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Aditi Gupta

Aditi Gupta is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Menstrupedia, working towards spreading awareness about menstruation. While studying at the National Institute of Design, as a Ford Foundation research Scholar she has conducted extensive research in understanding the scenario of menstrual unawareness in India and its impact on a girl's life.

She has designed effective educational tools for girls and schools using storytelling and sequential art for educating young girls about periods in a society where the subject is a major taboo.

Menstrupedia Comic which is a complete guide on periods designed by Menstrupedia team is being used by more than 500 schools across India. The books are being distributed in other countries like Nepal, South America and Nigeria.

Aditi Gupta and Tuhin Paul started Menstrupedia as a thesis project while they were studying at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Aditi had experienced several problems when it came to menstruation and she had understood the need of education for the same. While in a relationship with Aditi, Tuhin became more aware of the inconvenience that women faced during their periods and was shocked at the absence of proper awareness on menstruation and the appalling myths about it.

Aditi studied the extent to which menstruation awareness and information was available to the girls. They realized the flaw in the communication design and felt the need of an appropriate menstruation guide for young girls to ensure that they have proper knowledge.

She is a Global Shaper alumni at the world Economic Forum and made it to the achiever’s list of Forbes India 30 under 30, 2014 for her work towards breaking the taboo around menstruation. She is a TED speaker and also International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni.Aditi aspires to create a future where menstruation is not a taboo but a welcoming change in a girl’s life.

Amancio Ortega Gaona

Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish billionaire businessman. He is the founder and former chairman of Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories shops.

As of December 2019, Ortega had a net worth of $68.3 billion, making him the second-wealthiest person in Europe after Bernard Arnault, and the sixth-wealthiest in the world. For a brief period of time in 2015, he was the richest man in the world, bypassing Bill Gates when his net worth peaked to $80 billion as Zara's parent company, Inditex’s, stock peaked. He is the head of the Ortega family and the second wealthiest retailer in the world.

The youngest of four children, Ortega was born in Busdongo de Arbás, León, Spain, to Antonio Ortega Rodríguez and Josefa Gaona Hernández from the province of Valladolid, and spent his childhood in León.

He left school and moved to A Coruña at the age of 14, due to the job of his father, a railway worker. Shortly after, he found a job as a shop hand for a local shirtmaker called Gala, which still sits on the same corner in downtown A Coruña, and learned to make clothes by hand.

In 1972, he founded Confections Goa to sell quilted bathrobes.In 1975, he opened his first Zara store with his wife Rosalía Mera. In 2009, Zara was part of the Inditex group, of which Ortega owned 59.29%, and aside from over 6,000 stores included the brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Zara Home, Kiddy's Class, Tempe, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear, Bershka and has more than 92,000 employees.

His public appearance in 2000, as part of the warm-up prior to his company's initial public offering on the stock market in 2001, made headlines in the Spanish financial press. However, he has only ever granted interviews to three journalists. In 2011, Ortega announced his imminent retirement from Inditex, parent company of the Zara chain, stating that he would ask Inditex vice-president and CEO Pablo Isla to take his place as head. In 2012 Ortega donated about €20 million to Caritas Internationalism, a Roman Catholic relief organisation.

He purchased the Torre Picasso skyscraper in Madrid. He also purchased the Epic Residences and Hotel in Miami, Florida. As of 2016, he owned around 60% of Inditex, which is the holding company for Zara and related chains. In July 2017, for its second edition of the AEF awards, the Spanish Association of Foundations awarded Amancio Ortega in the 2017 Philanthropic Initiative category. He also donated 300 million euros to fight cancer across Spain, which were invested in the purchase of 440 machines to detect the disease. As a result of this, the number of Spanish public hospitals equipped with stereotactic radiotherapy machines has risen from 20 to 70. However, these decisions were not unanimously welcomed and were criticized by some political parties like Podemos. Recently, news indicates that he has bought the Troy Block complex, known to the public as one of the buildings where Amazon Seattle has its headquarters.

Very private about his personal life, as of 2012 he had only given three interviews to journalists. He married Rosalia Mera in 1966, and divorced in 1986. Mera died in August 2013 at the age of 69. He married his second wife Flora in 2001. He has three children. As of 2017, he lived with his wife in A Coruña, Spain. Ortega keeps a very low profile and is known for his preference for a simple lifestyle. Until 1999, no photograph of Ortega had ever been published. He refuses to wear a tie and typically prefers to wear a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt, and gray trousers, none of which are Zara products.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Stasinopoulos Huffington is a is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books. She was born on 15th July 1950, in Athens, Greece, the daughter of Konstantinos and Elli Stasinopoulou , and is the sister of Agapi.

She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 and studied economics at Girton College, Cambridge. She studied abroad in India, and told IANS in an email interview "India has long held a special place in my heart; from the time I went to study comparative religion at Visva-Bharati University".

In 1973, Arianna wrote a book titled The Female Woman, attacking the Women's Liberation movement in general and Germaine Greer's 1970 The Female Eunuch in particular. In 1979, Polydor Records released a solo album by Irene Papas entitled Odes with music. The words for the album were co-written by Arianna Stassinopoulos. Huffington serves on the boards of directors of the Berggren Institute, the Centre for Public Integrity, Uber and Onex Corporation.

She is also a One Young World Counsellor, speaking to delegates at summits in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2013. In 2016; she was named to Opran Winfrey's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders. In 2016. Huffington stepped down from her positions at AOL and Huffington Post to launch her new enterprise, Thrive Global, which offers science-based solutions to end stress and burnout.

Glamour award for Visionary in 2011. The Presidential Award for her Life's Accomplishments and Contributions to Women's Health at AMWA's 99th Anniversary Gala at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, March 15th, 2014.