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  • Akhil Backliwal

    Akhil Backliwal, the Founder and Editor in Chief of Career Ahead Magazine.

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  • Akshay Kulkarni

    Akshay Kulkarni is a hospitality and education professional with over 25 years of experience. He has worked across continents in hospitality-linked businesses ranging from education to operations, consulting, and technology. He also brings a strong entrepreneurial mindset, having spent the last 15+ years helping organizations build new businesses and develop new markets. He is currently pursuing a PhD and spends his time consulting, teaching, and mentoring.

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  • Amit Bhatia

    DJ Amit B has had a successful career spanning decades, performing at many high-profile events and venues. Based in New Delhi, he started his career in the late nineties, playing at Djinns at the Hyatt Delhi, Tapas at Hotel Vasant Continental; and at Mirage at Hotel Crown Plaza, Capitol at The Ashoka, and Hype at Hotel Shangri-La as a Resident DJ. He is also a composer, and his music is available on leading digital platforms.

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  • Amit Malik

    Amit Malik is a sports and physical literacy professional who works on the advocacy, education, training and on-ground implementation of various projects related to Sports and Physical Literacy with support/coordination from government and non-government bodies. He is the Head of Sports Social Impact Initiatives at Abhinav Bindra Foundation and an ambassador of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). Amit is a member of the committee on National Sports Education Board constituted by the Ministry of Sports in India, and he has been part of Pullela Gopichand’s core team since 2016. Before venturing into sports, Amit was an Associate Director at Grant Thornton India. He has a Doctoral Fellowship in Management from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon and a Bachelor’s degree in technology in Computer Science from NIT, Kurukshetra.

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  • Anjay Thakur

    Anjay Thakur holds a commercial pilot license from USA and is an Airbus A 320 type rated pilot. He was always passionate about photography and gradually his hobby became a full-time profession. He has worked as a fashion and advertising photographer, and has also shot publicity pictures for Bollywood movies. His professional expeditions also led him into the genre of landscape photography.

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  • Ankur Budhiraja

    Ankur Budhiraja is presently associated with Jagannath Institute of Management Studies (JIMS), Greater Noida, as a full time management faculty. He has been teaching for 14 years and is a passionate teacher who loves creating magic in his classroom sessions.

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  • Ankur Khurana

    A photographer, documentary maker and writer, Ankur Khurana is passionate about conservation and seeks to capture the wild side of our planet through his visuals. He is an accomplished writer and editor and regularly takes on assignments for the United Nations organization UNESCO MGIEP. On a personal note, Ankur is an ardent fitness enthusiast, loves spending time with his son and is passionate about music.

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  • Anmol Garg

    An engineer by profession, Anmol Garg is passionate about entrepreneurship and is the of Founder of Sales5X, a company that equips entrepreneurs and sales executives with 21st century selling skills. He specializes in business comedy and performs at corporate events; he is also the creator of several comedy shows with a dedicated fan following.

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  • Anshul Saigal

    Anshul Saigal heads the Portfolio Management Services (PMS) business at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company. He has over 20 years of experience in the Indian Capital Markets, of which he has spent over 14 years at Kotak PMS. In the past, he has worked with organizations like JP Morgan, ICICI Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, analyzing equities and corporate credit. Anshul completed his MBA (Finance) from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur. He is a voracious reader and constantly tries to upgrade his skill sets and instil multi-disciplinary thinking to the investment process. He has particular interest in the field of behavioural finance.

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  • Anvita Zutshi

    Anvita Zutshi is an experienced language teacher, author, TEDx Youth organizer, teacher-trainer, and above all, a passionate educationist. Anvita began her professional life as a classroom teacher in one of the highly reputed schools in India. Her fascination with how students construct their understanding and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum led to an exploration of integrative and inquiry-based methodologies. This passion has become a career-long focus for teaching and writing. The methodologies in which Anvita specializes are now central to curriculum framework and assessment strategies, including the International Baccalaureate. Having facilitated many workshops for young teachers, enabling them to develop curriculum and programs effectively, and improve their teaching and pedagogical practices, she believes that continued involvement in classroom teaching is critical to further success and understanding; and her personal approach is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real work of teaching.

