65 Indians in this year's 'Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia' list

The 2018 list of young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs across the region includes 30 honourees each across 10 categories

Published: Mar 27, 2018

Starting out as a newswire journalist covering beats as diverse as business, politics, entertainment, crime, civic affairs, cricket and defence, I was keen to pursue a career in print or broadcast journalism. But the emerging world of multimedia storytelling promised a fascinating future, and I changed my focus to digital media more than a decade ago. Before Forbes India, I have worked for organisations such as ANI, Money Control, Arabian Business, Yahoo India and VFS Global. I hold master's degrees in Communication Studies (University of Pune, India) and Journalism (University of Westminster, London, UK).

g_104509_anushka_sharma_280x210.jpgActress Anushka Sharma (29) is a part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list
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With 65 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs among the final 300, India has the highest number of honourees on this year’s 'Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia' list.

Forbes announced its third annual list of achievers all under the age of 30, who are challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation. The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Class of 2018 includes 30 honourees each in 10 categories.

The categories are The Arts (Art & Style, Food & Drink); Entertainment & Sports; Finance & Venture Capital; Media, Marketing & Advertising; Retail & Ecommerce; Enterprise Technology; Industry, Manufacturing & Energy; Healthcare & Science; Social Entrepreneurs and Consumer Technology.

Manoj Meena (29) and Sibabrata Das (29), Cofounders, Atomberg Technologies; Swapnil Jain (28) and Tarun Mehta (28) of Ather Energy; Gaurav Munjal (27), Roman Saini (26), and Hemesh Singh (25), cofounders of Unacademy; Arjit Gupta (29), Karan Gupta (28), Himesh Joshi (29) and Rohit Ramasubramanian (27), Cofounders, Zefo; Rohan Ganapathy (26) and Yashas Karanam (23), Cofounders, Bellatrix Aerospace; Abhinav Pathak (24), Saketh BSV (26), Yogesh Ghaturle (23), Sathya Narayanan (26), Co-founders, Perpule are a part of this year's Forbes India '30 Under 30' list.

Inshorts cofounders Azhar Iqubal (25), Anunay Pandey (26), Deepit Purkayastha (26) had made it to the 2016 Forbes India '30 Under 30' list.

Actress Anushka Sharma (29); Indian National Polo Team captain Padmanabh Singh (20); Model Bhumika Arora (29); Anjali Batra (28), Cofounder, Food Talk India; social entrepreneurs Shriyans Bhandari (23) and Ramesh Dhami (22); Oshadi founder, Nishanth Chopra (24), Suhani Jalota (23) of Myna Mahila Foundation, badminton star PV Sindhu (22) and cricketer Smriti Mandhana (21) are some of the other prominent Indians on the list.

“Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 List celebrates inspiring game-changers who are disrupting their sectors and not taking ‘no’ for an answer. From refurbishing old sneakers to address a footwear shortage that affects billions of people, to taking the Airbnb approach with satellites, there’s no shortage of innovative ideas among this year’s honorees,” Rana Wehbe, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Editor.

Honourees were vetted and selected by a panel of accomplished and acclaimed judges in each category. The judges include Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten; Kai-fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures; Allan Zeman, Founder and Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group; Vivienne Tam, Fashion designer; S D Shibulal, Cofounder of Infosys and Axilor Ventures; Romi Haan, CEO and President of HAAN Corporation; Chatri Sityodtong, Founder and Chairman of ONE Championship; May Chow, Founder and Chef of Little Bao and Kris Wu, Music producer and actor among many others.

More than 2,000 submissions were received but only 300 made the final cut. The criteria for honorees making the list included leadership and disruption in their field; entrepreneurial mind-set and results; and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century.

View the 'Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia' list here: https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-asia/2018/

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