Mr Rishi Bansal is a visionary who has grown from being a humble trader in Saharanpur to a well established Hotelier in Dehradun. Through his experience of more than 40 years, he has gained exposure across different sectors like Distributorship, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Real Estate and Hospitality. He comes with a knack of creating and sustaining profit centers through his ability to plan long term value chain creation. There are a lot of firsts to his credit, he was the pioneer of introducing to Dehradun the concept of community living by giving it, its first township – Dun Palm City which boasts of housing more than 200 families. Five years back he came up with the first world class Hotel and Spa experience in Dehradun by the name of Solitaire, which is now branching out to have resorts and business hotels under the same name.
He has been a keen philanthropist, who believes in integrating sustained value creation through his line of work. He has been bestowed the title of Udyog Rattan of the Year for Uttar Pradesh in the year 1995, he has been recognised by a lot of media publications and channels for his achievements. Awarded “Farsh se Arsh tak” by Amar Ujala, Honoured by ITBP, Dainik Jagran, Zee TV, TV 18 and Hindustan. While he comes with a Business Administrative Degree, he firmly believes in the school of Life.
Pavithra Y S
Pavithra Y S is the Managing Director for Vindhya, a BPO organization in Bangalore with a mission of bringing “Business & Philanthropy” together for a successful cause. Her socio-economic venture’s employee base majorly consists of people with disabilities (PWD’s). Starting as a first generation entrepreneur she has been able to grow the company from 5 PWD’s to close to 1400 PWD employees. Her vision is to employ 5000 PWD’s by 2020. She has been bestowed with a lot of recognition & awards for her work in this field, like the “Young Achiever Award 2010” from Brigade Group & Rotary, NDTV Profit business leader of the year, Special recognition by NASSCOM for Gender Inclusivity successfully for 2 years in a row. She is also the recipient of Loreal- Femina Business Woman of the Year Award for 2014. Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for her outstanding achievements by the Indian Solidarity Council. She has also been selected as “one of the 25 leaders of tomorrow” by Times of India a leading National Daily in India. Also She has been the winner of “100 women achievers Award” under the initiative of the Ministry of women and child department.
She is a commerce graduate from Bangalore University and was pursuing her Chartered Accountancy at the time of founding Vindhya. She has done her Executive General Management Program from IIM-Bangalore.
Ms. Shalini Khanna is a Rehabilitation and Research professional with 20 years of experience in the field of Women and Children with Disabilities with specialisation for visual impairment. She has been working with NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND INDIA, a national level NGO, since 1998. She started a rehabilitation centre for Visually Impaired women in Delhi in 2002, and has monitored about 100 centres working in the field of disability in India for Ministry of IT. At present, she is Director and Honorary Secretary of NAB India Centre for Blind Women and Disability Studies. She is also an active Member, on Governing Body, of SECTOR SKILL COUNCIL for persons with disabilities formed by National Skill Development Corporation, Confederation of Indian Industries and Government of India since last 2.5 years. Also a Panelist on Sexual Harassment Prevention on Corporates – Genpact, Nokia, Vestergaard, Taj Hotels, Arrow, CNH and others. She has spearheaded many research studies in the field of disabilities, like status of blind women in India, Best Practices in employment of PwDs, along with bringing training programmes from other countries like Japan and Germany for people with visual impairment in India in support with Govt. of India.
She started her professional career as a qualitative market researcher specializing in analysing consumer behaviour in Quantum Market Research and then worked for companies like Technopak, Marks and Spencer, TNS, and GFK, and later on shifted her focus entirely to work with people with disabilities.