I am a passionate designer and educator. My approach is firmly grounded in applying the principles of Design Thinking to Problem Solving in Development areas like education, healthcare, Team Management, Design Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
I am currently the Managing Trustee of the Happy Horizons Trust, that uses the power of Design Thinking, Participatory Learning, Community-based learnings and alternative education interventions (storytelling, activity based learning, learning through films and videos) to improve the quality of school education in India.
In the past, I was a principal consultant to L’école de design Nantes Atlantique, one of the leading Design schools in France. , where I functioned as Director and Head of Operations of India Studio. Over the 5 years of my association, I established the Master’s program in Transcultural Design, that emphasised on Design for Social Impact and Design Thinking.
I also organise sessions and workshops to help the people in the industry get familiar with the latest tools of Innovation, gain contemporary domain knowledge around Design for Social Impact, Product Management, User Experience, Design Thinking, which are key ingredients as we strive to build better technology products and solutions.
As we move to a more connected world, User Experience & Design Thinking are critical skills towards creating products that add value to our daily lives.
I am a visiting faculty to numerous Design colleges and teach courses on Design Theory & Methods, User Experience Design, Design for Social Impact at The Design Village, Noida and the India Studio of L’école de design Nantes Atlantique.
I have mentored over 50 students in their Diploma projects, some of which have gone on to win awards too.
Advisory and Mentoring
I am an advisor to a few organisations on design and social innovations. I was a faculty of design at The Institute for Product Leadership, teaching User Experience, Prototyping and Usability to Product Management professionals. I am also on the advisory board of Saujanya Foundation. I am a design mentor and advisor at the Foster & Forge Foundation.
I am also the current President of the IIT Guwahati Alumni Association.