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SAM UTH 2013

"SAM UTH 2013" is the theme for this conference.

SAM UTH 2013

Join us at the first SAM event for the Youth in India.

Disclaimer : Speakers, performances and demos may change or be dropped at the last minute due to unforeseen eventualities.

Radhika Ganesh

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Sourabh Kaushal

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Dr.Mini Rao

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YASEVA

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Dr.Manoj Beno

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Darbuka Siva

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Gold Pravin

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M.S.Shiva Kumar

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Krishnakumar Balasubramanian

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Dr. Santosh Babu

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Prateep Philip

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Santhosh Palavesh

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Radhika Ganesh

2012 came to a gripping end as India witnessed pent-up rage over sexual abuse and violation of the female gender manifest itself as protests and riots across state lines. Youngsters were finally taking to the streets to fight for a safer India… A nation seething with anger has become the backdrop of her current battle!

From a fashion publicist to a social entrepreneur to an activist, Radhika Ganesh has a portfolio that is as diverse and vibrant as her personality. An alumna of the prestigious London College of Fashion, UK with a dual degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, she has always been a driven achiever.

At a very young age she decided her calling was to be a part of endeavours that make a difference. Growing up in a family that broke all social clichés, further nurtured here desire to be a part of platforms that aid positive transformation within her society. She grew up to believe that awareness and good governance that supports and encourages action were key to a society’s holistic development.

This belief and a keen understanding of deficits in the Indian political system encouraged her to be more than a mere spectator. Any chance there was to act; she did not give it a miss. She saw her access to good education and global exposure as her strength and advantage to enable the change she envisioned. At the age of 16, Radhika took her first step into political activism. She vigorously involved herself in campaigning for a new age political party that was floated by a group of youngsters. While her friends from school spent their summer vacations holidaying, she spent hers going door-to-door canvassing people to understand and exercise their rights, to chose to make a difference.

She is a strong advocate of participatory democracy. She believes people, as civil society have great responsibility in building clean, balanced societies. Their part is as important as that of a government’s. She has taken part in several movements including, propagation of he Right to Information Act, fight against sexual discrimination, right to vote, right to education, farmers welfare, anti-graft etc., lending her voice alongside leaders and activist from various communities.

Her deep commitment to bring about change and passion for equal and just society has often landed her in great company. Her interactions with iconic revolutionaries like Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Bunker Roy, Uma Tuli, Dr. Abdul Kalam, and many others has endlessly inspired her to build a resilient spirit.

She has been a part of several forums and platforms that address social issues at all levels. Amongst several other, she has had the privilege of being one of the contributing world speakers at the renowned “Think Forum” conducted by the Colombia University, USA, and she was one among the three international speakers who had the opportunity of addressing the congressional gathering about the policy deficits and lack of community growth aiding decision making within foreign policies.

The recent outbreak over sexual violence perpetuated upon women and children in this country, motivated Radhika’s most recent fight. She joined people from various groups in organizing protests, discussions and rallies in Chennai. But the issue burnt in her mind at a much deeper leave. Her direct interaction in the past with victims of such violence pushed her to see this as an opportunity for an overhaul. With the determination to begin 2013 with a positive change, she persevered to turn this anger into an awakening.

Sourabh Kaushal

22 year old Sourabh Kaushal, Bachelors of Technology (Hons.) Electronics & Communication from Haryana, INDIA is very much passionate about Space science and technology from small district of Haryana, Yamunanagar. He wrote his first research paper at the age of 18 years. He is doing research on Space Debris( Space debris has become a growing concern in recent years since collision at orbital velocities highly damaging the functional satellites, event threat to the life of astronauts.) and Space Elevator system(The space elevator is the proposed transportation system from earth into deep space).

Sourabh received runner up “ Jerome Pearson Award 2010” by International Space Elevator Consortium, Redmond, USA for his research work on Space Debris and after that received “ Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award” for his innovative techniques to mitigate space debris. Currently nominated for “ Jerome Lederer Space Safety Pioneer Award” 2013 by IAASS, CANADA & “Young Innovator Award” 2012-13 by Indira International Innovation Summit, Pune,INDIA.

