Meet The Core Team

Amaresh Chakrabarti

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Professor and Chairman, CPDM, IISc

Manish Arora

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Assistant Professor, CPDM, IISc

Gayatri Handanalal

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Vijayasimha

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CEO OneBreath, Advisor Lemelson Foundation,
Chair FICCITask Force
on Innovation, Waste Impact

Vasuki Iyengar

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Waste Impact

Nanjunda Paleconda

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Waste Impact

Meet The Core Team

Vasuki Iyengar

Vasuki is a Waste management specialist with 5 years of experience in planning, implementing and coordinating
comprehensive waste management systems that are designed to maximize waste prevention, reuse, and recycling
opportunities. He is the founder of Soil and Health Solutions – A social enterprise and a HR Director at IProcess Info - a Software
product company developing safety applications for Oil and Natural Gas Industry. He has served in Information technology industry for over 22 years.

Shriram Bharathan R

R Shriram is the co-founder for Better Carbon Living, a sustainability education and consulting startup based out of
Bangalore. His areas of competency include Marketing and Business development,
Strategy, Project management, Education and Training, Business and Financial Planning and setting up new units /
businesses / divisions / companies (Strategy Operations). He has over 11 years of work experience across sectors and
locations in India.  He is a member of Mensa
India.

Priti Rao

Priti Rao is a Bangalore based eco-entrepreneur. She is the founder of Soil and Soul, an organization that is engaged in bringing awareness about Sustainability. Priti is a learner, sustainability practitioner, yoga teacher and holds black belt in karate. Academically, She has done her Post Graduation in Marketing from Bangalore University. She was actively involved in National Cadet Corp, Air Wing during her college years and has represented Karnataka and Goa Contingent at Republic Day Camp New Delhi. There, she had won couple of Gold medals at National Level for Flying an Aeromodel. The zeal to learn hasn’t stopped the ambition at that point,  She has worked for over a decade in corporate before venturing into something she is passionate about. 

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Saroj Patro

 Mr. Saroj Patro has 26 years of Business Leadership experience across industries. His post qualification experience include roles in organizations like Nalco, ICI, Orica, Tata Power and Bumi Resources. He has been a panelist speaker and advised McKinsey, Janus, CITI Group/A T Kearney, Bumi Resources Mineral, Thriveni/Samara Capital, KKR and various other large firms on variety of subjects. He has been a consultant and panelist speaker with GLG, VC Circle , Terrapine and many other management institutes. He currently runs PitchTune session in IIM (Bangalore) and is an active mentor in the start-up cell. 

Vidhya Shrivastva

Angel Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Business Mentor, Transformational Coach Vidhya has over 25 years of experience as an Angel Investor and an entrepreneur. She is
also a widely known business expert and a coach. She launched and successfully grew the Indian Angel Network (IAN) in southern India, where under her leadership, IAN
invested in over two dozen companies. She has also been a Venture Partner with Utilis Capital. She is an advisor and a rain-maker for many early-stage companies. 

Mitali Poovayya

Mitali is an Associate with RENERGii Asia, a venture builder and innovation driver in the circular economy domain. She is the Operations Director for INSECTIFii India, which is one of India's first commercial scale insect farming businesses that uses food waste to grow insects for use as a sustainable protein source for the animal feed industry. She also leads Circular Bengaluru, an innovation platform to discover, nurture and accelerate startups who make Bengaluru city more sustainable using principles of a circular economy.
 

Vijayasimha

Mr. Vijayasimha has career spanning
over 30 years in a number of sectors including semiconductor manufacturing, analytical instrumentation, industrial process control, factory automation and large volume manufacturing, aerospace and medical devices, mainly in start ups and greenfield projects in the roles that span marketing, project management, business strategy, product life cycle management and investing. He is on the advisory board of Lemelson Foundation based out of Portland, Oregon in the USA. He is also associated with Waste Impact.

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Gayitri Handanahal

Gayitri has served for 14 years in the social sector under areas such as livelihoods for rural BPL women, Safe Drinking Water in rural India with the Naandi Foundation, Municipal Solid Waste Management
with Waste Impact. She has worked for 9 years as faculty in leading Fashion Institutes, 24 years in the Fashion Industry with some of the best names at various managerial levels, mainly in export marketing. For the last 6 years she has been working in Solid Waste Management, addressing challenges faced by people working in this sector.

Nanjunda Palecanda

Nanju has been an Entrepreneur across Internet (Media)/ E- Com, Retail tech, Analytics, HR, Mobility and HealthTech. He has been involved in Sustainable Solutions through Non-Profit initiatives in SlowPoison and Waste Impact. He has also been the Founding member of Indian Technology Congress and Indian
Sustainability Congress. He has been instrumental in creating the Industry body for Indian Background Verification Businesses. In the recent years he has been engaged in Startups ecosystem working with Entrepreneurs at IIM Bangalore in collaboration with NSRCEL.