The Club Young Leaders India-France 2019 [fr]

The second batch of Club Young Leaders India-France was in Paris from 10th to 16th November 2019, on the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum.

Paris, 10-16 November 2019

Club Young Leaders India-France 2019 brings together 10 promising personalities, who have proven themselves in various fields such as aeronautics, investigative journalism, baking, renewable energy, sustainable architecture, etc.

The average age of these young professionals who will forge tomorrow’s India is 32.

Founded by the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Macron, during his State visit to India in 2018, this Club aims to enhance France’s attractiveness among its primary ambassadors.

The first batch of Club Young Leaders was in Paris in October 2018 for an intensive week of visits and meetings, organised by Campus France in liaison with the Embassy of France in India.

Some highlights of the common programme:

  • Meeting with the President’s advisers at the Elysée Palace
  • Reception hosted by the Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Interaction with Ms Brune Poirson, Minister of State for Ecological and Inclusive Transition
  • Private guided tour of Ateliers Hermès
  • Meetings at the French National Assembly
  • Meetings with French start-ups at Station F (the biggest startup campus in the world).

Along with this common programme, around fifty individual meetings were organised in keeping with the special areas of interest of each of the Young Leaders.

Meet Young Leaders 2019:

Gadhadar Reddy

JPEGGadhadar Reddy, 31, has a passion for space. CEO of the startup, NoPo, he regularly works with the French space agency, CNES, and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, as part of a CEFIPRA project. He specialises in the potential applications of carbon nanotubes.

His second company, ReBeam, is working on a wireless power transfer system, which would recharge drones in flight as well as revolutionise, in the long run, the distribution of power harnessed from solar farms.

Gadadhar was invited by NASA to work in its AMES laboratories for six months. He presented the outcome of his work at Princeton and is a regular visitor of Silicon Valley. He is attracted to France and French culture.

Rohan Ganapathy

JPEGRohan Ganapathy, 26, (CEO) Bellatrix Aerospace, is the next-gen rocket man.

Since decades, no revolutionary technology has been found to improve engine efficiency in rocket propulsion systems. Rohan has the mettle to experiment on paths that have never been taken in the West. He is at the cutting edge of innovative research on rocket engines and satellites. He has invented a plasma propulsion engine and green fuel; his company, Bellatrix Aerospace, is capable of reducing costs for a mission thanks to its patented propulsion systems in orbit. CNES is developing a partnership with him to inject his innovative skills in future launchers, the forerunner of the post-Ariane 6.

Bellatrix Aerospace plans to establish facilities in Paris, France.

Priyam Chatterjee

JPEGPriyam Chatterjee, 30, head chef at QLA restaurant in New Delhi, is representative of the new generation of young Indian chefs who are reinventing the gastronomic scene in the Indian capital.

Proud of his Bengali origins and a committed Francophile, Mr Chatterjee honours French cuisine while revisiting the traditional dishes of his state. He was trained by a French chef of Park Hyatt Hotel, Mr Jean-Claude Fugier, and then at TroisGros in France, before joining Fauchon in Oman. His cuisine, inspired by the French, remains innovative. On social networking sites and media, he does not fail to highlight that “France has taught him everything” and that he wants to be one of its ambassadors. He has recently been awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole”.

Pooja Dhingra

JPEGPooja Dhingra, 32, founded the Le15 chain of patisseries and cafes in 2010. It has launched 5 outlets in Mumbai, and a nationwide delivery service of macarons.

Pooja, a graduate from Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, for a Diploma in Patisserie. Featured on the Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list both in India and Asia, Pooja is regularly praised by critics and the press for her extraordinary skills as a patissier and entrepreneur. She hosts a podcast called #NoSugarCoat – #1 on Indian platforms. Pooja has also written three books. The Big Book of Treats, which won second place at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and her second, The Wholesome Kitchen, was also very well-received. In 2017, she spoke in French at the annual convention of the APM in Bordeaux about her entrepreneurial journey in front of an audience of 4500 French business owners.

