Ex-MNC CFO, Tech Entrepreneur, Management Consultant & Leadership Coach
The world has been changing very fast. And lately, even faster! Nevertheless, one thing that has not changed is that the family still plays a vital role in defining our value system. I say this with conviction and pride. I look back and feel blessed to have grown up in a modest and God-loving, yet forward-looking family that always cherished the Joy of Giving.
The other important learning I have had is about the law of nature, i.e., your thoughts create your future. As a child I used to get really fascinated by great aesthetics, fine demeanor, creative writing, powerful speeches, soulful music, high-quality acoustics, technology, and good food. Many of these used to trigger dreams wherein I would see people in awe of what I had to offer to them. And being so deeply engraved in my sub-conscious, these eventually started manifesting themselves in my life in one way or another.
I was also very fortunate to come across a few quotes that have stayed with me forever. Two of them that have had the most profound impact on my life are –
And it’s been a long journey – with its fun and rubs. I started playing the piano by ear when I was six, graduated in Indian classical vocal music while studying in high school, and performed on All India Radio (AIR). I went on to complete Chartered Accountancy and stepped into the corporate world; traveled around the globe and built successful teams in several countries, while also mentoring and developing leaders in those locations. During this time, I also wrote a software on inventory management, created a website on cooking recipes as soon as I discovered internet, and embraced Vipassana meditation as a guiding light. I got invited to address several prestigious industry conferences within India and abroad, won a number of awards, and also had the privilege to serve the NASSCOM GIC Forum as the Regional Chairperson. I am equally blessed to have a wonderful family. I burnt fingers in stock markets, picked fights with my bosses – including at home 😉 and also did so many stupid things on which I could write a tome. Maybe I will, someday!
After a successful international career of 20 years, I took a big step in my life – thanks to the inspiration from Mark Twain! I finally quit my job as an MNC CFO in India to wholly pursue my passion – to give back to the society by promoting philanthropy through technology and a robust framework of Trust and collaboration.
Here is my startup that I bootstrapped after taking the entrepreneurial plunge. Givera.org is aimed at making a difference by changing the way people, NGOs, corporates and other organizations connect—for a cause. It is a first-of-its kind online Philanthropy Marketplace-cum-Social Networking platform aimed at connecting all like-minded citizens. On the other hand, the Givera team offers customized CSR consulting and outsourcing services to the corporates—right from need assessment to impact assessment (including selection of NGOs and projects, monitoring, company law compliance, reporting etc). We offer unmatched employee volunteering opportunities and drive collaboration through our platform. Both these verticals are supported by a best-in-class comprehensive NGO verification and empanelment framework.
Sometimes I also take select assignments to coach and mentor senior executives—to help them unleash their true potential while focusing on their holistic well being, i.e., professional, physical, emotional and spiritual. I feel humbled when people thank me for having achieved what they never thought they were capable of.
It’s been a gratifying journey as now every day is filled with child-like dreams, high energy, creativity, and an amazing sense of satisfaction. It’s a different experience altogether to live in a world where imagination is my only limit. I feel excited as I look into the future – a world of endless possibilities.
In short, God has been kind; and life – His most precious gift, indeed beautiful!
Thank you for visiting my website. It portrays some of my hobbies as well as the insights that I continue to gain from life. Hope you find it interesting. Please feel free to share your feedback, if any.
And, keep smiling! 🙂