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  • Aparna Mishra

    A Kathak guru, entrepreneur, social activist and wellbeing and conscience coach, Aparna Mishra is a woman of many talents. At the age of 13 she laid the foundation of Kala Saadhana Academy, today known as the Kala Saadhana Art & Wellbeing Centre. Revenues from the centre are directed towards the Shivaakriti Foundation, founded by Aparna for social upliftment of the underprivileged. Her unique training program ‘Conscience and Wellbeing’ has changed the lives of many with its focus on the promotion of ‘Wholesome Wellbeing' – aligning the mind, body and conscience of the individual.

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  • Arvinder Gujral

    Arvinder Gujral has a career spanning over two decades across India, Silicon Valley and Singapore. From humble beginnings in Calcutta, his life and career have taken him to numerous cities and countries around the world where he has worked with companies large and small, global and local. He has won many accolades over the years – from award-winning marketing campaigns to being the top sales head globally. Arvinder helped usher in the Internet Revolution in India via 3G and had a ringside view of the growth of social media in Asia. His last position was as Managing Director of South-East Asia for Twitter, where he turned around a struggling business – delivering 600% growth in four years. Always re-inventing and never still, the only thing that exceeds his infectious energy is his always-on curiosity. A voracious reader, consumer of information and advocate for 'continuous learning', Arvinder is an award-winning podcaster and speaks at events around the world.

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  • Ashwani Khurana

    Environmentalist and green-hospitality crusader Ashwani Khurana is the Chief Executive of Karma Lakelands – a green and serene destination in Gurugram, Haryana. The eco-responsible development comprising luxury residencies, Klub Karma, The Grand Ball Room, indoor and outdoor spaces supported by multiple F&B outlets and the golf course is ideal for corporate retreats, conferences, golf tournaments, getaways, private parties, destination weddings and romantic sojourns. Years after its inception, Karma Lakelands continues to stay true to its core principles and values – Rest. Relaxation. Responsibility. www.karmalakelands.com

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  • Aysha Iqbal

    Aysha Iqbal is the Director of Wizz Media, a media and communications consulting and coaching business. She works with businesses, corporations and educational institutions showing them how to enhance their communication skills and how to connect and engage with the media effectively. Prior to Wizz Media, she was a news anchor for BBC Spotlight.

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  • Bhawna Gulati

    Bhawna Gulati is currently Joint Director (Law) in the Anti-Trust Division of the Competition Commission of India. She is a lawyer with master’s degrees in both law and economics. She holds a Dual LL.M degree, first from NYU School of Law in the US second from NUS Faculty of Law, Singapore. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from Kings College London. Post LL.M, she joined Jindal Global Law School, India, in August 2010. She has been working with Competition Commission of India since 2012. Ms. Gulati has vast international exposure, including her master’s degrees from reputed schools in Asia, UK, and US, besides having hands-on experience in international competition cases during secondment to DG Competition, Europe.

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  • Bubbles Sabharwal

    Bubbles Sabharwal is a published author, director, playwright, columnist, and businesswoman. She is co-director of two theatre groups Kidsworld, for children, and Theatreworld, for adults. She has published the novel ‘Tomorrow’s Promise’ and book of children’s adventure stories ‘The Curse of the Broken Step’ and ‘Nizam’s Jewels’, which she co-authored. Bubbles has also acted in the movies ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Veere di Wedding’, as well as in the play she wrote for stage, ‘Women in Black’. She has been awarded by the ICUNR for her contribution to the world of art and culture.

