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Soni Bhattacharya

soniSoni is a Post-Graduate in Marketing, and spend the first years of her career in various corporates in India. Till the entrepreneurship bug bit her. The initial years were spent in sales, marketing, art promotion and training & development, with large and diverse organizations across India. Then, 17 years ago, she took off on her own, and after many exciting adventures, she focused on Art-Based Learning & Development. With an aim to develop innovative solutions in the space of people development. As the Founder of The Painted Sky, Soni is the pioneer in developing innovative and experiential Art-Based Training initiatives worldwide, running programmes across Asia, Europe and India. Soni is an Executive Coach working with coachees using the ICF model, to help them develop in areas of personal and professional growth, address skill gaps and self-limiting behaviours. Soni is also a Psychotherapy practitioner of Transaction Analysis, integrating her learnings in her work, in various training initiatives she designs and runs. She is also certified in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), under Richard McHugh, Ph.D. She is also certified in Theatre of the Oppressed and in Psychodrama, and expertly weaves these powerful Theatre-Based tools in corporate trainings, for high impact and deep takeaways. Soni uses her years of communication, marketing and sales experience to run Advanced and Assertive Communication programmes for clients in India and overseas. And also specializes in Emotional Intelligence based trainings, including Difficult Dialogues, helping participants understand, appreciate and address such challenges at work and in life, develop greater abilities to handle situations that need higher EQ. Soni is a mother and a collector of Indian contemporary art. And a keen learner of Hindustani classical music. These days, her passion is her terrace garden, her beloved patch of green in Bangalore!
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Anirban Bhattacharya


In his earlier life, Anirban spent two decades in various senior sales and marketing roles with diverse organizations and worked across industries and geographies.  These included stints with ITC, American Express, ICICI, Metro Cash & Carry and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Four years ago, Anirban joined The Painted Sky, and started leading the Art-Based Trainings initiatives. And now, with the company hailed as leaders in Art-Based Trainings worldwide, Anirban has run programmes across 7 countries, for over a hundred corporate clients. Over 300 Art-Based workshops, for 1500+ participants. He is the co-Founder of the joint venture with Trivioquadrivio, Italy, leaders in experiential trainings in Europe. His forte is in the areas of Thinking Creatively, Challenging Barriers, Developing Innovative Mindsets, and Developing Executive Communication and Influencing Skills. He is an Executive Coach and an experienced facilitator, leading various Art-Based behavioral programmes. Anirban has added various credentials along the way, from Theory U to Design Thinking, and is also certified in Transaction Analysis for Organisational Development, and in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), under Richard McHugh, Ph.D. Anirban is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, a speaker in various leadership forums, an art collector and a jazz lover, and is also a keen mentor for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and is associated with various organizations providing advice on marketing and business strategy.
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Smitha Rao

1499664_10202796500531999_307058004_nShe comes with a vast experience of working as an expert in managing employee relations and employee engagement by facilitating the diagnosis and design of action plans at various organizations. She has worked very closely with both HR managers and Technical unit heads / Vertical heads to develop various systems within the HR framework for both small and medium sized organizations like Tata Elxsi Ltd, Celstream Technologies Ltd and Mu Sigma. She also comes with extensive experience in conducting interviews and assisting managers in finding the right fit for specific job roles. She has led various recruitment drives conducted in-house for experienced candidates and visited various campuses to recruit fresher’s. She has visited reputed campuses like UVCE, BMS, PES, NIT-Allahabad, NIT- Warangal, Goa Institute of Management, Madhurai Engineering college to name a few. Smitha is extremely passionate about helping people develop and grow and has facilitated various programs related to this. She has over 700 hours of training experience and has run several workshops in areas of Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Presentation skills, Campus to Corporate, Corporate Etiquette and HR skills. She has conducted workshops at Daimler, MBRDI, Yahoo, TCS, Brocade, Citrix, etc. Smitha is a Post Graduate in Human Resource Management from SDM-IMD, Mysore. She has done a one year diploma course in Transaction Analysis (TA) for Organizational Development and is currently practicing TA in Psychotherapy.”
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Ranjini Rao


