Shubhranshu Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow and the founder of CGNet Swara. Shubhranshu was a BBC South Asia producer for more than 10 years. He serves as a media trainer for theBBC World Service Trust, the United Nations and Indian universities.He produced the first television coverage of foreign militants operating in Indian Kashmir and conducted the first television interview with the chief commander of Kashmiri militant organization. He was also a reporter for The Guardian’s South Asia bureau for two years.
Dr. Sridhar Mitta
Dr. Sridhar Mitta, aged 65 years, is the Managing Director and Founder of NextWealth Entrepreneurs Private Limited, Bangalore, India. NextWealth has developed a distributed delivery model to provide Information Technology related jobs to graduates from small towns. The innovative business model provides value to small town graduates and customers and reverses migration to cities.
Dr. Mitta was the Managing Director of e4e India during 2000 to 2010. Prior to e4e Dr. Mitta was with Wipro Information Technology business since its inception in 1980. He was its first employee and played key role in Wipro achieving technology leadership. He pioneered global delivery of outsourced product development services. Wipro became the highest valued company in India during his tenure.
Dr. Mitta was also the Founder and CEO of EnThink Inc. , an Intellectual Property design company located in silicon valley during 1998-2000. He began his career with Electronics Corporation of India, Limited, Hyderabad in 1973 .
Dr. Mitta is very passionate about promoting entrepreneurship. He is associated with ‚ÄòThe IndUs Entrepreneurs (TiE)‚Äô which fosters entrepreneurship globally. He served as the President of TiE Bangalore Chapter and a member of Board of Trustees of TiE Global. He is also advisor to several venture capital organizations and serves in board of several companies. He mentors many young companies.
Dr. Mitta holds a PhD and MS from Oklahoma State University , US ; an M Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur; and a Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Electronics from Andhra University. He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Mitta has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of Oklahoma State University.
Anshuman is the CEO & co-founder of mygola.com, a travel planning service. He co-founded and sold his first startup (RightHalf.com) while in undergrad at IIT Bombay, seeing it through the first boom & bust on the internet. After his MBA at Stanford, he spent some time selling solar lights in Vietnam and working with an Indian Member of Parliament before returning to New York to work with Deloitte, then Google. He moved to Bangalore two years ago to get back to being an entrepreneur.
Anshuman is passionate about traveling, claiming to his credit both being chased (by a machete-wielding thug in Chile) and giving the chase (to a lioness in Gir forest) during his travels.
Ravi Venkatesan is the former Chairman of Microsoft India ; under his leadership from 2004-2011, India became Microsoft’s second largest and one of its fastest growing geographies; Microsoft India has been consistently rated amongst the Best Employers and the Most Respected Companies in India. He was recently voted the Most Influential MNC CEO for 2011 by the Economic Times.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Venkatesan worked for over sixteen years with Cummins Inc, the world leader in engines and related technologies. As Chairman of Cummins India Limited, he oversaw the transformation of Cummins into the leading provider of power solutions and the largest manufacturer of automotive engines in the country. India has become a strategic hub for Cummins contributing over 20% of global profits.
Venkatesan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), an MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (1986) and a MBA from Harvard University (1992) where he was a Baker Scholar. Ravi was awarded Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award for the year 2011, the Distinguished Alumnus award by the Indian Institute of Technology in 2003.
Venkatesan is a Director on the Board of AB Volvo and Infosys Ltd. and a member of the Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School and Purdue University. He is an Advisor to Raymond Ltd. and Bunge Inc. Venkatesan has contributed frequently to the Harvard Business Review; some of his articles include, "Strategic Sourcing - to Make or Not to Make" and "Cummins Engine Flexes its Factories." He is currently working on a book titled “Winning in India” to be published in early 2012 by Harvard Business School Publishing.
His interests include reading, classical music, leadership development and social entrepreneurship. Ravi is married to Sonali Kulkarni; they live in Bangalore, India.
