INK announces the 29 Fellows for 2016

Posted by: at 8/09/2016 06:39:00 am


-          The INK Fellows Program brings together a cross disciplinary community of pathbreakers

-          The platform provides a year-long engagement for Fellows to pursue innovation and business growth

Chandigarh, August 9, 2016: INK, India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories today announced its much awaited list of INK Fellows 2016. Each year Fellows are selected out of hundreds of applications for a focused engagement where INK Fellows interact with like-minded peers on unconventional career paths, and from various fields of expertise.

The INK Fellows Program is conducted in association with the TATA Trusts. Tata Trusts encourage innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit which is so palpable in the youth of the nation; thereby playing a catalytic role in bringing these ideas to fruition by making the change makers meet the change agents. The Trusts endeavour to maintain sustainability and innovation at the forefront of all its initiatives and believe that tapping and nurturing young innovative minds in the right direction may yield great results and opportunities in the rapidly changing world.

INK announces the 29 Fellows for 2016

The 7th batch of INK Fellows are an uber select group of diverse talents and include Adhik Kadam (Social), Aditi Gupta (Entrepreneur), Akshay Nanavati (BlueSky), Anshul Tewari (Social), Avinash Saurabh (Health), Chandan Gomes (Art), Dheeraj Roy (Research), Ere Gowda (Film), Haleem Khan (Dancer), Harshit Agarwal (Tech), Kalyani Khona (Entrepreneur), Kenta Koga (Education), Keshav Reddy (Entrepreneur), Kourosh Ziabari (Culture), Laura Kriefman (Art), Mahesh Jadav (Social), Neha Bagaria (Entrepreneur), Nirali Kartik (Music), Pallavi Gupta (Social), Pavan Kumar (Tech), Prasenjeet Yadav (Photography), Pratik Shah (Tech), Sameer Seth (Entrepreneur), Sandhya Goli (Sport), Sarvesh Shashi (Health), Sattvik Mishra (Entrepreneur), Shannon Olsson (Science), Suranga Nanayakarra (Research) and Veerappan Swaminathan (Social).

The INK Fellows Program is further strengthened by a strategic partnership with the WIRED Innovation Fellowships in the UK. The partnership allows INK to nominate two of its Fellows to the WIRED Fellowships and WIRED reciprocates that to the INK Fellowship Program.  

Speaking on the occasion David Rowan, Editor WIRED said, “I am happy to admit that we stole the Ink Fellows idea for the Wired Innovation Fellowship in London. The caliber, talent and diversity of INK Fellows I meet each time I am at the forum is world-class; we are delighted to be a part of a programme that has both its heart and head in exactly the place that the world needs.”

INK Fellows are given a platform to showcase their work and ideas to a global audience through INK’s flagship annual event, the INK Conference. The Fellows receive mentorship, support and more importantly a platform for discovery and exposure like no other. This engagement facilitates change-makers access to potential customers, funding opportunities, accolades and other forms of support critical to their journey and success.  

“INK’s mission is to accelerate the journeys of our Fellows to their desired destinations by providing them access to valuable resources and reach to a wider audience; thereby creating impact.” says Lakshmi Pratury, Host and Curator of the INK Talks. 

About INK

INK is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. Known for its annual INK Conference, INK Asia, INK Salons, and programs such as INK Fellows, it is a community that accelerates the journeys of game changers. 

About TATA Trusts

Tata Trusts is amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development.  Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served. Guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy, the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation; in areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Through collaborations with government bodies, international agencies and like-minded private sector organizations, Tata Trusts has strengthened its contribution to the developmental landscape of the country to nurture a self-sustaining eco-system that collectively works across all these areas. For more information please visit
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