Dr. Shivananda (Shivoo) Koteshwar

Dr. Shivananda (Shivoo) Koteshwar


The inspiration for this platform all started with a slogan on a friend’s tee-shirt:

“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts”

The hunger to be a change bearer surfaced, and Shivoo started working towards this goal. He learnt more and more through all his endeavors to give back to society, doing, failing, and retrying persistently.

He is a dedicated and passionate teacher who works with schools, undergraduate, engineering and MBA colleges, to bridge the gap between academia and corporate. He serves as visiting faculty in leading colleges/universities across India in both engineering and management. He is presently serving as a Board of Studies Member and Mentor, Entrepreneurship Cell in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Advisor Board Member in Vyasa International School and MS Engineering College. In the past, Shivoo has served as an Advisory Board Member in MS Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies. He has also created a fund to encourage students with social ideas to harness their idea and create solutions that will be truly revolutionary.

Shivoo in his day job is currently the Group Director of R&D at Synopsys, a leading EDA company . After two successful decades in the Semiconductor industry, Shivoo took a break for 2 years and setup India’s first college preparatory, co-educational residential K12 School, “The Amaatra Academy”. Shivoo was the Founding Director of the school and also worked as a full-time Professor in E&C Department in PES Institute of Technology (PESIT). In the past, he has worked in Synopsys, Intel, Arcus Technologies and MediaTek.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Shivoo holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute, USA and BTech in E&C from Mysore University. Shivoo is also a 2012 Fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program for the Bangalore Chapter. He is also a Doctor of Philosophy in Management from Bangalore University.

Write to Shivoo:


Smitha Hemmigae

Smitha Hemmigae


Every human is extraordinary

That’s Smitha’s philosophy. Smitha thinks there is a silver lining in every cloud that passes overhead. She believes that stories have a mystical power; power to transform, to inspire and get more people involved in a cause. She likes to hear the stories of success, failures and emotional stories that can impact lives.

Smitha is passionate about wildlife conservation, e-waste and primary education and works closely with many organizations and NGOs in this area.

Smitha, in her day job is the Head of Marketing at ThoughtWorks India. She is their chief story weaver.

Smitha is on the Board of Studies in Mount Carmel College and works with many schools and management colleges in Bangalore, talking to students and working with them to help them understand what the industry looks for in emerging managers.

Smitha holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University.

You can contact Smitha at


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