Stephanie Rice

Becoming an Olympic Swimmer was my childhood dream. I was fortunate enough to reach the absolute pinnacle of my career as an athlete and now be able to use my success as a platform to connect, share and contribute to organisations that are meaningful to me.

Being an entrepreneur allows me the freedom to dream big and create a company that aligns with my core values of health, empowerment and giving back to those less fortunate than myself.

Knowing that I have been able to have a positive impact on other people’s lives, and contributing to causes that will change the world is what fulfils me the most.


Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP based in India and USA. Applying his business and technical background, he assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning.

He is a Co-founder and Director at Excubator which provides guidance and support needed to entrepreneurs for building a successful entrepreneurial practice. Additionally, he is Founder and Managing Director at Lawcubator which is a technology firm in the legal domain.

Neeraj is CEO at IIT Roorkee’s startup incubator called TIDES. He is Co-founder of PanIIT Mentors which is a Nation Building Initiative under PanIIT.

Neeraj is Executive Council member and Treasurer for IIT Alumni Centre Bangalore. He is founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South). He is one of the experts at Swissnex India ( ) and advises Swiss startups.

Neeraj is the author of the book Creating & safeguarding a strong Intellectual Property Portfolio which was written in collaboration with SIDBI, Adelphi and KFW Bank Germany.

He holds a Bachelors of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Metallurgical and Material Sciences. He completed his M.S. in Mathematics from KTH in the year 2004 and has completed PGPX in General Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Neeraj is Chairman for KTH Alumni India Chapter. He is senior mentor and visiting faculty in several engineering and MBA colleges and also serves on the board of advisors of several organizations.

Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson has played an instrumental role in building the global collaborative
consumption movement. Over the past three years, she has been a vital source of
strategic knowledge and market insights for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and
government leaders; identifying technology, regulatory and consumer shifts and the
implications for the space. Lauren has built a global network of ambassadors across 17
countries to share best practices and local news on
Lauren is a highly skilled public speaker and workshop facilitator, who has delivered
keynotes in Europe, Asia, United States, South America and Australia.

Her presentations focus on how collaborative consumption will shape the future of
business and society, and the unique culture and traits of ‘collaborative
entrepreneurship’. She also writes a regular column for Telstra’s Smarter Business
magazine focused on Australian start-up businesses.

Prior to her involvement in the collaborative consumption movement, Lauren has
worked in communications and professional development roles for national
organisations, nonprofits and small enterprises. Throughout her career, she has also
undertaken many voluntary roles with organisations focused on homeless support
services, refugee support services, youth entrepreneurship and social innovation.
She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Creative Writing and
Journalism, and a Graduate Cert in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies from QUT.

Sam Freeman

Sam graduated Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Marketing. Sam has a strong Business Development background, gained through his experience working in IT, Education and Fitness, in addition to his work consulting to those industries. Currently, Sam is working in India building sustainable business models for skill development at an international standard.

Sam has been an active participant in the Indian Skill Development Industry since 2012, and moved to Hyderabad India full time in January 2014. He was chosen as one of 5 Training Partner representatives on the ILO/NSDC Industry Advisory Group for the creation of 5 National Occupational Standards Qualification Packs for Trainers and Assessors in India.

Natalie Cope

Natalie Cope (BA/LLB (Honours)) is Manager, Partnerships and Development at Asialink Business. In this role Natalie is supporting the delivery of the organisation’s Australian Federal Government mandate to create an Asia capable workforce through the delivery of world class capability programs, applied research and advocacy focused on Australia’s engagement with Asia. Natalie was recently named Australia’s Top Emerging Leader receiving the 2015 Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the University of Sydney Business School and The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine. Natalie is Ambassador to the Westpac Bi-Centennial Foundation, Asian Exchange Program and is a founding member and non-executive director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue.

Prior to her time with Asialink Business, Natalie practised as a litigation lawyer with DLA Piper, before which she worked in Beijing as a trainee lawyer with one of China’s premier law firms. Natalie has lived, travelled and worked in China and the region and is a strong supporter of the benefits of exchange, herself having participated in study programs in China, HK, Malaysia, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. In her spare time you’ll find Natalie surfing her local breaks on Sydney’s northern beaches, swimming with dolphins and trying to maintain her Chinese and Spanish language skills.

