More Speakers on Failure at the upcoming Pecha Kucha Night

A few days ago, I introduced the first three of our eleven speakers for this next Pecha Kucha Night, focusing on Failure. Here’s introducing a few more:

Nikhil Pahwa is the Founder & Editor of MediaNama, the leading publication for news and analysis on the evolving digital ecosystem in India. Nikhil has been involved with online communities since 1999, and since 2006, has provided insight on government policy and business developments related to online and mobile content, commerce, distribution and access businesses. Prior to founding MediaNama in 2008, he was the Editor of ContentSutra, a part of the ContentNext network of digital media focused publications, now owned by the UK based Guardian Media Group. You can find him on twitter at @nixxin.

Varun Chawla is co-founder of 91 Springboard, a startup growth hub based out of New Delhi, with a commitment to making the startup journey easier and more fun through coworking, community and capital. Varun has extensive early stage experience since 2005, having been an intrapreneur, investment banker, failed entrepreneur and successful entrepreneur, as well as the Ambassador from India for the World Startup Report. He founded MyGuestHouse, a budget accommodation technology company that was acquired by MakeMyTrip in 2011. In addition to his work at 91 Springboard, Varun also serves as board member of Pennar Industries Limited, a publicly listed company with a turnover exceeding Rs 1500cr. Varun graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in 2002 with a B.S. degree in Applied Economics and Management, he completed additional coursework in engineering mathematics and electrical engineering. Follow him on twitter at @vs35.

An obsessive trend-spotter and almost voyeuristic people watcher, Isha Singh Sawhney is a journalist who has written on a number of subjects across the globe. Marrying her people skills with an insatiable passion for writing, journalism and cultural critique took on a life of their own in the publications she writes for. Her byline has appeared in The Caravan, India Ink for the New York Times, Elle Decor, Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Open and CnnGo. However, it’s her column in MJ Akbar’s The Sunday Guardian where she gets to complain and rant about anything she’s been obsessing over the past week, that has unwittingly become a space for her to unleash commentary on culture and lifestyle, with a focus on urban quirks and modern day relationships in all their contradictions, ironies and idiosyncrasies. You can follow her on twitter at @peachisha.

Ajay Chaturvedi is the Founder of HarVa, a rural start up that primarily focuses on Skill Development, BPO, Community based farming and Microfinance. Ajay begun his career with IBM Consulting in the US and has experience in Management, Operations and IT Consulting across Financial Services, IT and ITeS industries in US, UK, and South East Asia. Ajay truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world, especially in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the drivers of inclusive growth. A voracious reader, an avid golfer and an ardent traveller, Ajay spent almost a decade living in the US and across the world and now lives in Gurgaon. Ajay was awarded CNN IBN Youth Icon / Young Indian Leader of the year 2011 and has recently been nominated as one of the Amazing Global Indian by Times Now News 2012-13 and Yahoo unsung Heroes 2012-13. Ajay is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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D-57, 100 Foot Road, Chattarpur Enclave
New Delhi


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About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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