Karan Anand

Karan Anand is a Management Consultant at Deloitte in Sydney. He is also a part time entrepreneur and 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 leads 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 and Perth and a management team of >40 people.

Karan also serves as a Director for the Indian Sub-continent and Crisis Support Agency (ICSA).

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.

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.