Bimal Ptel

Dr. Bimal Patel 

President, CEPT University

Dr. Bimal Patel has over 25 years of professional, research and teaching experience in architecture, urban design and urban planning. He is President of CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel also leads HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., a professional architecture, planning and project management firm. In 1996 Dr. Patel founded Environmental Planning Collaborative, a not-for-profit, planning research and advocacy organization. Dr. Patel obtained his Doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. His research interests are in Land Use Planning, Real Estate Markets, Building Regulations, Land Management and Urban Planning History.

Lakshmi Pratury 

Founder of INKtalks

Lakshmi Pratury is the host and curator of the INK Conference. INK stands for Innovation and Knowledge and is India’s leading platform for spreading disruptive ideas and inspiring stories from the most unexpected sources. It all started in 2009 when Lakshmi after two decades of working in marketing, venture capitalism and social entrepreneurship, turned her focus toward linking her home country of India more tightly with the American community by bringing TED to India. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia in 2009. Lakshmi Pratury brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital and nonprofit organizations. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally. Lakshmi holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Nizam College, Hyderabad, India. She attended IIT, Mumbai, and has an MBA from the Bajaj Institute, India, and a second MBA from Portland State University, with a minor in theatre arts.

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