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20th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in Technology Journalism
Best Feature in Business Journalism
Best Good News Feature
Best Social Impact Projects in 4 different categories:

- Education
- Livelihood
- Health
- Empowerment

The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money each for Best Feature in Technology and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for Best Good News Feature
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for each category Education, Livelihood, Health and Empowerment

Golden Moments
Jury 2018


Mr. Abhay Gupte

CEO, Manipal Technologies Limited

Abhay is currently the CEO of Manipal Technologies Ltd,  one of the largest print, technology and digital solutions provider in India. He was also the Managing Director of Logica, India. A Post-graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, he has over 33 years of IT industry experience. His proven leadership skills and in-depth understanding of the industry complement his vision and foresight. In his current portfolio, his significant contributions in establishing a strong and rigorous corporate governance process, operational excellence, employee engagement and culture in the organisation is inspiring. He was the former Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce, Chennai.


Ms. Aruna Rao

Executive VP & CTO, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Aruna is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Kotak Mahindra Bank and Group Companies. She provides senior oversight on all strategic technology initiatives across the group companies. She is in charge of building standardization, collaboration and technology innovations across all the technology teams. With over 20 years of experience in COSL/Polaris, Aruna lends support to Kotak's various sectors under the group umbrella - Commercial, Retail & Investment Banking, Institutional Equity, Retail Brokerage, Retail Assets, Mutual Funds and Life Insurance.


Dr. Ashok Korwar

Growth Consultant and CEO Coach

Ashok is an Electrical Engineer from IIT, Mumbai and a Doctorate in Management from the University of California, LA. He is a specialist in strategic thinking, go to market strategies and executive coaching. He served as a Professor of Management at IIM, Ahmadabad and Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), USA. Currently, he is an Independent Director for Adrenalin eSystems Limited. Prof. Ashok Korwar, also served as the Strategic Advisor to Chairman of Polaris. His book, Creating Markets Across the Globe, was selected as the Escorts-DMA best management book of the year in 1998. His expertise in management skills has made him one of the most sought after, to conduct workshops on account management, finance for Project Managers and so on.


Dr. Chandrasekhar Pran

Founder of Teesari Sarkar Abhiyan

Dr. Chandrashekhar is the Founder of Teesari Sarkar Abhiyan a Civic & Social Organization as well as Volunteers Associations for Rural Development & Networking VARDAN. With more than 35 years of government administrative experience in social development projects, he has helped to empower thousands of rural youth in UP. A Doctorate in Social Sciences, he has been honored with several awards by the Government. His immense zeal and expertise in Panchayat Raj development makes him a sought after advisor in Panchayat empowerment for NIRDPR and MoRD.


Mr. David Appasamy

Head - Brand & Strategy, Social Beat

David is the Head for Brand & Strategy at Social Beat, one of the India's fastest growing digital marketing companies with clients across cities in India and overseas. He was previously the Executive Vice President of Sify Technologies, Executive Director of Madura Microfinance and Chairman in the Raising iBrows board. With over 30 years of experience in business management, sales, marketing, brand management, advertising, ecommerce services and digital strategies, his wealth of expertise in digital media is comprehensive. David has also led the International Chamber of Commerces Task Force on Internet and has been the Co-Chairman of Telecom Infrastructure and Services of the Commission on the Digital Economy for over five years.


Mr. Mukesh Sharma

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Menterra

Mukesh is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Menterra, a company that supports early stage impact-focused enterprises operating in India. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Biosense Technologies. Till recently, he was a Chief Investment Officer at Villgro. He has 12 years of experience in impact investing, private equity and investment banking space. He has worked on over 50 buy-side and sell-side transactions across Asia, Middle-East and Europe. He is a Chartered Accountant and CFA Charterholder.


Ms. Meenakshi Ramesh

Co-Founder at Citizen Matters

Meenakshi is a Co Founder at  Citizen Matters Chennai, launched in 2016, a city-focused, online and mobile - citizen-oriented newsmagazine, covering city public affairs, community and culture. She is also a co-investor in Menterra Social Impact Fund. She has been a key contributor at Pratham Education Foundation, Indias largest non-profit organization in the primary education space, for 7 years in a full time role and 7 more as a volunteer. She also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF). She has earlier worked with Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), Mumbai.


Dr. Narayan Hegde

Trustee and Former President, BAIF

Dr. Hegde is a Trustee, Principal Adviser and Former President of BAIF Development Research Foundation, an award-winning charitable organisation in India that pioneers agricultural development. He is the Chairman at Childrens Future India (CFI), Managing Trustee at Nature Cure Ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi at Urulikanchan and Trustee at M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai and Agri Biotech Foundation, Hyderabad. He is also a Research Guide for Doctoral Studies in Environmental Science at the Savitribai Phule University, Pune. Previously, he had served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also an author of three books - Handbook of Wastelands Development, Gandhian Approach to Rural Prosperity and Positive Attitude for Good Health and Happiness and five booklets for Children on Environmental Awareness. He has an M.Sc. Agriculture from G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar, M. S. Horticulture from University of Hawaii, PMA from IIM, Ahmedabad and Ph.D. from Pune University.


Mr. Sriram Sivaram

President, Madras Engineering Industries Pvt. Limited

SriramSriram is an IIT Madras graduate with over 25+ of rich experience in engineering industries. He is the President at Madras Engineering Industries, a leader in the auto ancillary industry manufacturing various machined components for automotive industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MS & MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Sriram has worked for the past fifteen years with the US based multinational companies in the energy sector where he has held various key management positions.


Mr. V Giriraj, IAS

Former Additional Chief Secretary - Finance Department (Retd)

Giriraj joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1985 and was allotted the Maharashtra Cadre. He has worked in various capacities for 32 years in Maharashtra State and also in Government of India and retired in November 2017 as Additional Chief Secretary - Finance Department. Some of the previous positions include Secretary - Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Secretary - Water Conservation, MGNREGA. He has been working for last 25 years to strengthen the bamboo sector.

His special interests include general bottom up development, growth of India, poverty alleviation issues and voluntary sectors. He is very familiar with NGO sector and all related issues.


Ms. Vijayalakshmi Rao

Business Advisor and Mentor

With over 30 years of experience in industry, consulting and academics, previously, Vijayalakshmi was the Director and Chief Operating Officer of Scope e-Knowledge Center Pvt. Ltd., a global knowledge process outsourcing organisation. She currently offers business advisory services to entrepreneurs and mentors corporate professionals to take up leadership positions. She is associated as a Mentor with ISB Hyderabad, IIT Madras, TiE Chennai and NEN. Vijayalakshmi is passionate about womens education, empowerment and entrepreneurship. She is an Advisor & Founder - Member of Empowering Women in IT (eWIT) and a Committee Member of Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), an NGO that trains under-privileged girls and helps them find employment in the formal sector.



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