Career Talks 


Chief Guest

Shriman Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the titular erstwhile Scion of Mysore, assumed royal duties at an early age after his grandfather's passing. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Shri YKC Wadiyar is dedicated to preserving Mysore's cultural heritage through eco-friendly initiatives and historical conservation. Beyond his royal responsibilities, he actively engages in activities supporting environmental sustainability, education, and cultural history, contributing to the enduring legacy of Mysore's royal dynasty.

Leadership and Decision Making in Public Service

Dr Amar Kumar Pandey 

Retired DGP, Indian Police Service Officer

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (9 am to 10 am)

Dr Amar Kumar Pandey is a distinguished Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who began his illustrious career in 1989 after being inducted into the service with the 42nd Regular Recruit (RR), allotted to Karnataka cadre. His academic journey is marked by significant accomplishments, including a PhD from the prestigious National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore, an MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, and a Master's in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). He has served in key roles, including ASP in Gulbarga & Gangavati, SP in various districts, DCP, DIG in Planning and modernization, IGP, ADGP and DGP in crucial departments. Recognized for his valor, he received awards such as the Police Medal for Gallantry, Medal for Meritorious Service, and Medal for Distinguished Services. Notably, he was honored by the Karnataka government for the successful extradition of the infamous Don Ravi Pujari from Senegal (Africa).

Aspiring Journalist: Building Your Career Path

Mr Edison Thomas 

Editor for Indulge Magazine of The New Indian Express

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (10.30 am to 11.30 am)

Edison Thomas holds a BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Economics from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, and an MA in English and Language Studies from The American College, Madurai. He began as a sub-editor at the Times of India and later served as a lecturer at Christ College. He served in editorial roles at The Hindu and is currently the Editor of Indulge magazine at The New Indian Express, showcasing over two decades of diverse media experience.

Beyond the Ranks
A Life Coach's Story of Transformation, Service, and Unconventional

Mr Ronit Ranjan

Life Coach and Leadership Trainer |  3x TEDx Speaker | Ex-Indian Army Cadet | Author of ‘The Mighty Mustang’

Seminar Hall, Bangalore Yeshwanthpur Campus, 5 January (11 am to 12 pm)

Ronit’s work revolves around Self-Improvement, Mental Health Awareness, Dating, Men’s Wellbeing and education, Poetry, and Personal Development. He is passionate about inspiring people to challenge themselves and achieve breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives. He aims to create a life balance that prioritizes well-being and celebrates all aspects of one’s true self.

Journey that located my space in the public policy map of India

Mr V R Raman 

Executive Director of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability

Sky View, Central Block, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

A seasoned leader in policy, governance, and accountability, V R Raman boasts a three-decade career spanning diverse sectors and domains. Champion of a just society, he holds a wealth of experience in health, WASH, nutrition, and disaster resilience. With roles at local to global levels, he has been instrumental in India's flagship missions and landmark programs, contributing to transformative initiatives. Currently affiliated with prestigious institutions, his extensive board and committee service reflects a commitment to societal well-being and health systems globally.

Eklavya - Finding Myself Through Music 

Mr Sandeep Pillai

Design Evangelist | Musician | Tourism Entrepreneur |Guest Lecturer in NID

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Sandeep, a seasoned Product and user experience designer from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, transitioned from a corporate career of 20 years to pursue music, entrepreneurship, and meaningful design ventures. He coalesces his deep musical roots with design sensibilities, having composed for films, and theater, and winning acclaim in sound design. His homestay venture, Namma Kadu Estates, thrives in South Coorg. With a penchant for Indian classical music, he collaborates across genres, shaping his band Soule's distinctive Indian Classical Fusion sound. He is an oratory enthusiast in NID, Ahmedabad, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Exploring the link between diet and cognitive function

Ms Shalini Sudhakar

Holistic Nutritionist | Yoga teacher

 Main Auditorium, Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus, 5 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Shalini Sudhakar, an MBA-turned-Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher in Bangalore, prioritizes simplifying nutrition science. With an MSc in Nutrition and a focus on the significance of food as nourishment, she advocates for conscious choices-favoring homemade meals, prioritizing rest, and embracing movement. Her Instagram community, over 17,000 strong, serves as a platform for sharing her wisdom and insights on holistic wellness.