Ranjini Rao works as a Senior Facilitator at The Painted Sky, which has allowed her to pursue her continued interest in the field of Design Thinking Facilitation. She has catered to corporates in IT, BFSI, Manufacturing, Automotive, Financial Services and has conducted over fifteen workshops independently . Prior to joining The Painted Sky, she had a fulfilling and enriching career in the IT and Education Consulting Industry with over 19 years. In her last assignment, she served as a digital marketing strategist and social media evangelist with IBM Interactive experience & Mobile & several other groups in IBM where she helped strategise and execute several digital initiatives incorporating IBM Design thinking frameworks and methodologies & Customer Experience strategy for client projects. She has been a recipient of IBM’s Regional General Manager Award certificate for 5 years in a row (2005 to 2009). She has been a top performer and also a recipient of IBM’s Top Hundred Percent club achiever award in year 2007 & 2008 respectively. She had also established several best practices & innovative ways of using digital that lead to several Best practices recognition globally. Prior to IBM, she has worked with Tech Pacific India Pvt.Ltd (aka Ingram Micro) and Aptech Computer Education and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Systems Management from Aptech Computers. She also holds a mastership certification in the Usui Reiki & Karuna Reiki practices, and is an NLP Certified Practitioner, a Google Analytics certified professional and Social Media Certified Practitioner. During her free time she loves to paint, read books, teach kids values education and help spread spiritual knowledge.
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Sidharth Wadhwa

Untitled1Sidharth is a Certified Psychometrics Analyst and a Certified Learning and development Manager from CAMI USA. With 16 years of experience in Training Strategy Formulation, Program design, development and delivery; Sidharth now focuses on Executive Coaching and Development- One-on-One confidential, Design Thinking, Impactful Coaching and Counseling to Senior Managers, High Performing executives, and Dynamic leaders. Sidharth is passionate about nurturing human capital and delivering effective solutions for total work force development. His work engages every aspect of human interaction. Ground research, Case studies, method and Activities are built around the central objective of the project. He continues to be a preferred Learning Partner for various clients like Ernst and Young, Adobe, Philips, Genpact, Vodafone, Symphony, Novell, Wipro Technologies, SAP Labs, Delphi Automotives and several others His regular workshops cover a gamut of skills and levels across an organization – such as Advanced Presentation skills, Achievement Motivation, Action Centered Leadership Model for Team Leaders and Team Managers, Assertiveness and Self Confidence, Communication Workshop for Leaders, Perception Management and Performance Management for Senior Managers. Sidharth also conducts workshops on Critical Thinking and Problem Solving- he applies principles of Design Thinking and Einstein’s provocation theory in his workshop. Some of the elements used in his training are Whole Brain creative thinking process, De Bono’s lateral thinking techniques. 6 thinking hats for a process of a whole brain activity and the two Mindsets by Carol Dweck – Growth versus Fixed.
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Deepak Srinivasa

DeepakSrinivasaA creativity enthusiast, Deepak’s number one passion in life is Innovation. A computer science engineer by qualification, he specializes in technology and product incubation. In his 17 years of IT industry experience, he has worked for groups like Technology Incubation Center, WebSphere Technology Institute and several other IBM Research groups at IBM India. With hands-on exposure to innovation, he loves applying creative and design thinking techniques to real world problems. As an IBM Master Inventor and a member of Invention Development Team at IBM, he found ample opportunities to mentor and coach aspiring inventors. Through helping engineers apply innovation techniques, he has acquired a flair for teaching what he calls ‘Innovation Engineering’. Deepak’s chosen field of specialization is Computational Creativity. Exploring how computers can be creative and writing tools to help creative professionals do better are at the core of his entrepreneurial ventures. Currently, he is engaged in corporate training & consultancy in the areas of Innovation and Design Thinking as a Senior Facilitator at The Painted Sky. And, as a founder of a company called Bitgroovy, he explores the fringes of creativity and technology.
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Ritu Shukla

