Meet Lakshmi Pratury. She is a champion of innovation and imagination. She emits great positive energy and has a disarming smile. Most importantly, she has an ear for people’s stories. Pratury calls herself a connector and collector of ideas.

Pratury brought TED to India in 2009. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia.  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.

Before this Lakshmi was with Intel Corporation for 12 years and had various roles in marketing, marketing communication, advertising, and evangelizing the developer community.

Pratury is in conversation with Ria Das