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Kanika Khurana



Kanika Khurana is the co-founder of the online fashion portal, Klosetedit which is a social marketplace for women to discover, buy and sell preloved fashion. She was previously the Equity Operations Analyst at Morgan Stanley Advantage Services. Kanika graduated in Economics from the Indian School of Business and Finance affiliated by the University of London International Programmes.

Sarang Dalal

The Thought Partner

Sarang Dalal currently works at The Thought Partner, a collaborative marketing services company. He previously worked as an Assistant Manager at Deloitte India. Sarang is a graduate in Accounting and Finance from the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics.

Sohum Sanghvi

Teach for India Fellow

Sohum Sanghvi is a fellow at Teach for India, a non-profit organisation. He previously worked as a business analyst at American Tank and Fabricating. Sohum pursued his MBA in Strategic Management from Case Western Reserve University.

Hemang Bhojani

Affluo, LLC

President and Founder

Hemang Bhojani is the President and Founder of Affluo, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor that manages separate accounts for its clients. He was the former Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. He pursued his MBA in Finance, Strategy from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Bhavya Mihira


Product Owner

Bhavya Mihira is the Data Collection Specialist and Product Owner at Philips. She previously worked as a software engineer at Philips Consumer Lifestyle. Mihira pursued HBX Core(Credential of Readiness), a 120-150 hour certificate program on the fundamentals of business from Harvard Business School. She also worked as a Technical consultant for Talerang.

Vandita Saran

AON Hewitt

Head, Human Resource

Vandita Saran leads the Human Resource department at AON Hewitt, a human resources and outsourcing firm. She is an alumna of the University of Delhi from where she completed her Masters in Philosophy, International Relations and Affairs.

Abhishek Mehta

Anand Rathi Securities

Executive Assistant to CEO

Abhishek Mehta is the Executive Assistant to CEO at Anand Rathi Securities. He previously worked as the Assistant Manager - Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte India. He is an alumni of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics where he pursued Bachelor of Commerce.

Tarun Khanna

South Asia Institute and Harvard Business School

Director and Professor

Tarun is a Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School. He has served as a course head for the Strategy course of the MBA program and has chaired the executive education program on Strategy, Leadership and Government. He has a Ph.D in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Kamal Seth

Human Circle


Kamal is the founder of Human Circle, a movement to help young people develop their leadership skills and entreupreneurial outlook. His experience includes talent acquisition, team management and human capital consultancy in more than 10 countries. He has also done extensive work in consultative sales, business development, youth engagement and talent assessment.

Natasha Joshi


Education Consultant

Natasha is an Education Consultant at UNICEF where she works on intra-departmental engagement, research and advocacy and advisory roles. Previously, she was a Manager at Teach for India and holds a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.

Anjali Raina

Harvard Business School (IRC)

Executive Director

As leader of the Harvard Business School India Research Centre, Anjali Raina builds and maintains relationships with senior business leaders in the South Asia Region. The HBS IRC seeks to understand the trends that are shaping the future of this region & documents emerging business models. Anjali was previously the Country Training Director of the CitiGroup and a Senior Manager at ANZ Grindlays Bank.

Ankit Samdariya

The Xander Group

Vice President

Ankit works as the Vice President of the Xander Group. Previously he worked as a Management Associate at Virtuous Retail and a summer Associate at Denham Capital. He has completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and was the youngest student to get into IIT Delhi.

Rahul Goswami

Greenstone Energy Advisors

Managing Director

Rahul is the founder of a boutique financial advisory firm that focuses exclusively in the Indian renewable energy sector, assisting developers in raising growth equity, project financing and debt. The company also actively assists groups looking to sell project or portfolios in the sector.

Neha Bagaria



Neha founded JobsForHer, an online portal that enables women to restart their careers post marriage, motherhood, elderly care, etc. Neha founded her first company, Paragon, right after she graduated from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Natasha Bhandari

Out of Classroom Programme


Natasha is in charge of assisting and leading the Global Management of Avenues Extensions, a global division of Avenues responsible for educational and business opportunities outside the classroom. She has also worked at World Bank and studied at Harvard, where she focused on policy strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in education.

Meghna Apparao


Category Leader

Meghna currently works with Amazon. She also guides the development of research at Talerang. She previously served as the Global Marketing Director for the laundry segment at Hindustan Unilever. She has completed her MBA in Management from the University of Delhi, and completed her BSc in Mathematics from Stella Maris College.

Rohit Hemdev

Escape Hotels

Co- Founder

Rohit is the Co-founder of Escape Hotels, a hotel with a philosophy of personalised attention to every detail. He previously worked as a Managing Director at Citigroup where he was the Head of Real Estate Securitised Products, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Australia and Japan. At Citigroup, Rohit managed a multi-bilion dollar real estate portfolio.

Kapil Dawda

Teach for India

City Director

He leads a team of 8 members responsible for planning and executing strategy, and managing the ongoing operations of Teach for India in Bengaluru. The team currently supports over 50 fellows, impacting over 1700 students in government and low income private schools in Bengaluru.