UntitledRitu is an extremely passionale and accomplished facilitator with proficiency in Behavioral Training, theatre based facilitation and Coaching. Ritu has comprehensive understanding of effective training strategies and approaches, and is an expert in facilitating the alignment of training to the envisioned goals. Regarded for her ability to build professional relationships that endure, she comes with a vast experience of 18+ years. Ritu is a certified NLP practitioner. She is currently pursuing the Advance Course in “Transactional Analysis”, an important tool for counseling, therapy and OB training. She has also undergone Facilitator’s training in “Theatre of the Oppressed”, a framework and set of techniques for personal and social transformation, which she applies in her work.
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Prakash Maheshwari

PrakashPrakash brings over 15 + years of corporate experience with organizations like American Express & Aon Hewitt in multiple leadership roles encompassing client servicing, business delivery, training & coaching. Prakash offers unique, practical, and real time corporate perspectives on an array of business topics through the varied positions held. He is a Coach, Performance Accelerator and a Training Consultant committed to partnering with People, Organizations & Communities to tap their dormant capabilities, take intensive action for solid outcomes leading to Personal, Professional & Spiritual Excellence. Prakash is an Advanced Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner through the American Board of NLP. The participants experience accelerated learning structures in his training programs. He brings a deep sense of research orientation which helps in developing content and need / gap analysis. Prakash has created design documents, developed content and delivered the modules. He has also been involved in creating audio – visual training tools for the training programs. Prakash’s core competent areas span across Leadership Trainings,Peak Performance Coaching ,Behavioral Trainings, Customer Orientation Workshops, High Impact Presentation Prowess, & beyond. He is committed to provide practical leverage to take intensive action for solid outcomes through a process of experiential learning. Prakash is also a passionate marathon runner and brings in distinctive tone of sporting themes in his workshops. He also blends themes of creative imagery to develop visual storytelling in his training workshops.
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Sudarshan Pandurang


 Sudarshan Pandurang has worked in Performance and Behavioural Training, Education and Publishing, Environmental and Geo-Technical Engineering, Gem and Jewellery manufacturing, over his 15-year career. A former Dale Carnegie Global Trainer, Sudarshan’s workshops are designed to create direct business impact and maximum workplace learning transfer. A post-graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai (IITM) and a student of National Institute of Design (NID Ahmedabad), he loves teaching groups Creative problem solving which directly impacts the business. Sudarshan’s passion is to bring deep, sustained change in groups, individuals and organizations through systems and design thinking, facilitation and relevant OD strategies. He has worked with some of the largest IT organizations, leading consulting firms, top PSU banks and niche educational institutions. His workshops in Presentations, Leadership, and Interpersonal Skills have been very well received in these organizations. A yoga practitioner, he is passionate about integrating mindfulness with creativity and innovation and in his free time, he enjoys doing design projects with his daughters.

Major Meghana Rajeshwar (Retd.)

MRMeghana has over 10 years of experience in a challenging, multi-cultural environment, first with the Indian Army and later with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. As part of the Army, she has served across the country, including the operationally challenging Ladakh Sector in J&K as well as the Army Headquarters in Delhi. She was one of the first women officers to have successfully completed a 250 km trek in the Siachen Glacier. She has served with the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia as an officer of the peacekeeping forces in Africa. In her role as a management consultant, she has been part of multiple performance transformation programs, working closely with companies across multiple industries, covering the gamut of organization functions including sales and marketing, contracts management, project management and project management. She has deep experience in client management, communication, team building and capability building. An MBTI Certified Practitioner and an avid student of Transaction Analysis, she believes in leveraging psychology to transform the way corporates work. At The Painted Sky, she runs workshops on Intermediate and Advanced Presentation Skills, Leadership, Communication Skills as well as Type Identification through MBTI. She cultivates and enjoys diverse interests ranging from trekking and writing travelogues to learning languages.

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