Mitali Mukherjee

CEO & Co-Founder

Mitali is CEO and Co – founder at Samarthan. She was formerly Markets & News Editor at CNBC TV18 for over a decade and is one of the most well known faces in the world of business journalism in India. A key focus area for her is spreading awareness amongst women on the need & importance of financial independence. She has also worked with the TV Today group, Doordarshan (India’s National Broadcaster) & BBC World. Mitali has also worked on issues of socioeconomic importance with organisations like The World Bank & gender compensation with the Indian Express.

In 2017 she represented India as a youth leader at The Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) held in Sydney & Melbourne. A gold medalist in Television Journalism from IIMC, Delhi and a gold medalist in Political Science from Delhi University ,with a strong people-connect, Mitali brings a deep understanding of India’s socio-economic strengths & weaknesses and a passion for the twin fields of journalism and education.

Ruchir Punjabi


Ruchir founded Langoor in 2009 out of his living room. Today, as Founder & Chair of the business he has overseen its expansion to more than 200 people across Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and the UAE.

Ruchir continues to be a driving force focusing on the future direction of Langoor. Langoor’s Group of Companies now include leading brands in their respective fields including AlterNet in the Internet of Things world and Pensaar, a leading Design Thinking business.

Ruchir is also passionate about social change. He is the Founding Chair of the School of Policy and Governance, a leading Public Policy Institution in India. After the International student crisis in Australia in 2010, Ruchir created the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a track II diplomatic dialogue between the young leaders of Australia and India.

He has served as Director on a number of not for profit and business Boards, including investing in some of them. Ruchir is a former President of the University of Sydney Union.

Karen Mahlab

Member, Board of Advisors

Karen Mahlab been an innovator in opening the channels of connection between communities, not-for-profit organisations, volunteers, philanthropy and business. She is a passionate believer in the power of community and connection.

She established Pro Bono Australia in 1999 as a for-purpose business. Since then it has developed into the major national “hub for the common Good”, with close to one million Australians who want to volunteer, give, get a job or the latest news and information about Australia’s civil society using Pro Bono Australias services.

Karen sits on a wide variety of private and not for profit boards and committees.

Chandrakanth B N

Member, Board of Advisors

A passionate creator with an empathetic business sense and a true entrepreneur who left a high flying career in the US, to chase an Indian dream. He has been involved in establishing several companies since 1996. His ventures have ranged from IT Services, Digital Media operations, Manufacturing and Training. As the Chairman of Pairee, he oversees several investments made by the company.

Prior to Pairee, Chandra was the Founder and Managing Director of Theorem India, which he started with just 2 people in 2002 and grew it to over 1300+ people globally spread across 4 continents, serving several global blue chip brands and establishing a sprawling campus in Mysore before leaving at the end of 2013.

Chandra also enjoys investing, advising and mentoring start-up companies and is on the board of a several such companies. He is also passionate about giving back to the society and his NGO Pairee Foundation is helping educate the rural youth of India and making them job ready.

Chandra holds a Masters degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University, Chicago and a B E degree from Bangalore University. He is a leading voice in the IT Industry and regularly speaks at global conferences. He is also an active member of various industry groups in the technology world. Documentaries made on him as a successful entrepreneur have been featured on national and regional TV channels.