Venue:  Entertainment Society of Goa Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Panaji, Goa 

Purple Think Tank

Careers of Persons with Disabilities

Aditya Kalluriya

CEO of The Web People, Aditya is a trained Bharatanatyam artiste and Carnatic musician. He self-studied software languages and went on to co-found different start-ups like Media Pvt Ltd - A new-age digital media company, Aarohanam - An online Carnatic music academy and Designcrew - A new age no-code agency. Currently, he leads a team of 18 members in-house and 20 members on a contract basis. Aditya was recently felicitated with Shivalli Sri award for the achievement in business and social causes.

Ankaj Pandey

Ankaj Pandey completed his B. Tech from Dr. AITH Kanpur University and has worked with companies like Concentrix, UST Global. He worked for UST Global for four years as a Developer. Currently he is working as Senior System Analyst in Unisys. He is currently a team lead over 12 members in the team. 

Ashwin Karthik

1. Awarded with the young Achiever award by Rotary Midtown and Brigade group in the year 2009.
2. Veer Savarkar award in the year 2009.
3. Determination Icon of the year by Yuva Bengaluru award in the year 2010.
4. Best Physically Challenged individual in India by National trus in the year 2010.(national award)
5. Helen Keller award 2011. (National Award) for being the Role model.
6. Positive Health award in the year 201by Dr Bathra’s.
7. Best Employee Award given by the government of India and presented by President of India in the year 2013.
8. 2014 – Bangalore Youth Icon
9. 2015 – Karamveer Puraskar High Achiever Award (Delhi)
10. 2016 - Keynote speaker at Amazing Indians Times Now Group event (Delhi), where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief guest
11. Co-author of the book “The Relic the eternal search”
12. Lyicist for the Kannada movie “Traya”(2019).
13. Nipman Foundation & Microsoft Equal Opportunity Award 2019.


Hi, My name is Bhuvaneshwari. I finished my vocational training in Diya Foundation. Before coming to Diya I was going to Vathsalya Special Educational School, HAL. I used to go Vathsalya by schools Van. During that time I was not able to mingle with others , always wanted to sit alone and think of something. Later showed some interest in drawing, painting and was performing in the cultural events thereafter. Later i joined Diya, first few days I was dependent on my mother and sister to drop me there and was scared of everyone.
After some days I adjusted myself with friends and teachers. Every teachers took care of us and they treated us like their own children. They taught us day to day activities like cleaning, sweeping and made us to do exercise, dance and singing to make us refreshfull and stress less which made us happy and the best part of the day. I also learnt to do Chocolate wrapping.
For birthdays they made cakes for us. Later after few days of training and practice I got opportunities from Enable India for employability training , then got selected .I learnt Car washing, hospitality training .Next went for training in Hattie Kaapi, there i learnt cooking, cleaning, billing in computer. After my training i finally I got a job in Hattie Kaapi, Indiranagar. My colleagues there are very friendly. My senior teach me all things. My working hours is from 7.00am to 5.00pm. I do OT also and I supporting my family . Now i am a independent girl. I take this opportunity to thank everyone who made me so strong and had been supportive to make me stand on my own legs.

Chinappa P

I have worked as Supervisor Silver Department in Safari Designs in Bengaluru
(2002 to 2007)
I have worked as Data Entry Operator in GDS Company in 2007 to 2008
I have worked as Data Entry Operator in Bengaluru 2008 (9 Months)
I have worked as Assistant Manager in Café Coffee Day in Bengaluru (2008 to
2014). Currently I am working with Lemon Tree hotel whitefield, Bengaluru since March
2014 till date

Ekinath Khedekar

‘Ekinath Khedekar currently leads the global charter on supplier diversity and supply chainsustainability for Wipro Technologies. He’s the first VI to have received UK’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship to complete his MSc Sustainability from University College London. He’s also an MBA in Finance and holds two distinct Bachelor degrees in Economics and Law from reputed institutions of our country.
He’s our moderator today for the discussion on because he’s seen it all through, from a school student, to telephone operator trainee, to a tele-caller, to heading a small start-up placement company to managing corporate strategy of a multi-fuel power company to heading CSR and sustainability charters. TO conclude, a survivor to a thriving professional in the ever-evolving job market.

Madhu Bala Sharma

‘Mindful, attentive, Dedicated, ‘Happy go lucky’, ‘unusual and unique’ is ‘MADHU’
Born and raised in New Delhi, she studied through an integrated education system. National Association for the Blind (Delhi) was her resource school. She studied in Faith academy till class 6th, and in Delhi Public School R.K. Puram from class 7th to 12th. She pursued graduation in English Literature from Lady Sriram College in Delhi University.
She brings with her over 19 years of experience of enabling many with or without disabilities! She started her career in the final year of college. She worked with GE Capital International Services. After graduating, she worked as a software tester for ‘JAWS for windows’, a screen reading software, with Freedom scientific.
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