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  • CA News Desk

    CA News Desk is the pulsating heart of Career Ahead Magazine, dedicated to delivering cutting-edge news in career development, education, startups, and entrepreneurship. Our seasoned team of journalists and industry experts specialize in unearthing impactful stories and trends that shape the future of work and learning. We stand as a beacon for young professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs, offering insights and inspiration to navigate the evolving landscapes of modern careers and innovative business ventures. Engaging, informative, and always ahead of the curve, CA News Desk is your trusted ally in a world where knowledge equals power and opportunity.

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  • Career Ahead

    Career Ahead, the flagship handle of Career Ahead Magazine, is dedicated to molding the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to educate and inspire today's ambitious minds to become the icons of tomorrow. As the ultimate tool and resource, we cater to young students, budding entrepreneurs, and innovative startups, providing them with the knowledge and inspiration needed to navigate their paths to success. Through in-depth articles, insightful analysis, and inspiring stories, Career Ahead empowers its readers to forge their futures in the ever-evolving world of work and enterprise.

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  • Chiranjeet Rege

    Chiranjeet Rege is CEO of SILICA Institute and has been with the organization for 10 years in an entrepreneurial role. He specializes in aptitude test and career guidance, coaching for NID, NIFT, and Architecture (NATA / CAT / JEE), as well as online strategies and marketing using Google Ads, SEO, and social media. Prior to joining SILICA, Chiranjeet worked with Deloitte LLP London, KPMG Mumbai, and KPMG London. He aims to deliver exceptional quality education and guidance to SILICA students by building teams, systems and technology which will consistently deliver the SILICA promise of exceptional quality.

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  • Claire Huxley
  • Daniel Sheratte

    Mr. Daniel Sheratte is the International Recruitment and Engagement Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He has twenty-eight years’ experience in international hospitality, leisure and tourism industries; successfully leading teams in continental Europe, Africa and the UK. With a wealth of international cultural experience, having lived and worked in nine countries within four continents; he is truly a global citizen.

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  • Deepak Zutshi

    Deepak Zutshi is centre head for Select CITYWALK mall. Prior to this, he was Vice President for Leasing and Retail. With over two decades of experience in the retail industry behind him, Deepak is passionate about creating the perfect shopping experience for customers and retailers and keeping Select CITYWALK ahead of the competition.

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  • Dejan Stancer

    The definition of a truly global business leader, Mr. Dejan Stancer is Chairman of the Global Chamber of Business Leaders (GCBL) and Founder and current President of the Kazakh-Slovenian Business Club (KSBC), one of the largest business clubs in Central and Southeastern Europe. He is a licensed lobbyist as well as a recognized International Advisor. Through KSBC, Mr. Stancer facilitated strategic partnerships between countries, governments, and businesses. With decades of experience in international business and a rich entrepreneurial background, Mr. Stancer is a popular keynote speaker and has been honored several times for his role as a leader in international business.

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  • Dharma P Naik

    Dharma P. Naik has almost 20 years of professional experience in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Admissions, Non-Profits, Leadership Trainings and International Education in the US, Europe and South Asia. She currently oversees the strategy, training and growth of the US destination in South Asia for IDP Education India, Pvt Ltd. Dharma has a Master’s degree in Counselling and Personnel Services and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She has worked at esteemed institutions like American University, University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Pennsylvania. IDP Education is a proud co-owner of IELTS and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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  • Dikshu C. Kukreja

    Dikshu C. Kukreja is the Managing Principal Architect of C. P. Kukreja Architects (CPKA). He received his B. Arch Honors as a Gold Medalist from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, USA and received his master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University. He has worked in India, France and the USA and has lectured and taught at institutions in India and abroad. His firm CPKA has been consecutively ranked amongst the top 100 Architecture firms in the world and the top 5 in Asia.

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  • Diya Malhotra

    Diya is Director – Talent with a multinational financial services organization and is based in New Delhi, India. She has over 18 years of HR experience in business partnering, learning and talent development. She is passionate about leadership and management development, life-long learning, and keeping inclusion and diversity at the heart of all development. She is a certified organizational coach, continually working towards her goal of further developing her coaching skills in the next couple of years.

