Shutapa Paul

Shutapa Paul has been a journalist for almost 11 years, having worked across various mediums such as television, newspapers and magazines. Currently, she is Group Editor of a digital media startup called Newsd, where she leads the editorial team. Newsd has short news apps, a website, YouTube channels etc. Shutapa has also started a YouTube channel dedicated to startups called NewCrop in association with NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups.

Hailing from Kolkata, Shutapa is based out of New Delhi. After completing her Bachelor’s in English (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Shutapa went on to pursue her Post-Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She also represented India at Thomson Reuter’s Editorial Judgement programme held in London, UK in 2014.

During the span of her career, Shutapa has worked for well-known brands such as NDTV, NewsX, India Today, The Week, and Forbes India. She is a keen observer of politics, economy, policy and current affairs. Interviewing people who matter, simplifying complex economic and policy matters, unearthing human interest stories and diving deep into every story, keeps Shutapa motivated. She has also founded a media consultancy startup called Dharma Media Consultants.

Beau Leese

Beau is co-founder and co-CEO of Intersective, an education technology startup which seeks to better connect work and learning. Our Practera platform supports collaborative project learning programs, tools and apps to enable thousands of high quality work integrated learning experiences, from single internships to experiential case studies and large scale accelerator programs. We work with a range of leading education providers and employers in Australia and around the world.

Prior to joining Intersective full-time at the end of 2015, Beau was Head of Strategy, Innovation & International for the CSIRO – Australia’s national R&D Agency, with a budget of approximately $1.4 billion. In this role, Beau led the development of CSIRO’s Strategy 2020, led a major organisational reform and co-founded CSIRO’s accelerator / entrepreneurship program – CSIRO ON. Beau oversaw CSIRO’s planning, performance, impact and investment functions and international operations in more than 80 countries. He was a member of CSIRO’s Executive management, commercial and investment committees.

Beau was formerly a Director with Deloitte Consulting where he delivered strategy, innovation and performance improvement projects for universities, companies and government agencies and previously co-founded two online startups. Beau was an Australian Financial Review (AFR) Boss Young Executive of the Year in 2013. He holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership, Masters in Marketing, Bachelor of Laws and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shilpa Dhamija

Shilpa Dhamija is the founder of LuxuryVolt, one of southeast Asia’s most influential luxury lifestyle editorial startups. LuxuryVolt also maintains presence in popular offline mediums like The Telegraph, The Hindu Business Line and Hello! Magazine, with luxury trend reports and expert opinion articles.

Shilpa completed a long stint with NDTV, India’s most respected English news channel, before venturing on the LuxuryVolt journey. She is also a gadget and consumer technology reviewer, who produced and directed a tech show, which during her stint became the highest rated ‘tech show’ in the history of Indian Television.

Shilpa’s work as a TV journalist started with CNBC TV 18 and CNN-IBN, the former Indian partner of CNN, where she covered politics, business, crime beats. She has also worked with the Times of India newspaper, prior to her job at this network.

As an AIYD 2017 delegate, she hopes to encourage the growth of young entrepreneurs and initiatives to promote tourism & culture between India and Australia.

Nigel Hembrow

Nigel Hembrow is an Australian entrepreneur. He is focussed on Asia and based in Singapore, but with the amount of time he spends there you would be forgiven for thinking Nigel lives in India.

Over the past two years Nigel, with his Co-Founder Dhruv, have been heavily focussed on building a global operational base for their venture in South Delhi, which focus primarily on software for the media industry. In addition to this, Nigel’s interests vary from mobile learning to social enterprise, vocational training, craft beer, and anything that leverages the massive trend of mobile-first internet penetration in emerging markets. Above all, he believes in the power of great teams, strong ethics and effective communication. Nigel has a family background in property development and has worked in that industry in London and Queensland. He studied at Melbourne Business School (MBS) (with exchange at China European Business School, Shanghai) and for the past four years has served on the MBS Alumni Council, helping engage the MBS community in South, South-East Asia and China.

By attending AIYD, Nigel hopes to share his stories, and to listen to others’, with the aim of inspiring and assisting Australians to be more ambitious and confident towards doing business with India, in India and Australia.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is Dalberg’s regional director for Asia, based in Mumbai, and also co-leads the firm’s Energy and Environment practice. His work includes developing social impact strategies for multinational corporations, expanding energy access, assisting market entry into frontier markets, and helping to develop strategies to fight human trafficking.

In work outside of Dalberg, Gaurav has been a founding partner in a string of social ventures including two eco-resorts, a sustainable tourism online platform, an organic tea plantation, and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. He founded a leading Indian environmental non-governmental organization with Al Gore and JSW Group, and he also helped establish a leading public policy think-tank on Australian Aboriginal issues. Gaurav is on the advisory boards of several rural energy and social entrepreneurship funds and sits on the curriculum advisory board for the Economics department at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav spent six years at The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and London. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MA in Development Economics from Yale University.

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.

Ruchir Punjabi

Ruchir Punjabi is the Founder and Chair of Langoor – an agency of creative technologists with more than 180 people across Asia, in India, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Ruchir is also actively involved in Langoor’s group of companies that include an Internet of Things agency – AlterNet, a design thinking consulting firm – Pensaar, amongst others.

He serves as a Director on a number of Boards including not-for-profits and start-ups.

Ruchir was the Founding Chair of the AIYD. He is a former President of the University of Sydney Union and a former Board Director of the Foundation for Young Australians.

Karan Anand (Chair)

Karan Anand is a Director at Monitor Deloitte and entrepreneur and was also the inaugural Chair of the Young Sikh Professionals Network (YSPN). At Deloitte, Karan consults on matters of strategy to executives of large publically listed companies focussed on the Financial Services and Consumer Business industries.

Karan also led YSPN, which was founded in 2012 with a mandate to create the conditions for young Sikh professionals to succeed and amplify their influence. YSPN has active chapters in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland, serving over 2,000 young Sikh professionals around the country with a management team of 40 people.

Karan has a particular interest in the relationship between India and Australia from an innovation and entrepreneurship perspective

Amongst his achievements, Karan was a delegate to the Brightest Young Minds forum in Sydney; a delegate to the National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra and part of an Australian delegation to The Hague International Model United Nations. In 2005, Karan was Darwin’s Young Citizen of the Year.

Karan has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Finance both from UNSW where he was the Goldman Sachs Postgraduate Award winner.

Achyutha Sharma

Achyutha has over a decade of experience in Brand, Design and Marketing. He currently runs Collaborative Community, a strategic consulting firm that works with capacity building of the social sector in India. The brand firm has worked with start-ups and other businesses in the area of apparel, food & beverage, e-commerce, 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 in India currently focusing on building the largest artisan database in the world through Crafting Future. He spearheads social innovation in their work with emphasis on cultural contextualization in India’s modernization process. He has been a speaker to 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.

His interest specifically in the Indo-Australian relationship is in the area of cultural diplomacy, cultural intelligence, startup ecosystem and social sector. He is continuing the Samaanata dialogue on craft & culture that originated from an Australian project.

Ruchir Punjabi (Co-founder)

Ruchir Punjabi is the Founder and Chair of Langoor – an agency of creative technologists with more than 180 people across Asia, in India, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Ruchir is also actively involved in Langoor’s group of companies that include an Internet of Things agency – AlterNet, a design thinking consulting firm – Pensaar, amongst others.

He serves as a Director on a number of Boards including not for profits and startups.

Ruchir was the Founding Chair of the AIYD. He is a former President of the University of Sydney Union and a former Board Director of the Foundation for Young Australians.