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Moderator  Co-Lead  Panelist  Via Video Keynotes & Others

Time Allocation
For Co-Lead :12 Min, Panelist: 5 Min.

Venue: Hotel name : The Westin Chennai Velachery

General Guidelines:
* Plenary Sessions: Each plenary session of one hour will have 7 – 8 speakers/awardees who will speak for 5-6 minutes each.
* Parallel Sessions: Each session of one hour will have 4 co-speakers on a panel. Who will speak 10-12 minutes each. Balance time will be for interaction remarks and Q&A.
* The sessions topics & timing are subject to change.

WEF-Chennai, 2018 “Tamil Nadu Leading In Women Empowerment, Inclusiveness & Progress”


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Day-1, 18th August 2018 – Saturday

TimeHall slotSession No.TopicSpeakers
08:00 AM onwards Guest Relations DeskInspire HallRegistration
09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Inspire Hall Inaugural Session Dr. Harbeen Arora &
Eminent Guests
Honb’le Minister K. Pandiarajan
09:35 AM – 10:35 AMInspire HallPlenary 18AIn Conversation with Leaders of the Decade in Thought Leadership, Innovation & Sustainability Dr. Harbeen Arora
Sashi Kumar
Amar Prasad Reddy
Dr. Kamala Selvaraj
B.Santhanam
Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali
Dr. Geeta Madhavan

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM Inspire Hall Plenary 18B Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission – Chat with the Women who made it happen Ritu Karidhal
Hemalatha M
Padmashree Satyanarayana
Seetha S
B.P. Dakshayani
Y.G. Parthasarathy
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Inspire Hall Plenary 18C The Impact Of Art And Creative Thinking On Human Cognition Vasantha Vaikunth
Nritya Pillai
Dr. Prithika Chary
Sridevi Unni
Beena Unnikrishnan
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan
Rajini Sriraman Ph. D.
10:40 AM – 11:40 AM Board Room 1 Parallel 1801 Is Online Trolling on The Rise ? Latha Srinivasan
Board Room 2 Parallel 1802 Impact Of Technology On Smes Vidyun Goel
Thilagavathi
Board Room 3 Parallel 1803 Economic Independence Leading to Women Empowerment
Padmini Venkataraman
Five Senses 1 Parallel 1804 The Role of Women in Justice & Social Impact Divya Shetty
Monika Vijay Verma
Five Senses 2 Parallel 1805 Gender Balance in Cinema & Sports Seetha Lakshmi
Haseena Naji
Aiswarya Aanand

11:50AM – 12:20 PMInspire HallPlenary 18D Women Leaders in Technology Dr. Indumathi Nambi
Indu Jayakumar
Dr. Chitra Rajan
12:25 PM – 12:55 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18E Narrative Of The Millenials, The Way Forward Jai Aswani
Sagarikka Sivakumar
Abhishek Babu
Priyankha Murugesh
Shravan Kumaran & Sanjay Kumaran

Sharaan Sakthi
Mrithylesh D
Ruha Siddharth Vaikunth

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Board Room 1 Parallel 1811 Branding oneself to Lead from the Front Nandita Pandey
Rashmi Shetty
Shubashree G
Board Room 2 Parallel 1812 Harnessing Martial Art Forms For Women’s Safety Mridula Chhetri
Breeze Tripathi
Kanagalakshmi Tamilselvam
Board Room 3 Parallel 1813 Women’s Rights – Do We Know It All? Kirthi Jayakumar
Dr.Aruna Wadkar
Kaadambari
Five Senses 1Parallel 1814Gender Equality & Balance as an Early Learning Concept Kavya Menon
Tiffany Brar
Five Senses 2Parallel 1815Beneficial Role Of Technology In Education Uma Aravind
Dr Vasantha Gowri
01:00 PM – 01:45 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18FArchitects of Modern Tamil Nadu – An economic perspective Latha Srinivasan
C.K. Ranganathan

