Kush Medhora

Kush is the quintessential project professional, who believes that nothing should be left to chance and that God is in the detail/ cost is the devil. Everything must be meticulously planned, every contingency factored in, a plan B always in place and that timelines and quality go hand in hand.

Probably that is because of his over 21 years of experience in various domains and various capacities, making things happen to his exacting standards. With expertise in General Management, Consultancy, Project Management, Operations, New Business Development and Modern Retail, Kush has worked in established companies like WIPRO, ITC, PWC, TRENT, FUTURE GROUP & EWDL.

His last few assignments have been in a TOP MANAGEMENT position with a mandate to both create and streamline businesses with a focus on creating and implementing processes and systems that are designed to deliver sustainable bottom-lines.

He is possibly the only retail professional in the nation who single handedly created a system to open more than 10 million sq.ft of retail across the nation while handling New Store projects at Future Group and subsequently as President of Future Market Networks. Besides being instrumental in opening, operating and managing successful retail formats, Kush was also responsible in achieving a saving of 35% on Capital Expenditure during his stint at Future Group.

 
Sonia Manchanda

Sonia Manchanda on the other hand is the eternal optimist and a perpetual Dreamer. She sees inspiration as much in the past as she does in the future… as much in culture as in nature, technology and people. It doesn’t stop at inspiration; once conceptualised, it needs to be applied… in real time. That’s when the design thinker in her gives way to the designer. Application takes over from the idea. Execution becomes an obsession.

Sonia Manchanda is a graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad where she majored in graphic design, film making and photography in 1992. Two decades later she has grown to become a seasoned design thinker and practitioner who has successfully made design a tool for socio-economic transformation.

Leading one of India’s largest integrated design practices Idiom as a Principal Designer and Co-founder, she has ensured that design plays a key role in the emergence of sectors like healthcare, education, retail, hospitality, sports, media, entertainment and even the challenges that growth brought to the city of Bangalore, which she is a resident of.

She was a part of the core team and the communication design leader of one of India’s early Public Private Partnership initiatives: a project called Bangalore Forward. An initiative that orchestrated the involvement of various civic stakeholders, the private sector and the citizens of Bangalore in creating an inclusive, transparent system for development.

She also led a team of designers to create the brand identity for the 19th Commonwealth Games and helped design the look of Delhi for this event.

Today she is closely associated with large corporations as a business design/design thinker consultant and spearheads the creation of new concepts and businesses for the Future Group (a retail, education, brands, media and entertainment & financial services group), Manipal Education and Medical Group, People Combine, Royal Orchid Hotels & TVS motors. She also works closely with entrepreneurs to create startups.

Sonia has shared her passion for design thinking, its power to unlock business, her experience and potential to build future scenarios at several prestigious forums, such as The New School of Design at Parsons, NY, EPIC Ethnographers conclave in Tokyo and CII.

She has also conceived and is the project director of the DREAM:IN project which is an attempt to create equal opportunities and the promise of equal futures.

She has showcased DREAM:IN at the International Conference of Innovation Cities, Curitiba, Brazil where DREAM:IN was acknowledged to be the inspiration behind My Green Dreams- a project initiated by Federation of Industries of the State of Paraná (FIEP) and sponsored and supported by Unitar (United Nations Institute for Training and Research).

 
Girish Raj

Girish is founder-director and Chief Strategy Officer at Idiom Design and Consulting, India. He is a graduate in English (Honors) from Delhi University with a post graduate diploma in business management (PGDBM) from IMT Ghaziabad. In his stint of over 17 years in advertising at Contract Advertising India ltd, Delhi and McCann Erickson, Bangalore, he has worked very closely with many successful Indian entrepreneurs and businesses. These include Atlas cycles, Usha fans, Kelvinator, Modi Oliveti, Hindustan Motors, BPL Electronics and BPL Mobile to name a few. At Idiom he was strategically involved in scaling up Future Group, besides working closely with many other entrepreneurs and start ups.

