Every company should have a big, bold and audacious plan: Patti Hunt, Founder of MAKE Studios

Patti Hunt Design Thinking Australia

Feeling awesome to feature, Patti Hunt, Founder of MAKE Studios Tell us about yourself and how you started your career? I feel like I’ve had a few different careers. I started two businesses after I moved to Hong Kong in 2012 which is unlike anything I’ve done before – owning and running a business is one of the most exciting and scariest things you can do.My current business is MAKE Studios is a design thinking and innovation company working with clients in the Asia-Pacific region.Before that, I worked as a Service…

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Give power to people to share their opinions on anything that matters to them: Durgesh Kaushik, Wishfie

Video social network

We are happy to feature Durgesh Kaushik, Founder of Video social network for sharing opinions – Wishfie Tell us about Wishfie and what made you work on such a product? Personally, I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone had the power to participate in shaping the world of tomorrow by getting their opinions heard. Also, we grow by expressing our views and learning from others’ thoughts. Hence, we’ve built a platform where people can come together and express their opinions or just hear public opinions…

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Blockchain increases transparency and accountability which truly benefits the end user: Kumar Gaurav, Cashaa

What is Blockchain

I reached out to Janina Lowisz, CMO of Cashaa who co-ordinated to feature Kumar Gaurav, Founder and CEO of Cashaa. Tell us about yourself and how did you take interest in digital currencies? I am a serial entrepreneur and have been in the blockchain space for the past few years. I founded Cashaa and Auxesis Group, two of the Top 100 Most Influential Blockchain Companies in the world: Auxesis Group is India’s first enterprise blockchain innovation company while Cashaa is a blockchain based money transfer platform based in Level39, and…

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Our key focus is to enable a safe and seamless payment experience and be a customer champion: Narsi Subramanian, PayPal

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I have been using PayPal for over 16 years and consider their payment service as doorway to prosperity. Featuring an interview from Narsi Subramanian, Director, International Spends and Sole Proprietors, PayPal Payments India. Tell us about yourself and what did you learn during the early stages of your career? I have been associated with PayPal for nine years and have worked in various capacities across the EMEA and APAC regions. I started my career in PayPal’s risk team and worked extensively on policy frameworks that optimized key seller risk levers to drive…

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Maintain your integrity – Reputation is everything: Claire Dixon, Director, MBA Programs, University of Calgary

Claire Dixon University Calgary

I am honoured to feature Claire Dixon, Director, MBA Programs, Haskayne School of Business at University of Calgary. Tell us about yourself and how you got interested in a career in academics after years of industry experience? I had been considering a switch to a career in academic administration for several years as I wanted to make a difference through education. Education has had a profound impact on my own life as the first person in my family to study past the age of 16; I have benefited from a wonderful array…

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Our focus has been to create value-added content for visitors even on sale-oriented pages like catalogue or products: Neha Agarwal, IGP.com

neha agarwal igp

Neha Agarwal have been doing SEO and digital marketing for over 8 years and currenly works as AVP – Marketing at IGP.com About yourself and how you started your career I completed engineering in 2009 from a private college in Dehradun. This was also the year of huge recession in IT industry. Though I got on-campus placement but didn’t get a joining date immediately after college. While I was waiting for appointment letter in my hometown, I came across a job opening in local newspaper ad. A small company there…

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The most WOW and differentiated CX by helping consumers discover fashion through content, and delighting them is our aspiration: Prashant Gupta, CEO, abof

Its truly exciting to learn from a professional who has worked closely with Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla. I am honoured to feature Mr.Prashant Gupta, President & CEO, abof – eCommerce venture of Aditya Birla Group. What made you lead Aditya Birla’s eCommerce venture, Abof.com and hows the journey so far? I have often chosen new and unknown areas for my professional progression. I feel that keeps me juiced up and helps me grow/develop. Hence the choice to lead a completely greenfield new venture. The journey has been exciting, exhilarating and fulfilling.…