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  • Dr Suryasnata Das

    Dr. Suryasnata Das attained her MD, DNB Microbiology and proceeded to work in various capacities in Seth GS Medical College; Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai; Quest Diagnostics, Gurgaon; and Jaypee Hospital, Noida. She has over 15 years of experience in Laboratory Medicine, especially Microbiology. She is presently working as Lab Co-ordinator and Associate Director of Lab Medicine at Jaypee Hospital, Noida, and has been published many times in peer-reviewed journals.

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  • Dr. Arvind Lal

    (Hony) Brig Dr Arvind Lal, Executive Chairman of Dr Lal PathLabs, is credited with modernizing Indian medical diagnostics and bringing laboratory services in India at par with the western world. He also led Dr Lal PathLabs to the first Private Public Partnership in the field of laboratory testing in India. In 2009, Dr Lal was conferred with the Padma Shree award for his contributions to the field of medicine. Dr Lal is also the first civilian doctor to be granted an honorary Brigadier’s rank in the Armed Forces Medical Services by the President of India. He is the recipient of All India Management Association (AIMA) ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award 2016, FICCI ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2017, and EY ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award in Healthcare 2019, amongst several other awards and recognitions. He has authored a book 'Corporate Yogi: My Journey as a Spiritual Seeker and An Accidental Entrepreneur’.

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  • Dr. Cdr. Kartikay Saini

    Dr Cdr Kartikay Saini is the Chairman of Scottish High International School, Gurgaon. Dr Saini is an ex-commander of the Indian Navy, and spent 15 years serving the nation before turning to the corporate world. He is also former-Chairman and current Board member of Special Olympics Bharat, an organization that mentors 1.4 million Indian athletes with disabilities. He is the first Indian to be appointed to the Board of Special Olympics International, which mentors special athletes in 177 countries across the world. Dr Saini is a pioneer of inclusivity in education and has been recognized and awarded numerous times for his contributions to education and special needs.

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  • Dr. Neeta Bali

    Dr Neeta Bali is a seasoned educator with over 38 years of experience in education in leading schools across India, and she is currently the Director-Principal of G D Goenka World School, Sohna, Haryana, India. An eloquent speaker and trainer, she is frequently invited to speak at various educational conferences all over the country. Her repertoire includes various curricula, ICSE and ISC, CBSE, IBO Accredited programmes – PYP and IB-DP, Cambridge accredited programmes – IGCSE and AS and A-Levels. She has worked intensively with the British Council as a BCSA (British Council School Ambassador) in promoting the spirit of international mindedness. Apart from this, Dr Bali has authored English Language books for Frank Educational Aids and a book of Essays for Madhuban. A trained Career Counsellor, her forte is English Language teaching, teaching of Psychology and Career, as well as Psychological Counselling.

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  • Dr. Ratna Raman
  • Dr. Swati Jindal Garg
  • Ekaterine Maisuradze
  • Faisal Sajwani
  • Gautam Garg
  • George Betz
  • Goran Engberg
  • Grant Polachek
  • Guneet Ohri
  • Harry Singha
  • Himmat Anand
  • Holly Hulse
  • Indu Sabharwal
  • Johannes Grassl
  • Joy Garner
  • Jyoti Kumari
  • Keith Krach
  • Kirti Tandon
  • Kuldeep Singhania

    Kuldeep Singhania is an actor, model, and content creator with a wide fan base across several social media platforms. He is CEO of The - K - Factor Productions, which makes digital ads for brands worldwide. After starting his modelling career at the age of 18, he got his first break on television with Balaji Telefilms, following which he has been a part of multiple shows on Zee TV and channel V.

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  • Larisa Miller
  • Lina Ashar
  • Lindsay Singleton
  • Madhav Dutt
  • Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu
  • Malavika Kishore

    Malavika Kishore brings a wealth of knowledge and a nurturing spirit to her writing, drawing from her experience as a Librarian at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Kabirdham District, Chhattisgarh. Beyond her role in the library, she is a certified career and life coach, with professional affiliations including the Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA), the National Career Service (NCS), and the Career Counselling Institute (CCI). Malavika's unique blend of educational guidance and life coaching expertise informs her compassionate and insightful contributions to the field of personal development.

