Empowering Indian Expats: Create more Impact & Influence, beyond just making a living
E28 - First Female Senior Executive In The Family Business to Becoming an Executive Coach With Vinita Surana, Entrepreneur, Creative Director, & Performance Coach

E28 - First Female Senior Executive In The Family Business to Becoming an Executive Coach With Vinita Surana, Entrepreneur, Creative Director, & Performance Coach

November 30, 2021

Are you feeling stuck in your career?

Are you planning to become an entrepreneur?

Then this episode might be the answer to your questions.

 

From living in a conservative and protective family to being the first working woman in her family,

From not choosing the traditional path to owning her business,

Her journey showcases her passion to accept challenges, her purpose to mentor, and her determination to create a benchmark.

 

Vinita Surana started her career as an engineer. Soon after graduation, she moved to the US to study business.

She is currently an executive coach while continuing to serve as executive director in her family business.

She shared her life journey in the following phases:

1) Taking a non-traditional path as a student 

2) Working in her family business 

3) Creating her own business 

4) Helping others to achieve their goals and giving lifelong happiness

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

  • Creating fulfillment in your life
  • Communication
  • Networking 
  • Importance of building a brand 
  • Importance of having a coach
  • Adding value in every job 
  • Connecting the dots

Vinita Surana coordinates: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vinitasurana/

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E27 -  From Chartered Accountant to Cyber Security with Anu Kukar, Associate Partner, IBM & Keynote Speaker

E27 - From Chartered Accountant to Cyber Security with Anu Kukar, Associate Partner, IBM & Keynote Speaker

November 23, 2021

Do you want to switch career?

Do you want to enter into management roles?

 

Then this episode is the answer to your questions.

 

From being a doer to entering into management roles,

From being an Executive Manager to becoming an Associate Partner at IBM,

Her journey showcases her passion to learn, her purpose to implement, and her determination to achieve.

 

Anu Kukar was born and raised in Denmark and has an Indian background. Soon after completing her graduation, she moved to Australia for her Master's.

 

She is currently working as an Associate Partner for Cybersecurity strategy, risk, and compliance in Australia and New Zealand at IBM and as a Director in Arascina.

 

Her 20 years of experience is strategically divided between Consulting and Industry which gives her the depth and breadth required to be the thought leader.

 

She has demonstrated her C to C, Chartered accountant to Cybersecurity journey in the following stages:

  • An Accountant at Winn Croucher Partners 
  • A Client Manager at Deloitte 
  • An Executive Manager in Risk and Compliance at Commonwealth Bank
  • The Director in Risk Innovation at KPMG 
  • The Associate Partner at IBM

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

  • Exploring all aspects of life
  • Learning something new every day
  • Adding value in every job 
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Switching internally and externally
  • Mindset shift from doing to influencing other
  • Importance of vertical and horizontal growth
  • Direct exposure to the corporate world
  • Alignment of role and purpose
  • Upskilling/ upgrading and its implementation
  • Adopting diversity
  • Social eminence

 

Loved the way she explained who she is from her name:

A - Advisor 

N - Nurturing Talent 

U - Untangling Risks 

 

She has also shared a roadmap for anyone who is looking to enter into the world of Cybersecurity.

 

Anu Kukar coordinates:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anukukar/

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan

 

 

 

E26 - Discovering The Purpose of Life with Chinmay Ananda, Financial Educator, Business Storyteller & Author

E26 - Discovering The Purpose of Life with Chinmay Ananda, Financial Educator, Business Storyteller & Author

November 16, 2021

If you are struggling in finding the purpose of your life, 

then this episode might be the right place to tune in.

 

From being a door to door salesman to becoming the operational manager of the company,

From failing in 6 startup ideas to owing his full-fledged finance academy,

His journey showcases his hunger to learn, his passion to explore, and his drive to experiment.

 

Mr. Chinmay Ananda started his career as a civil engineer. He is currently working as a financial educator for the last 10 years, mainly focusing on startup founders, and has also developed business analytical and accounting software.

 

He shared his life journey in the following three phases:

  1. An MBA student having a zill to own a business and lacking a proper direction
  2. A mid-career professional working in a corporate job and lacking creativity
  3. A financial educator having a purpose in his life 

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

  • Self-development 
  • Difference between need and want
  • Connecting the dots
  • Importance of learning every day
  • How to learn from your failures
  • Communication
  • Networking 
  • Importance of building a brand 
  • Being authentic
  • Being focused
  • Having a coach

Chinmay has also shared 3 questions that can help you to have a deeper introspection of yourself.