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Google is like family to me, no matter where I go in the world, which office I visit, it feels like I’m coming home: Saiba Singh

I always get impressed when I come across professionals who also double as Entrepreneur. I kept requesting Saiba for a feature. After more than one whole month, she got time for this interview. Meet Saiba G Singh, Agency Manager, SEA at Google, Singapore and Founder of Sugar Rush By Saiba Tell us about your education and past experiences I’ve studied across Delhi, Bombay and Pune. We lived in Bombay soon after I was born, but later moved to Delhi to take care of my grandmother. I attended DPS for a year, thereafter…

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We will establish SBM Bank as a customer focused and innovative bank: Siby Sebastian, CEO – State Bank of Mauritius

Siby Sebastian Bank of Mauritius

I wanted to learn how banks are transforming themselves to meet the expectations of consumers in the connected world. Meet Siby Sebastian, CEO of State Bank of Mauritius, India. What changes do you believe consumers are expecting from a bank in digital era? Customers are changing their expectations of everyone. Especially banks in digital era. The Connected consumers wants banking services that integrate with their connected life. This is true of all segments but especially true with the fastest growing segment (millennials) and the most profitable consumer segment (wealth management). Banks need…

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Switzerland has a sophisticated Fintech ecosystem from angel & early-stage investors to venture capitalists and accelerators: Dr.Patrick Schueffel, School of Management Fribourg

Patrick Schueffel School Management Fribourg Switzerland

Dr.Patrick Schueffel is a professor at the Institute of Finance at the School of Management Fribourg (HEG), Switzerland. His research interests focus on the areas of Entrepreneurship in Banking & Finance, Innovation, and International Business. I reached out to him to learn little we could from his vast experience. How is your industry experience helping you transform your knowledge as a Professor at Institute of Finance at Hochschule für Wirtschaft Freiburg (HSW-FR) I have crisscrossed the boundaries between academia and practice several times throughout my career. I find it incredibly inspiring…

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Document your Customer journey. Your contacts take lots of tiny steps along the way to becoming a buyer: Ranjan Dutt, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance

Ranjan Dutt, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance

Being an innovative & creative Life Insurance Sales & Marketing professional in the Insurance arm of a reputated Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group, I reached out to Ranjan to tell us his career journey. Meet Ranjan Dutt, Head – Marketing at Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. Tell us about yourself and what did you learn in the early stages of your career? A thorough bred sales & marketing professional with substantial exposure and experience spanning across global FMCG giants, strong IT /tech & telecom organisations, versatile Life Insurance brands across geography, cultures…

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Digital transformation is all about design thinking, which is synonymous with customer-centric thinking: Vaibhav Dalal of Raymond Limited

Digital transformation Vaibhav Dalal analytics

I was curious to know the role analytics plays in diverse organizations and hence reached out to Vaibhav Dalal, Head Analytics and Digital for Lifestyle at Raymond Limited. Read on. Tell us about yourself and your past experiences. Well, it has been a conventional start. I pursued my Engineering from Mumbai University and took up a job with Accenture. I got introduced to the nuances of the corporate world and was exposed to the workings of large companies early on. Within a year, I became adept in the use of…

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Our focus is to become thought leaders in logistics and field service technology, Big Data and IoT: Kruthi Aramanamada of LogiNext

Kruthi Aramanamada

I always find it interesting to listen to Sales and Marketing professionals and reached out to Kruthi Aramanamada, Head, Marketing at LogiNext. Tell us about yourself and your experience at Warwick Business School I swear by the quote “Life is trying things to see if they work- Ray Bradbury” I am very proactive and start taking initiatives from the get go. From my first day at an organization, I throw myself neck deep into the project at hand. I always work towards being an indispensible resource – be it when I was it academics…

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Think about what are you disrupting and why will your consumer have a better experience when they use your service: Sankar Krishnan of Capgemini

