Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) is extremely honored and grateful to be hosting the fifth edition of TEDxXIMB on 20th January 2019. With just a day to go for the event to commence, the students and the entire XIMB fraternity is very excited to be hosting the eminent speakers.

TED, as we all know is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Independently run TEDx events help share powerful ideas and thoughts in communities around the world. It remains true to the theme of TED and celebrates ideas worth spreading.

With a view to sharing its vision with TED and TEDx, TEDxXIMB 5.0 has invited speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing their thought-provoking and life-altering ideas and experiences with us based on the theme of “Chakravyuh, the inescapable formation”.

The speakers for TEDxXIMB 5.0 range from Lt. Gen. Satish Dua- working in Public Service (Army) to Mr. Divyanshu Damani- YouTuber and Social media influencer. We have Dr. Sruti Mohapatra who is an inspiration in the field of social service to Mr. A. L. Jagannath who has been awarded as the “Most Influential Marketer” by World Marketing Congress. We are anxiously looking forward to the talk by Mr. Paul Walsh (Sports, Activist, and Public Service); Mr. Sachin Das Burma who was the mastermind behind the advertising of the World Hockey Campaign and Miss. Megha Vishwanath who is a business journalist.

Chakravyuh: The inescapable formation” is the theme for this year’s TEDxXIMB event. According to Mythology, the Chakravyuh or Padmavyuh is a multi-tier defensive formation used in the battle of Kurukshetra by Dronacharya. Abhimanyu, son of Arjun knew how to enter the formation, he had no idea how to get out.

It symbolizes the way we live life; not knowing what’s in store for us. It is by default that once we enter the Chakravyuh, then there is no other alternative rather than exploring different avenues or ways out. While volatility and uncertainty define the present scenario of the business world, Chakravyuh gives the hint of complexity and ambiguity in it. We look for to our speakers’ experiences giving us the support and motivation to find our own path through hurdles and problems.


The speaker list of TEDxXIMB 2019 is:

1.    Lt. Gen. Satish Dua - Public Service (Army)

An expert strategist with years of military expertise, Lt. Gen. Dua spearheaded the surgical strikes in response to the Uri terrorist attacks. A counter-terrorism specialist, he has been the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).

2.    Divyanshu Damani - YouTuber, Social media influencer, Youth

At the age of 22, he has become a social media influencer who believes in positivity and relentlessly tries to help budding millennials in creating a niche for themselves. Founder of ‘The Soch Network’, ‘D Talks’, ‘Dare to Deliver’, ‘The Divyanshu Damani Show’.

3. Dr. Sruti Mohapatra - Inspirational, Social Service

Part-time motivational speaker, full-time crusader for equal rights for the differently-abled. Her illustrious career ranges from Indian Civil Services to winning over 65 laurels for advocating equal rights for the differently-abled from various national and international agencies.

4. Paul Walsh - Sports, Public Service

Founder of The Jungle Crows, an undirected rugby club which soon became instrumental in educating hundreds of children. Mr. Walsh has featured in magazines like the GQ and has received an MBE on the UK’s Honour List.

5. Megha Vishwanath - Media (CNBC TV18), Start-up         

She is the face of CNBC-TV18’s flagship shows ‘Young Turks’ and ‘Tech Toyz’. Her celebrated careers in the media industry as an anchor, business journalist, and television producer has made her one of the most influential media personalities among the current generation. 

6. Sachin Das Burma - Advertising (World Hockey)

An avant-garde marketer by his own right, he has been the creator of unforgettable ads like ‘AamSutra’, ‘Thinking is such a waste of time’, and most recently, the campaign for Odisha Hockey World Cup 2018. Blurring the lines of marketing and aesthetics, one ad at a time.

7. Mr. A.L. Jagannath - Corporate, “Most Influential Marketer”

Mr. Jagannath currently leads the Dell-EMC Synergy and Alliance role for VMC. An alumnus of XIMB, as well as MIT Sloan School of Management, he was honoured as one of the ‘Most Influential Marketers’ by World Marketing Congress in 2015. A passionate golfer, a talented guitarist, and a brilliant quizzer!

We are extremely privileged and are looking forward to hearing our speakers share their stories and learning from the same.


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