Story coach, Innovation consultant and Diversity champion, Ameen Haque is the founder of Storywallahs, a company that helps leaders and organisations leverage the power of stories. Storytelling is an essential skill, no matter what you do and Ameen helps you build that capability at your organisation. His approach to Innovation is focused on Culture, specifically fostering a culture of innovation. And as a diversity champion, he helps organisations build a culture of inclusiveness in the truest sense of that word. A Graduate Degree in Business Administration, Ameen has studied Advertising Media Planning at MICA. Formerly a Vice President at Ogilvy & Mather, Ameen has over 20 years of experience in advertising, theatre & consulting. These stints have exposed him to stories, human behavior, team dynamics and strategy. He loves climbing hills and playing table tennis.
Chaitali is a Fashion Designer by education. In a career spanning 15 years she has worked in industries as diverse as fashion designing, exports and Outsourced Business Processes. The MOF (Manager of Fun), she is an excellent event manager and has conceptualized and conducted various team building, training, employee engagement and motivation activities at her workplaces. She loves being with children and likes to tell stories that motivate and inspire. A sports buff, she sees sports as metaphor for life and would like to touch people’s heart through her stories.
A nutritionist by education, Nupur provides nourishment and nutrition for the soul through a carefully chosen and healthy diet of stories. A mother of two, she discovered the effectiveness and simplicity of story telling while interacting with her own wonderful kids. She has since been using story telling to nurture imagination and fuel creativity. She not only tells stories but trains teachers to use the power of stories effectively in facilitating learning. She has been telling stories in prime cultural spaces, literature festivals, leading schools, book stores and libraries. A prime example of "Chota Packet Kare Bade Kamaal", Nupur is a live-wire performer and a crowd puller.
An Engineer with an MBA in Human Resources, Navnita has worked in software development and has also been a HR professional with Geometric Software and TCS. Though her quest for storytelling began while reading stories to her child, she sees storytelling from a much broader perspective now. She enjoys telling stories to special children and is known as “Butter aunty” – now there is a story about that. Navnita has been doing some cool work marrying data & stories to tell stories through numbers. She strongly believes that data presentations can benefit a lot from stories. Navnita has led seminars and workshops at some of the most prestigious colleges, for both teachers and students. She also trains teachers and educators in how to teach through stories.
A Computer Science graduate by education, Arun has developed software at Infosys and Ericsson. Operations, problem solving and people management are his expertise areas and he is actively involved in growing the start-ups he is associated with. A storyteller who connects with the audience effortlessly, his ability to tell stories in multiple languages is an added advantage. He has been spreading happiness through stories at The Samarthanam Trust and Spastics Society for the last two years. He recently used stories for a change management program for students of an ITI college. The people of Bangalore have listened to his stories at various events & venues like Bangalore Literature Festival, Kathavana and Banyan tree festival and Atta Galatta.
Lakshmi has been making up stories since the time her three year old son refused to eat vegetables and she had to resort to stories to make the vegetables palatable for him. Creating stories on the go comes naturally to her and she started telling stories professionally ten years ago, working with school students in classrooms. One of her proudest moments was when she helped children discover the writer within and go from a blank page to a story in just 3 days during her workshop at Ranga Shankara. Lakshmi has trained teachers how to teach through stories and and has performed at Bangalore Lit Fest and Bookaroo Children’s Lit Fest and can be seen entertaining children and adults equally at various venues in Bangalore.
A closet writer, closet singer, and a closet performer, Trupti came out as a storyteller. A Manufacturing Engineer by education, Trupti worked with various IT organizations in areas as varied as technical training, testing, and client relationship until stories came calling. And then, there was no looking back. She believes stories have the power to entertain, educate, heal and influence change. Driven by this belief, she not only tells stories to entertain, but also to enable conversations and raise awareness on subjects like Mental Health, and works with schools to help teachers harness the power of stories in the classroom. She enjoys being amidst children and can become one among them in a matter of minutes. You can catch her playing raconteuse to children and adults alike at various cultural spaces, schools, and literature festivals across the city.
Ravi is a full-time storyteller-cum-trainer. He enjoys enabling mid-senior level corporate professionals improve their work outcomes by training them in effective storytelling. He also helps organisations craft their stories for high-stakes presentation events, such as for fund-raising or for crucial B2B sales pitches. While his overall work experience is about 15 years, his core storytelling skills were learnt in a seven year management consulting stint, where he led teams that made information-rich presentation stories to demanding clients such as PE funds and leading corporates. Ravi is a Chartered Accountant (although he requests this never be held against him) and an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He loves reading history, other non-fiction, and listening to podcasts.
Tanya became a storyteller at 11. The vivid scenes, larger than life people and how they played a pivotal role in shaping her thoughts & personality would find their way into her diary each night. She would look at the ordinary and find something extraordinary that needed to be filed away for future reference. While she pursued English Literature from Delhi University, she got drawn to dramatics. Telling stories through the medium of acting was even more entertaining than writing! Tanya has been a corporate trainer for more than 16 years and continues to use a highly energetic & engaging style of narrative while she blends elements of experiential learning for greater impact.
Meghna is a Diversity & Inclusion Champion turned Storyteller. She is committed to empower individuals, collectives and organizations discover the power of ‘their stories’ to cultivate a culture of inclusion and collaboration at workplace. This not only helps foster a respectable and safe space at work, but also aids in enhancing one’s executive presence and impactful communication skills. For the senior management, she enables leaders master the art of storytelling to inspire, mentor and transform the next gen of leaders. Currently based in Bangalore, Meghna started her journey in Mumbai, working for some of the large financial institutions while leading their Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Development agenda. While she pursued her BSc in Economics and MBA in HR, she is an absolute enthusiast of blended learning techniques and analytics.