Amoghavarsha is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker. He has travelled extensively, documenting the planet’s bio-diversity and helping conserve through photographs and film. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal, the barren landscapes of Ladakh, the Western Ghats in south India and the vast plains of Africa.
He began his career as a Software Engineer at Amazon.com and worked with two Internet start-ups before he switched to full-time photography and filmmaking. Having worked as a naturalist and hailing from a technology background, he makes use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.
His recent projects include “Secrets of the King Cobra” – a National Geographic documentary and “Jaya hey Kannada Thaye” – India’s first wildlife music video which was launched on six channels and gained two million views in two days. He works closely with State Governments on wildlife and conservation based activities. He has been one of the main contributors for the mobile exhibition “Science Express – Biodiversity Special”, a Ministry of Environment and Forests initiative which toured the entire country over a year.
He also actively works with non-profits such as CEE (Centre for Environment Education) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to carry out conservation messages. Amoghavarsha also teaches photography and organises wildlife expeditions across the globe and strongly believes that education is the first step in conservation.
Amrut Joshi is the Founder Partner of Gamechanger Sports Ventures (“Gamechanger”), an exciting professional sports consulting start-up with a presence in India and Singapore. Amrut graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2003, and worked with some of India’s leading law firms, before founding Gamechanger in October 2011. Simultaneously, Amrut also founded Gamechanger Law Advisors, a boutique law practice focused on servicing clients in the Sports, Start-ups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) segments in India.
Over a decade-long career, Amrut has advised on several landmark venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions transactions in India, and also acquired vast experience in working with various constituents of the sports industry.
As a sports lawyer, Amrut has particularly played a critical role in the legal and commercial structuring of several sports leagues in India. He has also represented clients in landmark sport-related litigation, player representation transactions, broadcast rights negotiations, and in licensing & merchandising rights transactions. Amrut is widely published on sports law, and is currently a Member of the Editorial Board of World Sports Law Report, a leading global publication on sports law issues.
At Gamechanger, Amrut has been focused on developing the Firm’s proprietary content platform, www.gamechangerindia.com, to promote awareness on various legal and business issues confronting the sports industry. Amrut and his Gamechanger Team are currently involved in shaping a unique Anti-Doping Education, Advisory and Advocacy initiative, apart from also providing cutting edge sponsorship consulting, digital marketing, football business and cricket business solutions to the global sports market.
Bhairavi is a fourth generation entrepreneur and a Director at SCA Group of Companies founded in 1896 by her great-grandfather. The SCA Group comprises of various companies offering unique and world-class services in the field of supply chain and logistics.
Bhairavi has a BSc in Business with Magna Cum Laude from Miami University, Ohio, USA. Post her graduation in 1999, she worked with KPMG Consulting in Washington D.C., mainly in the area of supply chain, public services consulting and business process reengineering.
Bhairavi returned to India in 2001 and set up a fourth party logistics company in India called i3pl. The company is credited with building the first of its kind supply chain and promotional logistics solutions in India. She successfully scaled up the company and exited from it in 2005.
In 2005 after completing the MyGlobe Executive Education Programme at INSEAD in France, Bhairavi became the Director for all the companies under the SCA Group. As Director, She provides strategic and operational guidance and is in-charge of new projects, joint ventures and strategic alliances for the entire group.
Bhairavi worked very closely with the Government, Civil Society and Corporate India on the India@75 agenda, an initiative for realizing the dream of an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by the year 2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence. She is the Past National Chairman and Founding member of Young Indians, CII.
Bhakti Vithalani is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigSpring. Bhakti also serves as Executive Director of Alliances and Business Development of Global Aviation Services a leading provider of travel & logistics in India.
Prior to this, Bhakti worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Singapore and Mumbai, leading client engagements across the aviation, private equity and high-tech sectors across Asia. She started her career in Silicon Valley in enterprise software product development at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle), where she drove key functionalities for Siebel’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management) product.
Bhakti holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of Business, where she was a Joseph Wharton Fellow, and earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering & Business Administration with University Honours from Carnegie Mellon University. Bhakti grew up in India, has lived in the United States, Singapore and Beijing and traveled to over 35 countries.
Bhuvana Anand is currently Director, Development & Communication at Centre for Civil Society, a non-profit think tank in Delhi. Bhuvana has worked extensively with civil society groups and donors in various countries, including India, Afghanistan, Sudan and USA, in designing development programs and executing research studies in economic growth, infrastructure provision, and public service delivery. At the Centre, she has developed a high impact program for skilling and employability using vouchers reaching out to 3000 trainees. She manages business development including strategy planning, fund-raising and new program incubation.
Before coming to the centre, she worked with the Sudan Operations Centre at UNOP in Juba, South Sudan where she coordinated the MDG funded joint Youth Employment programme with 11 other UN agencies. She served as the focal point for the Basic Infrastructure and Settlement Development Sector for the UN in Sudan, and drafted the infrastructure input into the 2009 UN work plan and assisted communities and partners in identifying regional priorities through sector discussions.
