Lt Col Rakesh Krishnan,CPP
Lt Colonel Rakesh Krishnan, CPP (Retd) is a veteran of the Indian army who recently retired after serving the nation for over two decades. As a paratrooper and a Black cat Commando he specialized in counter terrorist operations. Before hanging his Uniform- he commanded The “National Security Guard”, hub in Kolkata for close to Four years. During his service he was awarded the Chief of Army Staff commendation card for his service to the nation. Lt Colonel R Krishnan founded Catfit- a start-up that works at performance enhancement of Individuals, athletes, Sportspersons,College students and Corporates. He strongly believes the skills and tactics of the Black cat Commandos can be applied successfully in the field of sports, entrepreneurship and Life to achieve ones dreams.
Arpan Dixit has completed his education from the illustrious and well renowned institution, Sherwood College, Nainital. He has a silver medal in the Honours course as well as a master’s degree. Prior to joining Catfit as its Business Head Marketing and Fitness, he has worked with the Ekman group London as its General Manager India operations, Dell computers (was its best care employee) and Information Resource Development. He is a fitness enthusiast who loves sports and has played at multiple levels in football, skating, bodybuilding and cricket. As a certified professional trainer with a diploma in nutrition he has trained senior sports persons and film actors including former MR U.P Y.Kumar and Md. Nazim Khilji.
Lt. Commander Amiya Patra (Retd.)
Lieutenant Commander Amiya Patra has served the nation for 10 years as an Officer in Naval Marine & Aviation. He pioneered the induction and operation of Advanced Light Helicopter into Navy. He is the first officer in armed forces to conceptualize and produce a documentary film on “flight safety” which is still being used as the promotional movie in naval aviation and Indian Air Force. He has contributed immensely in the training and development of technical workforce and designed innovative methodology for On Job Training (OJT).
On his voluntary retirement from the Navy and completion of business management course in IIM,Indore, he explored the world of possibilities as a freelancer consultant for startups like “Tennis India” magazine and “Cromatica Lifestyle” modular kitchen. For last two years he has been working as defense consultant for an Indian MNC. He has steered the customization of the command and control software to provide a collaborative platform to law enforcement agencies to obviate 26/11 attack like scenario. Recently he has delved into the concept of “Unlearning” and developed a workshop curriculum for the working professionals who are either switching their domain or finding it difficult to adjust to the changing technological developments. He has conducted the similar workshop for Indian Navy and Indian Army officers who are planning to start their second career post retirement. Other Indian firms (TCS & Glocal Healthcare) and Ansel Holdings from Australia have also expressed their interest in his other workshops on modern leadership theories and innovations in change management. All his training sessions and workshops are designed to inculcate an environment for learning among the participants. He practices the experiential learning pedagogy to make learning fun through the examples from real life, cinema and stories.
He started a venture (http://www.penguinevp.com) to provide entrepreneurship platform to students and working professionals in India in association with Federation of Indian Export Organization. His experience of Navy and corporate world is a unique blend of leadership and business acumen. He is a visionary who challenges conventional management theories in management and believes in people driven organizational growth. He’s working with an NGO (Mandar and No More) for drowning prevention campaign in India.
As a speaker, he is delivering his first TEDxGateway talk this month in Mumbai. Before this he has been called as a speaker to few other prestigious platforms like “Next Think Tank” and Ravindra Natya Mandir in Mumbai.
Apart from this, he is also a writer and film maker by passion. He has many short films, promotional video and documentaries to his credit; out of which many were screened in International Film Festivals in India and abroad. One of his short films has been selected for the “Save the Girl Child” campaign. His short film, Deal Done based on dowry system in India has more than 2.5 M views on YouTube.
Capt Yashika Hatwal Tyagi
Captain Yashika Hatwal Tyagi is a Short service commissioned lady Officer from the initial batches of Women entry into Indian Armed Forces. She passed out with a Silver medal from the prestigious (OTA) Officers Training Academy, Chennai in the year 1994. During her Army tenure, she has served in intense counter insurgency / terrorist infested areas of Assam during “Operation Rhino”. She holds the proud distinction of being the first Lady officer from logistics wing to be posted to Extreme cold climate / High altitude areas of Leh /Kargil .She participated actively during “Operation Vijay” and successfully coordinated the logistics, during the war like scenario.