 
Boris Andre Gomes

Boris is the project lead at DREAM:IN, has a bachelors in English literature with communicative English, an advanced diploma in journalism and has done his masters in visual communication design from Srishti school of art, design and technology. He has worked with DNA and The times of India as a journalist in the fields of education, entertainment and culture. He has also worked as a graphic designer at DYworks, a branding and packaging firm based in Mumbai, where he worked in the design strategy team working on design, research and strategy for SMEs and FMCG brands. He is interested in people, design, dance, sports, Social anthropology and Films.

 

Global Collaborators

Carlos Texeira

Carlos is Director of Academic Affairs, School of Strategic Studies at Parsons The New School of Design School. He is a reputed academician and an emerging markets expert.

 
Claudia Mirelles Davis

Claudia is co-founder and current Director of Instituto Vivarta creator of the award-winning project Café Igaraí, an entrepreneurial arts & crafts business for a group of local women who work on coffee plantations.

 

The Founder Dreamers are investors and leaders that have contributed initially to the formation of the DREAM:IN Organisation.

They personally believe in the notion of Dreams and recognize the need to reach out to people in innovative ways, to work with them, to incubate new ideas and to Dream, Believe and Realise.

BOB PATTILLO, Founder & Executive Director, Gray Matters Capital

An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Pattillo is the founder of three social enterprises; The Rockdale Foundation, Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund, and Gray Matters Capital. He has over 12 years experience in microfinance and social impact investing, and is committed to global poverty alleviation and the social empowerment of the poor. His current passion is an International Education initiative targeting affordable private schools.

Prior to this career, Bob built and managed the 8th largest industrial real estate development firm in the United States.

Along with his own social enterprises Bob sits on the board of directors of several microfinance organizations and investment funds. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Owner/President Management Program. Bob speaks internationally on microfinance issues.

DR. RANJAN PAI, MD & CEO, Manipal Group

Dr. Ranjan Pai set up the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), the corporate entity responsible for the administration of new and existing hospitals and the education institutions of the group. He is responsible for conceptualizing the Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC), Malaysia as a world-class international medical college to place Manipal in the global arena. It is a testimony to Dr. Ranjan Pai's skills and a demonstration of the making of an Indian MNC., Dr. Ranjan Pai is focused on taking up the Education and Healthcare Programme in Western countries like the UK & the US.

Dr. Pai is a medical graduate of the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and has studied Hospital Administration in the United States. He has an excellent insight into the functioning of large healthcare systems and medical schools, having been exposed to the nuances of healthcare administration and medical education at various stages.

As the CEO of MEMG, Dr. Ranjan Pai's focus is on the new business initiatives of the group. He is acknowledged for financial restructuring of the Group and creating a platform for the induction of private equity for the rapid growth of the Group.

KANWALJEET SINGH, Senior Managing Director, Helion VC

Kanwal Singh is a co-founder of Helion and has over 23 years of experience in the areas of venture investing, marketing and business development across multiple sectors in India. In addition to his role at Helion, he serves on the boards of NGPay, Hurix, Amba Research, HummingBird, YLG Salons, Brand Calculus, Qwikcilver, Mast Kalandar, Yepme and Attano.

Prior to Helion, Kanwal spent four years as a director and co-head of The Carlyle Group's India 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.

Kanwal has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Punjab University and an MBA in marketing and finance from the Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi.

YUNUS ZIA, MD, India Builders Corporation

His forefathers come from a generation of entrepreneurs. The kind who made Dreams come true. It was from them that he inherited his Dream to build the modern metaphors of development which today stand towering into the city skyline. That was what led to the birth of IBC. Today he is the Managing Director of the India Builders Corporation Group, one of the most renowned real estate corporate entities in South India. But that is just the beginning of his story.

Having diverse businesses in coffee, real estate, hospitality, healthcare and education, he has a lot on his plate to keep him occupied. But personally he thrives on the passion of his Dream, and the adrenalin rush of creating new avenues of growth and development.

KISHORE BIYANI, Future Group

He is the Group CEO of Future Group, one of India’s leading business houses with multiple businesses in the consumption space. He is an entrepreneur who has been credited with changing the face of modern retailing in India, and was listed among India’s 50 Most Powerful People in 2009 in Bloomberg Businessweek.

SUNIL NARAYAN

Sunil is the Director of Land Acquisition, Value and Budget Housing Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in Township planning and the real estate industry and is one of the leading land aggregators in Bangalore.