 

Chinmay Ananda coordinates:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anandachinmay 

Website: http://www.financeacademy.com.au/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/faaustralia 

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E25 - Building Authority and Personal Brand with Aruna Pattam, Head of AI and Data Science, HCL

E25 - Building Authority and Personal Brand with Aruna Pattam, Head of AI and Data Science, HCL

November 9, 2021

If you are battling with self-doubt,

This episode might help you to get out of that dilemma.

 

From moving to Australia to spending almost 24 years there,

From getting pregnant in the middle of the training period to becoming Head of AI and Data Science at HCL,

Her journey showcases her passion for learning and her Determination to become better.

 

Aruna Pattam was born and raised in Chennai, 

she is currently serving in HCL as Head of AI and Data Science in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East region and is a proud mother of 3.

 

Aruna unfolds her story in the following stages -

1) An ordinary girl pursuing her college 

2) A person developing an interest in computers in another country 

3) A mid-career professional switching into management 

4) A professional thriving for creating impact and building a personal brand 

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

  • Importance of saying NO
  • Switching career 
  • Overcoming self-doubt 
  • Upgrading yourself
  • Facing and overcoming challenges
  • Personal branding 
  • Celebrating small success

 

 

Aruna coordinates:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arunapattam/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PattamAruna

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8_yY-2_KXa5wYrEQFmMp-Q

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

 

 

E24 - From Attempting to End Her Life to Becoming a Global Pharma and Technology Leader, With Dr Kamala Maddali

E24 - From Attempting to End Her Life to Becoming a Global Pharma and Technology Leader, With Dr Kamala Maddali

November 2, 2021

If you think you need a degree to pursue your dream in any field, 

Then this episode might help to debunk this thinking.

 

From a rare disease since childhood to becoming a TEDx speaker,

From a suicidal attempt to becoming the founder of a company,

her journey showcases her passion for life, purpose to live, and determination to achieve.

 

Dr. Kamala is currently demonstrating her talent in multiple domains like Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, and a lot more.

 

She shared her journey in the following 3 stages 

1) Being really tough on herself while studying in college 

2) Attempting to end her life after being bullied 

3) Becoming a change that she wants to see 

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

 

  • Putting the pieces of the puzzles together or connecting the dots
  • Focusing upon positive goals
  • Mindset shift
  • Building your inner circle
  • Fighting the odd battles
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Living in the moment
  • Not being too hard on yourself

 

Dr. Kamala coordinates:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drkkmaddalihealthcollaborations

Website: https://becomingakamala.com

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E23 - Creating Your Inner Circle with Jay Hira, Executive Cyber Security Advisor, Salesforce

E23 - Creating Your Inner Circle with Jay Hira, Executive Cyber Security Advisor, Salesforce

October 26, 2021

If you are feeling stuck in your career,

this episode may be just what you needed to listen to.

 

From a hopeless student to building a career, most professionals would envy,

Jay Hira's journey represents passion, drive, purpose, and lots of practical strategies.

 

Starting his career as a Pen Tester, Jay currently serves as the Security and Compliance Advisor at Salesforce.

 

In this episode, Jay shared his life story in three stages

  1. An average student with big dreams
  2. A mid-career professional putting efforts behind his big dreams
  3. A person having a purpose in his life

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about

  • Networking
  • Building and fuelling relationships
  • Importance of mentoring
  • Continuous development
  • Embracing your weakness and strengths
  • Building your inner circle

 

He gave a piece of really important advice on how to consciously choose people for your inner circle and learn from their strengths.

 

Jay Hira coordinates:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayhira/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cybersec_jay 

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E22 - Fast Tracking Your IT Career, with Prakhar Rawat, CTO, Simple.io

E22 - Fast Tracking Your IT Career, with Prakhar Rawat, CTO, Simple.io

October 19, 2021

This is by far the most relatable episode 

I have had on the Empowering Indian Expats podcast.

He started as a typical IT professional in India and currently working as CTO in Australia.

At a very young age, Prakhar has shown the importance of both hustling and stability in his life.

At the age of 19, he started finding out his interests and building his surroundings accordingly.

While doing his side hustle with his better half, he kept on constantly growing horizontally as well as vertically.

 

He shared his life story working as 

  1. Incident manager at HCL
  2. Data operational manager at Intel 
  3. Service delivery manager at Nucleus 
  4. Head of delivery in NCML
  5. CTO at Simple

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about 

  • Networking 
  • Connecting the dots 
  • Choosing the surroundings 
  • Hustling 
  • Finding mentors 
  • Building value 
  • Investing in yourself 

 

Prakhar Rawat coordinates: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prakhar-rawat-sydney/ 

Website: https://simple.io/ 

 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E21 - Building First of Its Kind Fintech Platform in Australia, with Anto Joseph, CEO & MD of STROPRO

E21 - Building First of Its Kind Fintech Platform in Australia, with Anto Joseph, CEO & MD of STROPRO

October 12, 2021

This is by far the most practical and comprehensive

Career, Start-up and Business conversation

I have had on the Empowering Indian Expats podcast

At such a young age, Anto has demonstrated a very high level of competency and success both in his career as well as in running a business.