Sustainable Future 2030 Strategy of Bangalore International Airport Limited

Mr Sridhar L

Block 1 Auditorium, Bangalore Kengeri Campus, 5 January (2 pm to 3 pm)

Sridhar L, Head of Sustainability at Bangalore International Airport Limited, has nearly 30 years of expertise in ESG, climate change, and strategic planning. Leading the Sustainability 2030 strategy, he aligns with 11 UNSDGs, driving ESG initiatives, managing carbon accreditation, green certification, implementing water stewardship, net-zero emissions, and circular economy practices. Actively engaged in behavioral change for sustainable transformation, he leverages technology and key insights to foster a culture of sustainability while contributing to UNGCNI's collaborative efforts in India.

Charting Your Legal Path: Strategies for Growth and Development

Dr Mrinal Satish

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (3 pm to 4 pm)

Dr Mrinal is a criminal law expert focusing on sentencing, gender, and law impact studies. He holds accolades, including the Inlaks scholarship for LLM at Yale Law School. A former member of India's Supreme Court committees, he has chaired the Delhi Judicial Academy and contributed to law reform projects. Serving as amicus curiae, he aids the Delhi High Court on critical cases, addressing issues like prison conditions and custodial violence, displaying a robust commitment to justice.

Recent advancements in the development of Li-ion batteries

Dr Supreeth Nagendran

Room 911, Central Block, Bangalore Central Campus, 5 January (3 pm to 4 pm)

Dr Supreeth Nagendran is a distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and a Research Scientist at Nyobolt Limited in Cambridge, UK. Recognized for academic excellence, he has received the Newton International Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and SERB, India. With notable oral presentations at international conferences, such as ISRS-19 in Germany and ECS-2023 in the USA, Supreeth Nagendran specializes in advancing Li-ion batteries. His prospective topics of interest include recent breakthroughs, emphasizing job opportunities, the crucial role of electrification, and our collective responsibility in driving progress.

Perspective on sports: Future Career Prospects 

Dr Sarika Mehta

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (9 am to 10 am)

Dr Sarika Mehta is a certified mountaineer and scuba diver, deeply involved in biking-racing, touring, and safety sessions that blend psychological insights for all ages. A recipient of the 2015 Young Achiever Award, she is an associated advisor in child psychiatry and a member of the American Psychological Association. Renowned as a psychologist, educationist, and researcher, she founded the charitable "BIKING QUEENS" trust, advocating for social causes and leading mountain expeditions.

The Key Drivers to Enhance your Entrepreneurship Quotient

Dr Rajdeep Manwani

Main Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (10 am to 11 am)

Dr Rajdeep Manwani, an accomplished academician and speaker, heads academic research at Sindhi College of Commerce. With triple post-graduation and a Ph.D. in Commerce, his accolades include National awards for disability empowerment. A distinguished Toastmaster and TEDx speaker, he mentors youth, delivers corporate speeches, champions disability inclusion, and conducts workshops. Passionate about education quality, he's a prolific researcher, having trained 21,500+ students and executives in 22 years, embodying the motto "Touching lives, making a difference."

Growth Marketing 101

Mr Sindhu Biswal

Main Auditorium, Bangalore Bannerghatta Road Campus, 6 January (10 am to 11 am)

Mr Sindhu Biswal, hailing from Cuttack, initially aspired to be an astronaut but found their passion in music and supported local artists in online promotion. Transitioning into academia, they excelled in business studies and thrived in the startup ecosystem, co-founding Dogether. Progressing to roles at Paytm Insider and now at Pocket Aces, Sindhu spearheads growth for digital media platforms like FilterCopy and Dice Media while launching new channels like Jambo and Nutshell, showcasing adaptability and creative prowess in marketing and digital media landscapes. Sindhu also shares insights as a speaker at corporate events.

Navigating the Data Science Jungle: Essential Skills & Resources for Freshers to Thrive in Industry

Dr Goutham Tholpadi

Block 3 Auditorium, Bangalore Kengeri Campus, 6 January (10 am to 11 am)

Dr Goutham Tholpadi is an Applied Scientist at Amazon, building data products with a focus on recommendation systems. Previously, he worked at Microsoft, MakeMyTrip, and, applying machine learning, information retrieval, and natural language processing to customer problems. He started his career in application development at SAP, followed by a PhD in machine learning at the Indian Institute of Science.

