Get Inspired! Meet Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List of Migrants 2017


In the list of the young and potentially powerful published by Forbes Magazine early this year, 19% are immigrants and a similar proportion, 17%, have migrant parents.

The magazine featured 600 people aged under 30 who were judged by leaders in various fields, including technology, healthcare and finance, to be the brightest young things in their sector.

Most of them (84%) are single and a large proportion studied at Harvard University or Stanford.

 A significant number are of Indian or South Asian origin. Here are some that made the list.
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Ruchit Nagar, 22, founder of Khushi Baby, a company that makes necklaces that can be scanned by healthcare workers to find the owner’s medical record. The device is currently undergoing trials in 96 locations in northern India.

Sajith Wickramasekara is the 24-year-old cofounder of Benchling, a digital lab notebook that helps researchers contextualize and collaborate on genome engineering data.

Neel Madhukar, 24, is a PhD candidate at Weill Cornell Medical College, and is working in Elemento Lab, using algorithms to learn about cancer genomes. He is part of a team that uses machine learning and molecular biology to find new drug targets and predict whether a clinical trial will be successful, among other things.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mugdha Gokhale, is a PhD candidate at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who looks at large health databases to try to figure out how safe and effective medicines are outside of clinical trials. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Indian classical music.

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Aradhya Malhotra 25, co founder Skyless Game Studios, which says on its website that it helps organizations to convey messages or promote their cause by creating a video game about it.


Nila Das is a vice-president at Citigroup. The 27-year-old is a mortgage bond trader overseeing billions of dollars in volume each day, according to Forbes.

Vikas Patel, 29, is a senior analyst at Millennium Management L.L.C. He helps manage the big real estate investment trust book for the $32 billion hedge fund, Forbes said.

Neel Rai is a 29-year-old investment analyst at Caxton Associates, where he is part of a three-person team managing a $600 million portfolio at the macro hedge fund. Focusing on global equities and currencies. Mr. Rai former Deutsche Bank proprietary trader.

Ramanan Sivalingam, 29, is a vice president at Deutsche Bank, and works as a research analyst covering chemicals and agriculture.

Divya Nettimi, 29, an investment analyst at Viking Global Investors, influences billions of dollars of stock investments at the $30 billion hedge fund, focussing on the ecommerce and retail sectors, Forbes said. Ms. Nettimi spent four years working at Goldman Sachs’ internal hedge fund and co-managed Harvard Business School’s Alpha Fund while getting her MBA.

Manufacturing and Industry

Sampriti Bhattacharyya, 28, is founder of Hydroswarm, underwater drones that are capable of autonomously communicating and working together to scan the ocean to look for lost planes, or measure oil spills or radiation under the sea.

echo adrotate_group(8, 0, 0, 0);Saagar Govil, 29, has been the chief executive of Cemtrex, which trades on the Nasdaq, since he was 25. The company, which produces environmental products and electronics solutions, had 2014 revenues exceeding $47 million–up from $13.6 million in 2013.

Shashank Samala, 23, is cofounder of Tempo Automation. Its customers upload a design to Tempo that is then produced in its automated factory.

Shamil Hargovanis the 27-year-old cofounder of WIIvv Wearables, based in San Francisco, the firm produces custom-fit athletic products using 3D printing. At the moment they are focusing on custom insoles.

Consumer Tech

Ritesh Agarwal, 22, founder and chief executive of OYO Rooms and one of the youngest people at his company. An Indian, Mr. Agarwal skipped college and undertook a program for teens with business ideas, funded by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

He founded his first company in 2012 called Oravel. Billed to be the Airbnb of India, the company pivoted to OYO that has a network of 4,200 small hotels in 152 cities across India booking a million nights a month, according to Forbes.

Reyad Allie, 26, is a global threat analyst Uber Technologies Inc. Mr. Allie came to Uber from security analyst positions at Alphabet Inc.-owned Google and Fidelity Investments.

Neeraj Berry and Gagan Biyani, both 28, are cofounders of Sprig, a mobile app that lets you search healthy meals for delivery. Founded in April 2013, the company raised $45 million two years later led by Greylock Partners and Social Capital, according to Forbes. Mr. Biyani also cofounded Udemy, a marketplace for online learning. He graduated from Cal-Berkeley in 2008.