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TURIAN LABS has been founded by a team practicing Design Thinking led Innovation since the last two decades. The team  has directly worked on innovation assignments with clients across the globe.

MANOJ KOTHARI Managing Director & Principal Strategist

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Manoj is a seasoned practitioner of Design Thinking & Business Innovation. He leads Turian team's engagement with organizations at the intersection of culture, brand, technology and business to answer 'What next?'. With two decades of experience in global innovation he has sharpened his focus on research & strategy across domains and built a credible network of partners and collaborators to enhance the speed and quality of innovation delivery. He is also a expert facilitator of Design Thinking & innovation workshops for CXOs.
He is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He frequently speaks at global innovation & design forums and tweets @lookinbard. Manoj is also the co-founder of a leading design company Onio Design Pvt. Ltd. in India. Connect with Manoj on Linkedin here.

NIKHITA GHUGARI Senior Design Strategist

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Nikhita leads the Design Research team at Turian Labs apart from co-facilitating Design Thinking roll-outs. She is a trained product designer and her strength lies in user- focused and application oriented thinking. Her fresh outlook, energy and enthusiasm along with design background makes her a key resource who coverts insights into tangible opportunities. At Turian, Nikhita has been involved in multiple research, strategy and training programs for varied industry sectors.


HARSHAD NANAL Lead - Business Innovation 

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A Design Thinking practitioner with over 20 years of industry experience in IT, Energy & General Management with unique blend of technology & business. He is experienced in the field of Information Technology, in the roles of Product Management, Product Development , Program Manager, Solution Architect, etc. He is a certified Project Manager at Practitioner level from Prince2, an Agile Development expert and a Certified Scrum Master. Harshad is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai.

RUCHITA DESHPANDE Senior Design Manager

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A keen mind with a passion to excel, Ruchita has an MBA in Communication Management with five years of experience in Advertising and Design. Her prior assignments included branding and marketing strategy for clients in education and real estate sectors. Her design background and experience in the industry has contributed greatly in her journey from graphic design to design thinking based research with Turian Labs.


SONALI KOTHARI General Manager Operations

Sonali heads Resources and Delivery  at Turian Labs. She has nearly two decades of diverse experience including teaching, advertising, e-publishing, branding and community messaging. She also manages her boutique social enterprise startup INNISHARI apart from contributing at Turian Labs. She facilitates sessions on entrepreneurship & communication at various forums to high-school students & teachers. She holds a Masters degree in Zoology from Calcutta University.


DIVYA CHADHA Design Manager

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Divya is a an engineer-turned-design researcher from MIT, College of Industrial Design, Pune. She worked with Tech Mahindra as a software programmer before shifting to a career in design. She is a go-getter with tremendous flexibility in switching from physical products to digital paradigm while handling Design & Innovation assignments.



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Sundar Subramanian comes with past experience in handling new product development and vendor relations at one of the largest Automotive manufacturing companies in India. 

He combines Design Thinking and Analytical skills to derive key insights for new business opportunities. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from BITS-Pilani University. 


PRACHI BHUTADA Design Researcher

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A liberal arts graduate, Prachi has been exposed to a plethora of topics like Psychology, Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies. She has written academic papers for culture studies. She has worked with NGOs and Media houses and has created artworks for book covers. Through her love of human interaction and insatiable curiosity, she continues to expand her knowledge and adds to the  diverse team at Turian Labs.





A visual communication graduate from NIFT Bengaluru, Pragya takes pride in her eclectic aesthetics and cross-cultural exposure. Before joining the team at Turian Labs, she worked as a researcher and graphic designer with multiple NGOs in rural Tamil Nadu.  Apart from visual communication, she has had a brief and successful stint in journalism for The Hindu, with bylines ranging from cultural narratives to fashion forecasts.


MUGDHA DAMLE  Design Researcher

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Coming from an academic background in Industrial product design, Mugdha shows great acumen for research based analysis and design. Her curiosity to learn about the world, human behavior and what lies beneath the surface, drive her into the field of design research. Before joining the team at Turian Labs, Mugdha worked as a design research consultant for a multinational. She firmly believes that the broader one’s understanding of the human experience is, the better design one has.


NEETU SABHARWAL Office Administrator

Neetu is an experienced office administrator and has an experience of more than 15 years in the industry, working with local and international companies. She is an efficient communicator and carries a bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Delhi.



Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti is a founder board member of Global Innovation Management Institute, USA. Chips received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Eng. from Univ. of Massachusetts and a B.Tech Chem. Eng. from IIT Bombay. His early work included research on advanced materials and organic light sources. Since 2005, Dr. Chips led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM SYLVANIA and continued to serve as a key member of OSRAM’s global innovation leadership. Dr. Chips has also played a pioneering role in the Lighting industry as an industry leader in various trade bodies and working with public agencies. Dr. Chips now works through his executive consulting practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation. 



The founder of Every Stone OTR, LLC a design research and innovation firm. He was most recently the Director of Market & Customer Insights, Marketing Global Services at Pitney Bowes. Prior to Pitney Bowes he was the Design Manager for the SPARC Innovation Program (Center for Innovation) at the Mayo Clinic. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College, and a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2001 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Institute of Design in India.


Silva Paananen has 25 years of experience in international business, management consulting, training & coaching and a passion for marketing communications. She has been helping foreign companies with India strategy since past  6 years. She earlier worked with Finnish Trade Commission in India and now worksout of Delhi and shuttles to Helsinki often.


Genevieve is an experienced creative strategist with expertise in global consumer insights and trend research . She is an authority on trends based innovation in global luxury and mainstream brands. She is the co-founder of Style-Vision, a company based in China and Nice. She has been collaborating with Turian Labs since past 8 years. She worked as project manager and business developer in leading groups such as HP and CSC Peat Marvick before founding Style Vision. She is an enthusiastic marathon runner.


Paula is a seasoned entrepreneur & market research expert, who leads the company IMAGINEER. Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, her team creates, develops and nurtures brands as characters with personality, love, passion and attitude. They also works on strategic alliances, market development and commercial strategy to get the best out of the business.