Christopher Michael Higgins

Chris Higgins is a Business Head at Ideate Labs, one of India’s most established digital marketing agencies. He oversees digital strategy and advertising for companies across India and the Middle East from the real estate, education, fashion, and retail industries.

Previously, Chris was the President of Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM), a filmmaking, animation and liberal arts college in Hyderabad, India. He was a member of the founding team for the school, and helped to develop some of India’s first university qualifications in film production. He was also a member of the founding team at Whistling Woods International, a Mumbai film school where he headed admissions and international affiliations. Chris was also the Indian National Head of Business Development for UK media sales agency SpaceandPeople.

Chris has a Bachelors of Business from UTS and is completing a Masters in Advertising from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) in Hyderabad, India.

Michael O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan is the Managing Director of an advisory practice called Formula. Before starting up Formula Advisory Network Pvt Limited and taking his role as Managing Director, Michael had close to 15 years experience with a leading Chartered Accounting Firm in Sydney, Australia. During this period Michael specialised in the field of outsourced accounting and financial services. Before he left the firm in December 2013 he had successfully developed and implemented their outsourcing business model which was turning over more than $10 million AUD per annum.

Michael spent a majority of those years travelling to India and spent his final 12 months with the firm based in India, living there full time. It was during those 12 months that Michael came to realise an opportunity existed for him to start his own company in India. By drawing on his expertise and experience, he could help other businesses around the world implement their own outsourcing business models.

Formula was incorporated in January 2014 which saw Michael actively involved in the development of IT, recruitment and training. Formula now has more than 60 staff on the ground that report to him every day. Michael is always available for his member firm clients and continues to liaise with member firm offices on a daily basis, he plays a key role in aligning cultures between the offices and ensuring workflow between offices remain accurate and timely

SUDIP CHAKRABORTY

I have been passionately and voluntarily developing Australian Football in India since 2011. After representing India in the sport in 2008, I took up charge to grow the game in India along with leading the team on field to India’s first international victory in the sport.

I completed my Masters in Sport Management from the UK, and spent time in footy-playing countries in Europe to learn how the sport is being grown overseas. I also did my Masters thesis on ‘How to promote Footy in Europe.’ I then returned home to dedicate myself to grow footy in India.

I travelled around India at my own expense to start footy in the diverse areas of India as most of our players come from poor families living in the slums or distant villages.

I was able to successfully receive the Australian Government’s Sport Outreach Programme grant, which helped establish the national federation of the sport, ‘Australian Rules Football Association of India.’ This programme saw 3,000 kids play footy across three states of India. I was also successful in receiving the Direct Aid Programme grant from the Australian High Commission in India and work with 1,700 indigenous kids in Odisha.

I managed both the AFL International Cups in 2011 and 2014 for the Indian team, and got the Richmond Football Club to support us.

At the moment, I am working as a ‘Community Officer’ with Essendon FC and AFL Victoria, focusing on engaging Indian communities in Australia with Footy.

Atrey P Sawant

Atrey P Sawant is the Business Head at Mandovi Drydocks. He has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gogte Institute of Technology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).

Mandovi Drydocks is based out of Goa and the company is into shipbuilding of aluminium and steel vessels. The company has started building support vessels for the navy and is now working on unmanned surface vessels.

Currently, Atrey is the Vice-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Goa Chapter and also Honorary Secretary of the Shipyard Association of Goa. Atrey is also on the Institute Management Committee of the Industrial Training Institute, which focuses on skill development.

Christopher Michael Higgins

Chris Higgins is a Business Head at Ideate Labs, one of India’s most established digital marketing agencies. He oversees digital strategy and advertising for companies across India and the Middle East from the real estate, education, fashion, and retail industries.

Previously, Chris was the President of Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM), a filmmaking, animation and liberal arts college in Hyderabad, India. He was a member of the founding team for the school, and helped to develop some of India’s first university qualifications in film production. He was also a member of the founding team at Whistling Woods International, a Mumbai film school where he headed admissions and international affiliations. Chris was also the Indian National Head of Business Development for UK media sales agency SpaceandPeople.

Chris has a Bachelors of Business from UTS and is completing a Masters in Advertising from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) in Hyderabad, India.

Srijan Singh

A progressive farmer, an Electrical Engineer and Management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. At IIMA, Srijan was head of the student’s council and was engaged in a variety of social and developmental activities and projects with the police, local political institutions and MPs, NREGA, Public Distribution System and many youth organisations. He was awarded the IIMA Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder student from the graduating batch of 2009.

Currently, he is currently working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in promoting various missions like What Can I Give, Energy Independence for the nation, nuclear and space missions, and PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas). He also takes lectures on community action and development in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.