Charu Sharma is a U.S.-based Indian explorer, entrepreneur and author. With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows and two books in progress, this prodigy was enlisted as a “Power Woman” alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, Melinda Gates and Devita Saraf by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012.
In 2003, Charu and brother Chinmay were awarded the National Bravery Award by the Prime Minister of India for fighting with two goons in a train robbery and saving lives of women, making them ‘national heroes’ overnight. Charu went on to achieve black-belts in Karate and Taekwondo, represented India in Taekwondo in South Korea, and has been an advocate for self-defense training for women. At 21, she is currently studying Astronomy and Economics on a scholarship in Massachusetts at Mount Holyoke College, the first institution in the US where women could get college education.
Charu has penned travel memoir Far From Shore inspired by her unexpected encounters with people and cultures around the world, and she is currently working on her second book Don’t go with the flow on entrepreneurship. Charu has been involved with startups and VC firms in Silicon Valley and New York City. She holds business certificates from the Stanford GSB and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and she has previously worked with NASA Scientists, researchers in Antarctica, Bankers at Wall Street, senior journalists and top politicians. She has contributed to Huffington Post, Venture Beat, Business Insider, The Times of India and Youth Incorporated among other publications, and she has given two TEDx talks on risk-taking and entrepreneurship respectively.