Sr Adele Korah
Sr. Adele Korah provides counseling to prisoners, admits the prisoner’s children in a residential school. She emotionally supports and uplifts the spirit on the inmates and is compassionate. Thus helps to rehabilitate the released prisoners.
CVs are an anathema for me.How do I describe myself .its difficult especially at this age when so many things do not really matter except of course the feeling of doing a just work. “Just ” meaning right and correct….
I am one of the few women in India who has an independent practise in architecture. This is not very common since women architects are either married to architects or working on interior design.
My practise has also been different because I have steadfastly worked on ecological architecture.
Now it is no longer self owned practise but a team of like minded architects and engineers who work on sustainable designs of all kinds- houses, work spaces, resorts and temples even.
Our works have been mostly residences and we are very proud of designing ecological houses since they influence positively the future generation.
To date we have designed and executed close to 600 buildings most of them made of earth making us the a small private practice with a rather large repertoire of earth buildings
Amit Sharma is a wildlife photographer by passion. With over 10 years of experience in photography and wildlife images from forests across the world, Amit is awell known name among wildlife aficionados. He uses his images to spread awareness about the wild and to contribute to its conservation. Tigers and tiger conversation remain subjects closest to his heart.
He is driven by adventure, the idea of capturing the marvels of this universe with his camera and the aspiration to spread the magic of wild. His images speakvolumes of his rendezvous with the wild. From the majestic Tigers of Corbett, to the intimidating crocodiles of the Masai Mara, to the incredible elephants of Botswana; there is no end to the thrills of this chosen journey.
What some of his pictures have also captured is how narrowly he has managed to escape being a hearty meal to an animal in the wild. From what we see, he has reasonably good reflexes and an over powering passion that will keep taking him back to the wild.
He hopes that the powerful images he takes, will help others appreciate wildlife, help preserve their natural habitat and make the viewers respect nature’s might.
Amit heads the Data and Advanced analytics group at Intuit, Bangalore.
Tathagat Varma, ex-Computer Scientist with Defense Research and Development Organization, was youngest member of the 13th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica in 1993-95. As part of the expedition, he stayed at the Indian permanent station “Maitri” for 16 icy-cold months, and carried out scientific experiments in HF Radio based Data Communication and studied various engineering systems required to sustain human life and activity in the notoriously tough environs of Antarctica. However, the expedition also taught him invaluable things much beyond the technical aspects of his work. In this talk, he will share some of his unique experiences of how human behavior is challenged and stretched under extreme inhospitable conditions of Antarctica. He will also share insights into sociological impact that comes with such long-term isolation.
Aradhana Goel, Director for IDEO India, handles strategic partnerships and program development in the region. She brings deep experience in architecture, urban design, and service innovation to her work. She is dedicated to understanding people’s behaviors, how they collectively influence social patterns, and how these patterns — coupled with technology and business constraints — can inform new products, services, environments, organizations, and systems.
At IDEO, Aradhana has worked with large product and service companies in the United States and India to help them sustain and differentiate themselves as they pursue growth. She collaborates with clients to understand their particular needs, requirements, and capabilities and to identify market opportunities. She has worked with clients in the telecommunications, health care, financial and urban sector. Some examples include service organizations like AT&T, Chicago Transit Authority, Geisinger Health Systems, etc. Her current focus is designing for rapidly evolving emerging markets that are value-conscious and require scalable, systems-level solutions.
Prior to IDEO, Aradhana worked as a senior information designer at MAYA, a design consultancy-meets-research lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At MAYA, she worked with established companies and institutions, such as Eaton Corporation and the U.S. Postal Service, to transform their traditional, operations-based approaches into customer-centric ones.
Aradhana holds a master’s degree in design technology from MIT, Cambridge, and a second master’s degree in urban design from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. She got her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture in Gurgaon, Haryana. Aradhana loves to learn by traveling and immersing herself in other cultures.