Speakers at the Pecha Kucha Night on Entrepreneurship

I’m very pleased to announce our first batch of speakers at the upcoming Pecha Kucha Night on Entrepreneurship! We’ve been trying to get as diverse a group of people as possible, at all levels of experience and from all kinds of backgrounds, and I’m very pleased to say we’ve been immensely successft ul, even beyond what we’d imagined. In fact, we got so many positive responses that we’re doing two editions of the event! But more on that later. Here is a brief introduction to the first six speakers on the 28th of February:

Ashmeet Kapoor is the founder of I Say Organic – a for-profit social enterprise creating a supply of affordable organic produce sourced directly from farmers. Ashmeet started the company with the mission to make farming profitable for small farmers, and is working towards creating a model where small farmers look at farming as an enterprise, while ensuring sustainable land use. Ashmeet has been focused on developing market driven approaches to fight poverty and previously he was a founding member at an early stage company designing a water purification device for rural communities, and also worked in the solar and telecom industries in business and technical positions. He holds a Masters in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from Brown University, and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of British Columbia.

Vimlendu Jha is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Swechha, an organization working with youth on environment and active citizenship. He is also the founder and CEO of Green the Gap, a fair trade eco fashion enterprise. He was profiled by CNN International as one of the six changemakers of the world in the special series, Be the Change, in 2007. He is also a Global Economic Fellow 2012. Vimlendu studied at St. Stephens College, New Dehli and later did his Post Graduate work at the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, India. Prior to Swechha and Green the Gap, Vimlendu worked on issues of environment and active citizenship amongst youth, and also worked with several UN agencies in different capacities.

Gaurav Malik is the co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Nuru Energy – India. He currently manages the company’s business development efforts and operations in rural areas across the country and heads up market research for new product development. He has over 5 years of experience working in the arena of rural livelihoods, microfinance and education with various organizations across 7 districts in India. Gaurav completed his bachelors with honours in Economics and Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Satyarth Shaurya Singh is the founder of Lights On Films, a film making company with the vision of bringing attention to independent and underground music and art around the country. Prior to starting Lights on Films, Satyarth studied film at Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune and then worked in two production houses as an assistant director and production assistant, which lasted about a year. After this period, he decided to focus on making independent films on subjects that interested him, which also tend not to get enough media attention, namely Music, Art, Culture and Sports. In January 2012, he began working on a documentary on independent music culture in Delhi, titled Echoes, which won him some recognition and media coverage, following which he is now working on a series titled Virtuoso, which covers independent music, culture and art across India, from Shaa’ir and Func’s musical experiments to organic farming and sustainable living in Auroville.

Zahara Giselle Nedou is the co-founder and COO of Chimera Entertainment. Equipped with a masters degree in Luxury Brand Management from Regents College London, Zahara has both theoretical expertise and practical understanding of the luxury industry, having worked in it in Mumbai for over 8 years. She has played a vital role in bringing luxury brands into the country, working with brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Channel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Pal Zileri, Moet and Hennessey, Jimmy Choo and many more. After many years of working under others, she decided to start her own company earlier this year. Zahara is also a contributor to “Le City Deluxe” magazine, likes to play Polo, and is a part time comic, having performed comedy at places like Bootleggers, Blue Frog and Bonobo in Bandra, Mumbai.

Goonjan Mall is the founder and CEO of OnlinePrasad.com. After graduating from BITS Pilani, he worked with Bain and Company for a couple of years before taking the plunge to start his own venture. OnlinePrasad.com provides a platform for devotees to connect to their faith by delivering prasad from the temple of their choice to their doorstep. If you are taking your family to a religious destination, he is the guy you should reach out to for insider tips. Apart from traveling, he loves to read, play chess and eat (vegetarian – well, you might have guessed by now!). On a side note, I can’t wait for Goonjan’s presentation and to know how and why he chose such a unique business venture, and to hear more about his experiences delivering prasad to temples across India. If you’re as curious as I am, come join us at the Pecha Kucha night on Thursday, 28th February, at 7:30 pm.

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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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