Barkha Mathur is a award winning career journalist who has worked with leading news and media agencies for over three decades. She writes on art, music, culture and lifestyle. Her bylines appear in Times of India and Outlook India Magazine.
She has recently co-authored a book Being the Change- In the Footsteps of Mahatma published by Harper Collins India and has also done the English adaptation of a book Out of the Box thinking based on life and works of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Member of Parliament from Nagpur and union minister. Barkha is also the president of Tarang Foundation a Non Profit that works to groom and support sportspersons from the underprivileged section. The foundation currently takes athletics training in four NMC schools in Nagpur.
Mohammed Master businessman by profession , an avid reader, member of Book Adda an exclusive book club, soft skill trainer, social worker.
Koutilya Chhajed, Founder of Divibe Healing a Counselling and Healing centre since 2010, has been involved in Training, Counselling and Consulting for more than 15 years with the intention of dramatically increasing profit, productivity, and the performance of people. Koutilya is associated with many Companies and Educational institutions for Counselling and Training, He travels widely and his experience and association with people from various domains help him to effectively manage them and their behaviour. Academically, he holds a Degree in M.A (Clinical Psychology). MMS (MBA), M. Com, B. Com, LLB and Diploma in Psychology, Training & Development and Journalism. Apart from being a Corporate Trainer and Guest Lecturer, Consultant and Counsellor, He is also a Writer and a Painter. He not only trains a wide range of Management and Communication Programs owing to his wide exposure to various industries but also into Behavioural Training and Counselling. Koutilya is passionate about inspiring lives and transforming people. Because of the dedication, he is well known for his highly-charged, energetic and power-packed sessions. He has a never-ending approach towards innovation; His quest for continuous Human & Talent Development promises highly energizing and power-packed training style leaves an everlasting impact on the participants. He helps clients transferring knowledge into ready-to-use skills. He is a Man of Passion and Purpose.
Founder of Paperage a designer company
Founder member of We7 care foundation an NGO
Vikash has been a theatre practitioner for almost 40 years. He has trained under such eminent theatre persons as Satyadev Dubey, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sunil Shanbag.
He set up Stagecraft Theatre in Nagpur in 20O3, with a vision to create a platform for theatre and revive ‘theatre-going’ in the cultural ethos of Nagpur and has been credited with bringing about a paradigm shift in the audience's attitude towards theatre, providing a platform and cultivating a growing theatre community. He has directed more than 100 plays (including 7 Shakespearean plays) and has acted in more than 70 of them.
He was recently seen in a web series, 'Sunflower', which is currently streaming on Zee5.
He has also attended theatre workshops conducted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), London and regularly mentors and trains theatre enthusiasts and students in acting and speaking, including preparing them for the Trinity College London Speech and Drama examinations.
He is the recipient of several awards including the Smita Patil Award and the Rotary Award for Excellence in Theatre.
Were immigrants from West Punjab. Father did his MBBS from Amritsar medical college.
He was one of the longest practising General Practitioners in the city since moving to Nagpur in 1957…..he worked till April 2020 till the age of 92 years….serving the city for 63 long years.
MBBS, MD, DCH
From MGIMS Sevagram, Nagpur University Practising Pediatrician and Neonatologist in Nagpur since 1984. Practising in Sadar by the name of Kids Care Clinic. Had own nursing home in Sadar by the name of Prakash Nursing Home till December 2018.
Cut back on emergency work and admissions since 5 years now. Presently doing only office Consulting Practice.
Was President of Rotary Club of Nagpur in 2004-05., the Club’s diamond Jubilee year and Rotary’s Centennial year. Started the Rotary Arneja Walkathon which is still going strong. Have initiated and been involved in several other Rotary projects, both medical and non-medical. Also was Editor of the club’s publication ‘The Golden Orange’, and have been a regular contributor writing on various topics.
Lately been travelling frequently and writing an occasional blog on subjects that interest me viz: Politics, Travel and History…..the last few articles being on the Partition of the country and the Canada imbroglio. Have written about Press freedom and Editorial prerogative in the past, and also about the intolerant and aggressive politics of the times.