After hanging her boots, she has successfully raised & executed the model of ECHS, a ministry of defense project .Wherein, she worked towards providing effective healthcare delivery to the veterans of Defense services staying in remote corners of counter-insurgency infested areas of Jorhat, Assam and Srinagar, J&K
The experience of working with specially abled children of Asha School and empowering them to live respectfully in mainstream society, still remains closest to her heart, till date.
As a college student, she represented India as student ambassador to Canada under a cross cultural exchange program called Indo-Canada Youth Exchange Program (ICYEP).
She has been the Administrative officer at Symbiosis centre of Health care, Pune and manages standardization, troubleshooting, and ensures stakeholder satisfaction at thirteen locations pan India. As a winner of SYMBIFIT event at Symbiosis International University, she believes that age is just a number and everyone must work consciously towards mental and physical fitness.
Maj Mohammed Ali Shah
Major Mohommed Ali Shah is a Second Generation Officer who volunteered and joined the Indian Army in the Corp of Artillery. He was posted along the line of Control Indo Pak Border. He saw active service and Operations posted in the Assam Rifles in the North eastern part of the country. He was awarded a commendation card for his meritorious service to the nation.
He did his schooling from Lawrence School, Lovedale and graduated from the Fergusson College, Pune. He is also an alumni of the prestigious IIM Calcutta and has done Theatre with Thespians such as Tom Alter and Naseer Uddin Shah ( who incidentally is his father’s younger brother). He has acted in Theatre and films too, and is a visiting faculty at Subhash Ghai’s “Whistling Woods International”.
Major Mohommed Ali Shah has acted in FTII alumnus Shriram Raghavan’s “Agent Vinod”, and in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider” which won 5 National awards apart from several other prestigious film awards. He has recently completed shooting for National School of Drama alumnus and National award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s latest film “Yaara”. Major Ali won the coveted award of “ Best actor” at the prestigious Delhi International Film Festival, “Best actor” at the International Film Festival of Prayag apart from a ‘Special mention by jury and critique’s” for outstanding performance, and “Best actor” at the Aligarh Film Saaz International Film Festival.
Squadron Leader Meena Arora
Squadron leader Meena Arora has served in the Indian Air Force for over a decade. During her tenure with IAF she was also responsible for training and counseling of the staff and officers. She is the recipient of two silver medals for service to the nation.
She is a certified life coach, counselor and NLP trainer. She deals with behavioral issues, habits, attitude and transformation along with leadership and personal development, team spirit, relationship management, communication skills and decision making. She conducts sessions for individuals as well as groups and has an experience of over 3000 hours in the field. As a professional she has served with Jeevan Shiksha trust, Rai Diagnostics, Mdi Gurgaon as well as the Hindon Air Base.
She is the founder of the famous “Happiness Project” as well as “Ridhima and Mom” comic series for parenting.
Rajalakshmi Joshi is a TEDx Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, an Architect and Interior Designer, Writer, Editor , Environmentalist, Regional Head for the BetiBachao BetiPadhao initiative , a Political Analyst and a Social Activist.
She is also a Television Panelist on many popular TV channels like Republic, Zee news, Times Now, CNN News18, India Today, NewsX, India Ahead TV etc and was recently awarded the title of “Best Political Analyst” by the Prestigious “Mumbai Achiever Awards 2020”.
She was recently invited by the Embassy of Argentina in India as a keynote speaker to Speak at a Conference on Women Empowerment. She represented India and made some noteworthy suggestions for both countries to work together and thrive even during the Pandemic.
Rajalakshmi is also the founder trustee (Treasurer) of the RHYTHM FOUNDATION, a trust formed with the aims of promoting Sustainable Architecture and eliminating the need for Dumping grounds by the large scale use of Micro-Garbage procedures. This Trust also aims to promote all round development in the youth by conducting cultural festivals, personal development workshops and sports events in Mumbai and all over India.
She is also a creative writer and editor of books, publications and short videos/promos. Rajalakshmi writes for the Speaking Tree and her blogs also appear in various portals. One of her articles is featured in this book by the Times Group, with articles by renowned spiritual Gurus like Sadhguru, Swami Sukhabodhananda, Swami Swaroopanand and others, unlocking the secrets of lasting happiness! The book is called “20 Lessons on Being Happy”
She is on the Advisory panel of many prestigious companies, some of which are featured in the Forbes list too for their achievements and excellence!
