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Theme: Challenging Convention

This event occurred on
February 16, 2013
10:00am - 2:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Shillong, ML

TEDxIIMShillong is an independently organized TED event operated under license from TED. At the conference we will showcase some of the eminent speakers from different spheres of life who will share their unique ideas and experiences with us. Such ideas will spark and ignite discussions among the attendees who will be present at the event. We seek to bring together the community and promote the power of ideas. Being the first TEDxIIMShillong we strive to make it a great success for the future editions to come. The theme of our event is Challenging Convention where we look to hear speakers address issues with a different approach - something different, something unique and something out of the box.

Pinewood Hotel
Pinewood Hotel
Shillong, ML, 793001
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Virat Chirania

Virat is a young, versatile and dynamic corporate trainer and motivational speaker from Mumbai with over 8 years of corporate work experience. After finishing engineering in Electronics from Mumbai, Virat jetted to New York for his Masters in Management, at the prestigious Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, Virat was among the top 10% students who got full scholarship. He won a research scholarship from Kodak. After graduating from New York, Virat moved to Seattle, Washington where he joined AT&T as a Business Analyst and quickly moved up to become a Software Project Manager. Virat worked there till 2008, when he decided to move back to India, his homeland. Virat then worked for the Indian corporate world, as a Product Manager till 2009. While in the US, both as student and as a professional, Virat got an opportunity to interact with people from diverse cultural and international backgrounds, which shaped his personality, a unique blend of the Orient and the Occident. Virat is currently the COO of IMFS (Institute of Management and Foreign Studies), a company that trains students for studies abroad. Virat also co-founded ‘Institute of Soft- Skills’, a Mumbai based firm dedicated to imparting soft-skills training to young students and professionals to help them succeed in the real world. The firm conducts leadership and behavioral training programs. Virat is regularly invited as a ‘Motivational Speaker’ at colleges and corporates across India. He recently was the Keynote Speaker at Hindustan Times’ Educational conference, in the presence of 100+ school principals and the Governor of Haryana. Virat has conducted stress-relief and leadership seminars at Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, Bajaj Alliance, Sumeru Solutions, IT-start ups, and prestigious institutes like IIT-Mumbai, Seattle University, IMT Ghaziabad, Symbiosis, BARC, UCLA etc. Virat is an Asst.Director with WAYE (World Alliance for Youth Empowerment), an NGO dedicated to empowering the youth of the world with spiritual and human values. Virat's passions include rains and hills, music and meditation, old comedies, poetry and books, and working on social service projects with the youth. Virat lives with his family in Mumbai. You can reach him at virat.chirania@gmail.com or call him at 09769606006.

Lalit Das

Lalit Kumar Das pioneered Industrial Design education at IIT Delhi. He has developed a programme that is an excellent blend of design sensitivities and industrial propensities. Very many of his students have distinguished themselves at National & International Design competitions. Lalit has wide-ranging deep probing interests in design and man’s innate potential to design. He has worked and designed products for the office, home, industry. He has designed for the differently enabled like children with cerebral palsy and others who are orthopedically handicapped. He has also designed educational and research equipment. He has worked with artisans and has conceptualized distant education for artisans under the banner of IGNOU.

Franz Gastler

Franz is co-founder and executive director of Yuwa, which uses football for girls to combat child marriage, illiteracy and human trafficking. He grew up in Edina, Minnesota, and has been living five years in India -- four of those years in a tribal village in Jharkhand. He has a BA and MA in International Political Economy from the University Professors Program at Boston University and holds certificates in negotiation and mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He interned at the Ministry of Finance in Bogota, Colombia, and worked as a consultant to the Confederation of Indian Industry, India's biggest business lobby, where he worked with corporate executives on social strategies. He trained at the US Olympic Training Center in judo, played ice hockey as a goalkeeper, and coached alpine skiing for twelve years.

Satish Jha

Satish Jha has worked at the intersection of technology and management both in global markets and the social space. He has served as a global information management executive with two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and as CEO of a consulting firm. A former Editor with The Times of India and the Indian Express Groups in India, Jha also founded, mentored and seeded a couple of dozen social projects with a focus on technology, business strategies and public policy in the areas of universal access to education, healthcare and bridging the digital divide. He is a member of the UN-GAID (United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development), Special Advisor to the Kofi Annan Center and co-chairs the World IT Forum (WITFOR). He studied international affairs at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and has an MBA from EDHEC/ Thesues in France. His co-edited work with Leon Strous on "ICTs for Development and Prosperity" was published by IFIP in late 2007. He is currently the Founder Chairman of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) India Foundation.

