The 19th Pecha Kucha Night in Delhi is nearly upon us, and I’m very pleased to introduce you to the final four speakers who’ll be presenting their encounters and thoughts on Failure this Friday.
Tamseel Hussain is a Campaigner for Change.org in India since 2011, and has led several campaigns focusing on human rights, women and gender rights, as well as alternative art. Prior to this, he was a program manager at Genesis of Educational Excellence (gexe), an organisation that aims to connect and engage students, teachers, opinion leaders, travelers, the old and the young to various projects that are based on multiple intelligence and lateral thinking. With wide experience in social development and activism, Tamseel has worked at several organizations to help facilitate social change. This includes being a Program Coordinator in Egypt and India for the Global Classroom Education Division and the National Coordinator for Public Engagement at Greenpeace India. Tamseel aims, with his work, to build a sustainable future, by connecting individuals and engaging them to a specific cause or various causes. Find him on twitter at @Tamseel_h.
Nandini Hirianniah is a co-founder of The Morpheus, an accelerator for startups. A serial entrepreneur with 12+ years of professional experience, Nandini has been a part of various media and technology startups. Nandini campaigns for the end customer and her core expertise is product design with special focus on usability & customer experience, and measurable marketing strategies. She co-founded Madhouse Media in 2004, Indiaâ€™s first online/offline movie rentals company and successfully exited with acquisition by Seventymm in 2007. Post acquisition she was Associate Vice President â€“ Communities Services and Web Products. Before this she has worked with moblf (mobile life), Times of India, Zee News, IBM & GE. Her passions are traveling, trekking, theater and films. She is also an independent filmmaker. Nandini believes that Indiaâ€™s future lies in todayâ€™s entrepreneurs and startups and that they will create a new wave in the economy, and create wealth and value for themselves as well as the Indian economy. She has a MS in Communications from Bangalore University and bachelors in Journalism from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She blogs at nandini.me. You can follow her on twitter @nandinih.
Muhammad Ali Khan is the Officer on Special Duty to the Minister for Rural Development in the Government of India. Here he coordinates and provides counsel on a wide range of administrative issues. Most recently he has been part of the team that worked to bring about a new national law on the subject of land acquisition. Prior to this assignment he worked as the Advisor (on law and policy matters) to the Minister for Environment and Forests, Government of India where he was involved in the drafting of new legislation and the supervision of litigation strategy. He was also part of the team that worked to establish the â€˜National Green Tribunalâ€™- an expert judicial body to hear environmental matters. He is the editor of a book on former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi titled â€˜Indira Gandhi on Environment and Forestsâ€™ which chronicles her contribution to the development of the field. For his work at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, he was invited to become a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law in 2011. He has a background in corporate litigation and arbitration having worked with Amarchand & Mangaldas, a leading corporate law firm based in India. He has an LLB from the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), India.
Anshul Tewari is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA), which is one of Indiaâ€™s leading online and platforms for young people to express themselves on issues of importance. His work experience cuts across new media and online journalism. Having started YouthKiAwaaz.com (YKA) in 2008, Anshul has experience in citizen media, new media, social media and how to mobilize and engage young people in participatory and collaborative journalism to have a larger impact on a mass audience. Born in October 1990 and educated in journalism at the University of Delhi, he started YKA while still in high school, as a platform to voice his opinions. The reason for launching this platform was his discovery that the youth, at large, did not have a platform to address critical issues and get heard. Soon he took the portal public and engaged more people in sharing their views and reporting on issues that matter. YKA was awarded the World Summit Youth Award by ICNM and UN for online journalism in 2010. Youth Ki Awaaz has also won the Bahaâ€™i Faithâ€™s Champions of Social Transformation award for youth empowerment, in 2011. Anshul was recently recognized as a young innovator, and Youth Ki Awaaz won the top grant in the Young Innovators Competition run by the International Telecom Union, United Nations, in 2012. Find him on twitter at @YouthKiAwaaz.