Success in Financial Services: Exploring Progression Opportunities within Insurance, Wealth Management and Investment Banking

Mr Varun Shukla

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (10.30 am to 11.30 am)

Mr Varun Shukla is a Senior Vice President at HSBC, India, responsible for driving digital transformation, cost-control, risk management, improving customer experience, and executing target-generating models across different markets. Varun is a passionate advocate for continuous learning and development and is a certified Project Management Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and has completed certificates in Digital Transformation and Business Analytics, and Digital Media from the Indian School of Business (ISB).

Finding the right pathway in the Realm of Psychology: Career Perspective

Ms Gargi Chakraborty 

KE Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Ms Gargi Chakraborty, a seasoned Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, boasts nearly a decade of diverse experience in clinical practice and research. With a holistic, mindfulness-infused approach, she tailors programs addressing a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, showcased through her media engagements and affiliations with esteemed institutions like NIMHANS and Phoenix Psychiatry. Her expertise spans across Adult Psychiatry, Mindfulness Interventions, and varied forms of therapy for individuals, couples, families, and more.

Opportunities in Indian Services towards Nation Building

Brigadier Jagadeesh BG

Sky View, Central Block, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Brigadier Jagadeesh BG (Retd.) served in the Indian Army for over 35 years, participating in multiple operations and postings throughout India. He is a passionate alumnus of Bangalore Military School and Christ College, and holds multiple degrees in science, engineering, and management. A keen sportsman and expert in heavy weaponry, he also contributed to the Make in India initiative. Now retired, he dedicates himself to motivating youth and nation-building as a Professor of Practice and Director of CPCG at the University.

Sustainable Architecture

Ms Fancy George

Block 1 Auditorium, Bangalore Kengeri Campus, 5 January ( 3pm to 4pm)

Ms Fancy George, CEO of Thomas Workplace Design, boasts 30+ years of experience in corporate real estate. An accomplished architect and consultant, she specializes in workplace strategy and sustainable design, leading million-square-foot projects for global giants. As the co-founder of WiREnet World, she champions women's leadership in real estate. A sought-after speaker, she emphasizes user-centric, circular, and universal design principles, striving to enhance well-being and productivity in her creations.

Powerful Communication and Career Choice

Mr Venkatesh Prasanna

Seminar Hall, Bangalore Yeshwanthpur Campus, 6 January (11 am to 12 pm)

Mr Venkatesh Prasanna is an extensively experienced professional in sales, marketing, coaching, and training, with a diverse background spanning industries like FMCG, direct marketing, and corporate training. He possesses a strong capability in team management, content development, and business development, having conducted over 20,000 hours of training across various sectors and regions. A multilingual individual comfortable in 8 Indian dialects, he has been certified in NLP, DISC, life coaching, and behavioral training, dedicated to customized training methodologies and known for dynamic, engaging coaching sessions that cater to individual client needs.

Launching Your Startup While Still in College

Mr Sunny Garg

Main Auditorium, Bangalore Central Campus, 6 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Mr Sunny is currently building Crib, India's No. 1 Property Management App that is creating a digital ecosystem of landlords, tenants & entrepreneurs. He started YourShell, a full-stack co-living operator while in college. After 3 years of operations and a turnover of over 20 crores, it was sold at a multi-million dollar valuation to Stanza Living. He has spoken at 100+ events including Josh Talks and TEDx talks. He has also been featured in various publications like The Economic Times, The Hindustan Times, Forbes, YourStory, etc. for his work.

Building a UN-ready skillset: Identifying Career Paths Available and Skills Sought after by The UN

Mr Kiri Atri

Main Auditorium, Bangalore Bannerghatta Campus, 6 January (12 pm to 1 pm)

Mr Kiri Atri serves as the External Relations Officer at UNHCR, India, leading spokesperson and liaison with media, governments, and NGOs. With a background in protection and advocacy, he is recognized for fostering collaborations, managing projects, and promoting global issues among youth. He has earned accolades such as the Swami Vivekananda International Youth Role Model Award and the POSCO Asia Fellowship for academic excellence and advocacy efforts.