With masters in Tourism Management & Marketing, Amit currently works with Travel Unravel as a Team Leader. He is involved in varied functions ranging from designing flexible tour packages to meet the needs of different clients to being actively involved in communication and coordination of Pricing Issues and generate accurate bills for the clients as payment for their travel reservations.
He is also involved in generating names for new and existing products and services, coming up with ideas for new packaging designs, including shape, size, colors, fonts and imagery and overseeing the production of newspaper and magazine advertisements, direct mail packs, email campaigns, websites and liaising with art designers, media buyers and printers.
He feels strongly about the design and usage of shit, garbage and waste and intends to spread awareness on the same.
Soumyajit Chakladar, 22 is a communication design passout from NIFT, New Delhi. He is currently working as a communication/space designer for Liganova Gmbh. Having worked with the Happy Hands foundation, a non profit organization working with artists and craftsmen; he has contributed to the organization by building their capacity in terms of skill, technical know-how and conducted design education workshops to inspire creative thinking and innovation. Currently the projects are running in the villages of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odhisa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and a few north eastern states.
He worked closely with the Happy Hands foundation and came up with an art installation made out of trash in Hauz Khas Village last year.
Besides work, Soumyajit is an avid traveller, blogger, photographer, painter and a culinarian.
Vimlendu Jha is a dynamic youth leader from India who currently heads Swechha, a Delhi-based youth and environment organization. He also works closely with the Government of India through its Planning Commission arm, including the local government of New Delhi.
In 2004, Vimlendu was profiled as one of the top 25 youth leaders of the world by International Youth Foundation through the international publication ‘Our Time is Now’, for his work on environment and on building participation for river keeping.
He also helped set up the Green the Gap Collective, a fair trade initiative that produces innovative products from waste material.
Besides a young leader, Vimlendu is also an avid photographer, musician and film-maker. He has made award-winning documentaries on environment and youth issues, such as Disposable and Wasted which deal with solid waste management; Jijivisha, which deals with water issues and the plight the river Yamuna; and Tatva, which is on climate, water and energy issues.
Radhika Khaitan: Upon completing schooling from Jaipur, Radhika went to the University of Nottingham in U.K. for her BBA. She graduated from Nottingham with a double honors degree in Finance, Accounting and Management in 2007. Radhika then moved to her home town Jaipur and assisted her While working with her father, Radhika realized that the creative field was more suited to her, she went on to pursue a course in Visual Communication from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in LA, USA. After coming back from LA, she and her sister Madhvi then started WorkshopQ.
Madhvi Khaitan: Madhvi went to the University of Warwick in U.K. after completing her high school graduation from Jaipur. She graduated from Warwick with a degree in Finance and Accounts in 2008 and straight away went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, USA, where she also pursued a course in Visual Communications. Madhvi knew from the very beginning that she was more inclined towards the creative world and is now proving it at WorkshopQ.
Pradip Saha, 53, co-director of DamageControl, a research and communication consultancy for social sector. He was associated director of Centre for Science and Environment [CSE] till 2010, and Managing editor of Down To Earth, a fortnightly on science and environment. He has been involved with large scale campaigns on clean air, rainwater harvesting, forestry issues and climate change. Has special interest in issues around water. He has also made a video called ‘Faecal Attraction: Political economy of defecation’ in 2007 to start a public dialogue on sewage in Delhi. The 58 minute video ‘Mean Sea level’ on sinking islands in the Sundarbans was screened in MoMA PS1 in August this year. He has also collaborated in various art projects with Raqs Media Collective, Ranbir Kaleka and Hemant Sareen.
Jayant is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer by training from VIT, Vellore and has been working with GIZ (German International Cooperation) for the past 1 year on environment, sustainability, resources and E-waste management. He works on policy advocacy, research, informal sector formalization, social enterprise building and capacity building & training. He has conducted Sustainability and E-waste sessions and drives across schools and RWAs in Delhi and NCR and also organized participatory and capacity building workshops for various stake-holder groups including govt. bodies, corporates, PSUs etc. In addition to Delhi, he is also working on sustainable consumption, sustainability and E-waste in the cities of Ahmedabad and Kolkata. He is the Project Coordinator for Nokia-GIZ DPP which aims to build an eco-system where students and the youth can use creative mediums like film-making, dance, photography, theater etc. to deal with the issue of sustainability and sustainable consumption in these two cities
“Creation without responsibility creates destruction” – Mike Monteiro
In his inspiring talk, ‘How Designers Destroyed the World’, at Webstock, New Zealand, Mike Monteiro discusses the responsibility of designers and the possible consequences of forgetting the same, a near existential question that we at CKS find ourselves asking often enough. His talk is a wake up call to the designers around the globe. ‘Design is creating things’, he states. Designers have a responsibility not only towards their clients but also towards the larger world within which they practice. Mike narrates the experience of a young gay American girl,Ms. Duncan’s,with Facebook. Ms. Duncan, although an active user of Facebook, had chosen the privacy settings that hid certain parts of her profile from her family.Unfortunately, when she was signed up to the Facebook page of a local queer community she was a part of the group’s privacy settings overruled her own privacy settings, and Facebook notified to everyone on Ms. Duncan’s friend list about her carefully preserved identity, including her father, who responded negatively, disowning his daughter. Continue reading
Nakul Kumar co-founded ReGlobe in 2009, a successful and unique entrepreneurial firm which aims to provide innovative solutions for end-of-life product recovery working with some of the leading electronics brands in the country. In 2013 ReGlobe forayed into online re-e commerce, buying old gadgets online and refurbishing them to serve someone else’s needs for low cost. Prior to ReGlobe, Mr. Kumar was a Strategy Consultant with Tecnova India. He has worked with Amadeus (France) in marketing strategy and has also been involved with projects on Sustainable Development with Companies like Gaz De France. In 2012 Mr. Kumar was awarded the Social Entrepreneurship Award from IIM Lucknow for his work in ReGlobe. Nakul Kumar is an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon, India as well as Masters in European Business from European School of Management, Paris. He holds a B.E. (ECE) from Punjab University, Chandigarh.