His research papers have been selected in many international & national conferences organized by NASA, ISRO,JAXA, ESA, IEEE, MICROSOFT etc. He is also an INK fellow in association with TED and an TEDxSpeaker and has spoken at various events.

Dr.Mini Rao

Dr. Mini Rao is a mental health professional whose expertise lies in diagnosis and treatment of mental dysfunction and disorders. From providing accurate counselling, therapy and guidance to psychological health issues.

From Ph.D in Psychology. She was awarded the Best Outgoing student in her BA and the 2nd rank in the University in her MA as well as stood first in her M.Phil.

She started her career while in New Jersey/New York and worked in HR for a couple of IT companies. Moving back to India to complete her Ph.D in Pyschology, she now has a successful practice counselling patients with depression, aggression, substance abuse, and deals with pre-marital counselling, divorce, anger, weight loss, relationship issues, eating disorders, lack of self esteem and self confidence, obsessive compulsive disorder, and personality disorders.

She is also adept at developing questionnaires, conducting workshops on personality and motivation, content development for behaviour disorders among school children, training contestants of beauty contests. She has written over 40 articles in various newspapers and magazines on mental health topics such as depression, aggression, suicide, burnout, personality, compromise in a marriage, eating disorders, divorce, obesity, parents as role models, Food and Mood, etc.

Recently Dr. Mini joined the Chennai Plastic Surgery team where she evaluates patients who opt for surgery and counsels patients after surgery. She also works with film directors who want to discuss scripts based on mental illness. She volunteers for Banyan (an NGO for desititue women) where she counsels individuals and families.

Her research includes: • Adolescents and their attitude towards maths in relation to their attitude towards their maths teachers and their hemispheric functioning. • Efficacy • Burnout among Information technology and BPO employees with regard to their organizational role stress, social support.

Dr. Mini has trained students preparing for their I.A.S. entrance exam in Psychology and conducted classes for the Masters Level students of Psychology on Personality, and Theories of Personality, Motivation and Emotion, Principles of Learning, Memory and Forgetting for 3 consecutive years as part of their Bridge course.

Part of her Ph.D thesis was published in the “Journal of Psychological Researches”, an International Journal, Volume 56, Number 1, January 2012.

Dr Mini is active on social media. Her group called Physical and Mental Health for All on facebook which places importance and answers queries on overall physical and mental health has grown to over 2000 members in a short span. Her Psychologist page with over a 1000 members presence has her counselling patients from America, London, Singapore and Dubai.

She aspires to start her own Mental Health Center and train individuals to cater to the large number of patients needing mental health care and who cannot afford it. Her humour, life experience and mental acumen will be portrayed later this year in a coffee table book which will be kept in the waiting rooms of doctors, psychiatrists etc.

YASEVA

Designation: Founder Director – Propel Global an NGO based at Chennai involved in a spectrum of sectors that impact people and planet. Propel Global is unique in its approach having a ‘Global perspective’ coupled with pragmatic ‘Local Action’.

Yaseva Profile: Techno-Socio-Spiritual Entrepreneur working in the fields of Environment stewardship, Holistic Health, Peace Building, Culture & Heritage and Good-Governance. Specialized in developing innovative and synergistic, people-participative intervention programs and projects, that focus on achieving UN Millennium Development Goals – UN MDG. Song writer and producer of ‘Transfo-tainment Music’ (Transformation through entertainment) to bring about change in society on critical issues.

Yaseva specializes in focusing on selfless love to usher lasting peace and progress, utilizing the medium of culture and social enterprise to developed sustainable paradigms that benefit people and planet. An engineer by qualification with over 30 years experience as designer and manufacturer of a range of prefabricated architectural products. For the past five years he has devoted his skills to develop selfless-love inspired people-centric projects that benefit humanity in these times.

