This edition of Pecha Kucha Night Delhi promises to be one of our best ever, with eleven excellent speakers who will talk about Failure from very distinct perspectives. Interestingly, we’ve had several speakers from past Pecha Kucha Nights reach out to us, wanting to speak again because they were so drawn to this topic. Speakers hail from a wide range of different backgrounds, including entrepreneurs and social innovators, representatives from the government, urban transport planners, social activists, and many more. Here’s introducing the first few:
Dr. Anvita Arora is an Architect and Transport Planner, and is currently the Director and CEO of Innovative Transport Solutions (iTrans), an incubatee company of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. She was also the India Representative of Interface for Cycling Expertise, I-CE, Netherlands for 4 years. She is the President of the Global Feet and Fiets Foundation, Netherlands and Director of the Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS), Delhi. She also teaches Transport Planning in the Urban Design Department in the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi. She has been involved in sustainable transport projects since 2000, and has focused on understanding the needs of the different user groups, especially the disadvantaged groups, in the system. She is a certified trainer in non-motorized inclusive planning and has ongoing projects to integrate BRT and NMT systems in large cities.
Jesse van de Zand works as social business developer at Enviu, a foundation based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Enviu’s mission is to help build companies that improve the quality of life of the BoP in a profitable and sustainable way. As such, Jesse works on the realization of several social businesses, in roles varying from strategic advisor or company secretary to the (interim) CEO. A tax and business lawyer by profession, Jesse worked for several years in the world of financing, mergers and acquisitions prior to joining Enviu. After this period he switched to Enviu, where he combines his experience in business with the social mission of Enviu, and works with social sector startups to help them realize their development from scratch, from the conceptualization of the idea through to its launch. He is currently based in Gurgaon and works on several start-ups in India, including a start-up named “Janta Meals” that will provide nutritious and hygienic food to the low income population of the urban areas of India, starting in Gurgaon.
Jatin Modi has been an entrepreneur since the age of 19, and has founded four startups, of which he failed at two, and has had one success through an exit. He is a guest lecturer at several colleges like SP Jain-Mumbai, IMI- Delhi and College of Business Studies, Delhi, where he talks about Entrepreneurship, the business of the Internet, Marketing and Structuring Start-ups. He currently works on his latest startup (which he also founded), FrogIdeas, a Digital Strategy and Marketing firm. Prior to this, he had founded MadeinHealth.com, which was acquired by Healthkart.com. And prior to that, he headed marketing strategy at Yebhi.com. Alongside his work at FrogIdeas and his teaching stints, he also mentors start-ups in the Internet sector. Jatin lives in Delhi, enjoys CrossFit, trekking and reading on almost anything. You can follow him on twitter at @PoornViram or visit his website at www.jatinmodi.com.