Dr. Ambedkar Institue of Management Studies & Research
Dr. Ruchi Chaudhary teaches HRM, OB, psychology, and personality enhancement at DAIMSR in Nagpur. She has been a faculty for more than 12 years. She is an Image Consultant, Trainer, and Communicator. Her area of expertise is human Resource Management, and she holds an MBA. She received her PhD in HRM from RTMNU title Challenges of Employee Retention in Retail Sector with respect to Maharashtra. She holds a diploma in fashion design. She has completed accredited courses in Communication Skills, Knowledge Dissemination, and Instructional Planning and Delivery via the Ministry of Education of the Government of India. She coordinates multiple operations and manages a portfolio of Media Relations& Publicity. She has given papers at numerous seminars and conferences at the national and international levels.She has been invited to lead workshops on enhancing personality, FDPs for faculty, and corporate training by RTMNUs DBM, Dr. PDKVs Akola Universitys Agri Business Management, RTI, WCL, VIA,C.P & Berar DBM, Tirpude Institute of Management Education, and Tuli College of Hotel Management. She has been among panellist, judge, and jury for presentations, debate competitions, personality contests, and the HR Round Table Conference. She worked for social causes and was a member of the Nagpur Rotary Club. She exhorts the pupils to create posters and submit them to The HITVADA for publication. She received a Best Teacher Award from the NIT Graduate School of Management in 2013–14, and she received a second Best Guru Award in 2022 IARDO.
Born on 9th October 1967
Educated in Belgaum and Nagpur
Runs an advertising and designing firm under his own name....dealing in corporate communications, brand identity, printing and designing. Past President of Rotary club of Nagpur Vision.
Avid and still active cricketer. Captained Nagpur Parsi Gymkhana for many years.
Loves to read, write and play cricket and eat Parsi food.
Committed and conscientious Rotarian. (Good/great/wacky) sense of humour.
Family ...wife Mamta an event manager. Daughter Meher works in Hyderabad as a fashion designer
Shabbir Shakir was the District Governor of Rotary District 3030 in the year 2020-21. He completed his BE(Hons) from BITS Pilani. Thereafter for few years he served some of the very well know organizations of Indian Corporate world like Eicher Motors, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Standard Batteries Ltd and Crompton Greaves Ltd before starting on his own. He is into the business of Printing & Packaging, Distribution for Canon and Kodak range of products and CCTV Installations One of the things he is passionate about is Blood Donation, which he himself has donated 144 times till date.
A graduate in Science, Arts, Law and Management, Prashant is an Ad-man with passion for adventure travel. After a decade's stint as a banker, Prashant along with his wife had their gig in the advertising world. Together they run a boutique ad agency called L'amour. Having served a mixed bag of clients over the past 30 years, L'amour gave Prashant a rich and wonderful experience as an Ad-man.
Prashant loves to live a Multi-faceted and multi-dimensional life. Today he is a businessman, a marathoner, a biker and an avid traveler. He is the Secretary of an NGO, Orange City Runners Society which pioneered the culture of fitness through running in this lovely Orange City. He has himself run more than 25 national marathons.
Having lived a dynamic advertising life, Prashant looks forward to a more adventurous life! His passion for adventure travel on the bike and Car has taken him through different terrains in India and abroad. He along with his wife as a pillion is a rare senior citizen pair who have travelled and explored the country on their bike. He also has passion for music, plays the flute and the Rhythm. He follows his motto of 'Be young and Live young through fitness and travel'.
Post Graduate in Science from Nagpur University with 3 Gold Medals. Also a Degree in Mass Communication & Journalism with Merit from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. Freelancer & work as Translator, Content & Copy writer, anchor/compere, audiobook script writer & director.
Worked as Casual News Reader-Translator for Regional News Section of All India Radio, Auranagabad. Anchored & Compered many National & International Music & Literature Festivals and many Conferences and other programmes. 3 Translated Books Published. Poems, Articles and Translated Stories published in various magazines and periodicals. Interviewed Bharat Sasne, the noted novelist & President of 95th Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, Dr. SharanKumar Limbale, honoured with Saraswati Samman, noted classical vocalist Aarti Ankalikar Tikekar, World Record Holder Chef Vishnu Manohar, noted actor & comedian Bharat Ganeshpure and many such great personalities. Invited as a speaker in Seminar in Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan. Has written and performed in Subject - Specific scripts.
My name is shivani lalwani. I’m a fashion stylist/fashion designer. I’m currently working as a production head in designing with Shruti sancheti. I also am into public relations mainly with celebrity sourcing. I have previously worked with a celebrity fashion stylist eshaa amiin in mumbai. I’m currently also enhancing myself as a fashion influencer.