Prior to that she was with Deloitte, Touche Tohmatsu Emerging Markets Group, serving in their home office in Washington DC, and in their project office in Kabul, Afghanistan.
She has a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy, specializing in Development Economics and Trade from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University.
D N V Kumara Guru
D N V Kumara Guru is Director – External Relations at the Indian School of Business (ISB).
A native of Bangalore, he did his B.Sc. from Bangalore University. He then worked at his alma mater, the Jain Group of Institutions where he led various functions for the group including Admissions, Marketing, Public Relations and helped establish the group’s University Project. In 2004, he took a break and went back to school at XLRI Jamshedpur.
In 2005, Guru joined the Indian School of Business where he has held positions in the Dean’s Office, Development and has overseen Library, HR and IT functions in transitory roles. He is a member of the school’s Management Group and has been a member of the Dean’s Council. He most recently worked on the integration of the existing campus in Hyderabad and the new campus in Mohali. In his current role, he manages the school’s relationship with key external stakeholders and is a member of the start up team at the new campus in Mohali.
Guru received the Best Cadet Award at the Advance Leadership Camp (1995), National Cadet Corps. He is an alumnus of the Indo-Canada Youth Exchange Programme (1994-95) and the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (2009). Guru is a member of the CII Young Indians and has been named the incoming National Vice Chairman for 2013-14.
Guru follows Indian politics and gets restless if he cannot lay his hands on a newspaper in the morning. He enjoys reading, travelling and is an aspiring long distance runner.
George Alexander has done his Master’s in Business Administration from University of North Carolina’s Kenan & Flagler Business School and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala College of Engineering. He currently works as Vice President of Muthoot Finance, taking care of operations in the State of Karnataka. He also has the additional responsibility of monitoring Global Operations of the Muthoot Group in USA. Muthoot finance is the Gold Loan (NBFC) – Financial 12Services Company and is also the flagship company of The Muthoot Group. It was listed in 2011 and is traded in all the major stock exchanges in India. It is the largest Gold Loan Company in the country. Apart from Muthoot Finance, The Muthoot Group has 16 other divisions, to name a few are Hospitality, Heath Care, Equity & Commodity Trading. The group is four generations old and George Alexander represents the fourth generation. Prior to joining his family business, George had worked for ING and Kotak Mahindra Bank in India.
Apart from his work life, George enjoys travelling and the outdoors. He has travelled to 14 countries and enjoys skiing and scuba-diving. He has PADI certification for Open Water Diving and is also contemplating a trek to Machu Pichu in August this year.
Hakim, co-Founder and Principal Consultant at Winning Matters Consulting Pvt. Ltd., is an Olympian swimmer (2000 Sydney Olympic Games) with over 20 years of experience in the Indian sporting domain. Beyond his illustrious sporting career, he has worked closely with Government, Industry, Public Sector, NGOso, International/National Sporting events, High Performance Sports Centers, and Elite Athletes and Teams in India and beyond in areas ranging from Policy to Programs towards enabling Participation and Performance.
Hakim, an engineer by education, returned to the Indian sports domain in 2006, after a five year stint with Tata Consultancy Services Limited, to explore ways in which he could contribute to realize India’s sporting potential.
Prior to starting Winning Matters Consulting, Hakim was the co-Founder and Director at GoSports (India) Pvt. Ltd. (2006-2010) and also the Founder Trustee of GoSports Foundation (2008-2011).
Hakim has chaired and spoken at various prestigious Sports Conferences including FICCI’s Global Sports Summits “TURF” and “Delhi 2010: The Games and the Commonwealth” (An initiative of The Times of India and South Asia Research Foundation). During the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, He was a part of the elite panel of experts on Times Now, India’s top English news channel.
Hakim has been a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Sports Committee since 2010. He believes in the power of sport towards enabling socio-economic development and envisions an India where sporting excellence and participation are an integral part of Indian culture.
Mayuri is a young journalist from New Delhi, India. Currently, she work at The Pioneer — one of India’s oldest and most highly regarded English dailies. As a member of its Edit-Oped team, Mayuri regularly write the paper’s editorials, and also contributes her own fortnightly column. Her core interests are international relations and Indian foreign policy. She also has experience in international advocacy and human rights work. Before Mayuri moved to New Delhi, she worked for a year-and-a-half in New York with the Asia programme of the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international, non-profit organisation that promotes freedom of the press. She has an MS in Journalism from West Virginia University and a BA in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University.
Neha Khanna is a Senior Correspondent and news anchor with New Delhi Television, popularly known as NDTV 24×7, India’s oldest, most respected and premier English news television channel.
Neha majored in Political Science Honours at Hindu College, Delhi University. Subsequently, she pursued a postgraduate programme in Broadcast Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC) in Delhi. In 2009, she studied the Hansard Research Scholars Programme in Democracy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on a Chevening Scholarship.
While at LSE, Neha undertook an internship with the BBC Parliamentary Programmes Team at Westminster, London and worked for some of the most popular shows of their flagship channel, including BBC Radio 4 and BBC Parliament. During her intership, she reported on the election of the Speaker of the House of Commons, precipitated by the ouster of his predecessor, in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal l – a first in British Parliamentary history.
