Empowering Indian Expats: Create more Impact & Influence, beyond just making a living
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 

E18 - Failing in School to Becoming an International Trainer, Author & Public Speaker, with Amandeep Thind

E18 - Failing in School to Becoming an International Trainer, Author & Public Speaker, with Amandeep Thind

September 21, 2021

Failed in 11th, 

Got compartment in 12th, 

Attempted suicide at 16,

 

Struggled with employment

Worked multiple jobs

Almost got deported from UK

 

His life has been full of twists and turns.

He went through a lot of hardships,

Yet he kept his spirit high to fight back,

His willingness to help people remained high,

He continued to develop each day with a high level of enthusiasm. 

 

Amandeep shares his journey of consistently failing to meeting people who inspired him and then committing to transforming his life.

 

He mastered sales and public speaking.

 

He got trained by and worked with the world's best personal development trainers like Tony Robbins, T Harv Eker, Robert Kiyosaki, Dr. John D Martini, Les Brown, and many more.

 

He is now an International Trainer, Best Selling Author & Public Speaking Coach. 

He believes that everyone should be open to learning as there is always a better way of doing things. 

In this episode, he talks about 

  • His struggles as a kid 
  • What influenced him to become a public speaker
  • His move to UK and series of struggles until he met his mentors
  • Turning point – how he got his big speaking break
  • Starting his own business and now impacting lives
  • His future vision and long-term plan 

Amandeep coordinates:

  1. amandeepthind.com  (Personal Website)
  2. facebook.com/amandeeplive  (Portfolio)
  3. tinyurl.com/y8xdfdrh  (Blog)

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

 

 

 

E17 - From building corporate brands to becoming a brand herself with Punita Parekh, Content Strategist & Influencer

E17 - From building corporate brands to becoming a brand herself with Punita Parekh, Content Strategist & Influencer

September 14, 2021
Working in a high profile marketing job for 18 years
with brands like Time Network and CNBC,
Punita Parekh decided to quit, with no plans whatsoever.
 
Scary isn't it?
 
But she had enough, she was completely burnt-out.
 
And what she did is worth noticing and learning from.
 
She used linkedin as a platform to build a thriving consulting business.
 
In this episode, she shares the strategies, tips and learnings.
 
You will learn:
  • The 4C's of LinkedIn
  • How she overcame all the self-doubt
  • What was the first step after quitting her job
  • The importance of building personal branding
  • Why and how to optimize your LinkedIn profile
  • How you can put relevant content without spending too much of time
  • Benefits of giving
  • Power of collaboration
  • Steps to build your own tribe 
  • Time management as a solopreneur
  • Creating multiple income stream
  • Her next steps in growing her business
 
 She provides services in
  • Content Creation and Curation,
  • Website Content,
  • LinkedIn Personal Branding Content,
  • Social Media Content,
  • Blogs, Articles, and
  • Content Marketing. 
 
Punita's favourite sites for content generation: 
Scheduling services mentioned by Ehsan
Punita Parekh coordinates:
 
E16 - A Career Wild Ride, with Shailendra Kumar, Technology Evangelist and Top Global Tech Influencer

E16 - A Career Wild Ride, with Shailendra Kumar, Technology Evangelist and Top Global Tech Influencer

September 6, 2021

My life is accidental.

I was so surprised when Shaily said this. 

How can one's life be so spontaneous!

 

Before diving any deeper, I would like to give some background of Mr. Shailendra Kumar.

He is a Machine Learning Leader, Evangelist, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, and recognised as Top 50 Global Tech Influencer. He also got recognised as top 10 AI influencers to follow in 2021.

 

Till now, he has spoken at more than 300+ live events with Fortune 500 companies worldwide and has more than 200 videos of live discussions.

He's one of those few people who scored a little low in his 12th but ended up having a wonderful and inspiring life.

His current domains are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science. His mission is to spread awareness about Artificial Intelligence.

