We are creating the future of education

Shoonya Design is an Indian startup that is redefining experiential education. We aim to build a generation of global citizens who are equipped with the new-age skills to understand and address the global challenges. Our programs cover a variety of educational needs. Ranging from rural immersion and sustainability, all the way to innovation and entrepreneurship – we ensure that you find a good fit based on your needs.

Our vision is to build a global community of change-makers who through exchange of ideas and resources can build a sustainable future.

Our team has a collective experience of more than 50 years in entrepreneurship, design, operations, development, travel, technology, and spirituality!

Our Team

Vibha Joshi

Chief Designer

A microbiologist by profession, a voice artist by passion, and an over all pleasent person. That’s Vibha Joshi for you. She graduated with a Masters degree in microbiology, worked in few of the biggest pharmaceutical companies, left it all for her family, and some 15-odd years later, entirely changed her career. With training, she lent her voice to the biggest radio network in India, All India Radio. And finally, with her passion for entrepreneurship and youth, became a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurship train journey – Jagriti Yatra. She played an instrumental role in designing the selection system and program that involves training 500 young entrepreneurs on a 15-day, 8000-kms train journey. Vibha keeps on experimenting with different and better ways of designing programs for young people. Her dream is to create a global community of conscious youth, change-makers, and now she is living her dream through Shoonya Design. Being a trained classical singer, in her free time, you will find her humming to herself, singing duets with her husband, and talking to her children about everything under the sun. And at night, the keen astronomer, can be found looking up at the stars dreaming of her next big adventure.

Chinmay Vadnere

Chief Operator

Chinmay, a chemical engineer by fate, is a startup enthusiast. He founded AAO Hostels 2015 – a hostel aggregation platform that targets backpackers and travelers, which subsequently received funding from the Karnataka Department of Tourism. Expanding on his skill and experience with operational logistics, he now runs a successful cab-service dedicated to the Indian Army.  He also is a co-founder for a process equipment fabrication firm called Align Industry in Nasik. Before this, he managed the entire travel logistics and Railway operation for the prestigious Jagriti Yatra – a 15-day train journey across the country, seeing footfall from across the globe – from social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students alike. After almost 10 years in railway operations (after all, dealing with the Indian Railway is a task in itself!), he now brings his experience to managing operations, designing and Marketing programs at Shoonya Design.

Aarti Chavan

Strategy Advisor

Aarti has worked with different startups in different roles of sales and marketing, fundraising, and content design. She was a part of the founding team of I Say Organic, an online organic vegetable and fruit store, to address the growing demands and challenges in the organic food industry in India. She then joined Jagriti Yatra, India’s unique entrepreneurship program in form of a train journey, in fundraising role. Soon after that, she worked with another startup, LetsVenture that connects startup to funders. She designed networking events to connect startups with investors. Finally, she started her own venture, Upstart, to instill 21st century skills in the students across colleges of India. She is designing the best of the experiential learning content for the college students so that they are future ready. And this alignment is what attracted her to Shoonya Design. A proud mother of a 3-year-old daughter, she loves to hit gym whenever she finds time. She is an early morning person, the day always starting with a mindful Yoga session.

Prathamesh Krisang

Chief Marketer

Prathamesh, a multiple-times national & international award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, and growth marketer, has had an extensive experience at the intersection of media, technology, and business. He’s involved in various roles including film production, direction, cinematography, designing, brand consultancy, digital marketing, and film editing. Being a passionate entrepreneur, his creativity and a streak of shaping ideas has got him featured in several local and national newspapers and television channels.

Artika Shah

Experience Designer

Artika Shah, an experience designer and a production coordinator by profession, has worked in movies, art documentaries, brand films, etc. She is a co-organiser and curator at TEDxAssiRd, a freelance journalist who has done some great stories for international organisations, a researcher and who is known as People’s Person. She has travelled a lot around the world, and always has some amazing stories to share with the world. She has also been active part of AIESEC and Jagriti Yatra. She has an eye for even minutest details, handles operations really well and is always up for food and meeting new people. Artika wears many hats and brings the two worlds of business and arts together.

Trupti Doshi

Experience Designer

An architect & integrated sustainability engineer, Trupti has 15+ years of experience in ecological design, eco-friendly materials, appropriate building technologies, rainwater harvesting, waste management, energy efficiency, thermal comfort and use of renewables. She is the youngest Indian woman architect whose work has been featured by the United Nations Environment Programme as a model for Sustainable Development in India.

Arushi Jain

Catalyst

Studied Liberal Arts and Business Administration, she graduated from FLAME University, Pune. She has interned at SunEdison Chennai & Tokyo, Bosch Stuttgart and iXigo Gurgaon. She worked with an electric vehicle company at IIT Kharaghpur called Aspen Bower. 

