Meet The Mentors

Gururaj P

Gururaj P is a Sr. IT Consultant by profession at DXC technology. He has over 10 Years of IT experience and has lead successfully HP employee Hackathon events in HP Bangalore and Chennai campuses. Having completed his Masters in Computer Science & Physics, he is also Vice Chair for APJ Community Engagement Programs in HPE and is a member of “The Bharat Scouts & Guides, Karnataka” Gururaj P is also a Trustee of Annadhana Foundation, an NGO which helps in moving leftover food to the needy both in Mangalore and Bangalore. In 2011, he was also one of the final nominees for Water Ambassador position by Water & Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the World Bank during the Water Hackathon Event.

Kaushik Banerjee

Avinash Krishnamurthy

Avinash has extensive experience in the water, energy, solid waste management, small infrastructure sectors and in project conceptualisation, design and implementation. In addition to his role at S3IDF, he serves as Director and Project Leader of Biome Environmental  Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a consultancy he founded to provide sustainable land use practice and
development solutions in urban and rural contexts. Avinash has worked in the information technology with Infosys Technologies Ltd where he managed international client
relationships and led teams. Avinash speaks English, French, Hindi and Kannada and holds a B. Engineering from the University of Mysore with a specialisation in hydro – energy.

Padmini Navalgund

Archana Pillai

Dr. Archana Pillai is a Social Impact Consultant for Social Audit Network India. She mentors social enterprises in impact assessment, also helps to design social impact metrics for social start-ups; She was also Senior Project Scientist at IIT Kanpur where her work involved developing case studies and doing primary research with social sector organizations namely social enterprises, NGOs and other similar organizations. Also, in the area of Social Audits.

Sri Sridhar Pabbisetty

Kaushik is the co-founder of Mon Avis, a social barometer platform. A global citizen, he held senior leadership positions for Oracle, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Misys successfully building and leading organisational teams, programs, products and markets across the world. In these global corporations, he was involved in several initiatives – pre and post- merger activities. Alumnus of JNU and St. Xavier’s college, he is a certified innovation and design thinking practitioner from MIT, USA. He has a design thinking certification from Darden Business School, University of Virginia and is a Professional Risk Manager from
PRIMA. Kaushik advises and mentors start-ups, tech incubators and accelerators. 


Independent Consultant Specialised in Financial and Commercial sectors

Muralidhar is consutling mentor at NSRCEL specialized in Financial and Commercial area with 30 years of entrepreneurial and management experience across a wide spectrum of industries, roles and functions at leadership level focusing on strategy, finance and commercial areas.

He pursued his B.E in Malaviya National Institute of Technology and his PGDM in IIM-Bangalore.

Aindrila Dasgupta

Padmini is a professional with 18+ of experience. Her experience involves managing multi – locational, multi – cultural teams working on Driver Assistances and Diesel systems, Her expertise in delivery management, vendor management, customer and stakeholder management. Her tasks include functional leadership of the team involving resource planning, recruitment, competency development and mentoring. She has been responsible for Centre of Competency – System test for one of ADAS component. Her project management skills have been in execution of fixed price project delivery of simultaneous projects of varying complexities of COEM customers, IOEM customers.

Dinesh H. S.

Dinesh is the L&D Lead of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in India. He has worked in various roles in the Business, HR Generalist and Learning & Development. Prior to joining HP, Dinesh worked in Wipro in various roles in Manufacturing, Engineering and Technical Support. With over 30 years work experience, he is a leader with a broad understanding of the business strategies, has a strategic view of the business and is passionate in the area of people development. Dinesh earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a HR Director Certification program from Cornell University.

Mathew Jose

Sridhar, public policy and urban governance specialist, is the Chief Executive Officer of Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF). NBF is a not-for-profit organisation founded upon the growing desire and pressure to make social engagement more effective in improving the city and citizens’ life. He has spoken at various conferences such as the Harvard India Conference, Mobile India
Conference, IIMB Management Review Conference on Global Supply Chain Management. He was an expert member in the drafting committee of the Joint Legislative House committee on conservation of lakes in Bengaluru. He is a member of Belladur Laje Rejuvenation Monitoring Committee. 

