Mentors and Shifus
Antje Pfahl is a data-driven, social media marketer with a focus on consumer insights and growth. She provides strategies and analytical insights that connect brands to their audiences in an efficient, relevant and meaningful way. As a trusted partner to brands, she has created public relations and digital marketing initiatives across platforms in Germany and India- blurring the lines between social media, storytelling and marketing. These brands include Rolls Royce, Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, One97 Communications, and PayTM- where she currently heads their social media marketing and growth through audience engagement.
In the past, she led Digital Marketing at Generator Digital Creative where she handled Pepsi India's IPL campaign, 2014, and other marquee clients in the Indian Consumer industry in their digital efforts. At Adianta School and the Startup Tunnel, she mentors various budding entrepreneurs and startups on their journey to scale-up and reach out to wider audiences.
Gaurav is the Co-founder and Director of Partnerships at Nuru Energy – India, a social enterprise that designs and delivers clean, affordable and multifunctional lighting and energy solutions to the households at the Base of Pyramid (BoP). Prior to Nuru Energy, Gaurav has worked in diverse projects in Microfinance, Rural Education, affordable healthcare and at a Candian radio station. He attended the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK and graduated with honors in Economics and Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, Canada. In his free time Gaurav plays Drums, squash and basketball and goes trekking. He is currently training to run a marathon.
Harish was born in Mumbai, India. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University in 1994 and has an MBA with a specialization in Marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India. Harish joined GE Healthcare in Feb 2010 as the CMO for the India region. Prior to joining GE, he had significant consumer sales and marketing experience with Britannia Industries Ltd and then with Nokia. He has lived and worked in India, China and in the United Kingdom. He is currently based in Bengaluru, India.
Hima Batavia is passionate about the intersection between health, technology and design. Most recently, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with GSF India, a multi-city accelerator for early stage tech companies in India. Previously, she worked with a number of international development organizations, including the mHealth Alliance, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health. Her work has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, PLoS Medicine Journal, and UN Dispatch and she has collaborated with the World Health Organization and IDRC on detailed research reports. She is a committed community leader, cofounding the Toronto for Acumen Fund Chapter, organizing Mobile Tech for Social Change Toronto, and representing University of Toronto Alumni in New Delhi. Hima holds a BSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto St. George. You can follow her on twitter @himabatavia or at himalayawake.com.
Jesse van de Zand
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.
Sumit has over 11 years of experience in B2B Business Development, Go-to-Market and Sales Operation & Strategy spanning Asia, Africa, Middle East and USA. Most recently, He developed Go-to-Market, and Business Development strategy for a SaaS startup as its co-founder. Earlier, as the head of a US $63 M product line for a Nigerian conglomerate, he successfully led a multicultural team of sales people, trained them to be more agile and exceeded sales targets. As a regional manager for a large Indian conglomerate, he launched from scratch a new product line, rose to lead its growth nationwide, and subsequently established it as a high growth product line. As an Engineer in a continuous process company, he implemented cross-functional initiatives in the areas of de-bottlenecking and quality improvements that brought huge cost savings. He believes in participative leadership. Although, after delegating a task he does demand and expect results, he believes in getting his hands dirty and being available to his team members at every stage of the task. In his spare time, he likes to read books and write his blog. He is currently a resident of Stanford Venture Studio, startup accelerator of Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also reached semi-finals of Dell Social Innovation Challenge in 2013. He completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering from IIT in 2001, and Master’s degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow in 2013.
Amy Lockwood is the co-founder of RIVET, an organization that supports global health entrepreneurs to invent and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing health issues starting with a program in India in 2013. She is also the Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford's School of Medicine. With a background spanning the business, nonprofit and academic sectors, she has deep experience developing strategies, managing, and evaluating development projects and organizations throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. As the Executive Director of Project Healthy Children, she focused on developing and implementing comprehensive food fortification strategies to combat micronutrient malnutrition in Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal and Rwanda. As the Director of the Global Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and India Deputy Country Director for the Clinton Foundation, she was responsible for supporting governments to develop strategies and implementation plans; design guidelines; build systems, procure drugs and diagnostics; and deliver care to HIV-positive children and adults.
Maryanna Abdo lives in Mumbai and is Director of Business Development for The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm who are the largest advisors to the education sector globally. Mary is a Fellow and former staff member of the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation in London. Whilst at the Young Foundation, Mary was a project and venture manager in education and youth. Her prior experience includes working as a management consultant with charities in the UK and directing a popular grassroots literacy programme in Los Angeles called Reading to Kids. Mary has a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe, which she attended as a Fulbright Fellow. She has a Bachelors summa cum laude from the University of Southern California.
PV Sreenath leads the area of Smarter Cities at IBM India/South Asia, a role he has been in since the commencement of Smarter Cities business in the region. Prior to this, he lead the Government sector business for High Value Business Development (HVBD) at IBM I/SA. He has been with IBM since Oct, 2006. Prior to IBM, he served with the ICICI Group, India’s leading financial sector player – initially with ICICI Ltd and then as a Member of the Global Executive Management Team at 3i Infotech. He holds the distinction of securing and directing the implementation of the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative related to e-Governance at the national level in India – the National Tax Information Exchange System for the Government of India. He is a post-graduate in management from the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and B. Tech. in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi. (earlier IT-BHU)
Viloo Morawala Patell
Dr. Villoo Morawala Patell, Founder, Chairperson & Managing Director, Avesthagen Limited
is an Academic Entrepreneur who founded Avesthagen in 1998. Avesthagen is globally recognized as a leading systems biology company with a unique model focused on the convergence of food, pharma and population genetics. A convergence that leads to continuous and path-breaking innovations in predictive, preventive, personalized healthcare. Owing to her pioneering work in the field of molecular biology, Dr. Patell has long-standing professional relationships with individuals, institutions and corporates working in the domain of biotechnology across the world. She is a key member of the Task Force and Vision Group for Biotechnology, instituted by the State Government of Karnataka and founding member of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE). Dr. Patell was Awarded the 'Officer of the National Order of Merit' by the President of the French Republic in April 2008.
Late Prof. M.P Ranjan
He was a mentor at Adianta School and was a Professor and Design Chair at CEPT University.
Design Thinker with over 40 years of experience in design education and practice.
Visualized and co-founded two new design schools in India, one for the crafts sector and the other for the bamboo sector.
His book 'Bamboo and Cane Crafts of Northeast India' opened up new frontiers for design exploration and social transformation in India.
became a major platform for Indian design discourse.
He was on the Governing Council of the IICD, Jaipur and lives and works from Ahmedabad in India.