AIYD Alumni Bangalore Reunion

AIYD Alumni Bangalore Reunion

AIYD Alumni and Steering Committee members met in India’s innovation capital, Bangalore, on 14 July 2015.

Co-Founders of AIYD, Shaun Star (Chair) and Ruchir Punjabi (Former Chair) along with Vidyananda Sagaram (Director), hosted an alumni event which was attended by former AIYD delegates from each of the four previous conferences. During the evening, enthusiasm was building in light of the upcoming AIYD 2016 conference, which will be hosted in-part in Bangalore in late-January 2016. AIYD alums were engaged in various animated discussions, including exploring ways to collaborate on various projects in the Australia-India space under the auspices of the AIYD Alumni Grants Program.

Bangalore July Alumni meet
This event provided an opportunity for some of the alumni to meet for the first time and discuss their experience at the dialogue. From 2015, the AIYD Steering Committee has made a commitment to ensure that AIYD Alumni events will be a regular fixture in the AIYD calendar.

Achyutha Sharma

Achyutha Sharma

Achyutha has a decade of experience in Brand, Design, Retail and Marketing. He is a fashion graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi. He currently runs Collaborative Community, a brand and design consulting firm that works with start-up businesses and the development sector. The brand firm has worked with start-ups and other businesses in the area of apparel, food & beverage, e-commerce, and retail brand across sectors. In the development sector, it has worked with diverse non-profit and social enterprises across themes such as education, livelihood, craft, energy, water and sanitation. He also runs Sulochana Development Trust, a charitable trust that supports Creative Arts & Design for Social Impact. He has been a speaker at Indian and international conferences, a fellow with AIYD 2014, Acumen Fund India fellow 2014 and has been nominated for the Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards 2012 by British Council India. Achyutha’s interest specifically in the Australian-Indian relationship is in the area of design, entrepreneurship, social sector, arts & culture. He is continuing the Samaanata dialogue on craft & culture that originated from an Australian project. Achyutha is passionate about building brands and articulates his insights under Designing Growth and Design Impact blogs.