Lakshmi Pratury has behind her a diverse experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital initiatives and non-profit organizations. She brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has set many professional milestones. As a social entrepreneur, she was instrumental in raising over $30M in five years to channel towards development activities in India as part of the American India Foundation (AIF). She was also the founder of the Digital Equalizer program, which brought technology education to over 100,000 children and 2,000 teachers in India. Prior to AIF, Lakshmi was a partner at the venture capital firm Global Catalyst Partners where she established relationships between GCP, the development community in India, and key executives in India. Lakshmi has also worked at Intel Corporation where she played key a role in marketing communication, advertising, and evangelizing the developer community.