Whatever be your ask...
Want to build a career
Want to be an intrapreneur
Want to start a fintech company

Anto has revealed valuable strategies, best practices, and mindset required to succeed.

He shared the details in 3 stages
Role1 at Citi - Private Banking relationship manager
Role2 at Citi -  Vice President, partnerships
Role3 - Founder of a fintech start-up STROPRO

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, you will learn about
-Calculated decision making 
-Networking
-Developing confidence 
-Upgrading your skills 
-Building a brand and influence 
-Collaborating for mutual benefits
-Identifying business opportunity 
- Starting a business
-Enrolling others on your vision
-Growing a business 
-Establishing relationships 
-Facing and overcoming challenges

Loved his concept of being comfortable to get out of the comfort zone to build something powerful and his idea of legacy.

Anto Joseph coordinates:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anto-joseph-22871885/ 
Website: https://www.stropro.com/ 
Email: anto@stropro.com 
Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E20 - From Humble Beginning to a High-Flying Career in Cyber Security, with Abbas Kudrati, a Multiple Award-Winning CISO

E20 - From Humble Beginning to a High-Flying Career in Cyber Security, with Abbas Kudrati, a Multiple Award-Winning CISO

October 5, 2021

How did a B.Com graduate found his way up to becoming  Chief Cyber Security Adviser at Microsoft, APAC?

Not only that, Abbas Kudrati is also a Professor, Mentor, and Keynote speaker.

Abbas has demonstrated that life is full of Opportunities if you are willing to grab one.

His story starts way back in a small town in Gujarat named Jamnagar.

He completed his secondary education from Patna, Bihar, and moved back to Gujarat for senior secondary schooling.

In 1993, due to less percentage in 10th, he had to choose commerce over science.

But the love for technology drove him to do a diploma in IT simultaneously.

He used to attend B.Com classes till 12 pm, followed by diploma classes till 2 pm, and later in the evening used to do odd jobs to be financially independent.

After the completion of the Diploma, he was the first student to get placed on the campus.

Professionally, he has not only experienced vertical growth, but also horizontal growth.

He started as System Administration at BHA then moved to Hyderabad with one of his CFO's.

He got into a financial crisis after the 24/11 attack. 

So then he moved to Kuwait. 

And within 15- 20 days, he got a job in system administration.

He shares his journey of starting as Sys admin to multiple award-winning CISO and now the APAC Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft.

In this episode, You will learn about :

  • Networking 
  • Upgrading your skills 
  • Public speaking 
  • Overcoming self-doubt
  • Creating Impact 
  • Learning everyday 
  • Creating discipline

Abbas also shares his 3 tips for people in their 20's.

Abbas coordinates: 

Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

E19 - From Battling with Cancer to Becoming an Award-Winning Actor, Model and CEO, with Saroni Roy

E19 - From Battling with Cancer to Becoming an Award-Winning Actor, Model and CEO, with Saroni Roy

September 28, 2021

This is one of the most eye opening conversations on Empowering Indian Expats Podcast.
It's an inspiring story of passion, grit, courage, and giving back...

Saroni Roy is a media and PR professional who concurred cancer and moved to Australia to build a new life all over again.

She applied for more than 700 jobs in PR and Media, without any success.
She pivoted and started with a call centre job.

She was hit by another health issue that made her bed ridded for a while.
During that down time, she decided to become an actor.

It's the same lady you see with baking outfit on Commbank ad.
She is the first Indian model to win an international portrait award of its kind in LA

On defeating cancer,
she shared her mindset and attitude of making best use of the time even if she had only 2 days to live.
What hit me hard is when she said "cancer created sense of urgency to live fully the limited time we have on this planet"

On change and moving to a complete new place,
She reminded that our body has memory. When you are in the same place, our body will respond in the same way and that it becomes very difficult to make a change.
But when we move to a new place, body is shocked and change is inevitable.

On acting as the powerful tool to build self-image, 
She mentioned acting made her accept exactly who she was.
It built her self image and her mindset.

She share many other valuable learnings 
On personal branding
On grooming 
On diversification of skills
Adapting to change
Building Resilience
Not giving up
Standing up for social cause
Changing careers

and much more

This episode features a special message for people who are suffering from cancer and any other illnesses. 

Saroni coordinates:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saroniroy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saroroy 
Website: https://www.saroniroy.com 
Ahimsa Peace Symposium 2021
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ahimsa-peace-symposium-2021-tickets-169309819227?aff=erelexpmlt 
Host Ehsan coordinates: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alimohammadehsan 

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