Akshay Navaladi


Co- Founder

Akshay is the co-founder of Healthskool, India's most caring childrens' health network. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. His entrepreneurial spirit has led him to lead several initiatives ike Aavya Health, Start Up! and OranjeWay. Akshay completed his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2013.

Neerja Tiku

Department of Industrial Design, School of Planning and Architecture

Professor and Head of the Department

Neerja Tiku is the Head of Department of Industrial Design. Her responsibilities include framing curricula, initiating design thought and facilitating industry-academia dialogues through interactions.She is working towards enabling the department to take up globally competitive challenges.

Divyang Arora

Central Square Foundation

Program Manager

Divyang is a Program Manager at Central Square Foundation. Prior to this, he worked as an Analyst at JP Morgan Chase and as a Consultant at Booz & Company.

Ishan Raina

OOH Media

Founder and CEO

Ishan partnered with 3i to startup OOH Media in India based on the Focus Media model. OOH Media has a strategic tie up with Focus Media till Oct. 2016. He is also the Chairman and Founder of Euro RSCG as a joint venture partner. He is an alumnus of the Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy and has completed his MBA from IIM-C

Tanushree Bagrodia

NRB Bearings


Tanushree is a finance professional with experience in the Indian and European markets and automotive sector. She served as the Director of KBC's financial Products and IDFC Capital.Tanushree takes active interests in issues of civil society and has written several petitions to local bodies.

Kejal Parekh


Marketing Head

Kejal is the Marketing Head at MyGlamm. Prior to this, Kejal was a Marketing Manager at Konnekt Marketing for three years. Her strengths lie in direct marketing, alliances and strategic tie-up events.

Neeraj Sanghani


Executive Vice President

Neeraj is the Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy at MyGlamm. He was the co-founder of Outsy and worked as a General manager at Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. He has an MBA from the Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University.

Siddharth Kanoria

Quantum Consumer Solutions

Senior Vice President

Siddharth's passion is to solve the world's most challenging business problems and build the future of brands, markets and organisations with powerful consumer and cultural insight and with a lens of strategy and consulting.

Gaurav Singh

3.2.1. Education Foundation

CEO & Learning Lead

Gaurav was previously a software engineer at Accenture after which he became a fellow at Teach for India for 2 years. He is currently the CEO at 3.2..1. Foundation, which also works in the educational sector.

Nishant Sharma

Kedara Capital Advisors LLP

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Nishant's specialities lie in Healthcare, Financial Services, Infrastructure and IT. He has held posts in many prestigious companies including McKinsey, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and General Atlantic LLC . He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Shama Dalal


Marketing Professional

Shama is a senior manager for marketing at an FMCG organisation. She has completed her MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and has also has experience across financial services and retail apparel.

Tesha Khurana

Bottega di Lungavita

Executive Director

Tesha is the Executive Director for the Italian skin care brand Botega Di Lungavita, handling retail, PR, launch, and promotion of the brand and stores since June 2012. She also previously worked with the Times of India’s International Media Marketing Response where she was promoted to the position of Officer.

Pankaj Dinodia

Dinodia Capital Advisors


Pankaj is the CEO of Dinodia Capital Advisors. He has done an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He previously worked with Goldman Sachs

Shuchi Kothari



Shuchi is the Founder of, an e-commerce fashion website. She has completed her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has previously studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

Ira Trivedi

Self- Employed


Ira Trivedi is a bestselling author and contributes to a wide variety of publications including Foreign Affairs, Hindustan Times Brunch, Forbes, Outlook, amongst many others. She was nominated for the Sigma Del Chi Award.

Mayank Singhal

Temasek Holdings

Associate Director

Mayank Singhal is an Associate Director with Temasek Holdings. He has an MBA from Stanford University and BA in Economics from the University of Delhi. He is actively involved with a number of leading businesses and institutions, and also writes for business publications.

Paritosh Agarwal

Booth School of Business

MBA Candidate

Paritosh Agarwal is currently studying at Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He is a graduate of Symbiosis, and has worked with D.E. Shaw, Teach For India and McKinsey and Company. He lead the financial modeling and business planning for Talerang.

Jay Motani

A T Kearney

Senior Business Analyst

Jay is currently a Senior Analyst at A T Kearny, where he works on strategy and operations transformations across India, South East Asia and Europe. He was a part of the core committee of Mood Indigo, the festival of IIT Mumbai. He was also a Campus Ambassador for Teach for India. Jay helped Shveta in conducting her pilot research that led to Talerang.

Aditya Damani

London Business School

MBA Candidate

Aditya Damani is currently pursuing his MBA at London Business School. Previously, he worked as a Director at KM Global Financial Services, launching the company's investment banking division. He has also worked at PIMCO, EDITED, Tandem and TransferWise.

Sinhali Deshpande


Curriculum Lead

Sinhali Deshpande is a veteran in the development of transformative training modules. Her clients include several multinationals ranging from Pepsi to Citibank. She has been involved with Talerang since January 2013, and has fleshed out the final curriculum.

