"Your predecessors were brought up in traditions which kept them aloof from the common run of the people. It will be your duty to treat the common man as your own.”
Sardar Vallabhai Patel
The First Home Minister of Independent India 

With over 1.3 billion citizens in our country, every single citizen is entitled to education, health care, rations, water, roads, and safety. At the same time, we need to care for our environment, our wildlife, our natural resources, and our people. 


The steel frame that makes all these services accessible to the length and breadth of this country is the civil service. In a nation as diverse in language, terrain, and culture as India, it is up to the men and women of the civil service to constantly innovate to come up with solutions that match the time and the challenge.   


TEDxGateway recognises the efforts and impactful work of these public service officials. 


Join us for a virtual event that brings together some of the finest civil servants and showcases their work to the world for the very first time.



Aaditya Thackeray

Cabinet Minister
Environment, Tourism & Protocol
Government of Maharashtra

Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray is one of the youngest Indian politicians serving as the Cabinet Minister, Environment, Tourism & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra. He has been instrumental in bringing prominent environmental issues to the forefront and is also spearheading changes across Maharashtra’s Tourism Policy.
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Faye D'Souza

Journalist & Host

Faye D'Souza is a journalist and a television news anchor. She anchors on subjects of corruption, communal violence and independent press and has been a recipient of the RedInk Award for Journalist Of The Year in 2018. Read More

Ajay Devgn

Noted Actor & Change-Maker

Ajay Devgn, is a prolific Indian film actor, director and producer. With over a hundred films under his belt, he is the recipient of two National Film Awards as well as the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour of the country.
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IAS Officer, Mission Director
Jal Jeevan Mission
Government of Maharashtra

R. Vimala has over 29 years of experience in the government. As the Mission Director for Jal Jeevan Mission, she has helped develop over 4.8 lakh self-help groups, associating with over 50 lakh families and generating sustainable livelihoods for 18 lakh households and counting. Her work has focused on Sustainable Development Goals, specifically health, nutrition and sanitation. Read More


IAS Officer, District Collector
Government of Maharashtra

Rajendra Bharud is currently appointed as the District Collector of Nandurbar District in Maharashtra, where he administers and implements the schemes of the government by coordinating across various state departments. He is also an important supporter of tribals. Read More

Ankush Shinde

IPS Officer, DIG
Government of Maharashtra

Ankush Shinde is a celebrated Police Officer with a career spanning over 30 years. He has been awarded the President's Police Medal for his service. He has been successful in creating impact with his work in communally sensitive places and has formidably handled many law and order issues in areas like Bhiwandi, Malegaon, and Nashik. Read More


Assistant Commissioner
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
Government of Maharashtra

Sharad Ughade has a penchant for public spaces and he has been instrumental in bringing back many public spaces to life in Mumbai. He has initiated several environment preservation projects with public participation in the Mumbai suburbs and has been successful in carrying out large scale public projects across Bandra. Read More

G Guruprasad

Deputy Director
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
Maharashtra Forest Department

G Guruprasad is currently assigned as the Deputy Director at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. He is responsible for the management and protection of the forest and wildlife spanning 1,30,000 hectares of land. He has been instrumental in advocating eco-tourism and is focussed on mitigating any man-animal conflicts that may arise.