Michael Koss

Michael is the Founder and CEO of Global Patient Portal, a free web based electronic health record system that has been designed to optimise preventative care in developing countries. His focus has been India for the past 2 years where he spends extensive periods working with healthcare providers, NGOs, technology companies and government agencies. He frequently speaks at technology and healthcare conferences in India.

He is passionate about seizing the opportunity to empower vulnerable populations through technology and has done extensive research with the help of world-class educational institutions to better craft ethical solutions and utilize big data.
Prior to founding Global Patient Portal, Michael worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts / Laws and a Master of Laws from Monash University. He has also worked as a mediator in commercial disputes. He has worked at companies including BHP Billion, Telstra and Boeing running process improvement projects and providing advice on developing operation efficiency.

Dorjee Sun

Dorjee is a founder and director of the Home Group which owns equity in companies that work in the areas of conservation, agriculture, philanthropy and technology. Dorjee is also a founder and director of Carbon Conservation which owns equity in large scale sustainability and carbon conservation projects globally and was also the subject of an award winning documentary, “The Burning Season”, narrated by Hugh Jackman which explained how orang-utan conservation and avoided deforestation could be tied in to generate alternative monetary incentives. The African Rainforest Conservancy honored Dorjee with an Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest – the “Kinyongia dorjeesuni”.

Dorjee has also been named one of TIME Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment, a World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow, CPA Top 20 Business Leaders, one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Gentlemen of Philanthropy, one of the Young Leaders by The Australian newspaper, he has won the Asialink Leaders Program Alumni Award, was named an Asia Society 21 Fellow, a World Cities Summit Future Leader, is the Chairman Nexus Youth Philanthropy Singapore Conference, on the board for the Nexus Youth Philanthropy Australia Conference and his work has been covered in Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and other media outlets.

D N V Kumara Guru

Mr Guru is Director of External Relations at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In his current role he manages the school’s relationship with key external stakeholders and helps strengthen ISB’s public engagement. Previously, Mr Guru has worked with the Dean’s Office, Development, Learning Resource Centre, IT, Academic Services and Administration at ISB. He helped establish the school’s second campus in Mohali.

Mr Guru has experience working with the Jain Group of Institutions, Bangalore where he led various functions including: Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations and helped establish the group’s University project. He led a team which was responsible for incubating the group’s new institutions. During his tenure, the Jain Group grew from a single affiliated college with 1000 students to an educational supermarket of 21 institutions with over 15000 students.

Mr Guru is an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. He is the National Chairman of Young Indians, an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry. His theme for the year is ‘Building a New India through Youth Leadership’. Young Indians is a pan India organisation with chapters in 34 cities, and growing. He tweets at @KumaraGuru.

Nigel Hembrow

Nigel Hembrow is an Australian entrepreneur. He is focussed on Asia and based in Singapore, but with the amount of time he spends there you would be forgiven for thinking Nigel lives in India.

Over the past two years Nigel, with his Co-Founder Dhruv, have been heavily focussed on building a global operational base for their venture in South Delhi, which focus primarily on software for the media industry. In addition to this, Nigel’s interests vary from mobile learning to social enterprise, vocational training, craft beer, and anything that leverages the massive trend of mobile-first internet penetration in emerging markets. Above all, he believes in the power of great teams, strong ethics and effective communication. Nigel has a family background in property development and has worked in that industry in London and Queensland. He studied at Melbourne Business School (MBS) (with exchange at China European Business School, Shanghai) and for the past four years has served on the MBS Alumni Council, helping engage the MBS community in South, South-East Asia and China.

By attending AIYD, Nigel hopes to share his stories, and to listen to others’, with the aim of inspiring and assisting Australians to be more ambitious and confident towards doing business with India, in India and Australia.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is Dalberg’s regional director for Asia, based in Mumbai, and also co-leads the firm’s Energy and Environment practice. His work includes developing social impact strategies for multinational corporations, expanding energy access, assisting market entry into frontier markets, and helping to develop strategies to fight human trafficking.

In work outside of Dalberg, Gaurav has been a founding partner in a string of social ventures including two eco-resorts, a sustainable tourism online platform, an organic tea plantation, and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. He founded a leading Indian environmental non-governmental organization with Al Gore and JSW Group, and he also helped establish a leading public policy think-tank on Australian Aboriginal issues. Gaurav is on the advisory boards of several rural energy and social entrepreneurship funds and sits on the curriculum advisory board for the Economics department at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav spent six years at The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and London. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MA in Development Economics from Yale University.