Dr. Sapna Sharma is a TedX speaker, an International Counselor, Life Coach, Motivational speaker, Counseling Skills trainer and an Author.
By qualification she is an Eye Surgeon from Govt. Medical College Nagpur. However after running her hospital for 10 years she decided to take up full time counseling in order to guide people in pain and confusion.
Since then she acquired more than 10 new qualifications in Counseling, Psychotherapy, Training, Journalism, Human resources and Industrial relations from various countries, travelled wide as a speaker and a motivator and has guided hundreds of Individual, Educational institutes, Corporate houses and NGO’s around the country and abroad.
Among her many social contributions Dr. Sapna has toured entire Punjab state to motivate the Youth for a positive life against drug abuse on the invitation of Anant sahib Gurudwara.
She has been decorated with the prestigious ‘Shiromani Samupadeshak‘ or Gem Counselor Award, Successful Women in Management Award and the ‘Counselor of the decade’ award for pioneering and popularizing counseling in central India. Dr. Sapna has been Miss India Finalist in the year 1992 and has been Crowned Mrs. India world in 2004.
Her first book titled “Spiritual Parenting’ is already in second edition and has been receiving strong approval and accolades from around the country. Her second book “For the love of me” is making waves. Apart from this she is a much-read columnist for various newspapers and magazines. Her books are available on amazon worldwide.
Dr. Sapna is a renowned expert on Relationships, Parenting, Personal growth, Career management and Spiritual based life management.
A founder Secretary and 3 term President of Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists, She has been working relentlessly to train more and more counselors and to increase the awareness of the benefits of counseling among masses for which she conducts Certificate Courses in Practical Counseling for mental health professionals as well as for those who have an interest in understanding the varied emotional and mental aspects of being human.
Chirag Thakkar is a senior publishing professional with close to a decade's experience in publishing. He's currently Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House India and has previously championed and platformed books with Roli Books and Oxford University Press. Chirag has published a wide range of authors such as Gulzar sahab, Taslima Nasrin, Anand Teltumbde, Aruna Roy, Saba Naqvi, Tarun Tahiliani, Kobad Ghandhy, Jairam Ramesh, Martha Nussbaum, Zoya Hasan, Romila Thapar, Lakshmi Subramanian, among others. His interests are commercial non-fiction and fiction as well as literary fiction and translations. He has hosted and produced a literary podcast ‘Beyond the Lines’ and taught workshops in writing and publishing. His writing has appeared in Scroll, Hindustan Times, Kashmir Reader and The Quint.
Dr. Ashutosh Arvindrao Paturkar is Dean Academics at Green Heaven Institute of Management and Research. He received his masters’ degree at Yashwantrao Chavhan Manarashtra Open University and Ph.D. at Nagpur University. He has many research articles to his credit. He is a recognized supervisor for doctoral students at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Eleven researchers have received Ph.D. under him till date. He has engaged lectures as an adjunct faculty at BITS, Pilani.
He is author of the book ‘5 Elements of Organizational Excellence’.
He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for two decades and then moved to academics. His core areas are Strategic Management and Marketing Management. He is also a visiting faculty at management institutes like IGNOU, YCMOU, RTMNU and IMT to name a few.
He has received open merit scholarship during his graduation and also had a distinguished career as an NCC cadet. He had presented guard of honour to Honourable President of India, and was honoured as best NCC cadet in 1985. In the same year, he participated in the Maharashtra Day Silver Jubilee Parade. He did mountaineering from Gujarat State Mountaineering Institute. During graduation, he has represented his college teams in Shooting and Cricket.
He was the President of Vidarbha Management Association (2017-18). A life member of Indian Society for Training & Development and is member of many professional associations.
He is offering consultancy to many companies in the areas of marketing, strategy and planning. He also conducts training programs for industry professionals in the area of Marketing, Strategy and Creativity. As a part of professional assignments, he has travelled to many countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherland, Belgium, France, etc.
He has conducted training programmes for WCL, MSETCL, MAHAGENCO, MECL, Indian Railways, Public Health Institute, Pharmaceutical companies, IT companies, Educational Institutes and Vanamati. He has conducted assessment of workers for promotion for Mawana Sugars Ltd. He has developed assessment tools for mapping competencies for a Europe based MNC. He also worked as a consultant to the International Center for Research on Women, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States.