Priyamvatha
Rajendran Dandapani
Vanitha Mohan

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Board Room 1 Parallel 1821 Attrition of Women in Middle Management – Causes & Outcomes Mamta Jain
Bhargavi Ramachandran
Mamta Fomra
Board Room 2 Parallel 1822 Creating a Powerful Self Identity Anu Krishna
Jamuna Ramajeyam
Mubeen Irshad
Gousia A S
Board Room 3Parallel 1823Mindfulness Leading to Wellness Kamakshi Ganesan
Meenal S Jaiswal
Naznin M.A. Chimthanawala
Raina Khatri Tandon
Five Senses 1Parallel 1824 Yoga as a Management Tool to Enhance Endurance & Bust Stress Gita Kumudha Jayakumar
Sudha Rajeswari.N
Dr. R.J. Kalpana
Fharzana Siraj
Five Senses 2 Parallel 1825 Tradition vs Modern Food Habits Alifia Hussain
Rakhi Agarwal
Payal Rajankar
02:00 PM – 02:40 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18G Women’s Health & Well Being Dr. Selvi Radhakrishnan
Dr. Usha Sriram
Dr. Deepa Senthil Nathan
Gita Kumudha Jayakumar
Dr. Rema Chandramohan
02:45 PM – 03:15 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18H Vacations Exotica Kalyan Swaminathan
Raj Maity
Purvi Shah
02:10 PM – 03:10 PMBoard Room 1Parallel 1831In The Face Of Reincarnation Mridula Sharma
Board Room 2Parallel 1832Reinventing The Art Jewellery Making Gina Joseph
Bharathi Raviprakash
Board Room 3 Parallel 1833 The Comfort of Working from Home – SOHO Divya Shetty
Indu Jayakumar
Sarada Priya
Five Senses 1 Parallel 1834 Silks of Assam – a Unique feel
Alakananda Das
Ishita Das
Five Senses 2 Parallel 1835Making small changes in one’s Lifestyle for Wellbeing Dr. Malika Nanda
03:20 PM – 03:50 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18IWonder Woman – Enshrining Powerful Role Models Dr. Harbeen Arora
Nina Reddy
Dr.Radha Bhaskar
Dr. Saraswathy Sankaran
Dr. Lakshmi Swaminathan
Jacqueline Francis
Tiffany Brar
03:55 PM – 04:25 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18J In The Face Of Adversity-Surviving Cancer Latha Srinivasan
Tamilselvi Ramanathan
Neerja Malik
Vidya Muralidharan
Sekar Viswanathan

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM Board Room 1 Parallel 1841 Dance & Music as a Way of Life Preetha S
M. Geethamani
Sagarika Ganeshyam
Board Room 2 Parallel 1842 Do Schools Kill Creativity Lakshmi Ravikumar
Asma Jalal
Celia Pillai
Anu Krishna
Board Room 3Parallel 1843The Power Of The Local Media
Five Senses 1Parallel 1844Family Communication in The Digital Era Nalini Popat
Vibha Chopra
Five Senses 2 Parallel 1845 Laughter Therapy Suchitra Kaul Mishra
04:30 PM – 05:00 PMInspire HallPlenary 18KSingara Chennai – A Prismatic View Sabitha Natraj
Deborah Thiagarajan
Ilona De Groot
Anthony Lobo
Shivkumar Eashwaran
05:05 PM – 05:35 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 18LIn conversation with Actor/ Politician Khushbu Sundar

Day-2, 19th August 2018 – Sunday

TimeHall slotSession No.TopicSpeakers
09:00 AM – 09:30 AMInspire Hall Plenary 19A How Technology has changed the landscape of Banking and Financial services Vaikunth Ramasubramanian
L.Harikumar
Nishant Rathore
Aditya S
09:00 AM – 09:30 AM Board Room 1 Parallel 1901 Evaluating One’s Readiness For A New Business M. Padmavathi
Board Room 2Parallel 1902The Art of Parenting in the 21st Century Mubeen Irshad
Sunila Prabhu
Pooja Mittal
K Shruthy
Board Room 3Parallel 1903Impact Of Fake News On Young Minds Sriram N.G.
Tinat Atifa Masood
Shaheen Hussain
Five Senses 1Parallel 1904Reverse Mentoring, Learning from our Children Savithri Ravichandran
Five Senses 2Parallel 1905Simple & Practical ways to contribute locally against Climate change Dr. R.J. Kalpana
09:35 AM – 10:15 AMInspire HallPlenary 19BRe-Engineering Change Through Education Dr. Aarthi Ananthapadmanabhan
Dr. K.R. Malathi
Manveen Chaddha
Nidhya Guhan
Vimala Britto
Dr. Srimathy Kesan
Poorna Balakrishnan

Dr. Kannan Gireesh

10:20 AM – 10:50 AMInspire HallPlenary 19CShaping Our Society Into An Inclusive Ecosystem Priya Vishwanathan
Saraswathi Narayanaswamy
Anuradha Mahesh
Dr. R. Madhuri Menon
Sriram V. Ayer
Justin Vijay Jesudas
C. Govinda Krishnan
Sowmya R

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM Inspire Hall Plenary 19D Start Up Stakeholders

Sandhya Rao

Siddharth Hande
Pooja Sitharthan
Devika Parashar
Divanshu Kumar

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Board Room 1 Parallel 1911 Why partnership is a new leadership
Board Room 2Parallel 1912 Nutrition for Women Entrepreneur
Meenal S Jaiswal
Board Room 3Parallel 1913Special education – the need of the hour Dr.Maria Josephine
Abirami Vivek
Five senses 1Parallel 1914Decoupage (Workshop) Indu Jain Jhunjhunwala
Aparna Subramaniam
Five senses 2 Parallel 1915 Monetizing Ideas in a Challenging Economic Environment Swapna Sundar
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Inspire HallPlenary 19EHuman Capital Utilization-The Economics Of Goodness Of Diversity Sabitha Natraj
Shanthi Naresh
Madhumitha Venkataraman
Ritesh Mathur
Vinayambika Kidiyur Rao

