P R Ganapathy
PR Ganapathy is Chief Operating Officer at Villgro, an incubator of early-stage for-profit social businesses. He is also a Senior Advisor to Teach For India.
Prior to Villgro, Ganapathy has held different leadership positions at corporations in India and in the US, where he lived for many years. He also co-founded and led a venture-funded financial information company.
Ganapathy considers himself an amateur dabbler in new experiences. He has written spy thrillers, the first of which was published last year. He is also a pilot, with over 200 hours of flying experience. He counts squash, rowing and golf among his current interests.
Ganapathy has an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, and an Honours degree in Mathematics from Hindu College. He lives in Chennai.
Apala Lahiri Chavan
Apala is an award winning designer (International Audi Design Award) and specializes in the area of Cross Cultural Innovation and Design. Apala has taken on a new role recently in HFI as Chief Oracle and Innovator.
Apala and her Contextual Innovation team have helped designers, marketers, product managers, and ethnographers in Fortune 500 companies apply her innovative techniques to develop exciting new concepts and products. She systematically guides the ideation process to uncover subtle patterns in ethnographic and market data to reveal the exciting breakthrough ideas that can drive business and generate more revenue and profit on the one hand, and improve quality of life for users on the other hand.
Recently, her focus has been on the emerging markets. She has co-edited a book on this subject, Innovative Solutions: What Designers Need to Know For Today's Emerging Markets.
Sandeep Sangaru is a multidisciplinary designer, educator, entrepreneur and a
nomad by nature. He studied Industrial design and has specialised in Furniture
design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with a background in
He owns Sangaru Design Studio, a multidisciplinary design consultancy firm and
founded Sangaru Design Objects Pvt. Ltd, a manufacturing company based in
Being multidisciplinary, Sandeep explores different Mediums and Materials. Since
inception his studio has been actively involved with the Craft Sector working with
local people with local material to create global products as this is exciting and
creatively satisfying. Craft has always been a need based process from ages and
using design to interface the skills of the artisans is something he wants to work
Sangaru Design Objects Pvt. Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets furniture,
products and accessories for contemporary urban Home, Work and Play, which
will “bring together traditional knowledge & skills in crafts with design and
technology to make objects of daily use invaluable, accessible and enjoyable”.
Arguably one of India's best known technologists, Atul Chitnis has been at the forefront of India's technology evolution since the 1980s, predicting and driving new technology waves such as datacommunication, networking, the Internet, wireless and mobile computing, and Open Source, among others.
His focus areas include mobile and hand-held computing, wireless data networks, Linux and Open Source Software, virtual communities, technology convergence (including Voice over IP and entertainment oriented technologies such as Internet Radio), and the identification and understanding of future technologies.
Sneha Iype Varma is the Executive Producer and Founding Partner of Nirvana Films. She started her career in 1997 with Ogilvy as a film executive and later joined Trends Ad-Film Makers as a Director. Varma took on the role of Producer and partnered with director Prakash Varma in 2001, to form Nirvana Films. Nirvana has made films that have appealed to large audiences and have been received with great appreciation by the Indian and international advertising industry. Nirvana has won several reputed awards in the past few years, including Gold and Silver at Cannes Lion and The London International Awards.
Prior to drinking the start up cool-aid, Tushar helped initiate Government of India's Unique ID (UID) project for almost two years. While at UID, he advised the Chairman, Mr. Nilekani, on project strategy, besides working on various business development aspects of the project. Before UID, Tushar spent nearly three years in investment banking/corporate finance with Deutsche Bank, spread between Silicon Valley and Singapore. He started his career on Wall Street with BlackRock. Tushar graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering.
While the UID project will likely bring about a lot of good to Indian residents, one big negative impact it had was Tushar's tremendous weight gain! But he worked hard over the last one year to lose most of it. Losing 18kg wasn't easy, especially without any gym access; and he owes a lot of it to friends' guidance and support. He now wants to replicate a similar experience and more for others through his startup.
Tushar is also a passionate musician/singer and loves to write and record songs in his free time.
Vipul Goyal is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. Fresh out of college , he worked as a retail analyst in Adventity Inc. for 6 months , but soon realised that his heart was in H.R. (HUMOR Resources). He mixed Laughs & Entrepreneurship and soon founded the most Unique HR firm “Humorously Yours” which has since been pioneers in Stand Up Comedy & Entertainment Shows.