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Kanwal Singh:

 

Kanwal Singh is the founder of Fireside Ventures, a family office fund, focussed on early stage Consumer Companies.

With over 29 years of experience in the areas of venture investing, marketing and business development across multiple sectors in India, Kanwal has been involved in helping build several consumer brands like Paper Boat, Tzinga, Hokey Pokey, Epigamia, Yogabar, Bonhomia, Licious, Dropkaffe, Buttercups, ID Special, Lifecell, Mast Kalandar, Yepme etc.

Prior to Fireside, Kanwal was a co-founder of Helion where he spent a decade investing in consumer and consumer technology businesses & Prior to Helion, Kanwal spent four years as a director and co-head of The Carlyle Group's India venture operations. Before this, he worked as Head of Marketing for Intel South Asia. He joined Intel from Hindustan Unilever Ltd. where he spent over 10 years in various functions including sales, marketing and product innovation.

 

R Ramaraj:

 
Ramaraj is a serial entrepreneur who has been  involved in ventures in IT, cellular and Internet.  His last venture was Sify, where he was the Co-  Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sify was  the first Indian Internet Company from India to  list on NASDAQ National Market in the US  (NASDAQ –SIFY).

He is the first Indian to be invited to the Board  of Directors of ICANN (Internet Corporation for  Assigned Names and Numbers) where he  served for 6 years as an Independent Director.

Until recently he was the Senior Advisor at  Sequoia Capital. He is currently Senior Advisor  at Elevar Equity.

He is on the board of Olympic Gold Quest  (OGQ) a Not for Profit organization. OGQ is committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world thus helping Indian athletes to win Olympic Gold medals.

He is the Co-Founder and Director of Coaching Foundation of India, an organization that trains and certifies CEO Coaches. Ramaraj is the Chairman of Villgro Foundation, an Incubator for social enterprises and also a Director of the IIMC Innovation Park. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee at IITM Incubation Centre. 

 

Prashant Sankaran: 

Prashant Sankaran is an almunus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, and an indutry vetran of more than 30 years of experience across multiple industries and roles. After stepping off his corporate career about eight years back, he has been mentoring start-ups and coaching entrepreneurs. He is a mentor at the Entrepreneur Development Cell (NSRCEL) of IIM-Bangalore, and serves on the Boards of a few for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. 

 

Aruna Ganeshram:

Aruna is a performance director, designer, trainer and founder of Visual Respiration, a performance company committed to designing unique audience experiences. She holds an (MA) in Advanced Theatre Practice from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, United Kingdom. She has a Masters in Marketing & Communications with a focus on Communication design and visual media.

Aruna has been in theatre and performance for the last 15 years. Her most recent work, Re:play, an immersive performance inspired by Traditional Indian Games has been performed over 35 times in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Singapore and London. It was also showcased at the Kala Ghoda Arts festival in Mumbai in 2014.

Combining extensive research of subjects and theatrical application, her modules ensure that students have an active learning process which shapes their understanding of subjects and enables personal discoveries, about themselves as well as the learning material.

Aruna has worked with Daimler and Ashok Leyland for 6 years as part of the Marketing Communication team, working and supporting the brand development and the launch of a new brand of truck in the Indian Market. Her work focused on design thinking, communication delivery and audience experience management. 

Ritesh Mehta: 

Currently, Head of Economic Growth Initiative, India & South Asia, Facebook Inc. 

Responsible for building and growing User Operations team for Facebook in Hyderabad, India. Built out new functions and teams that cater to both international and APAC markets, while focusing on improving the overall product quality and user experience for Facebook users. 

Key member of the India leadership team with significant responsibilities around mentoring new managers, establishing a strong culture, and building a strong team in India. 

He was also part of a small team focused on evangelizing Facebook across government and public sectors within India.

Responsible for building a team that launched Facebook Credits for small and medium game developers through developer acquisitions, close XFN relationships with product, engineering, marketing, and ensuring successful monetization for early adopters.

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