Entering the world of formal design education, is a life force, élan vital, for me! With over two decades of a successful corporate and entrepreneurial career, the progression heralds unlearning and rebirth, as much as it embodies my past, making the idea layered and meaningful. I am drawn to the interdisciplinary breadth of the curriculum, as a non practitioner, design has been integral yet informal in my life. The opportunity to learn from formal modes of inquiry, with cohorts and faculty, is humbling and exciting; the creative and critical intelligence offered by MA Design Studies, will enable me to be better informed for the next two decades of my career.
I am an Indian born Singaporean and a naturalized American. I spent my formative career in the luxury, hospitality industry and have since held roles in public relations, executive search, creative direction and business development. I have been a partner and consultant with blue chip firms; most recently, I ran my own firm at the intersection of management and creative professionals, based in Los Angeles, California. I have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America; a believer of climate change, I am now thrilled to be a pedestrian, in touch with the rest of humanity, using public transport in New York.
A certified executive coach from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, I apply my management experience towards enabling the success of younger executives. With the growing influence of design processes in effecting social change, I am intrigued by the untapped potential this can present for organizational change.
I have a grown son, Jeet, who is a musician from Hollywood and a budding accountant. I am open to criticism and enjoy people, the arts and diverse cultures.