Archana Raghuram is the Global Head of Outreach, Cognizant’s employee-led social initiatives program. A Cognizant veteran with over 19 years of experience, Archana moved from project management to set up Outreach during its inception in 2007 and has been instrumental in taking its growth to 50,000 active volunteers. Under her leadership and guidance, these volunteers have made an impact to the lives of over 400,000 underprivileged children and clocked more than 900,000 volunteering hours.
She was awarded the prestigious Forbes India Philanthropy Award in the ‘Good Samaritan’ category by the Forbes India Magazine, “for bringing a sense of focus, purpose and outcome in Cognizant’s volunteering efforts in the education space.” More recently, Archana Raghuram was honored as “one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2015” by Fast Company magazine.
Archana’s other interests include the effective use of social media. She is a regular speaker at social media forums on the effective use of social media and has demonstrated the same in her use of social media to motivate and grow the Outreach volunteering community. A collection of stories from her blog was published as a book called “Legends of Cognizant”. She conceived and created a book called “It Mattered to That One” about volunteer experiences. She has won the champion blogger award at Cognizant. She is also an active tweeter with 2000+ followers.
He is the Creative Director - Finesse Fashion Studio / The Dress shop / Thedressshop.in / “Satkrit K” (December ‘08- Current) Manager for International Marketing and sales (June’08-November’08) Agenzia Liviagreg (Milano) / Assistant Brand manager at, in the woman’s wear division, in the high fashion line ‘Calvin Klein Collections’. (August’07-June08) at CMI Calvin Klein Inc (Milano), Europe. -Handled Costumes and styling for all prime time reality shows of Sun Networks (all 4 south -indian languages) from 2012-2014 -Handled Costumes and styling for major stage shows (AR.Rahman Concert -NAFS, Sun Kudumban viruthugal awards, Raj cine awards etc) -Handled Costumes and styling for over a dozen South indian feature films (Tamil and Telugu Best students pannel for a group interaction with Giorgio Armani (2006 Milano) Chennai.
Achuthanand Ravi is known for his hard hitting images as well as portraiture photography. He is a self-taught photographer and the founder of Madras in Motion, a photography group in Chennai with close to four thousand members. It has been up and running for three years.An international freelance photographer, Achuthanand Ravi has been inspired by photography since childhood. He has intensely searched the lengths and breaths of India for breaking news and documentary material.He has been awarded a grant from UNESCO and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation for the documentary on visually challenged people. This acclaimed photographer’s documentary on Mahakumbh and Life in Indian circus got featured in BBC. He continues to flood the international scene with his powerful images.
Krish Srikanth is a coach, consultant and trainer. As an accomplished NLP Modeler, he has learnt the ability to study geniuses & transfer those extra-ordinary skills to others in a short span of time. Having a deep passion to learn and make a difference to people’s lives by teaching, he continuously educates & trains himself all over the world and has gathered expertise in personal & spiritual development, healing, NLP, accelerated learning technologies and areas of management - communication, people skills, sales, marketing, finance, systems & empowerment. Krish has a co-authored a book, TI-90 which outlines a methodology of teaching typing to a novice in one hour’s time. During the turn of the last century Krish worked as a crime-fighter in the fields of anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting and copyright protection.
The Academy of Modern Danse (AMD), started by Kokila and her husband Gautam, is the city’s first formal Western dance school. Perhaps a career in dance was inevitable, given the fact that her mother was a Bharatnatyam dancer, and her father had a flair for flamenco. She is certified by Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing, Australia. AMD offers multiple dance styles, from contemporary to salsa.
Team VINAI are the finalist in the Airbus Fly Your Ideas, which brings out innovative ideas.The team with Ajith Kumar, Ashvin Balaji K M, Madhan Raj J H, Mohan Raj R P, Vinod S,the only team from India to do so in the four editions of the competition.
The Idea implements the use of a Thermo electric module which on having a temperature difference across it results in the production of electricity. In our Idea it uses the heat out of the jet exhaust to facilitate the temperature difference in order to produce the required power. With the help of these modules, enough electricity is produced to power the aircraft systems.
Dr. SANTHOSH BABU, I.A.S. is Civil Servant belonging to the 1995 batch of Indian Administrative Service, Tamil Nadu Cadre, Currently CMD,Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation. He was awarded the Best Collector Award of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu for Child Labour eradication, 2007-08 (Web based tracking and monitoring system for all Out of School Children Was the recipient of the Dataquest E-Governance Champion Award, South India.
