For a country as diverse as India, leadership and discipline are the most imperative aspects for driving the quest for excellence in public service. 

Inspirational leadership upheld by political consciousness is one of the factors that contribute towards successfully working for the nation. Apart from leadership, human and financial resources and access to technology are also consequential factors contributing towards the efficiency of the Indian administration services. The quality and professionalism of public service institutions are significant in supporting national development and economic growth.

TEDxGateway recognises the efforts and impactful work of these public service officials, bringing their voices together for the world to witness. We celebrate the incredible work of these officials by hosting them for a one day virtual conference: TEDxGateway Salon: Public Service: Bold Ideas to Actions


Aaditya Thackeray

Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Environment & Protocol Government of Maharashtra

Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray is an Indian Politician serving as Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment Government of Maharashtra. He is also a MLA of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is the son of Uddhav Thackeray, an Indian politician serving as the 19th and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra, leader of the Shiv Sena, and grandson of Balasaheb Thackeray. He is the President of Yuva Sena, a youth wing of Shiv Sena.

Faye D'Souza

Journalist [Host]

A journalist and a television news anchor. She was the former executive editor of Mirror Now, which is a part of The Times Group. She anchors on subjects of corruption, communal violence, and independent press. Faye has previously worked as an anchor and editorial lead on Investor’s Guide on ET Now a member of the CNBC TV18 newsroom. She is a recipient of the RedInk Award for Journalist Of The Year in 2018. Faye believes in exploring new formats & styles of getting messages out there to people, to talk about current affairs.

Ajay Devgn

Noted Actor & Change Maker

Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular and influential actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. Devgn has won numerous accolades, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour of the country.


Mission Director - Jal Jeevan Mission, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation

She has over 29 years’ experience in various departments of the government and has contributed significantly to public welfare schemes. As the Chief Executive Officet of Maharashtra State Livelihoods Mission, she has been instrumental in creating more than 4.8 lakh self-help groups, associating over 50 lakh families and generated sustainable livelihoods to over 18 lakh households.



Currently working as District collector Nandurbar, here all the schemes of government I implement by doing coordination across various state department, along with this all election related work, disaster (like Covid) mitigation, revenue recovery , drought handling, district planning committee secretary, law and order work, direct monitoring on urban local bodies like Nagarparishad or Nagarpanchayat and as a representative of government in various issues arising in district.

Ankush Shinde

IPS Officer, DIG Gadchiroli, Government of Maharashtra

Worked in Naxal area in start of career. Worked in all parts of Maharashtra. Worked in communally sensitive places like Bhiwandi, malegaon successfully. Handled many law and order problems in Bhiwandi, malegaon, Nashik successfully. Awarded president's police medal. Internal security and hard duty medals. Many crimes,subjects of police management handled. Volunteered for gadchiroli and was very successful in handling extremist problem, got historic success.


Assistant Commissioner Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Government of Maharashtra

Since 2012 working as Assistant Municipal Commissioner in Municipal corporation of greater Mumbai (MCGM) – appointment through Maharashtra Public service commission Oct 2012 to Oct 2015 G North ward (Dadar and Dharavi). November 2015 to Oct 2019 H West ward (Bandra, Khar and Santacruz). Oct 2019 till date G south ward ( Worli , Prabhadevi, Lowe Parel) This is a critical frontline position in a ward (borough) serving 300k to 1 million people with avg 2k to 3k employees.