Shivanee Sen

Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar

Assistant Councillor and Program Coordinator

Shivanee Sen is currently studying at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a Psychology graduate from Berkeley and has worked at Tagore International School as an Assisstant Counsellor and Program Coordinator. She previously worked as a Curriculum Associate and Lead Trainer at Talerang.

Deepak Ramola

Project Fuel

Founder and Artistic Director

Deepak Ramola is the founder and artistic director of Project FUEL which enables the youth to explore and tap into their highest potential. He has worked as a life skills educator since the age of 17 with over 23,000 students that included differently abled, physically challenged, aged, tribal and under privileged students. He is a TED speaker, educator, writer, actor and lyricist.

Seema Kamble

3.2.1 Education Foundation

Head of Academics

Seema previously worked at the Akanksha Foundation and Teach For India, where she was a fellow. She is currently the Head of Academics at 3.2.1 Education Foundation. Her work includes leading the curriculum design and overseeing student teacher training.

Anuradha Sharma

Fulki Communications

Founder and CEO

Anuradha Sharma is the founder of Fulki, an internal communication agency whose clients include PepsiCo, Harvard Business School and Mahindra Rise among many others. In the past, Anuradha has worked at Right Management and Grow Talent in the fields of brand building and communication.

Aditya Tripathi


Founder and CEO

Aditya is the CEO and Founder of MarkSharks, a game-changing new system to teach children via mobile devices. He was previoulsy an External Consultant at McKinsey & Co and is a graduate of IIM-A.


Oyo Rooms

Chief Growth Officer

A graduate of Harvard Business School and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Kavikrut is the Chief Growth Officer at Oyo Rooms. Previously, he worked at Amazon as an Operations Manager. He cofounded Mobile Medics Healthcare which was later acquired by Piramal eSwasthya where he was a Founding Manager.

Bindi Dharia

Kavailya Education Foundation

Program Director

Bindi is a graduate from Harvard Business School with a focus in social enterprise and education. She worked on the One Laptop per Child project and on a project for the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She worked with ArcelorMittal for four years as an automation engineer. She has a Masters degree in electrical engineering from University of Michigan- Ann Arbor.

G G Dwivedi

Aligarh Muslim University

Professor and Faculty Chairperson

Major General GG Dwivedi is a Professor and the Chairperson of the Faculty of International Studies at Aligarh Muslim University. He is a veteran of the Bangladesh War and has been on the visiting faculty of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is also a part of the visiting faculty of Foreign Services Institute, Delhi.

Siddharth Sah


Founder and CEO

Siddharth Sah took classes at the renowned Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena while completing his MBA. This inspired him to start MakeWhale, a company that creates 3D printed products. He has experience in PR, commodities and paper trading. He serves as a Trustee of the Smt. Laxmi Sah Charitable Hospital.

Rahul Prajapat

NTT Communications

Network Design Engineer

Rahul currently works as a Network Design Engineer at NTT Communications. A graduate of IIT Bombay, he represented India in the Arkaroola Mars Expedition in Australia and was the Electronic Subsytem Head of the Mars Rover Project. He was also a Core Team Member of Entwine Mobisoft Technologies.

Yash Mimani

McKinsey & Co.

Business Analyst

Yash is currently working as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co. He completed his BA at St. Xavier's College. Yash completed his Talerang internship at Zodius Advisors (a private equity firm) and was offered an extended internship by the Managing Director. He received an offer letter from McKinsey & Co. in 2015.

Punit Thakkar

Sikhya Entertainment

Assistant Producer

Punit is an Assistant Producer at Sikhya Entertainment, working on development, film festivals and distribution. He cofounded a social sharing humour website called orGAGsm and worked on movie marketing and client servicing at Pulp Pictures.

Ilina Dubey

Brack Capital Real Estate

Vice President

Ilina Dubey is the Vice President of Business Development India Operations at Brack Capital Real Estate. She is a graduate of University of Delhi and Harvard Business School.

Toshan Patil

Meraki Sport and Entertainment

Cofounder and Partner

Currently a partner at Meraki Sport and Entertainment, Toshan Patil has previously worked as a Marketing and Sales Manager at Magna LDA and an Assistant Manager for Client Servicing and Business Development at Procram.

Mayank Sekhsaria

DD Cotton


Mayank Sekhsaria is a director at DD Cotton and the cofounder of Greenlight Planet, a social enterprise that manufactures and sells affordable solar lanterns. He previously worked as a Technology Manager at Google. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Technology and Management.

Priyanka Bajaj

Ascend International School


Priyanka Bajaj currently teaches kindergarteners at Ascend International School in Mumbai. She previously taught speech and drama, and conducted remediation lessons for children with learning disabilities. She graduated from St. Xavier's College has a Montessori Primary Diploma and a Certificate in Learning Disabilities.

Neha Sethi

Sweetish House Mafia

Founder and CEO

Neha Sethi is the founder and CEO of Sweetish House Mafia and a Director at Omega Education. She previously worked as a Director at Gate Solutions and an Investment Banking Analyst at Bear Sterns. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.