrepreneurs not only drive economic growth but also inspire a culture of creativity and determination in society. Discover the trailblazers poised to inspire and lead across diverse domains in the upcoming year.

Shubham Dilip Wankhade, Founder, Shivaay Cine Entertainment
Shubham Dilip Wankhade, an enterprising entrepreneur from Akola, Maharashtra, leads Shivaay Cine Entertainment with a vision to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Beyond cinema, Wankhade aims to diversify Shivaay into Travel, Hospitality, Textiles, Cinema Theatres, and Automobiles, expanding its scope. Committed to leadership and support, he prepares for a political career, aspiring to serve his nation effectively. Wankhade's journey from Akola to leadership reflects determination and compassion, positioning him to make a significant impact across sectors and in public service.

Mr. Kashiff Khan, Managing Director, FashionTV
Mr. Khan was brought up in the fashion capital of India, Mumbai, and started his fashion journey distinctively in the year 2002. After dropping out of school and working on unconventional jobs in South Bombay, he only subsequently penetrated the world of glitz and glamour and that was just the start. Full of ingenious ideas, entrepreneurial exuberance, and a never-dying devotion to fashion he spearheaded FashionTV since 2014 and eventually became the Managing Director of FashionTV in 2022. He is a knowledgeable titan in OTT and broadcast while birthing new concepts for business ideas and development in wellness, beauty, fitness, print, and channel broadcast syndication. With a wealth of experience and a forward-thinking mindset, Mr. Khan remains a driving force in shaping the future of fashion, media, and brand development across the world.

Vinu Warrier, Founder, edu velocity Global Counsels (EV)
Founded in 2015 by Mr. Vinu Warrier, edu Velocity Global Counsels (EV) has grown into a leading name in educational consulting. With a diverse background spanning countries like India, the US, and Canada, Mr.Vinu returned to India in 2014 to address gaps in educational counselling. EV started modestly but quickly expanded, now serving a global student base from India to the UAE and beyond. The class of 2024 alone received over 450 admissions offers and $3.9 million in scholarships. EV's success is bolstered by personalized counselling and a 100% track record of achievement, recognized globally for its impactful contributions to student education and mentorship.

Jiji John, Executive Director, Child Help Foundation
Mr. Jiji John is a Technocrat turned Business Operations Professional and now a Social Sector Enthusiast, having over 29 years of extensive experience in Business Development, Project Management, Product Management, Operations and Service Delivery Management in Telecom, Broadband, NGO, Crowd Funding and Digital Marketing Organizations. Previously, he has lent his expertise to companies like Escotel Mobile Communications Ltd., Sify Technologies Ltd., Asianet Satellite Communications Ltd., and Ortel Communications Ltd. He holds a B.E. from Birla Institute of Technology, MESRA and an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.  His vision is to ensure that every child gets proper nutrition, education and affordable health facilities which will help in building a Healthy Generation and eventually a Healthy Nation. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Child Help Foundation, one of the best Child Centric NGOs in India.

Shikhar Shukla, Co-Founder, 13 Voyage
13 voyage, co-founded by Shikhar Shukla in Mumbai, began its journey in 2019 and has since evolved into a creative powerhouse based in Mumbai, originally starting operations in Bangalore. Shikhar, with a background in fashion photography, filmmaking, and creative direction, leads the company's vision and execution. 13voyage boasts a national presence, serving renowned clients such as Love Child Masaba, Myntra, Hershey’s, and Titan. Recognized for excellence in branding and advertising, including accolades from the Monochrome Photography Awards, the company aims to expand globally, delivering impactful and innovative ad campaigns that resonate deeply with audiences, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

Ravi Kumar, Founder & CEO, Mad Hawks
Ravi Kumar, CEO of MadHawks, began his career as an offshore support manager in 2004, transitioning into advertising and SEO before starting MadHawks. This boutique digital marketing agency supports global early-stage businesses, leveraging a data-driven approach to deliver high ROAS and creative excellence. Established during COVID-19, MadHawks expanded with a North American office and manages SEO for Fortune 500 firms, publicly traded corporations, and billion-dollar enterprises. Ravi's strategic investments empower entrepreneurs across India, the US, Canada, and Dubai, earning recognition from Google India and the World Marketing Congress for his innovative contributions to digital marketing.

Krishnendu Chatterjee, CEO, A2Z Crypto
Krishnendu Chatterjee, hailing from Kolkata, India, and armed with a Ph.D. in Nanotechnology, founded A2ZCrypto in July 2022 and serves as its CEO. His career path, shaped by pivotal roles such as Head of Partnerships at XREX and Blockchain Consultant at IBL in Taiwan, has positioned him as a seasoned leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sphere. A2Z Crypto under his stewardship has rapidly expanded its influence, particularly in OTC trading, securing global partnerships with entities like Finery Markets and XREX. Recognized as an FIU-IND registered OTC desk, Krishnendu aims to establish A2ZCrypto as India's foremost platform for Crypto, Crypto liquidity, pioneering regulatory standards in the nation's burgeoning crypto market.

Rohan Rawat and Kshagun Mudgal, Co-Founder, Big Beautiful Buys
Big Beautiful Buys, founded by Rohan Rawat and Kshagun Mudgal, is pioneering financial education in India's edtech sector. Over two years, they've empowered 5,000+ students with essential financial knowledge through innovative programs, aiming to democratize financial literacy. Their curriculum blends theory with practical applications, preparing learners to navigate global markets and personal finance effectively. Beyond education, they foster a collaborative community where students, educators, and experts share knowledge, promoting continuous learning and mutual growth. This initiative not only fosters financial independence but also encourages informed decision-making for sustained economic empowerment.

Sirajuddin Ali, CEO, Malitra India pvt. Ltd.
Malitra India Private Limited, founded by Sirajuddin Ali from Rupnagar, Punjab, draws on his 23-year career spanning Swaraj Mazda, Larsen & Toubro, and Idea Telecom. With a PGD from IIM Lucknow, Sirajuddin leads as CEO, focusing Malitra on product design, development, and commercialization in EV charging and EVSE solutions. Future plans include expanding portfolios, strengthening client relationships, and gaining recognition for innovative contributions in EV charging technology. Malitra aims to consolidate its market presence through strategic growth and technological advancements, ensuring pioneering service delivery.

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