Founder and director of Propel Global www.propelglobal.com; an NGO based at Chennai – India, involved in peace architecture, holistic wellbeing, environment stewardship, people accreditation systems, heritage conservation and techno-socio-spiritual research.

Founder of Unified Progressives which is a socio-spiritual institution based on Indian Spiritual foundation of ’Ahimsa and Ahnbu’ (non-violence and unconditional love) and promotes the integration of Gnyanam or wisdom, Bakthi or worship and Karma or work; in order to bring about fullness in life in the lives of individuals who in turn strive to bring about transformation in society.

Co founder of Chennai Transformation Network, which is an apex body of individuals and institution involved in improving the quality of life of the marginalized people of Chennai

Yaseva is a song writer, composer and producer of a number of thematic cultural productions from 1985 till now; which includes productions such as ‘The Time is Yours’ , ‘Bio’, ‘Star-Trek’, ‘Worship Alive’, ‘The Road to Zion’, ‘Voyage in the Age of Love’, ‘Secret of Success’, Green Boom,. He also objectively encourages the talents and skills of young and promising local musicians and singers of Chennai and promotes five music groups both in English and Tamil featuring a wide spectrum of Transfo-tainment (Transformation plus Entertainment) music set to contemporary music.

Founder director of Peace Architecture Academy based at Chennai, which is involved in promoting social entrepreneurship programs in the areas of peace and development and in creating peoples movements that foster peace that is so essential for progress. The motto is to globally promote the spirit of Love>Peace Progress vis-à-vis Hate>Conflict>Loss through cultural programs combined with pragmatic grass-root initiatives. Founder of Chennai Peace Festival – the first event was held at Taj Coromandel, Chennai; in association with U S Consul General on 1st October 09 to commemorate Gandhi Jayanthi.

Founder Director of People & Planet Institute offering Social Entrepreneurship Teaching Empowering Nurturing programs in the fields of ‘Holistic Health Management’,’ Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities’, ‘Art of Good governance’; and in developing and deploying innovation to address UN MDG issues in India and also in Least Developed Countries; all of which are done in association with other complementing organizations.

Dr.Manoj Beno

Dr.Manoj Beno has been the Medical Director of Billroth Group of Hospitals since the young age of 30 till date. He was earlier running the Intensive Cardiac Care department in Malar Hospitals besides being a practising physician. He studied in Sri Ramachandra Medical College.He has been the physician in Chennai for the international cricket teams for 4 years.

His sole aim over the years has been to make corporate quality health care affordable to people of all levels of socio-economic strata, so that even the poor public can get benefited. He has set up policies and principles including pricing and medical care in a corporate hospital with the motive of delivering a ‘human touch’ to the patient.

He is a Corporate Medical Administrator specializing in corporate hospital infrastructuring from the basic level, including formation of every single medical and administrative system from scratch. He has helped in taking Billroth Hospitals to the top level in corporate health care in close competition with its peers. He is the policy maker at all levels for employment of doctors and all categories of staff.

He promotes team work and co-ordination in a work environment to get optimum outcome creating a sense of harmony between the patient, doctor, nurse, paramedical staff and management. He has also introduced new performance based perks and policies to encourage employees. He is a thorough professional and expert in co-ordinating the smooth operation of doctor, nursing and administrative services at all levels.

Dr.M.Manoj Beno has helped in providing subsidized medical and surgical care to the needy through the running of free out-patient services and treatment for those suffering from surgical , cardiac and cancer ailments.He has been an active promoter of Medical Tourism. He organises free medical camps and blood donation camps regularly for the benefit of the underprivileged and needy through the hospital that he works for. He has initiated several CSR activities pertaining to cardiac diseases, cancer, AIDS, etc. with a motive to create the awareness among public and eradicate ignorance.

He has apperared in several interviews in newspapers, television and radio channels on a regular basis. Medical topics, administrative topics , social issues, etc. have been covered. He is a columnist on medical topics in newspapers and journals and the editor for several lifestyle magazines. He has been the chief guest, speaker and debator at various medical programs, college culturals, school functions and television shows on a regular basis.