Arushi loves sports, travel and photography and has visited over 25 Indian states and 13 countries. As a member and organiser of multiple networking organisations and college events, she is keen on developing the experiential learning sector. 

Durgesh Rawat

Catalyst

A Bachelor of Business Studies Graduate from SSCBS, Delhi University. He has worked in core teams of startups like iDecorama, Resume it Up & DiscountKar.de in different capacities. Helped TIE, Inc42, Headstart, SIIF Incubator & E-spark Viridian Accelerator with their initiatives. Organised educational tours & food walks. 

Traveled to 46 cities of India to collect insights & learn from role models and experiences.

He is passionate about solving problems & believes all problems can be solved only or best by education.

Our Mentors

Deepak Ghadia

Mentor

Deepak Ghadia completed his masters in Process and Environmental Engineering from TFH Berlin, Germany in 1981 and worked in Germany for 9 years. After gaining relevant experience in Germany came back to India   in 1988 to start his own firm, Ghadia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd from 1989 to 2011. Gadhia Solar went on to become one of the world leading Solar Concentrating system manufacturer and installer for solar cooking and implemented many larges systems including the worlds largest Solar Steam Cooking System at Shirdi. that cooks 50,000 meals per day.Gadhia Solar installed the first Solar Steam Cooking System for Indian Army which is also the worlds highest solar steam cooking system at Leh, Ladakh. Gadhia Solar also developed and implemented India’s first and largest Solar Air-conditioning System where steam generated by Solar system is used to run a 100 TR System to cool a 160 bed hospital.After selling  company “Gadhia Solar”Deepak Gadhia has shifted to Muni Seva Ashram (www.greenashram.org) an NGO active in the field of Social Care, Health-care, Education and Sustainability. He lives and offers service as a Trustee ( Board Member) and looks after Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Education and Skill Development at the Ashram

Sohail Hashmi

Mentor

After Initial schooling at Aligarh studied at Delhi, Graduation from DU, PG and M.Phil from JNU. Sohail has worked with several media houses like PTI TV, later worked with the National Literacy mission, Home TV, BiTV and Kingfisher.com before floating his own media company. Has Conceptualised, researched, scripted and produced documentaries on Pioneers of Women’s Education, history of Shahjahanabad, unknown freedom fighters, struggles of rural women to become literate and a 4 part series on the History of Urdu for the MEA (shown on Discovery for four Years).Deeply interested in the heritage of Delhi, writes on the Heritage, Monuments, water bodies of Delhi, has written a monthly column “Past Present Continuous” for Terrascape,Ohas posted on the blog sites, Kafila, Daily O blogs, does a weekly coloumn Capital Matters for the Wire, has contributed to the HT, TOI, NBT, National Herald, Qaumi Awaz, Frontline, and Outook etc. on issues of culture.Literature and communalism. Sohail is a former Director of Leap Years – a Creative Activity Centre for Children and a founding trustee of SAHMAT. Conducts heritage walks in Delhi and loves photography, cooking and talking about all these issues

Almitra Patel

Mentor

Almitra Patel is an Indian environmental policy advocate and anti-pollution activist. The first Indian woman engineer to graduate from MIT, she has played an active role in designing innovative solutions for waste management. She is currently engaged in waste management issues in various think tanks and government panels.

Vanita Viswanath

Mentor

Vanita Viswanath is a social entrepreneur and researcher on inclusive entrepreneurship. She conceptualized and led Udyogini, a women-based entrepreneurship organization. Vanita was previously with the World Bank, Washington D.C in various positions, including as codirector of a four-year Women’s Enterprise Management Training program operational in three Asian countries. She also authored the first policy document on the Asian Development Bank’s collaboration with NGO. A senior fellow at Snyergos Institute, New York, she did her PhD from University of Texas, Austin.

Ashutosh Kumar

Mentor

Ashutosh Kumar is Executive Director at Jagriti Yatra, and serves on the Board of Jagriti that runs an incubator – Jagriti Enterprise Centre. He is an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur, India. He is one of the members of [email protected] Taskforces for Skills and Entrepreneurship, a CII initiative, and an IVLP fellow, US Department of State’s premier professional exchange.  He was recently selected by the Asia Development Foundation for their fellowship program.

Rajashri Sai

Mentor

Rajashri Sai is a social entrepreneur. She has founded ImpacTree that works with nonprofits ranging from civil society advocacy, micro business promotion, supplementary education, rural retail distribution networks, women empowerment and environmental conservation. She is an IVLP fellow, US Departments of State’s premier professional exchange.