Gopal Rao Addanki

Consulting Advisor, Mentor and Venture Catalyst

Gopal Rao Addanki is a consulting Advisor with Sage Advisor and a mentor for SME’s and family businesses. He advises Aatin Civil & Energy on Business Strategy and Financial Advisor. He is also a consulting mentor at NSRCEL.

Gopal Rao is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University.

Prashanth Avadhani

Aindrila has been engaged with biotechnology for past 27 years. She started her career in Biocon in 1994. She worked in Biocon in QC, developing new enzyme working closely with Quest Ireland for two years. Then she moved to the responsibility for the scale up fermentation from shake flasks to plant scale of various enzymes and high throughput screening of enzymes.
Then she changed gears into developing a new division focusing on Enzyme Application working closely with commercial team to understand the market in a techno commercial role.


Mathew is a social entrepreneur from Chennai, India. Over the last 7 years he has established himself in the field of recycling in India through the social enterprise he runs called Paperman. He has created a platform called Trashfunding that helps people to convert their trash to investment for social change. His expertise also lies in key understanding he has about India’s 1.5 million strong informal sector recyclers. Mathew’s innovative methods to improve recycling has got him recognition from media over the world like BBC, People’s Magazine, and more. Mathew has been awarded the prestigious Ashoka fellowship in 2015 and he is also recently a Nelis Japan member.

Prashanth is currently serving in Cisco systems – he leads business operations for security business group. He is a member of Yuva brigade, an organisation formed by like minded individuals who intend to do something good for the country. His hobby is to pick up leftover food from wedding halls, parties and distributing it to needy people.

Harsha Mutta

Harsha brings more than 20 years of general management experience as head of business units, and learning from multiple assignments across geographies. The insights gained as an angel investor and board member with early stage technology companies in India along with his extensive customer management experience in the US makes him unique. A mechanical engineer and a management accountant, Harsha has a track record of rapidly growing businesses by providing solutions to address key customer problems, by leading large multi-functional and multi-locational teams, and by building extensive relationships with key stakeholders both internal and external.
An engineer who began his career in the area of programming, he moved on to lead teams before playing business management & strategic roles. He has a solid understanding of engineering, finance and people practices, and has built several leaders during his 30-year work life.
He moved out of the corporate sector in August 2010. His last three assignments were: -Head of Capital Markets Services and Head of BFSI Solutions at HCL Technologies -Head of Customer Delivery-Banking & Capital Markets at Infosys Technologies -Business Manager, Canada & North East US at Infosys Technologies
Currently he is a practicing Business & Leadership Coach, an angel investor, and a board member. He is also a consulting mentor at NSRCEL

Mini Muralidhar

Chinmay Kale

Chinmay is the founder of “ANVAY Wellness” which is a social enterprise, enabling care and assistance for cancer patients. He has 18+ years of experience in technology products & services with BOSCH, HCL, NVIDIA & WIPRO. His areas of expertise are Business Consulting, Business Planning, Product & Program Management, Tools For Venture Building (Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Voice of Customer, Pitch Creation etc.)

Dr. Lalitha

Rajesh Babu

He is a co-founder of Swachha Eco Solutions with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry and is a strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in start-up environment, sustainable development, enterprise software and sustainable business. He is an
expert in plastic and e-waste recycling.

Shubha Ramachandran

Shubha leads the water team at Biome Environmental Trust. She has been with the group for the last 10+ years. She has designed and implemented several rainwater harvesting and waste water treatment systems primarily in and around Bangalore. At BIOME she has been working on understanding groundwater and wetlands. She is driven by genuine concern for the problems of water in all its dime.

Specialist in Project delivery, Consulting Operations and Strategy in BFSI

Mini Muralidhar is a consulting mentor at NSRCEL. She has vast experience in the Finance and Operations. She has been Vice President in Oracle Finance Services Software Ltd and prior to that, Manager- HCL Technologies.

She pursued her post-graduation in IIT-Madras and PGDM in IIM-Bangalore.