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  • Meenakshi Pahuja
  • Mehar Sindhu Batra

    Mehar Sindhu Batra, a distinguished career coach and founder of MSB Vision, is passionately committed to guiding young professionals towards realizing their utmost potential. With an MBA from Imperial College London and a Chartered Accountancy background, Mehar's extensive experience includes personal coaching sessions and workshops for over 15,000 individuals. A celebrated TEDx and Josh Talks speaker, her insights have been featured across prominent platforms including TOI, BBC, and CNBC TV18, underscoring her significant impact in the realms of mentorship and professional development.

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  • Mike Knowles
  • Monica Khanna
  • Naman Bhatia
  • Naresh Priyadarshi
  • Neha Riat
  • Nishtha Shukla

    Ms. Nishtha Shukla Anand is a writer-entrepreneur with a deep interest in digital technology. She is Founder of Techthirsty.com, a platform that simplifies tech news and events, and has won Google Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for her umbrella enterprise Pen Pundit Media Services. She is also Director Communications and Trustee of Himachal-based Shoolini University.

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  • Nishu Malhotra

    Alumnus of Delhi University and Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, Nishu Malhotra is currently country Head for Impact Investing and Corporate Healthcare for IndusInd Bank. Nishu has over 17 years of experience in Corporate Banking in Foreign and Private Banks in India. While she specializes in Finance and Marketing, over the course of her career she has moved across various roles within Corporate Banking. In her free time, Nishu enjoys travelling and is an avid reader.

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  • Nivedita Joshi

    An ardent disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyenger, renowned yoga guru Nivedita Joshi holds a Master’s degree in Microbiology. After facing challenging health issues at a very young age, and a re-birth of sorts through yoga, she decided to dedicate her life to yoga. Ms. Joshi is also a published poet and a lyricist. She has written and published ‘Yogikasparsh’ a one-of-its-kind yoga manual in braille, for which she was awarded the ‘First Ladies’ Award’. Delhi’s first accredited Iyenger yoga centre, Yogakshema, is one of the biggest and best equipped Iyenger yoga centres in the world.

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  • Payal Jain
  • Phillip Charlton
  • PK Mohan Kumar
  • Pooja Backliwal

    Pooja Backliwal, Co-founder and Managing Editor, has a diverse background with several years of experience in the corporate arena - with companies including General Electric and Ernst and Young - following a Master's degree in English Literature from Delhi University. She is also an entrepreneur and runs a successful jewellery business under the brand name Traditions. Her experience significantly shapes the magazine's editorial vision. Pooja’s leadership ensures Career Ahead continues its mission to enlighten and inspire readers by presenting seasoned professionals' insights​​.

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  • Prenita Dutta
  • Priti Rathi Gupta
  • Priya Menon Nair
  • Puneet Dua
  • Raghav Sibal
  • Rahul Guha
  • Rajeev Sunu
  • Rajgopal Nidamboor
  • Ranveer Singh Saini
  • Ravi Ranjan
  • Richard Jaimes
  • Rohit Malhotra
  • Ron Johnson
  • Ruby Chaudhary
  • Rusmel Muñoz
  • Sachin Pabreja
  • Sameep Shastri
  • Samir Kuckreja
  • Samta Tahilianney
  • Sangram Singh
  • Sanjay Lakhotia
  • Shalini Nambiar
  • Shalini Passi
  • Shankar Prakash
  • Sharat Chandra Srivastava
  • Shiv Kapur
  • Shivangi Dutt
  • Sristhi Assudani
  • Stephen Page
  • Sujata Khandai
  • Tara Malhotra
  • Thomas Fleming
  • Trishla Malik
  • Udit Jain
  • Vishaal Uppal
  • Vishal Chandra