Anu Gummaraju comes from a mass communication background and worked for over 13 years in communications and content management, with a long stint in Infosys. She is now a blogger, and co-founder of Second to None, along with Reena Chengappa and Shilpa Kamath. Second to None is a voluntary initiative in Bangalore that promotes a greener lifestyle, and engages people online and via flea markets to reuse and recycle.
Reena Chengappa is a co-founder of a 3.5 year old Urban gardening company, MySunnyBalcony and Second to None – a 1 year old community focusing on Reuse and upcycling of unused/waste products. I was a Content Architect with Infosys Technologies before quitting to start MySunnyBalcony (MSB). I was at Aditi Technologies for a while in the HR-Recruitment department, then joined as content writer at Infosys, worked in various roles within the Communication & Design group at Infosys. Dabbled with a whole lot of things all through my corporate life, to find a way to deal with the angst and restless of not doing something that I’m not ‘really’ passionate about and did not feel like I was doing my best! My interests are trekking, traveling, gardening and photography. Sustainable living is a personal interest and have been trying to make it work for as long as I can remember.
Mainak is a Director at GPS, which he had co-founded right after completing his MBA from IIM Bangalore. He is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at i2india Ventures. Prior to taking the plunge, he had worked as a Product Engineer at multiple tech startups with his last role being that of a Technical Architect at Anveshan Telecom. He has also had a brief stint at Result, an internationalization firm cum fund, working directly under the famous Swedish serial entrepreneur, Ola Ahlvarrson
Engineer by degree, mallu by birth, was a software engineer once upon a time; quit the IT space to do the unconventional.
I currently work in the non-profit space, yes, the grass is greener and better on this side. My tryst with the non-profit space began as an English teacher volunteer with
Make A Difference in 2010. I used to spend my weekends teaching 10 kids English and trying to be a positive role model in their lives.
Took up the ownership to lead MAD Bangalore chapter in 2011. Proud to say, made Bangalore one of the best cities in the MAD footprint, impacting 168 kids and 85 volunteers. Also helped built the most beautiful library ever. During this journey got a call to join MAD full time. I joined MAD in March 2012, and currently head the corporate relations vertical nationally for MAD.
I love meeting people, listening to perspectives from all walks of life. I truly believe that there is enormous potential in the youth and their time is NOW
So that’s why I’m here. To learn, un-learn and share my experiences on sustainability and design thinking.