Dr. Lalitha is the Professor Community medicine at M. s Ramaiah medical College,
Bangalore . She is the coordinator for health care waste management cell. She is also
Coordinator for ongoing UNIDO project training component on Environmentally sound management of medical waste management in India in five states Karnataka, Punjab, Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

A dynamic professional with 24 years of rich experience in Industry (Unilever and
Novozymes) The expertise areas are Process biochemistry/Enzyme application/ Fermentation Biology and Plant biology. More recently into a one stop student support platform that empowers them across colleges to take charge of their ‘futures’ leading to a new breed of ‘change-makers’ by equipping them with the 21 st century skills. 


Aravindhan is a faculty at the Azim Premji University.  He also going to teach a course on circular economy. Since his interest is in the area of urban waste.  He teaches courses in the sustainability domain. His current research work focuses on 'Recycling and Industrial Sustainability in the Indian Economy’ with a focus on informal
sector plastic recycling units.  He has also worked on the subject of risk perceptions and uncertainty pertaining to technological adoption in agriculture. His research interests include industrial sustainability, climate change, risk and uncertainty.

Purna Venkatesh

Dr. Ravi 

Dr. D R Ravi is the Deputy Environmental Officer in Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. He has 27 Years of experience. Engineer with M.Tech - Environmental engineer &Ph.D in Environmental Economics . He Is the core member for project (climate change) preparation of action plan for KSPCB


Ashraf is an infection control nurse in Rangadore Memorial Hospital with over 6 years of experience 

Dr. S Pruthvish

Dr.Sreekantaiah Pruthvish, Senior Public Health Consultant; graduated from Govt.Medical College, Mysore and did his MD in Community Medicine from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli.  Served in St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, ACTIONAID - and India; worked as
Professor & Head of the Department of Community Medicine at M.S.Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore since 2001 till 2018 February. Currently works as Consultant, ICMR – NCDIR, Bangalore.He has served as Consultant UNICEF for MCH activities at India Country Office, New Delhi, WHO – International Expert Consultant in Indonesia (Post Tsunami )with WHO SEARO and Papua Guinea with WHO WPRO ;  Worked with WASTE, Netherlands in India and Sri Lanka (Post Tsunami). 

State Neonatal and Child Health Consultant, Karnataka, UNICEF.

Dr. M.K Pushpa

Pushpa is an Associate Professor. Her areas of interests are embedded systems, image
processing, microcontrollers, analog circuits and systems and liners lcs.
She has worked on various project like “Face recognition system for personal identification”
BARC, BRNS, Govt. of India, FARBOT, Automatic Waste Segregation, Low cost
Spirometer (KSCST student project

Malini Parmar

Alumni of IIM Kolkata and Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, she has global IT work experience spanning 25 countries and 17 years. She has also held the CMO, CSO and CSR head roles in IT and BPO companies. She is part of SWMRT, 2bin1bag campaign and Bangalore Eco Team

Dr. Jyotilakshmi R

Dr. Jyothilakshmi. R, is currently working as Asst. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. She has completed her BE in Industrial and Production Engg, PESCE, Mandya, Mysore University. Completed her M.Tech Degree in Production Engineering Systems Technology from National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka with first rank and Gold Medal. Got Best outgoing student award during M. Tech. Completed Ph. D in the field of Renewable Energy from VTU, Karnataka. She has also

completed Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from Delhi Law School. She has got fourteen years of teaching experience in the department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka. Is a Member of Board of studies in Mechanical Engg,M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. Has Conducted around Seven Faculty development programs and workshops for Engineering college faculty members across Karnataka. Has authored a book on “ Non Destructive Testing”, Subhash Publication for Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka.

Sudheer Hullemane

Sudheer is an IT professional who has worked for multiple captive units of companies with global footprint like Thomson Reuters and 3M. Micro Green and Clean Initiatives are his passion. In the past he has worked implementation of corporate level car-pooling/ride share
programs as well as green initiatives. He has sold electric scooters and energy efficient HVAC systems. At a more personal front, her has implemented rainwater harvesting/ recharge mechanisms which he used for his own consumption including his home garden.

Dr. Suman

Dr. Suman is an associate professor of community medicine in Ramaiah Medical College