Dr Vijayaraghavan M Chariar is a faculty member at Centre for Rural Development and Technology, IIT Delhi. While Dr Chariar’s training is in experimental materials science, he has over the last decade worked on diverse areas such as Design for Sustainability, Rural Housing, Ecological Sanitation, Traditional Knowledge Systems and Wisdom-based Leadership. Dr Chariar uses an experiential and participant-centred approach in his pedagogy and has inspired a large number of students to achieve their highest innate potential. He was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by IIT Delhi in 2011 and the Fulbright Visiting Professorship 2012-13 as part of which he affiliated with the College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University, USA. Dr Chariar is associated as Senior Sustainability Fellow at Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU. He also serves as Chairman of the IIT Delhi Sanitation Startup company Ekam Eco Solutions. Dr Chariar has mentored and advised many other student-led social sector startups. Dr Chariar serves as a resource person for many self-development and leadership programmes.
Kanika Sinha has been designing and facilitating transformational journeys for young people for over 10 years. She has worked with Pravah and Community – the Youth Collective where she headed their Youth Intervention Initiative and the Changelooms Programme. As a mentor to young social entrepreneurs, she has supported the conception, launch and growth of diverse change initiatives. She has a Masters in Social Development from the University of Sussex, prior to which she volunteered in the relief camps of Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. Working with young people on different issues of social justice and the adventures of parenthood, are her two greatest passions and joys.
Vivek Joshi is a serial entrepreneur and works as a coach, mentor and/or incubator with social enterprises. Vivek has been PFP’s mentor through its relationship with Unltd Delhi and brings strong insight into planning, structuring and developing a social enterprise model and team. He runs his life and work on a self created model, details of which can be seen here- http://www.startupfundas.com/