Advisory Board

Shilpa Sharma

Shilpa Sharma

Past: Founder, Jaypore
Current: Mentor, Flourish, Industree Crafts Foundation


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In a 12 years stint with Fabindia as Head of Product Development & Buying, she delivered 45% growth by evaluating new business opportunity, growth strategy and sole accountability for the P&L for 78 stores pan India and growing at the pace of 3 new stores a month.

Shilpa co-founded Jaypore, India’s first online retail portal for exquisite Indian handmade and contemporary design craft products. She is currently mentoring Flourish, a global platform that envisions making ‘conscious consumption’.

She continues to nurture two other ventures, Breakaway (an outcome of her passion for travel) and Mustard (offers Bengali and French cuisine and has a presence in Goa and Mumbai). She enjoys her work with FMCG, as a consultant, mentor, and advisor. Shilpa is also actively advising founders at Purplle and Bzaar on strategy & growth, and is an Advisory Board Member at Anant National University, Ahmedabad. She is actively engaged as a mentor with the IIM Ahmedabad led CCBP program and the Young India Fellowship (YIF) at Ashoka University. Shilpa is co-chair for the Fellows Program at Ink Talks.

Timo Rissanen

Dr. Timo Rissanen

Past: Author, Shaping Sustainable Fashion and Zero Waste                       Fashion Design, Associate professor, Parsons School of                 Design
Current: Course director and associate professor of Fashion and Textiles, University of Technology Sydney


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Dr. Timo Rissanen is a researcher, educator, artist, and designer. He is the associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and is currently serving as the course director. He was the associate professor of fashion design and sustainability at Parsons School of Design, The New School from 2010 to 2020.

Rissanen completed his PhD on zero-waste fashion design. He co-curated Fashioning Now with Alison Gwilt in 2009 and Yield with Holly McQuillan in 2011, and has co-published two books on fashion and sustainability, Shaping Sustainable Fashion with Gwilt in 2011 and Zero Waste Fashion Design with McQuillan in 2016. He is one of the co-founders of the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF). 

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Smriti Iyer

Past: Consultant, Global Education Practice, The World Bank
Current: Program Manager, IMAGO Global Grassroots


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Smriti holds a Master’s in Public Administration & International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a development economist working in the areas of social enterprise development, skill development, education, health and infrastructure. She has engaged with diverse work environments ranging from corporate social responsibility to research and advocacy, and is extremely interested in operationalising enterprises that want to be inclusive and simultaneously serve people, the planet and profits.

She has previously worked as Program Manager in a non-profit based in Washington DC. Prior to that she has held positions in the World Bank, Tata Trusts, Centre for Policy Research and Grant Thornton India.

Akash Karmakar

Akash Karmakar

Past: Associate, Veritas Legal Advocates and Solicitors
Current: Partner, Panag & Babu


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Akash Karmakar is a partner and a practice head at Panag & Babu Law Firm. He’s been on the frontlines with Panag & Babu’s corporate and regulatory advisory team, which has advised several multinational investors and target companies on structuring their entry into India and acted on transactions involving strategic and financial investments into, and outside India. He is familiar with issues that arise in complex transactions across diverse sectors, including technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, manufacturing and e-commerce.

He works closely with healthcare, telecom and pharma giants, payment platforms, mobile app companies, smart network connectivity providers, online marketplaces, and crypto-exchanges to structure operations in a manner that avoids triggering licensing requirements.

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