Ajai Titus is a Radio Jockey with Radio Mirchi Chennai . He hosts the Breakfast show and wakes up the city every morning with his unique one of a kind show. He broke every rule in the book on how a Radio Jockey should speak on air and created not only a style for himself but for many others who followed after him. His Love for Music is what drew him out of Hospitality industry and pushed him into the entertainment world. He is also an actor and his debut movie is awaiting release. Over the years he has interviewed most of the actor in the Tamil Film industry and many personalities from Sports and politics. For more than a decade now people of Chennai have been listening to him.
Nadia Fransisco is an aspiring architect, writer and performing artist who believes that a little positivity can go a long way. Her practical concept of ‘Dancing with Silence’ has been her quest to inspire people by creating a balance between rhythm, light and space; concepts that have the capability to change how we perceive and build our world today. In addition to receiving a prestigious university scholarship, she has been an active participant in various events that include architectural competitions such as Transparence 2014 and NASA 2011 and dancing events such as Campus Jive NXG and the Epic show.
Vinod Muthukrishnan spent his formative years working with Maersk Line and V-Ships on cargo ships as a certified First Officer. He then joined a Financial Technology Start up ‘Market Simplified’ based in Chennai/Schaumburg with global clients like Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Maybank and The National Stock Exchange of India. Vinod had joined Cloudcherry as the founding CEO and Cloudcherry has transformed into one of the hottest, award-winning and fastest growing Start Ups in the city.
Balasubramanian graduate in visual communication design, has work experience in the animation and gaming industry and worked on variety of 2D+3D animated TV shows including BAFTA award winning series PABLO THE LITTLE RED FOX, walt disney's HIGGLYTOWN HEROES and also won the BAF awards for the ad-films of 'All-Out Musquito Repellant' and 'Veneta Cucine Kitchen'.
Bala translated an idea from concept to screen and made a short animated film called THE BAD EGG which won the outstanding film award at DIGICON 6+2 Tokyo, Japan, and WORLD GOLD MEDAL at New York Festivals and directed the Art & Animation for the multiple award winning Indian TV series LITTLE KRISHNA which was nominated as best animated TV series for ANNECY FILM FESTIVAL-2010 France & NEW YORK FESTIVAL-2010.
Awards received by Bala are ATF Award, The best Animation, Singapore. ASIFA, GOLDEN CURSOR ANIMATION, Best Animated TV Series, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects, Best animated T.V. Episode, and developed a web series called WARLORD for acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapur.
Anupama Nair – An engineering student with a passion for writing and music. ‘Anupama’ is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to ‘unique’ and that is what she strives to be.
Anupama had her first book published in the year 2014. Six months of observing and understanding people and a month long period of writing lead the book , ‘Married To The perfect Man’. The book was aimed at reaching out to people who have lost their belief in happy endings. A series of mishaps and heartbreaks laid the path to the writing the book.
‘Married to the perfect man’ is a story about a girl who falls in love not once but twice and has her heart broken. Her life goes down several paths leading to scores of possibilities. And finally, after all the struggle she finds her happy ending, rather a happy beginning to a new chapter in life.
Anupama wants to share how the things and people around her influenced her ideas and thoughts and ultimately helped her publish her very first book. (The first of many, hopefully) She believes that they key to being the best version of you lies in understanding yourself better.
She hopes to come out with her very own mystery series with strong female characters and subtle philosophies hidden in the text. She aspires to be a singer, songwriter, author and engineer all at once (if at all that is possible).
Varun is the Founder of Greenvironment Innovation & Marketing India (P) Ltd, a start up environmental engineering company based in Chennai. He is a civil engineer specialized in water, environment & sustainability with work experience in business development & consulting of various water & environmental projects in India, Middle East & Africa. He holds expertise in wastewater process design & treatment technologies, waste to energy technologies, sustainable construction, green building concepts, energy & water audits, design & integration of renewable energy systems. A proactive leader and a resourceful communicator, his strengths include ability to nurture good relationships and influencing people by providing quick and clear cut solutions.
He believes -'What you learn is what you get from experience and to gain experience, you don't need to reinvent the wheel', find your MENTOR & be a SMART listener.
Staccato – a contemporary classic! This Chennai based band was born in 2007 and is the brainchild of Shruthi Sagar, Bala and Vikram. Staccato is an experimental band that draws from various influences such as Carnatic music, Jazz and Blues, Arabian influences, Bach et al. This diversity in pursuit is the result of varied backgrounds. Having represented India at the World Freestyle Percussion Event by Red Bull held at Rio de Janerio in 2011, these guys continued to add feathers to their hats. They were one of the two bands from Asia, selected to perform live music for Sivagamiyin Sabatham which had its premier in Muscat in 2014.