Suprio Das

After working for more than 20 years as an electrical engineer with different business houses, Suprio realized that life could be more meaningful and interesting than this scramble up the corporate ladder. He gave up his job and started his own business while volunteering with an NGO in villages around Kolkata. On regularly visiting the villages, it occurred to him that social work and engineering could be combined together to develop devices that could help the poor. The various enterprises that he had started – ranging from being a tourist guide, a professional driver, running a courier company - all fortunately failed for some reason or the other, allowing him more time to work on low cost technologies for the under-served communities. The simple devices that he started designing brought him in touch with D-Lab at MIT and in addition to being invited 4 consecutive times to the International Development Design Summit (organized by MIT) at Boston, Ghana and Colorado. He was also invited as Designer-in-Residence at MIT to work with and mentor students of D-Lab on development design. His latest project Zimba the automatic chlorine doser, was selected by researchers of Stanford University and icddr-b for trials in the slums of Dhaka. These dosers are in operation since February 2012 and are currently serving around 50 families. A single device is also under pilot trial with Spring Health (a Paul Polak initiative) in Orissa.

P Viswanath

P. Viswanath is an alumnus of IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad. He was a rank-holder at both the places, and at IIM, Ahmedabad he was a recipient of the prestigious Industrial Scholarship (or I-Schol) which is awarded to the top 15 students at the institute. After completing his Post Graduation in Management from IIM Ahmedabad, Viswanath worked for one year in the field of Management Consultancy and for six years in Sales & Marketing. His last assignemnt at Godrej was as the national sales head for computer peripherals, from where, he moved on in 1992 to start Triumphant Institute of Management Education – better known by its acronym T.I.M.E. Viswanath also has about 20 years of experience in training and guiding students preparing for CAT and many other competitive exams. As a founder-director of T.I.M.E., Viswanath has been at the forefront of the planning and implementation of the expansion of T.I.M.E. across the country.

Anna Vetticad

Anna M.M. Vetticad is a prominent Delhi-based journalist and the author of The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic, an overview of Bollywood told through an account of a year in her life when she decided to blog reviews of every single Hindi film released in New Delhi and its suburbs - including many that most Indian viewers would not have heard of. The book - which features a Foreword by actor Ranbir Kapoor - was released in Delhi in November 2012 by actress Sonam Kapoor. In her 18 years as a journalist, Anna has worked with India Today magazine, The Indian Express newspaper and the TV channel Headlines Today, in addition to which she has been a Consulting Editor with The New Indian Express newspaper. Her work has largely involved behind-the-scenes editorial responsibilities in addition to reporting and anchoring. Among her various assignments at Headlines Today, she hosted her own film-based television interview show Star Trek which drew all the country’s eminent entertainment personalities, from Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal and Madhuri Dixit to younger generations of stars. She also hosted and produced the weekly film magazine show The Big Ticket. She has reported on most major Indian entertainment, lifestyle and culture related events and several international ones including the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars. Anna is an alumnus of the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi, and a B.Com (Honours) graduate from Delhi University’s Jesus and Mary College where she was the President of the Students’ Union. She is a post-graduate in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, where she is now a visiting lecturer. She is currently multi-tasking as a freelance journalist, journalism teacher, social media consultant and avid blogger. You can read her film reviews on her popular blog annavetticadgoes2themovies.blogspot.in. She can be reached at all times on twitter.com/annavetticad

Mark Stone

Mark Laitflang Stone is an award winning youth entrepreneur committed to Social Enterprise, and is the Founding Chief Executive & Managing Director of Group Avenues- a brand synonymous with youth empowerment and human resource development in North East India. Headquartered in Shillong, Meghalaya, Avenues is recognised as the region’s Leading Grooming & Communication Skills Training initiative. His ‘built-from-scratch’ story is as unconventional as they come! He is an active member of civil society and the founder of the Avenues Youth Icon Awards- an annual exercise instituted to recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of role models and unsung heroes in fields of work that impact Youth and the future of Meghalaya and the North East. A recipient of Rotary Club’s Vocational Excellence Award for Human Resource Development and a noted Motivational Speaker, Mark’s sessions across the region have engaged and inspired thousands of young adults for over a decade. His group’s Community Uplift Initiatives and Capacity Building Programmes have graduated over 10,000 participants in Avenues’ mission to engage and empower the next generation. Avenues Hospitality Services - the hospitality and events training vertical of the group, has ensured that Youth have access to cutting edge Service Skills Training, preparing them for successful careers in India’s booming Hospitality Sector. In partnering with Colleges, Campuses, Self Help Groups and Government to empower individuals with suitable Life Skills, Avenues has taken the lead in addressing Skill Gaps, furthering employability in the North East. His business group also has interests in Telecom, Infrastructure and Advertising apart from a Philanthropic arm devoted to Education & Community Uplift for the less fortunate.

Himadri Bhattacharya

Corporate and Finance Professor

Organizing team


Shillong, Meghalaya, India
  • Abhishek Nanda
  • Kamalpreet Saluja
    Speaker Research
  • Chandrasekhar Susarla
    Speaker Content
  • Tanya Beniwal
    Public Relations
  • Poulomi Pal
  • Neha Misra
    Sponsorship/Social Media
  • Ashok A
    Director - Design Team