Neha has been with NDTV 24×7 since May 2004, covering a wide array of social, and political issues as well as foreign affairs. Her forte, however, is legal reportage, and she has reported on some of the most high profile court cases in India over recent years, including the ongoing telecom scam trial, believed to be the biggest scam in the country’s history.
Dr. Ravindra Rajarao
Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW), University of New South Wales, Australia.
Ravindra has successfully completed his PhD (in August, 2012 at National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India) on environmentally friendly and economic benefits processes to synthesize carbon nanostructures and also there applications in catalysis and hydrogen storage. He concurrently collaborated as a research fellow for Defence Research and Development Organization sponsored project, on carbon nanomaterials and its application in energy field. He has published 15 research articles in international journals and also presented his work in 12 national and international conferences and meetings.
In 2013, Ravindra joined SMaRT@UNSW as a Research Associate with Director, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla.
SMaRT Centre research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with an emphasis on environmental and community benefits. SMaRT Centre works collaboratively with Australian companies and overseas companies/institutions and has established strong partnerships and a deep knowledge of industrial processes and issues/problems.
Ravindra is collaborating with Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) project on “Novel approach for processing electronic hazardous materials”. The Commonwealth operates the AISRF which supports Australian scientist from the both the public and private sectors to collaborate with Indian partners on leading edge science and technology in order to contribute to Australia’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing. This project is been established between a multi-disciplinary team from Australia: SMaRT@UNSW and India: Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar; Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Rohit is a corporate lawyer and is currently the General Counsel of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), Asia’s largest, and the world’s third largest generic agriculture chemical company. He is based out of UPL’s corporate head office in Mumbai. In this role, Rohit is responsible for: mergers and acquisitions; drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements; and safeguarding company’s interest in strategic disputes, litigations.
Prior to joining UPL, Rohit worked at the Melbourne office of Freehills, a leading Australia-based international law firm. He was part of Freehills’ corporate team and advised on several international M&A. While at Freehills he led the firm’s effort into India, including conducting a road show in India, in 2009, in partnership with the Austrade and KPMG, Australia.
While in Australia, Rohit was also one of the Young Leaders in the Asia Society-Asialink run program: Asialink Leaders Program 2009. Rohit’s interest in the Australia India corridor was strengthened during the program and he continues to take active interest in that space.
Rohit regularly speaks at public forum/conferences. He was recently invited by the Inter Pacific Bar Association to speak at their annual convention on challenges in doing international M&A. He was also recently interviewed by Asia Law Business in the General Counsel section.
Besides work, Rohit loves travelling (not on work!!), reading and spending time with family and friends. His reading habit is diverse – from psychology to history to geography – but on top of all is a biography nut.
Saritha Thomas is part commercial and part public broadcaster; part creative, marketing, networking and fundraising manager; part community trainer; part researcher and tutor; part ‘radio comedy’ presenter; part community radio activist cum actionist and a social entrepreneur.
Saritha completed her post-graduation in Social Communications and Media at Sophia’s Polytechnic, Mumbai, India. She began her broadcast career with Radio City, at the turn of the Millennium and launched the first 24-hour commercial radio station in the country. She then moved to the UAE and the Arabian Radio Network. Two years later, she joined the BBC World Service Radio and Radio 4, London – a childhood dream came true.
In 2009 she went back to school, to the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), London to attempt to give another passion, wings. She began People’s P.ow.e.r (Participatory OWnership Empowerment Radio) Collective during her fellowship. The organisational mission of P.ow.e.r is to set up community radio stations with the goal of not only empowering rural, isolated and marginalised communities and giving them a ‘voice’ but also creating a sustainable and powerful, participatory grassroots mechanism to share relevant information, tackle local common issues (e.g. maternal health, sanitation, education, the environment and livelihoods) and celebrate local language, culture and heritage.
Owned, managed and run by the communities themselves, community radio is a perfect tool for social inclusion, community cohesion, empowerment and grassroots driven change, especially in media-dark areas of India.
Vandana Goyal is the CEO of Akanksha Foundation. Vandana worked with the Boston-based non-profit organization Citizen Schools, an organization dedicated to changing the life trajectories of underprivileged children in urban areas, for four years. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, with a degree in Economics, and as part of her undergraduate studies spent a year at the London School of Economics.
At Akanksha, Vandana served on the team to create a blueprint for Teach for India, later moving on to manage the Beyond School department serving all adolescent children of Akanksha. In 2007, she became the Director of The School Project, launched to create a network of high-achieving schools within the government system. She took over as CEO in January of 2010.
Vivek Kumar is currently working as the Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of India in Sydney.
Born in September 1981, Mr Kumar is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. After a brief spell as a Business Development Manager in a telecom software start-up, Mr. Kumar joined the Indian Foreign Service in September 2004.
Prior to his assignment in Sydney, he has served as Consul General of India in Vladivostok, and as Second Secretary in Moscow, in addition to working at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
Mr Kumar is a technology enthusiast, and enjoys reading extensively across a wide range of topics.