Sunil Jalihal, Founder CEO

Sunil is a technocrat, serial and social entrepreneur and has been a part of public, private and social organisations. He has been a part of the IT sector for many years – working with CMC, Wipro, Siemens and Hewlett Packard in technical and management positions before co-founding tech startups.

He pioneered technology product startups eCapital Solutions, eVector & Mobimedia in the telecom and mobile software space starting in 1999 attracting venture funds from JP Morgan Chase, Intel Capital and the Reuters Greenhouse Fund. He led startup teams that created products in the Mobile Value Added Services Platform, Mobile Ticketing, mWallet and mHealth space.

Sunil has been involved in a number of social projects - pioneering in India, a framework with the Lake Development Authority of Karnataka for Residents Associations to Adopt & Maintain Lakes.

He authored a coffee table heritage book - Romancing the Chilli (2013, published by Rupa Publications) – highlighting India’s agricultural, cultural and culinary heritage around the Chilli. The book went on to win 3 awards at the World Gourmand Awards at the Louvre in Paris. Sunil wrote about and created the concept of Military Tourism in India (2008) and was called upon to lead the creation of Veer Yatra – Military Tourism (2016) by Maharashtra Ex-Serviceman Corporation (MESCO, a Govt. of Maharashtra Company) where he created the concept with 20+ military tourism packages. He has been part of the visiting faculty for MBA course at Symbiosis International University – teaching Entrepreneurship & Case Studies in Technology Management.

He is a Founder Trustee of Heart for Art a Public Charitable Trust that works on reviving the Art + Craft traditions of India and creates sustainable livelihoods for India’s artisans. He is Advisor, Eco-System partnerships at Yulu Bikes, a hi-tech, micro-mobility startup - helping Yulu expand its services into various Smart Cities in India.

Vinod Ramteke - Sr. Manager Packaging, Procurement & Order Management

Vinod comes with 18+ years’ experience with KPIT Cummins, Welspun and other companies and has earlier worked on Packaging, Procurement and Order Management with customers and channels such as JC Penney, Macys, Shoppers Stop and Flipkart

He has extensive experience with IT & ITES (Cummins Branding, Configuration & Packaging), Textile, Retail, and Pharmaceutical industries in packaging development, conceptualisation, cost reduction, sourcing and vendor management. His process and systems experience extends over - SAP MM, SAP IS Retail, Matrix (PLM) & Oracle, Easy Label, Cape Pack
 
He is an engineer with B.E. Mechanical (Bombay University) & MBA – General management. Vinod is building out best in class processes in Packaging, Order Management and Procurement - especially for the online market place.

Padmaja Jalihal, Director

Padmaja is the founder of Heart for Art Trust. She spent many years in the financial services industry in Mumbai and Bengaluru. An MBA in Finance, she earlier worked with CRB Capital Markets and was part of the team at Sivan Securities that launched the initial Café Coffee Day outlets in Bengaluru. She has been involved in a number of social initiatives in Bengaluru and Pune in the areas of organic food, eco-friendly products and waste management.

Padmaja loves the arts + crafts and has been a collector of artefacts from around India and the world.

Meghadipa Roy Chowdhury - Content & Merchandising

Meghadipa has 8+ years of experience with a passion to make a difference to the art and craft scenario in the country! She has been working in the field of handicrafts, community development and program management since her graduation. Meghadipa studied B. Sc., Geography from Calcutta University and Tourism Management from Brisbane, Australia. She has earlier worked as a Program Officer in Weavers Studio Centre for Arts (WSCA), Kolkata and as a project coordinator for Kadam India, a Arts + Crafts NGO.

She is responsible for managing our content and merchandising and to  expand the arts and crafts that can be brought onto the platform.

Sameena Badebade, Lead – Digital & eCommerce Marketing

Sameena comes from Software Testing and Digital Marketing background.She has worked with IT and Internet Marketing company who served both domestic and international clients. She has completed the certification from Google & Hubspot which helped her understand the market from customer perspectives. She likes to learn new things which makes her adaptable to any situation and She always come up with suggestions and idea to improve the work:).

She is responsible for Online and eCommerce Marketing at Indic Inspirations, helping design and plan customer engagement strategies.