Dr. M.Manoj Beno is a speaker at TED events and a recipient of several awards for excellence in the field of medicine.

Darbuka Siva

Performer/ music producer/ music entrepreneur ‘Darbuka’ Siva lives his life as music. Every thought, every action leads to the next, just as any progression would. Still unsure about his origins, he travels around the world everyday on his drum stool, thinking Latin, speaking African, playing Arabic and joking is no limit to his imagination having no formal training in any discipline, he has cracked some secret code that makes everything accessible… that turns everything into a form of art. His latest muse has been la pongal – a platform for folk music where he is working with Tamil folk musicians from different corners and making the form accessible for a wider audience.

Gold Pravin

- Born in a small town called Colachel in south Tamil Nadu. - Schooling in The Nilgiris. Stanes Hr Sec School. - Graduated from Loyola college in the year 2008. - Holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Madras Christian College. - A firm believer of God - A very energetic debator. - Very enthusiastic about Youth participation and Youth being the change they want to see. - Was a part of the Republic day Parade, Delhi-2007. - Participated in the Prime Ministers Rally, Delhi – 2007 - Represented India as Youth Ambassador to Singapore through the NCC in Dec 2007. - Joint military exercise with cadets from various countries. - Member of the election Commission for academic year 10-11 at MCC. - Hobbies being adventure sport, travelling, cooking & Youth activities in Church. - Currently works for World Vision an International NGO as Specialist – Youth Engagement , striving to bridge the gap between privileged Youth and the under privileged. - Spearheads the 24hr Famine a Global campaign that engages Youth to address and take stand for Hunger and Malnutrition related issues across the Globe - Partnering with Schools and Colleges to Engage Youth and encourage one to think much beyond oneself. - Encouraging Youth to take responsibility, and take steps to change situations around them possible within their reach.

M.S.Shiva Kumar

M.S.Shivakumar (Shiva) is a Learning & Development Consultant for more than a Decade, worked with Fortune 500 companies in APAC, Europe and US. His engagement portfolio ranges from Cross-skilling, Re-skilling to Up-Skilling. Shiva’s Interactions with Business Units delivers exciting interactive solutions and comprehensive experience that enhance knowledge, skills, and performance

He is one of the most successful and highly regarded providers of training, and consulting, with Learning Studio in Dallas. An IIM-B Alumni, Holds Seven Masters in various fields including Psychology, Education Management, and International Business.

His passion for Learning has led him to do the research in the field of Meta-Epistemology that studies the approaches to understanding and structuring our knowledge of knowledge itself. That is Knowledge of how our knowledge can be acquired, tested, stored, revised, updated, and retrieved.

As his hobby he practices astrology, Provide guidance for his close friends, Sometime for Hollywood and Bollywood Stars too.

Krishnakumar Balasubramanian

Professional film actor and theatre director, actor and playwright. Martial artist, using different forms of martial arts to choreograph stunts and fights. Lead actor, Kaadhalaagi (2010). Since 2007, has acted in numerous theatre productions, including four Christmas Pantomimes by The Little Theatre, Chennai; has scripted, directed and acted in Alice in Iland (2011), a Christmas Pantomime; Atita (2011), a musical and Gapsaa (2012), a musical. Currently, Artistic Director, The Little Theatre, Chennai. Conducts theatre workshops for children and adults. 2010, selected by ASSITEJ India to represent India in a collaborative performance with international artistes at the winter festival in Seoul, South Korea. Recipient of honours and awards, including: Best Actor for the Short+Sweet theatre festival 2012, Chennai.

Dr. Santosh Babu

Dr. Santosh Babu, IAS is the Commissioner of the Deparment of Horticulture and Plantation crops. He was formerly MD of ELCOT and is leading the e-governance agency of Tamil Nadu. Prior to this he has served as a district collector, joint secretary, sub collector and additional collector. He underwent the British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship in Leadership and Excellence Programme 2004 of the British Council at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was recognized by the Indian Express in its annual publication of the “Pride of Tamil Nadu “as one of the five persons in Tamil Nadu who have made a difference in various aspects of public life. He has pioneered several e-governance initiatives. Notable among them are the creation of the first paperless Government office in Tamil Nadu at TNCDW.

