Serial entrepreneur and investor. Founded madeinhealth.com in 2010, erstwhile leading health E-store in India, later acquired by Healthkart.com in 2012.
Other ventures in E-education and Water; headed Strategy for Yebhi.com
Currently runs FrogIdeas
, Insight Mantis
, and Blue Lion Group- an early stage investment network.
Guest lecturer at several management institutions including IIM’s , ISB, FMS etc.
Regular writer for publications such as Business Insider, and is a WIP Author.
Graduate of National Institute of Design, India.
Past projects range across aeronautical equipment, automobiles, software systems, exhibition spaces, furniture, and consumer products.
Founder of Kiba Design
practice, offering strategic design and innovation consulting services.
Advisor at Virtual Museum Transnational
Network, and National Innovation Council
Co-Founder of Airwoot
. Formerly a Doctoral Researcher at Hasso-Plattner Institute, Berlin, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Hassno-Plattner Ventures.
Has Dual Masters Degree in Computer Science from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and Technical University of Denmark.
Believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool for empowerment.
Designer, innovation practitioner and co-founder of WaterWalla
, which was awarded the most Innovative Social Business in 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange.
Alumni of Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied industrial design. received a bachelors in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Soaib was recognised as a Young Global Leader at the World Foresight Forum and an Eminent Citizen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
Works as design mentor with multiple incubators in the country, and is the Founder and Managing Partner of Bold Ventures
Soaib sits on the executive committee of the G5A Foundation in Mumbai, codeveloping their City Lab project.
Visual communicator and branding consultant specializing in brand strategies and identities, as well as visual voices for companies, products and services.
Illustrator, Comic Artist with experience in graphic design, art direction, editorial design, instructional design, exhibition design, user interface design for web, mobile and e-learning.
Lecturer at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. Wrote primer about visual phenomena- 'Visual Grammar
Writer and former Instructional Designer at Apple, Inc.
First novel, Only the Eyes Are Mine
, was published in 2005. Currently, she's at work on a second one.
Prior to Apple, Usha spent time teaching secondary school science with the US Peace Corps in Vanuatu.
At university and graduate school, she studied chemistry, molecular biology, and anthropology.
Director – Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies, New Delhi.
Educated in the fields of Sociology and Experimental Media Arts, her expertise lies in the fields of technology and infrastructure projects related to 'mobilities' in both urban and rural contexts in India. These range from mobile as well as telecommunication technologies, portable diagnostic devices and transport solutions.
Also developed games as a research tool for policy makers in the agricultural and urban infrastructure sectors.
Hailing from the cow-belt city of Gwalior, a computer engineer from IIT-Kharagpur and Louisiana. Ex-Nokia, Cisco, McAfee, quitting Silicon Valley and that line of work in 2013.
Currently, an essayist published in the Humanist, the Caravan, Philosophy Now, and several others. He has a column in 3 Quarks Daily and is working towards publishing his first novel.
He is also a photojournalist licensed by over 15 museums, 30 academics, and 50 publishers. His recent work includes River of Faith, a documentary film about the Kumbh Mela.
Check out his work on Shunya
Designer with multi-disciplinary experience in research, strategy, and cluster development.
Focused on exploring new approaches in ethnographic inquiry and design analysis for guiding social innovation.
She is also keen on exploring synergies between business development and design strategy.
Earlier Director of Innovation at CKS, where she developed expertise in rural healthcare and mobile tech adoption behaviour.
She is currently Design Research and Strategy Head at Tata Elxsi.
Anthropologist and a Design Ethnographer experienced in practicing design research in industry as well as academia.
Currently, PhD student in the HighWire programme at University of Lancaster.
Specializes in Project Management, Qualitative Research, User Research, Market Research, Usability Testing, Design Research, Marketing Analysis, Rural and Low Income Consumer Research, Codesign, Human Computer Interaction, Rapid Prototyping.
Design Researcher based out of Helsinki, Finland and Bangalore, India.
Pursuing Doctoral Research at Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture
Research interests involve design interventions that make public material resource use in daily living to question the normalization of our techno-material beings.
Inventor, TED Fellow, founder of Glavio Wearable Computing
and MPhil Technology Policy graduate from University of Cambridge.
Earlier, founder of Future.ly for geospatial mapping of emerging technology clusters.
At 16, founded Innovator Factor Foundation as one of the first think tank on Open Innovation.