He has been conducting a Management Development Program KARM (Knowledge And Resource Management) for Healthcare Professionals.
During his spare time, he enjoys photography and painting.
Dr. Chanda Sinhababu is a HR Specialist and a Mental Wellness Promoter. Have more than two decades of experience managing business in the field of Education, Hospitality, Aviation and IT.
B.Com, FCA, LCS, DISA (ICAI), Registered Valuer (SFA) Brief Profile
Premlata is a Chartered Accountant by profession and an Educator by Passion. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the year 2012 at a young age of 22. With her interest in Company Law she went on doing Company Secretary Course. She even holds a Diploma in Information Systems Audit a post qualification course on Information Systems by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is a partner in GTA & Co.LLP and a Registered Valuer for Securities and Asset Class with IBBI.
She started her career as an educator at a young age of 23 with National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT). She is one of the youngest visiting faculty at NADT and so far has taught Financial Accounting to 8 batches of IRS officers. She is the only female Chartered Accountant who have taught 8 batches of IRS Officers at National Academy of Direct taxes. She has conducted 500+ sessions on Financial Investigation at NADT and even Direct Tax Regional Training Institutes (DTRTI) Bhopal, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. She is a well known faculty for conducting Management and Communictaion Skill Program for newly qualified CA Students and so far has taught 200+ sessions. She has conducted various sessions for CA Members from Western and Soutern India Regional Councils of ICAI on various technical topics.
Premlata has a rich industry expereince. She has worked with reputed CA firms and Corporate Entities. She has even served as one of the youngest Independent Director on the board of Global Education Limited a Listed Company for 2 years.
CA Riddhi Saboo Tahalramani, an accomplished acceptance coach, initially made her mark as a mentor for over 150 startups worldwide in her first career as CA practice. Pioneering the growth of BNI, she became the youngest Executive Director globally, establishing 13 chapters with over 800 members in BNI Nagpur. Breaking barriers, Riddhi is the sole female Executive Director for Corporate Connections in India, managing a chapter with 13 members. Her true passion lies in fostering acceptance, leading her to become a certified life coach. Currently pursuing a PG Diploma in mindfulness-based counseling - listening with embodied presence, Riddhi's commitment to personal and professional growth is unwavering, making her a dynamic force in both corporate leadership and the field of acceptance coaching.
Oraida Nawab, a final-year law student, embodies dedication and ambition, driven by a passion for justice. Having collaborated with exceptional legal professionals, she is well-versed in the nuances of the legal field. As an active representative of her law school, Oraida has consistently excelled in various competitions and assumed leadership roles in college-organized events. She advocates for women's empowerment, believing that every woman can pursue her dreams. Oraida's ability to influence individuals towards recognizing their self-worth and accessing opportunities and resources showcases her commitment to fostering positive change. With a keen sense of social justice, Oraida Nawab stands poised to make meaningful contributions to the legal realm and beyond.
Is a Management Graduate He is a Certified Trainer for exams like IELTS by British Council and for TOEFL by ETS. Having experience of sending students to various countries, he specialises in Researching about various Universities and the courses offered by them across the globe. Over 18 years he has counselled hundreds of students and helped them achieve their goals by studying abroad.
Tufel Sharif, a recent law graduate with a remarkable academic journey, showcasing commendable achievements and a passion for court litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Tufel is driven by a commitment to effective dispute resolution and a dedication to advocating for clients' rights in and out of the courtroom. With a strong foundation in legal principles, Tufel stands out for their hardworking and ambitious nature, approaching tasks with maturity and responsibility.
Tufel's key strengths lie in research, communication, and writing skills, setting them apart in the legal field. Beyond routine work and studies, Tufel's extra efforts reflect a genuine passion for law and a firm belief in altruism. In Tufel's upcoming session talk, expect insights into the dynamic world of law, as they share experiences and perspectives, offering valuable lessons for aspiring legal professionals. Join Tufel Sharif on a journey fueled by passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of justice.
Avanti is an author, an educator, a scholar and is an expert on Kashmir. Her latest book chronicles the Ancient and Lost Temples of Kashmir, with a focus on conservation and preservation. Prior to this she has written two other books named, Catching The Fading Ray and The Kashmir That Was where the focus again has been on Kashmir. She has been part of several anthologies and contributed articles to various publications. She can be a good speaker on the subject of Kashmir.
