Women the world over are no longer accepting the status quo. They're rising up, breaking out and pushing boundaries. Whatever their focus and talent — business, technology, art, science, politics — these pioneers and their allies are joining forces in an explosion of discovery and ingenuity to drive real, meaningful change.

TEDWomen will celebrate how these dynamic and diverse people are showing up to face challenges head on, all while empowering each other to shape the future we all want to see. We're showing up for TEDWomen 2018. Are you?

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxIMIKolkataWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxIMIKolkataWomen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Speakers at TEDxIMIKolkataWomen

TEDxIMIKolkataWomen will witness the presence of enthusiastic speakers sparking conversation across multidisciplinary topics catering to a blend of corporate and academic community. Each speaker will be delivering an 18-minute talk.

Sohini Sengupta

Film and Theatre Actress

Sohini Sengupta is an Indian film and theatre actress. She is one of the leading actors of the Bengali theatre group Nandikar. Sohini has worked with prominent theatre personalities and was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi’s 2007 ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ for contributions to theatre. She also played a supporting role in Aparna Sen’s film Paromitar Ek Din (2000)  for which she won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2000 National Film Awards.

Sudha Kaul


Dr. Sudha Kaul is founder, trustee and vice chairperson of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), Kolkata. In 2004, IICP won the National Award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, for the Best Disability NGO. Dr. Kaul has a PhD in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has authored several books on AAC and presented papers on it at several national and international conferences. From January 2007 to December 2009, she was appointed President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), an international society for persons with complex communication needs. Dr Kaul is a Fellow of ISAAC, and a recipient of several national and international awards. In April 2010, Dr Kaul received the Padmashree award from the President of India.

She has worked on various government committees, and on 30th April, 2010 was appointed chairperson by the GOI Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to formulate a new Disability Rights Bill based on the UNCRPD.

Dr Sudha Kaul is a currently an independent director on the Board of Goodrickes Group Ltd.

Alokananda Roy

Classical Danseuse

Alokananda Roy is an internationally acclaimed exponent of Indian classical dance, a reformer of souls and a mother. A former Miss India first runner-up, her beauty is enveloped in a heart that has given to society a rare bouquet of hope.

Her work involving reforms for jail inmates, especially for convicts under-trials through her art and love-therapy has provided new life to hardened criminals and earned her fame that has crossed the borders of the country into faraway lands where her work is used as a template for reforms.

Jeeja Ghosh

Social Activist

Jeeja Ghosh was born with cerebral palsy, a condition caused by lack of oxygen to the brain either during pregnancy, or at the time of delivery. She completed her schooling from the Indian Institute of Cerebral palsy and La Martiniere for Girls, Calcutta. She graduated with Honours in Sociology from Presidency College. She is a qualified social worker (MSW) from the Delhi School of Social work, Delhi University. In 2006 she completed her second masters in Disability Studies from Leeds University, UK.

Jeeja has been involved in the social sector for more than two decades. She was chosen to run a workshop on creative writing for disabled people by the British Council in 2005. In 2007 she received the Shri N.D. Diwan Memorial Award for Outstanding Professional Services in Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities by the National Society for Equal Opportunities of the Handicapped (NASEOH), Mumbai. She received the Role Model Award from the Office of the Disability Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, in the year 2009

Recently she acted as a lead supporting character in a film called One Little Finger: Ability in Disability directed by Dr. Rupam Sarmah. A documentary made on her life I am Jeeja directed by Swati Chakraborty and produced by PSBT won the National Film Festival award for the best film on social issues in the non-feature film category.

Minu Budhia

Social Entrepreneur

Minu Budhia is the Director and Founder, of Caring Minds(A psychological wellness centre) and i.can.flyy(Institute for Special needs),and Cafe Icanflyy(Run by special needs individuals), a Cognitive Behavior Therapist (London). She completed Child Brain Development course from Philadelphia, US. She has been a student counsellor and therapist at St. Xavier’s College, J.D. Birla Business College and Belle Vue Clinic, Kolkata.

Ms. Budhia is the Executive Committee member of Vidya Mandir Society, Kolkata and the recipients of Bharat Nirman Award 2014 and CMA Award for Public Service 2015.

She is the Director of Addlife – Gym & Spa.

Organising Team

Dr. Tirthankar Nag

[Organiser & Licensee]

Dr. Abhijit Roy


Dr. Paramita Mukherjee


Dr. Mohua Banerjee, Dr. Roma Puri & Dr. Sahana Roy Chowdhury

[Executive producer]

Mrs. Rajashri Chatterjee & Mrs. Ankita Majumdar

[Event manager]

Mrs. Rajashri Chatterjee & Mrs. Ankita Majumdar

[Marketing and Communication]

Mr. Dinesh Upadhayay

[Website Manager]

Mr. Sankar Chowdhury


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