" at 14 years, in response to his grandfather's paralysis and won the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award 2006 and Nobel Foundation's Seaborg SIYSS Award 2009 at the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
Ethnographic researcher with experience involving innovation and development of user-centered products and services.
Currently with Embrace Innovations
where he is responsible in bringing user’s perspective and make effective recommendations to design products and market strategies as well as develop a culture that fosters innovation within the team.
Corporate Lawyer and Principal of Impact Law Ventures
, specializing in venture capital and private equity matters, such as impact investing and venture philanthropy sector.
Currently advisor to various entrepreneurs, small and growing businesses, social business enterprises, non-profit organizations, impact investors and donor organizations on a range of legal and regulatory issues in India.
Earlier worked as India counsel for Acumen Fund
across agri, healthcare, water, housing and energy portfolios, and as an associate with AZB & Partners
, New Delhi.
Alumni of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Nasr ul Hadi
Content, communications and communities strategist from Columbia University.
Has extensive experience in editorial, creative, product and training roles across print, broadcast and digital media.
Teaches digital storytelling at graduate schools in Delhi and helps out with local chapters of various communities, including Hacks/Hackers, a global collective of professionals and DataMeet, an Indian group of Policy wonks, statisticians, and software geeks trying to work with open data.
Presently an ICFJ- Knight Fellow and consultant with HT media on Newsroom Innovation.
Formerly with NASA-Kennedy Space Center, working in simulation, virtual test bed for space shuttle landing and project engineering.
Founder of AccentFree
, world’s first online accent reduction platform for American English.
Also founded HealthIndya
, India's first Online One stop healthcare destination technology platform.
Founded Ishan Khosla Design
, now considered a leading design firm in India, in 2008 after working in the US for several years. IKD works in the cultural sector and is known for experimental, human, social, cultural and India-focussed work.
A finalist of the prestigious YCE Award (British Council), Ishan has been invited to the Netherlands by the Dutch Government on several occasions and was part of a high-level invitation to Japan by Japan Foundation.
His work has been published in New Graphic Design featuring the 100 leading contemporary graphic designers in the world; as well as in India: Contemporary Design — Graphics, Fashion and Interiors (The Victoria & Albert Museum and Roli Books) on contemporary Indian design which was part of the V&A show on Indian design in 2015.
Researcher-cum-entrepreneur in space of mobile applications in various sectors.
Named Top 10 innovators in India under India Innovates Growth Programme 2013 by FICCI.
Involved in various ventures in the domain of digital marketing, mobile solutions and Internet of Things.
Graduated with double M.Sc.(tech) degree from Aalto University, Finland and University of Tartu, Estonia.
Has a dozen patents issued/pending in USPTO apart from contributing book chapters in two books on topics of Innovation and Healthcare.
Anchors the Bihar Innovation Lab
effort at the Center for Knowledge Societies.
Interested in design and research in the area of ‘Applied Innovation for Developmental Impact’.
Principal Designer of the Vaccine Delivery Kit, a holistic resource device for field immunization delivery.
Consulting and research expertise spans rural development sectors of healthcare delivery, education, livelihood and capacity-building.
Entrepreneur since college.
Earlier on the board for Griffin Strategy Partners India, a business policy consulting company. Founder-Director of SilverSprouts Consulting Pvt Ltd, a business and market strategy consulting company.
Core Expertise is user-centered business solutions and market strategy creation in various sectors including Infrastructure, IT, Telecom, E-commerce, Media, and FMCG.
Led Innovation Strategy at the Center for Knowledge Societies and recent MBA grad from HEC Montreal.
Senior Director-Innovation at the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS).
Leads research using ethnographic and user experience research as well as design thinking principles for solving social innovation challenges in emerging economics, ranging from rural public health delivery , BoP financial services and telecommunications for urban mobility experiences.
Multi-disciplinarian in the fields of Architecture, Visual and Critical Studies, and Anthropology.
Staunch advocate of creative education and cultural development.
Founder of Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture
, and supervisor at Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Formerly elected Urban Councillor, District Councillor and Chairperson of Wan Chai District Council.
Member of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Art Museum Advisory Panel, and Board Member of Hong Kong Shue Yan University and Hong Kong Design Centre respectively.
Chief Executive of Nesta
. Former Chief Executive of the Young Foundation
, a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.
Visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy
Adviser to many governments around the world, and former board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve.
COO and co-founder of Essmart
Studied technology dissemination through her undergraduate and graduate studies at MIT.
Featured writer in USAID Frontiers in Development, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.
Recipient of Echoing Green Fellowship, and the Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship to India.
Prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist.
Former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in NYC.
Member of several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India.
Prolific writer and has authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him a reputation as a leading figure in his field.
Assistant Professor for the Design for Sustainability (DfS) program at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He manages the international projects on sustainable product innovation especially in emerging markets.
Main research area is the know-how transfer and implementation of sustainable product innovation into an international context.
Design Engineer and PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology
, the Netherlands. She is investigating implications of Amartya Sen’s influential capability approach on product development for rural people in emerging markets.
Her interests lie in responsible design for rural areas in emerging markets.
Founder and design director of IxDS
and Professor of 'Physical Interaction Design' at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam.
His research interest includes innovative, body-focused approaches to Human-Computer Interaction.
Previously, Associate Professor with the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, and designer/researcher with Sony in Tokyo and Ideo in San Francisco.
Professor of Corporate Responsibility at the Aalto University School of Economics.
Her current research focuses on societal impacts of corporate responsibility, sustainable innovations for poverty alleviation, and business models for sustainable product-services.
Member of the editorial board of the journal Business Strategy and the Environment
and Scandinavian Journal of Management
Senior Lecturer at the School of Design Studies at COFA
Formerly, Design Manager, and Consultant to various projects in Sustainability, Collaboration, Social Innovation, Futures, and Education.
Co-creation and nexus - where people from different backgrounds and professions come together in collaborations that result in innovation or new perceptions fascinates Griffith. She researches this area, and has also developed multi-disciplinary courses to teach skills required in such collaborations.
Founding Managing Director of Ourea Capital Advisors
, a boutique corporate finance advisory company based in Switzerland and India.
With over 10 years of experience in Investment Banking and Private EquityH, his expertise lies in advising and nurturing growth oriented companies across financial and strategic areas.
A qualified Chartered Accountant and alumni of Mumbai University, he is a regular speaker at various forums, industrial associations, ICAI, ICSI and is a visiting faculty to couple of business schools in Mumbai.
Also trains various entrepreneurs through NEN Global
Dr. Teemu Leinonen
Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Media Lab of Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.
Areas of research interest include design for computer supported collaborative learning, education planning and educational politics. decade of experience in the field of research, design and development of web-based collaboration and learning.
Artist, design researcher and educator with extensive experience in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Research areas include food systems, emerging technologies and the life sciences.
Zack helped launch and currently teaches in the Collaborative Design graduate program at PNCA in Portland, Oregon
and is the outreach coordinator of the Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
Zack holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Syracuse University.
Widely experienced International Marketing and Communication expert with engagements in business sectors such as FMCG, sportswear, fashion, electronic goods, and luxury goods.
With career beginnings in traditional marketing, Federico has developed great working knowledge of digital and technology tools as business drivers and communication techniques.
Formerly SVP of Digital & eBusiness at Kering Group
, where he was in-charge of digital transformation of the luxury division, and earlier President of Bottega Veneta
, European Region, where he launched CRM and developed eCommerce and Retail Excellence program. Also, erstwhile marketing brain at Nokia, where he proposed and implemented strategic product placement partnership with Nike across Europe.
Critic, writer, and teacher; specializing in the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet,mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing).
Visiting Lecturer at Stanford university's Department of Communication and a Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley's School of Information.
Frequent contributor to the DMLcentral
blog on topics ranging from new media literacy to learning innovation.
Director of The Thought Collective
, which includes School of Thought, Food For Thought, Think Tank Publishing, Thinkscape and Common Ground, in Singapore.
Has over a decade of experience in the field of education and youth development, providing civic education and academic training for schools.
In 2010, he was contracted by the Singapore Economic Development Board to design and operate their 50th Anniversary Youth Outreach Initiative.
In recent years, his work has extended into building social and emotional capital in Singapore.
Media-artist and PhD researcher in new media.
Involved in People-Centered practice of exercising the potential of media technologies for socially appropriate intervention.
Her studio is located in the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University
Trained in the MS Communications programme at Manipal, Karnataka and in the MA New Media Studies programme at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Worked under the labels of Information Architect, Interface Designer, Design Researcher, Cultural Producer, and Media Artist and Researcher.
Runs a 1-person design research firm.
Research and Strategic Planner for The Center for Genomic Gastronomy
, Partner at CoClimate
, and Consultant at XPLANE
Design Ecologist with experience in agri supply chains, disaster preparedness, and energy futures.
Leads projects that combine social science research with design, new media, and communication tools to help organizations envision change and adopt transformative practices.