Adv. Gauri Venkatraman is an accomplished legal professional with a career spanning over three decades. Former President of the High Court Bar Association, Nagpur, she served as the Central Government Standing Counsel at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court from 2009 to 2015. Gauri's diverse legal expertise covers Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Labor, and Industrial laws. Notable cases include representing the Union of India in cooperative bank revivals and successfully defending the Archaeological Survey of India in a PIL. In addition to her independent practice, she represents Amravati university before the Bombay HC and serves as a panel advocate for various organizations, including Western Coalfields Limited and National Insurance Co. Ltd. Gauri, a top-ranking law graduate, is also active in social and legal initiatives, holding positions such as President of the High Court Bar Association and contributing to projects promoting legal awareness and women's issues. Beyond her legal pursuits, Gauri is engaged in philanthropy and enjoys activities like reading, yoga, and gardening.
At 73, Vilas Kale lives a full life, pursuing several interests. He has been actively working for over 53 years, establishing his own businesses. At about 20 years old, he developed a keen interest in social work and continues to be an activist in the field. He assumed the responsibilities of leadership in various organisations like JCI (Jaycees International), Dalvi Memorial Hospital, Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED), Chitnavis Trusts and a number of others.
Living in Nagpur all his life, he has been actively associated with the city and the region’s development for over five decades.
A trainer in leadership skills, Vilas has been conducting training courses in personality development, purely as a social service. His passion lies in the performing arts and he has written, produced and directed several plays enjoyed by select audiences. A topical tamasha, Bik gaya Nagpur kishto pey, highlighting the systematic neglect of Vidarbha after its merger with Maharashatra, has been popularly acclaimed.
His passion for travel was awakened in his teenage years and since then he has grabbed every opportunity to wander, in India and abroad.
Painting, music, philosophy, reading and Sanskrit are his other interests. These days he devotes much of his time to the study of Vedanta and the Upanishads. Neeta, his wife, is equally passionate about travel and together they enjoy their experiences with a characteristic zest for life.
Rahul, their son, is involved in the family business, and Amrita, their daughter, is a freelance CSR auditor. Married to Gautam Nerker, a businessman, she lives in Mumbai and has two daughters, Ilisha (19) and Revati (16).
Born and brought up in Nagpur, did his graduation from Sir JJ College of Architecture. His attitude of learning more and more helped him start working in the professional world during his graduation itself. Ranging from Mumbai University Convocation hall to Rail Museum in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. His personal favourite is the project of pride of Govt. of Maharashtra Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Smarak a 697 ft. Tall proposed statue of Marine Drive in Mumbai.
In 2017 he alone with his wife Riddhi Saboo Tahalramani took steps to bring an organisation to Nagpur which is bringing together business owners and professionals to build business relationships and exchange business contacts helping each other grow in ethical manner called BNI, BNI in Nagpur has more than 830+ members. Learning is close to his heart and he is currently doing a PG diploma course on Listening, and 3 more courses at the same time. Bhaveshh is writing on a book with a lot of success stories that shall help business organisation to grow their life.
He loves to talk on the topics of business networking and Time Management. Bhaveshh and Riddhi are blessed with a 4 year old son Bhiyan. He is a hardcore Foodie and coffee lover.
Drishti is a journalist with Lokmat Times and a renowned TedX speaker with a profound passion for uncovering the stories that shape our world. As a journalist, Drishti has tirelessly explored the challenges and triumphs of everyday citizens, lending a voice to the often-unheard narratives that lie beneath the surface. She continues to celebrate life with a cup of coffee in her hand and diary in another.
Chief Scientist (Jan 2019 to date) Head, Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division CSIR-NEERI, Nehru Marg Nagpur Vice President, Asia, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, (OWSD) A program unit of UNESCO Dr Kapley uses metagenomic tools to understand microbial diversity and function so as to add new dimensions into environmental pollution research, especially in wastewater reuse and rejuvenating degraded soil. She has developed an in-situ drain treatment technology that combines microbiology and engineering to address the problem of untreated sewage. With a research experience of 30 years, she has developed scientific as well as administrative skills, leading many National and International projects. She brings in two specific domains into her scientific career (i) Generating knowledge via basic research and (ii) taking science to society. She is a fellow of the “Maharashtra Academy of Sciences” and member of various committees at National level. She works extensivelyfor the empowerment of women in science via the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, (OWSD), a program unit of UNESCO, where she is the Vice President of the Asia Pacific region.