About Us

Each member of our team has a lived experience of bringing wellbeing to his or her life and feels passionately about taking it to others. 

Between the four of us, we have:

  • Worked with corporates – 40+ years cumulatively

  • Worked with nonprofits - 55+ years cumulatively

  • Worked with wellbeing – 17+ years cumulatively

  • Expertise in capacity development

  • Experience in designing for sustained change in practice

Our collective experience covers:

  • starting and scaling corporate organisations

  • developing and expanding social sector programs

  • designing change interventions

  • conceptualising and setting up institutions based on alternative paradigms

  • running workshops and programs for wellbeing of professionals and graduate students 

The Team

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Shashi Nair

Shashi is a seeker, practitioner and teacher in inward journeys of well-being, and outward journeys of complex systemic change. Blessed with the good fortune to experience deep states of well-being and appreciating the struggles of so many adults,  youth and children to move to such states, he feels deeply compelled to work in this area.

 

Shashi is currently a Founding Director of Viridus Social Impact Solutions, a Trustee of Kiirti Trust and a co-initiator of the Well-Being Movement. He also leads the Personal Mastery for Development Leadership program for students at the Indian School for Development Management. Shashi is on the verge of completing a facilitator's program in Cognitively Based Compassion Training by Emory University. 

An alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore, Shashi has 27 years of experience in the corporate sector in organisations like L&T, and NIIT. Of this 14 years was as a CEO, scaling an IT Training and Consultancy from its infancy. He has over 15 years of experience in the social sector, particularly school education systems, having worked in Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University.

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Ruchi Ghose

Ruchi’s deep rooted conviction that, “like so many other skills, well-being too can be learnt” springs from her own personal experience and drives her interest and passion in supporting others to cultivate wellbeing.  Her experience in recent years has been in the social sector with organisations like Teacher Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation, particularly in the areas of design, professional development, leadership development in the context of schools, change facilitation, and setting up schools. Currently, she is focussed on taking wellbeing programs to individuals, organisations and educational institutions.

Presently, Ruchi is a founding director of Viridus Social Impact Solutions and a co-initiator of the Wellbeing Movement. She is training to become a facilitator in Socio-Emotional and Ethical Learning as well as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training with Emory University.

 

In her previous avatar she worked in the corporate sector in the marketing function with Response India and with Reckitt & Coleman as a Product Manager. Ruchi holds a master’s in economics from Calcutta University and an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.

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Siva Sankar Kantheti

Siva is a practitioner and teacher in inward journeys of personal mastery and a well-being coach. An alumnus of Azim Premji University, Siva has over 10 years of experience in teaching and facilitating. At present, he is working intensively on exploring, designing, and facilitating programs related to Personal Mastery and Human Wellbeing. He has conducted workshops for multiple higher education institutions and various social purpose organisations. 

He is the Co-founder of Viridus Social Impact Solutions and Center for Holistic Development of Human Consciousness (CHDHC) and a Co-initiatior of the Wellbeing Movement. He is a faculty member for the Personal Mastery for Development Leadership program at the Indian School for Development Management. He has previously worked with the Azim Premji Foundation and the Indian Air Force. Siva holds a Masters degree in Education and in Psychology. 

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Kapil Dawda

Kapil brings alive many personal wellbeing practices in his own life and wants to enable many others to experience their benefits. He works on designing and implementing structures to reinforce learning and on creating collaborative learning ecosystems that deepen wellbeing practice. He is also the co-initiator of the Wellbeing Movement.

Kapil has nearly 10 years of experience, with 7 years in the social sector. He was responsible for setting up and scaling the Teach For India operations in the Karnataka region. He has also previously worked with PepsiCo and Accenture. He is an alumnus of the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and the Teach For India Fellowship program.