Ms. Tanya Chadha, social activist and Trustee of Ladli Foundation Trust, an NGO associated with women empowerment. She’s awarded The Daina Award in memory of late Princess Daina of London by the Government of United Kingdom, for her contribution for betterment of society. She’s active in interacting with women and children, counselling and offering as a helping hand for people’s mental health. She’s also a Life and Menatal Health Coach at Pratha Ayurveda. She’s founder of My Safe Circle which provides a safe and healthy environment for people to about their mental health. The focus is to enhance mental health and make others see it with no stigmas. Tanya is a certified NLP practitioner and holds various mental health certificates from universities around the globe.
Shashank Emmanuel’s educational journey began at St. Joseph’s College Nanital, a well – renowned boarding School under the guidance of the congregation of Christian Brothers from Ireland. During his childhood days in boarding, the school’s motto ‘Certa Bonum Certamen’ (‘Fight the Good Fight’) fascinated him and hence forth he has inculcate the same in his life. Prior to joining Catfit as its Executive Marketing Head , he has worked abroad ( UAE ) and catered to clientele such as Ministery of Education, Ministery of Defence, Ministery of Labour and Health, Government and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities. In India he has worked with many MNC and Start – ups . Joining catfit is a conscious decision as he believes that every life has a purpose to accomplish before we end our innings.
Dr Richa Kavade
For more than a decade she practiced in Goa and Mumbai, where she assisted Bollywood actors and prominent personalities as her patients. She has a Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Fitness Clinic in Pune apart from being a Senior Consultant at Kavade Nursing Home. She is the co-founder of the Future Fit Academy (FFA) which helps young athletes achieve their fitness and sporting goals. Dr Kavade’s practice includes athletes (she is an avid Marathon runner herself) & weekend warriors, the elderly and sedentary corporate professionals. She is a much sought after corporate trainer and has worked with top brands like Syngenta (IT), Mindcrest (Legal Outsourcing), Indiacast – Network18 (Television). Since Dr Kavade is a Medical Doctor her understanding of diet, nutrition, fitness, ergonomics and health is authentic and scientific. Her years of experience with both athletes and white collar workers make her uniquely qualified to deliver phenomenal results.
Anupama K Vishwakarma
Anupama is a clinical psychologist working as a counsellor for private clinics and NGOs . She has completed her masters and PG.Diploma along with workshops in subjects like behavior modification and NLP.
Registered with national career service she I possess specialization in behavior modification for children under 16 years of age having several behavioral disfunctions and psychological problems like anxiety, temper tantrums, depression etc.
She has worked to promote suicide prevention and awareness among students and volunteered my services for orphanage children in Jabalpur (MP), teaching importance of emotional intelligence and self-analysis. Providing counselling and guidance for skills like’’ voicing ‘’ self among peers and parents and ‘’how to encounter emotions without acting on them’’.
Karan started out as a freelance designer for corporates. He has worked with film production houses including Geetha Arts. He then went on to work as the Head of Design for Silicon Gigs, USA. Karan has also been a mentor and conducted several workshops related to web design, graphic design and UI/UX Design.
Karan Shah is also the Founder of 8FX, a Design Agency. Their catchphrase ‘Imaginations to Life’ conveys that they are creative problem solvers for businesses that would like to bring change to their status quo. Unsurprisingly, they have also been called an Advertising, Digital, Branding and Media Agency.
He is now a speaker at TEDx Hyderabad. Topics like ‘Compound Effect’ etc. are within his domain along with latest technological innovations and inventions. He is closely working with the State Innovation Cell, an initiative by the Government of Telangana.
He is the Head of Design for TEDx Hyderabad, “The Angel Summit”. He has provided his creative skills and expertise to various corporates like ISB, She Teams, T-Hub, Tech Stars, PwC, Nasscom, iKeva, Design Summit, August Fest etc
Bhavpreeta is an alumna of Sherwood College, Nainital and finished her higher studies in Politics and Social Policy from the University of Wolverhampton, England. She works with NIEVPD (National Institute for the Empowerment of people with Visual Disabilities) Central Government of India, in their National Talking Library, Community Radio and the Media Production Unit, Dehradun.
She also trains students of all ages, teachers, nurses and doctors, in the private, medical as well as the government sector so that, they can enhance their personal selves, their confidence, can generate income and the most important of all – get employed. Bhavpreeta’s NGO works to provide Inclusive Education, Awareness, Empowerment and Employability to women and children in the rural parts of India.