11:55 AM – 12:55 PM Board room 1 Parallel 1921 Impact of Artificial Intelligence on everyday Life Indu Jayakumar
Namrata Dhingra
Senthamarai Gokulakrishnan

Board room 2 Parallel 1922 Social entrepreneur – defining The new age leadership Dr. R.J. Kalpana
Gurpreet Kaur Chadha
Board room 3 Parallel 1923 How to Thrive in a World of Continuous Disruption Bindhya Ramji
Five senses 1 Parallel 1924 Design for Care Sandhya Rao
Archna Gupta
Five senses 2 Parallel 1925 Recouping after Personal Loss Dr. Saraswathi Sankaran
Sridevi Unni
12:35 PM – 01:35 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 19F Women Safety & Self defense/ The importance of Physical and mental fitness

Uday Dhanda
Shiny Surendran
Suraiya Zulaikha
Dr.R.J.Kalpana

01:40 PM – 02:20 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 19G Sports Economy- The New Global Economic Driver Karan Ravishankar
Ranjana Ramakrishnan
Somdev Kishore Devvarman
Varun Gunaseelan
Silvia Tallonrodriguez
Dr. K. Abdul Ghani
01:10 PM – 02:10 PM Board room 1 Parallel 1931 Nurturing an Ecosystem of Culture and Innovation Rinnku G
Adil Saghir
Kavitha K Shenoi
Board room 2 Parallel 1932 Teachers and parents need for a partnership
Board room 2 Parallel 1933 Boys can cry and girls can lead – the need for new verbal expression Kamala Subramaniam
Kavya Tadakaluri
K Shruthy
Five senses 1 Parallel 1934 Closing the gender gap – entrepreneurship as a levelling field Alka Batra
Madhu Joshi
Krithika Ram
Five senses 2 Parallel 1935 Woman workforce….new model for engagement Jhelum Ratna
Preetha S
02:25 PM – 03:00 PMInspire HallPlenary 19H Trends and opportunities in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Industry
Ritu Chawla Mathur
Mathew Chaco
Vidya Gajapathi Raju Singh
Rekha Rangaraj
Steve Borgia
Vikram Cotah
02:15 PM – 03:15 PM Board room 1 Parallel 1941 How to be a micropreneur
Board room 2 Parallel 1942 To be in your children’s memory tomorrow you need to be in their lives today Renuka Gunasekaran
Raakhee Vijay
Dr Sharmila
Board room 3 Parallel 1943 How to deal with Emotional grief Gita Kumudha Jayakumar
Gousia A S
Roli Misra
Raichel Angeline Lydia
Five senses 1Parallel 1944My Start up story Shazia Quaiser
Bindu Sathyajith
Karthika Nair
Romaine San Francesco
Five senses 2Parallel 1945 Leading a creative life – creating a compelling vision (Workshop) Celia Pillai
Bharti Jain
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 19I The silk traditions of India/Bedecked The art of Elegance Dr. Suchitra Kaul Misra
Dr. Jayanthy Ravindran
Meenu Subbiah
Manju Mudit
Jayasree Rajesh
Dr. Shantana Saikia
Ishita Das
Alakananda Das
03:25 PM – 04:25 PM Board room 1 Parallel 1951 What goes around comes back around – The Law of Karma Ambujavalli N
Board room 2 Parallel 1952 Empowered feminism – The fashion way Divya. S
Niharika Gautam
Board room 3 Parallel 1953 Why unlearning is key to unlocking your inner power Pooja Mittal
Raina Khatri Tandon
Leena Chhabra
Raaghav Ranganathan
Five senses 1Parallel 1954How to Create a brand- for Startups (Workshop) Madhu Joshi

Five senses 2Parallel 1955Awakening Compassion, Mitigating Anger Sakina Ansari
04:00 PM – 05:00 PMInspire HallPlenary 19JHow Technology Has Changed The Landscape Of Cinema In The Last Few Decades Resul Pookutty
Shylaja Chetlur
Vasanth S Sai
Anubha Sinha
Dr. Sethuraman V
04:35 PM – 05:35 PMBoard room 1Parallel 1961The Concept of Anti-Aging the Indian way Jagadeeswari Parthiban
Board room 2 Parallel 1962 Social media the new career frontier
Board room 3Parallel 1963Impact of art and literature on the digital world

Ruchi Pritam

Five senses 1Parallel 1964Innovating in Finance & Financial services – Impact on Investment & Business Jenny Modi
Five senses 2Parallel 1965Personal Transformation for Leadership Excellence Usha S
Ekta Surana
Varsha Subash
Priya Sivadas
05:10 PM – 05:40 PM Inspire Hall Plenary 19K A Cultural Sojourn In Fashion And Bespoke Dr. Kuiljeit Uppaal
Vivek Karunakaran
Shahin Ansari
Dr. Rachel Lydi Levlin
Senthamarai Gokulakrishnan
Narmada Veni
Kaveri Lalchand
Chaitanya Rao
Shraddha Shashidhar