SRCC graduate and a Chartered Accountant, Deepti started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in consulting. She led various roles in operations, finance, sales, commercials, governance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions.
Large part of experience has been in technology, digital content and Internet industry with organisations like exlservice, Apollo Health, Network 18 Group, American Swan and Sheroes. Having played hands-on leadership roles at start-ups and early stage organisations, she specialises in building roadmaps for companies to build operations, growth engines, commercial partnerships, improve unit economics and manage talent.
She believes education and Internet are the pillars of the next build of a flat world. Deepti envisioned Curious Times for ‘first-time non-fiction content and media users’. Deepti aims to make global information and resources accessible for tweens and teens. The high-on-trust platform would enable participation and peer learning thereby building the key 21st century skills.
Deepti is also an advisor with SHEROES, a women’s empowerment platform and Saarthi Education, a non-profit working in the space of early education of underprivileged children.
Siddhartha holds a degree in Math and Computing from IIT Delhi. He has worked in different product and business leadership roles for consumer products, scaling them to achieve business goals within the constraints of available capabilities, data, information and resources.
He started his career as an engineer, creating large-scale web search and indexing tools, and has also worked on Voice of IP telephony solutions. His foray in the mobile app development pre-iPhone/Android era started when he led the creation of cross-platform mobile app development tools.
As CEO of Spice Labs, Siddhartha led 100 million downloads globally of its games, monetised by an in-house Ad Mediation platform. Since moving out of Spice Labs, he has worked as a strategy, data analytics and engineering consultant for global companies.
Siddhartha is currently focused on understanding the education landscape in India. He is working on the ground, both with organisations focused on K-12 and tech education, where he believes there are big gaps to fill.
He has been involved in social efforts and supports Adharshila, a tribal school in rural Madhya Pradesh and Saarthi Education, a non-profit in early education. He has also worked on the air pollution problem in North India, focusing on measurement and awareness.
Atu prefers the quieter side of life. Atu enjoys watching sports and is deeply interested in art, pop culture and current social issues. She has worked with cultural organisations as well as with non-profit social organisations. To write something new, she believes in learning something new every single day, which makes her the right person to bring Curious Times readers a wide variety of news.
Hailing from Nagaland, the passion to pursue English literature brought Atu to Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and she adopted Delhi/ NCR (minus the pollution). Her education, coupled with her diverse experience in publishing, social sector and cultural organisations, makes Atu passionate about exploring and writing. She continues her hopeful search for top-quality relevant news and information while ensuring impeccable grammar, no typos and correct usage of the Oxford comma!
Community Manager and Publications Designer
Zainab (a.k.a Zeb:) is an ambivert who loves her ‘me’ time as much as she loves socializing. Her love for gardening has taught her a lot of life lessons. Apart from gardening, you can find her watching sci-fi, fantasy movies, shows, doodling and filling her journals. Since her childhood, Zainab has loved sharing her experiences, telling stories and putting forth her opinions which have led her to become a writer, designer and illustrator.
You can spot her on the beaches of Chennai clicking aesthetic sunset pictures. Apart from working professionally, Zainab is a part of many communities and clubs. Especially of those who champion Climate Change and also of those who give her a chance to speak ;).
News and SEO Writer
A former Google employee who created maps, Tasneem is not always good with directions! She likes to travel and doesn’t mind getting lost (this has happened a couple of times!). She enjoys writing because that is the best way she can express herself. And yes, a good mystery book, a Harry Potter movie and a walk by the beach can always lighten her up.
Tasneem is a graduate in Geography and has done her masters in Sociology. Her best learning years were in college and then at Google where she was a part of the Maps team. Today, she is an independent writer focusing on niche travel and parenting platforms. She enjoys writing particularly about travel because she can learn and explore new places, cultures and people without actually visiting them. Her learning years have kicked in again at Curious Times, as she researches and writes on diverse topics and simplifies them for young readers.
Advisor – Growth and marketing
Unny loves travel, treks & hikes, reading, and pondering about the purpose of existence. ‘Trying to make sense of this world’ is how he likes to describe his almost constant state of being. Working with people and building teams is what he has enjoyed the most in his professional career. Having spent a career in marketing and communication, driving growth comes naturally to him.
Unny is the Chief People & Business Officer at SHEROES, world’s largest Women Social Network. A graduate from University of Calicut, Unny has over 20 years’ experience in the IT, Marketing, and Communications. Unny has served various roles in organisations Sterling Holiday Resorts, Alacrity Housing, BridgeOver TW/ Xerago. Prior to SHEROES, he spent over a decade at GroupM/ WPP; last as Chief Digital Officer – South Asia at Wavemaker, where he led a young team of over 200 people in media, creative, and technology disciplines.
Unny is a growth advisor with Curious Times. He also serves as an Advisor to Rustik Travel, experiential travel company, InnoServ Digital, a digital marketing agency.