ELCOT and TNeGA are also paperless offices. ELCOT is the first ERP driven government office in the State, 100% computerization of the Chief Minister’s Special Cell while serving as the Special Officer, creation of the infrastructure for spreading the use of information technology as a developmental tool by launching the RASI project (rural access service through the internet) in Sivaganga using the Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) technology for last mile connectivity, while serving as the District Collector of Sivaganga district.

He was in the forefront of the Department of Rural Development in installing computers in all 12,618 village panchayats of Tamil Nadu. He has also created the Country’s first Rural Call Centre, FOSTeRA (Fostering Technologies in Rural Areas), at Hosur for the naxal affected youth.

Prateep Philip

Dr. Prateep V. Philip, I.P.S., Addl. Director General of Police, has awarded President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services on the occasion of Republic Day 2013, on completion of 25 years of Indian Police Service. Shri Prateep V. Philip, joined the Indian Police Service in 1987. Presently, serving as ADGP Crime, Tamil Nadu, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding officer field officer as well as innovative thinker as SP, DIG and Commissioner in districts and in the range and the city he was posted in. As Superintendent of Police Ramnad, he handled and solved very challenging law and order situations. He strengthened coastal security through Shore-care Committees in every village. The Friends of Police concept and movement initiated by him led to intelligence being collected on time from the grassroots level. The FOP concept and movement is hailed today as one of the best practices of policing across India and is known internationally.

As Deputy Inspector General of Police, Intelligence, he had many achievements to his credit including the first ever detection of a cyber crime case that was tracked down to another state capital. He is also the first ever DIG Intelligence to win an international award while in that post. He was awarded a silver plaque and commendation by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He also distinguished himself as a police trainer par excellence with stints as Principal, Police Training College, DIG Training, IGP Tamil Nadu Police Academy. He has impacted a large number of police officers of various ranks. He carries his passion for change, improvement and training to every assignment. In his current role as ADGP Crime, he has started a FOP Drug buster initiative that has already roped in more than 500 institutions and twenty five thousand students in spreading awareness about narcotic substances. He is invited to many of the country’s most prestigious institutes of training and police academies to share his ideas and experience.

As IGP Social Justice, he pioneered Social Justice Tea Parties impacting more than a million people in 37,000 villages and all cities and towns of the state of Tamil Nadu. He has been an active member, rapporteur and contributor in the National Police Mission over the past four years and has helped to formulate national projects to transform Indian Police. The Friends of Police concept earned him global recognition by winning the inaugural Queen’s Award for Innovation in Police Training and Development in 2002 out of competition from all Commonwealth nations’ police personnel. His professional and innovative work has been commended and described in books written by international authors.

A powerful communicator, original thinker and police writer, he has developed several powerful concepts for change: the Friends of Police concept, Social Justice Tea Parties and Equilibrium Thinking to deal with stress and aggression of police personnel and to enhance their emotional intelligence. As ex officio Director of the Friends of Police Multimedia Training Center, he is responsible for conducting 1800 multimedia workshops in all districts and Commissionerates of Tamil Nadu for more than 100,000 police personnel and volunteers in community policing over the past ten years. Several of his ideas and initiatives have been adopted by the state government for implementation throughout the state, for example Victim Assistance Fund for victims of crime, Friends of Police, Social Justice Tea Parties.

He has distinguished himself by his innovations and his abilities, his dedication and commitment in every single posting as S.P., D.I.G., as I.G.P. and currently as ADGP Crime.

Santhosh Palavesh

Over 4+ years of experience as Director and Creative head of UMM Studios Entrepreneur who grew 3 businesses to success Expert knowledge and skills in Administration, Creative work, branding, etc… Possess outstanding communication and presentation abilities Awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award by CEO of Velammal Engineering College Honored as one of the fastest growing startups in Chennai by NEN