Siddhartha is an entrepreneur in the area of Peak Performance, Leadership Development & is the C.E.O of Success Monks. Success Monks is one of the fastest growing training and performance consulting companies in India. The company has till date has trained more than 25,000 individuals. As an author, Siddhartha’s first book-“Passion Into Profession” is due for launch in Nov 2012. His vision is to inspire a billion people by 2020 to make a successful profession out of their passion. Siddhartha has trained and coached employees from Mckinsey & Co, IMRB, Voith GmbH, DSM, IPSOS, HCL, OD Alternatives, EXL Services, QSA Advisory and many more corporate houses. He is also a keynote speaker and regularly speaks at forums like TED, and National Entrepreneurial Network. As a speaker he also keeps visiting the most prestigious colleges of the country- IIT’s, NIT’s, IMI, IIFT, IMT, Fore school, CBS, DCE and many others. Prior to starting Success Monks, he worked with Mckinsey & Co for about four years.
An Investment banker turned social entrepreneur, Kartik was born in Delhi and raised in New York for 15 years before returning to India as an adult in 2005. With eight years of full-time experience in management consulting, investment banking, private equity and social venture capital (with the BTS Group, Merrill Lynch and Lok Capital) and development sector work with Rockefeller Foundation and UNDP, Kartik has a combination of skills, knowledge and leadership ability required to run a dynamic, evolving social enterprise like What’s up Bharat. Trained in International Affairs from Columbia and Finance and Management from Wharton, Kartik has travelled extensively in North and West India and closely worked with many leading organisations on inclusive growth, development and governance. A people’s person, he sees the country both as an insider and outsider, like a romantic as well as a critical professor.
From being a trainee fighter pilot to a corporate consultant to a social enterprenur to being a teacher and fellow at Teach for India Shashank believes in filling his life canvass with as many variant colours as possible. He has a firm faith in his destiny and that all the beautiful colours will converge into a not so distant future towards making him a catalyst for the change he aspires to be. While in US Shashank had an urge to give back to his roots and he started his own social venture in the year 2006 in the education sector in the form of Gurukul Inter College aimed at providing quality education in rural India. Shashank intends to dedicate his life towards improving the education scenario in India and in order to get some hands on training he joined Teach For India in 2010 and has taught street children in a residential school in Delhi. He is deeply intrusted in policy and state of education in India and has worked with a member of National advisory council and many thought leaders in analyzing policy issues like reforms required in right to education act food security bills etc.
Andrine Mendez, one of the youngest entrepreneurs and marketers in digital domain has been featured at National and International level for his deep understanding and fresh approach towards digital marketing and advertising. His start-up SaltMangoTree (http://www.saltmangotree.in/) not only focuses on digital marketing, but also has launched India’s first Web TV (http://www.indiavibes.tv/) which had won Aegis Graham Bell Awards for mobile content application and also Manthan Awards in E-entertainment category. (The project is in prototype stage.) He has been a speaker at Digital Matters, Singapore; Tedx ; Click Asia Summit and has been working with National brands & organisations as digital consultant.
Fakhroddin Ghaffari's has shared the stage with such famous artists as Abida Parveen and Hansraj Hans. His performances across the country have won him critical acclaim in cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Srinagar. Born in 1987 in Bijar of Kurdistan, Iran. He began studying Tombak—the Persian goblet drum—with his uncle Saeed Abbasi from the age of five. At sixteen he started the Daf—the Kurdish framedrum. He moved to India in 2002, after working with several Persian classical ensembles in Iran. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees and Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Hindustani Classical Music and is currently working on various musical projects in preparation for his PHD. He founded the Baran Music Ensemble a Persian sufi and classical music ensemble, with whom he has toured across India, including such festivals as Sufi Darbar, Ruhaniyat, Jehan-e-Khusrau, Jamal-e-Begum-Akhtar. In 2009, he formed the Vessal Ensemble with Pt. Shubhendra Rao, by blending the Baran Music Ensemble with East Marries West. As a percussion teacher at The Lancers International School, a branch of Cambridge University, he conceived many National and International seminars on Music and Percussion, as well as Music Therapy. Staying in India for over 9 years and recieving his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Hindustani Music, provided him the opportunity to conduct workshops and seminars in Iran on Indian music theory and Raaga-Taal system . He has also written many articles and translated several books on Indian music from English to Farsi.