I consider it as a honour to feature a professional with over 25 years of experience in Banking & Financial Services sector.  Meet Sankar Krishnan, Partner at Capgemini and Author of “The Power of Mobile Banking”. Tell us about yourself and what did you learn during the early stages of your career? What I learnt : I didn’t learn this then so I am saying it in hindsight – what the joint family system in India teaches you cannot be taught by any other country . You learn about a lot…

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It’s a big challenge today to create content that can easily be understood and assimilated in a few minutes: Jagdish Shenoy

Jagdish shenoy, Content Writer India

Creating content and making people actually utilize the content you developed is hardwork. Here’s an interview of Jagdish Shenoy who worked on Content Development and Training Automation. Tell us about yourself and your journey to be Content Development & training at your organization I am a simple Mumbai man who takes life one day at a time! On the family front, I am married and have a 7-year old son. My wife is a home maker. I never thought that I would get into Content Development as I hadn’t even heard…

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Any organization is only as good as its people, and people are only as good as their output and communications: Deepak Bhatt of IIM Ahmedabad

Deepak bhatt, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

It’s an exciting responsibility to manage Communications, Public Relations and Digital Marketing at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, one of Asia’s finest B-schools. We got in touch with Deepak Bhatt, a communication, media engagement and publications professional. I am happy to present his career journey. How were you able to transform from being a HR professional in various organizations to your current position at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad? It may sound clichéd, but it’s more about working with people and understanding what value each of us can bring to the table.…

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Creating a team culture where people can feel fulfilled, appreciated and valuable is the ultimate goal: Andrew Chilcott

Andrew Chilcott accounting Australia

Andrew Chilcott is the Head of Management Accounting in Automotive Holdings Group, Australia. During his spare time, he is also actively involved in a number of start up ventures. He has diversified experience with  expertise in the areas of Management Reporting, Operational Excellence, Cash & Treasury Management, Shared Services and Return on Capital analysis. A professional with a such an experience certainly will have wonderful treasure tips in him and it shows up in this interview too. Tell us about yourself and your involvement in Startups Entrepreneurship is in my blood…

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Treat job like marriage: Lakshmi Iyer of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co

Lakshmi Iyer CIO-Fixed Income & Head-Products

When I requested Lakshmi Iyer for an interview, I expected her average turn around time to be couple of weeks. Surprisingly, She shared her experience within a dayo. I asked her how was it possible to take time for us. Her answer was “Money managers are agile”. Meet Lakshmi Iyer, CIO-Fixed Income & Head-Products Kotak Mahindra Asset Management co. Tell us about yourself and your current role at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Currently I wear a dual hat at Kotak AMC, – at the helm of fixed income from the market…

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My belief is “Everything is design. Design is everything” – Nitin Sethi of Quikr

nitin Quikr ux designer

Nitin Sethi has over 16 years of experience in User Experience Design, UI, Mobile, Visual Design and product design. I was impressed by his profile as he has headed UX design at Naukri and Yatra and currently serves in Quikr as VP Product Design & User Experience. Tell us about yourself and your experience at Naukri and Yatra I have over a decade of experience in Product Design & User Experience. I have spent a significant part of my experience in Naukri, 99acres and Shiksha, finding balance between user and business goals while crafting…

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Try solving some real world problems with real data: Ishita Biswas

There are few professionals whom I keep chasing to make sure their interview is featured on OfficeExperience.in. Its not easy to make people tell their story. Finally, I got it. Meet Ishita Biswas,  Data Scientist, R&D at EdgeVerve , An Infosys Company. Tell us about yourself and your past experiences Though I was born in the city of joy-Kolkata,I have spent the past 30 years of my life residing in several parts of the country, notably the states of Maharashtra,Jharkhand,TamilNadu,Delhi and my current home Karnataka. An avid trekker,my heart lies in the mountains…

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