 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, Shailendra orates about 

  • How he ended up doing 2 degrees at once and his learnings
  • Why did he choose computer science as his domain for graduation
  • His story of becoming one of the highest paid DJs in India, as his first job
  • His story of outstanding customer service bringing down the call drop to 1.8% which was the best so far in India by any service provider, and still getting fired 
  • Becoming the first person to bring Analytics to India 
  • Role of his mentor Rohini in his life 
  • Story and significance of choosing Belgium over USA and UK as the destination for his first assignment abroad
  • Experience and challenges in setting up his company in India
  • His move to Australia, advice from the community on the way to start in this country (was limited in its own way
  • His funny story of the first job
  • His outstanding contribution to 2 large retailers and then setting up analytics practice for Accenture globally
  • How he managed to write and publish the bestselling book in just six months and his inspiration 
  • The objective behind creating video content 
  • What drove him to perform so many roles in his life 

Book briefs:

Name- Making Money out of Data: The art and science of Analytics

Link- https://www.amazon.in/Making-Money-Out-Data-Analytics/dp/1547021748/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

About - This book contains all the projects done as a data analyst for over 2 decades. And explains how you can make money from data 

 

His tip for writing a book: Be very focused, or else the book will never get finished

 

His advice to people who are stuck in their lives:

You need to get out of your comfort zone. And try asking yourself whom I can serve and what I can do to serve them.

 

 

Shailendra kumar's coordinates:

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaily/
  •  Business website: http://cognitivetoday.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/meisshaily
  • Email: shailend.kumar@gmail.com
  • Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ShailendraKumarS/

 

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

 

E15 - Building career in Industry 4.0 with Chirag Joshi, Cyber Security and Technology  Leader, Best-Selling Author

E15 - Building career in Industry 4.0 with Chirag Joshi, Cyber Security and Technology Leader, Best-Selling Author

August 30, 2021

Is the linear career paradigm obsolete?
Have you heard of a portfolio career?

Been working hard but not happy with the growth?
This week’s episode reveals some of the reasons why hard work alone is not the answer.

I spoke to a wonderful human being and 
a well-rounded professional,
who also maintains a very good work-life balance. 
He represents the true successful professionals of industry 4.0
Built his authority by leveraging opportunities that weren’t available that easily in any other era.

Chirag Joshi is a cyber security & technology leader and a best-selling author. 
He is also a keynote speaker and trainer. 

In this episode of Empowering Indian Expats, Chirag talks about
· Importance of guidance and mentorship in one's life 
· Influence to pursue masters in the states 
· How mingling in local society in Oklahoma shaped up his personality 
· Impacts of world financial crisis and 2000 .com bubble burst on jobs 
· Fascination for Cybersecurity and inspiration to write the book 
· Strategy and process of writing a book – guaranteed
· Importance and process of building your own identity, influence and authority 
· His thoughts on expanding his career options beyond what he has already done

Must listen if you are keen on career growth - you will find loads of gold nuggets in this episode.

Finally, 
What do you think should be the career strategy in Industry 4.0?
(where you have fierce competition with machines, and businesses say “machine first”)

Book brief, written by Chirag D Joshi
· Name: 7 rules to influence behavior and win at cyber security awareness 
· Link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07VPP71BN

· Focus: Human behaviour in cyber security. Since 95% of cybersecurity breaches happen because of human error, so Chirag focuses on changing the way people think and talk about cyber-security 

As he states in the end, " Beyond your professional career, physical and mental health's plays a vital role."

Books recommended by him
· The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires by Brian Tracy
· Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins
· 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
· The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
· The Influential Mind by Tali Sharot
· How to Have Impossible Conversations by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay

Breathing technique mentioned by him 
· Vim Hof Method: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/practice-the-method

Host pick on personal energy management
· The Power of Full Engagement by James E. Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Chirag D Joshi's coordinates:
· LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiragdjoshi/

· Personal website: https://www.chiragdjoshi.com/

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

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