She was also in a panel to judge Les Toques de Demain, hosted at the Chateau du Rivau in April 2018. Judges included Yannick Alleno and Jean Pierre Vigato. She is a social media influencer: she has more than 3,000,000 followers on Instagram and 125,000 followers on Twitter.

Sridevi Raghavan

JPEGSridevi Raghavan, 40, is the founder and CEO of Amelio. She completed her MBA in Harvard University. During MBA studies, she participated in a competition where she came up with the idea of corporate onsite daycare centres. This idea transformed into a real entrepreneurial venture. She founded Amelio, in Chennai in 2008, which helps women by giving them the security and support to continue their professional life after childbirth. Amelio is today a leading provider in early childhood care in Chennai and Bangalore. With 14 centres and 220 employees, it serves the needs of more than 1200 parents.

French group Babilou acquired a majority stake in Amelio Early Education in 2018. Sridevi retains a minority stake in the India entity and will continue as the CEO. Amelio wants to expand its business to Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Ashish Singh

JPEGAshish Singh, 31, is Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor at NewsX, India News, and Sunday Guardian. He already has a professional experience of 10 years in journalism, and has worked, among others, for France 24. He obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism at the University of Mumbai.

He has received prestigious awards, including the Ramnath Goenka Memorial Award in 2016. He was a visiting speaker at the Naval War College and the College of Air Warfare, IAF.

He has already interviewed several famous personalities, including the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Ananta Ganjoo

JPEGAnanta Ganjoo, 30, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2011 and her Master’s degree in Urban Planning in 2015 from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi. Ananta was involved in the design of various large-scale urbanization projects, including masterplans for new cities and urban planning. Her multidisciplinary approach draws on her academic and professional experience in architecture, urban planning, strategic planning, community development and regeneration. Since 2015, she has worked on five smart city projects.

Ananta underwent a six-month professional training at the French agency, RDAI in February 2018. She currently works at an Indian public organization, NIUA (National Institute of Urban Affairs).

Ajay Singh

JPEGAjay Singh, 33, is Founder and President of Nimray-Solar, Mentor of Change - NITI Aayog, and Blockchain Developer in IBM. Founded in 2017, Nimray-Solar is a very promising Indian blockchain solar energy start-up. Ajay’s plan: developing technology for net metering which involves deducting energy production from energy consumption while using photovoltaic solar panels.

The idea is to network several households, at least ten across a neighbourhood, using blockchain technology. A household can either be an energy producer or consumer. Ajay received the Global Energy Award Winner 2018 at “Le Monde – Smart Cities Award 2018” in Singapore. Ajay was a speaker at the Paris Peace Forum and is interested in incubation in France.

Mandakini Gahlot

JPEGMandakini Gahlot, 33, freelance journalist and filmmaker, based in New Delhi. She works with Babel Press – a documentary production house. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Globe and Mail, GlobalPost, USA Today, Al Jazeera, Arte TV, Canal+ and France 24.

She is currently directing “The Buyers Club”, a documentary about the global struggle for medicines. She was awarded a significant grant from the Asian Pitch, a funding consortium led by NHK, support from the Bertha Doc foundation, The Guardian and the French web channel, Spicee, to carry out this project. She has received the prestigious Balakrishnan Memorial Award for her reportage on how pharmaceutical companies influence health policy in India. She was also awarded the World Press Institute fellowship and the International Reporting Project fellowship.

Apar Gupta

JPEGApar Gupta, 33, lawyer, who has worked at Karanjawala & Co. and Advani and Co.

He has also represented government bodies and been on the panel of the Union of India and the Controller of Certifying Authorities.
He has not only authored a book on the Information Technology Act(ITA) but is a member of the council for the Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He has co-founded the Internet Freedom Foundation, which promotes and advocates a free and open internet that offers freedom, privacy and innovation.

He took part in the #saveourprivacy initiative. He is also a member of the YP Foundation which aims at developing and legitimising youth and feminist leadership.

Apar has been listed by Forbes India magazine in its list of “30 under 30” in 2014. He regularly writes columns for The Indian Express, The Pioneer, Business Standard, Caravan, The Hindu and others.

Last modified on 25/02/2020

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