Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Janaki Visvanath

Janaki is an HR professional from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has spent the last 25 years of her life working in core Human Resource areas in various sectors. A corporate trainer, a certified Coach, an entrepreneur with primarily an interest in organisational and community development, Janaki has dabbled in various avatars after her initial decade in Corporate HR. She successfully ran a community bookstore called twistntales in Pune, whilst simultaneously working on other sectors which needed HR skills, outside the corporate world. She continues to work with the Women’s Studies Centre of University of Pune on counselling, mentoring and issues of gender awareness and sensitivity workshops.

She works closely with University departments and Industry bodies like CII on redesigning curriculum to include aspects of employability skills for students to be industry ready.

Janaki is a certified Executive Coach affiliated to the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Janaki lives in Pune with her husband and feisty teenage daughter who teaches her patience and peace.

Shankar Seetharaman

Shankar Seetharaman is a Fellow Member of the Institute if Chartered Accountants of India and has over 25 years of experience as a practicing chartered accountant and Senior Executive in the FMCG, Telecom and IT industries. He currently engages with R Systems as a full time employee.

Shankar enjoys his dalliance with sports and takes to it either to participate, cheer or as an armchair athlete. He also loves nature and driving, riding and any travel. His weekly activity includes a few rounds of the sport “where is my phone” which can include all that he enjoys.

Lakshmi Kumar

Lakshmi Kumar is the Founder Director of The Orchid School, Baner. Trained in the field of Family and child counselling, she has set up schools that are child centric and processes that support holistic development of the child. She is passionate about counselling, child guidance, training parents and teachers for nurturing children with sensitivity. Working with people is her passion. She is also an Inter cultural training specialist and is the Coordinator of the Sweden-India project.