There are those who drive themselves to
make their passion the reason for their success and there are those whose
passion also drives people to achieve success. Pullela Gopichand, former Indian
badminton player is one such person to have done both. He won the All England
Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this
feat after Prakash Padukone. Currently, he is the Chief National Coach for the
Indian Badminton team and runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. Gopichand not only
brought laurels to the country, but also coached a young badminton player – P.V
Sindhu – to achieve the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. He received the
Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in
He went on to launch the Gopichand
Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, India in 2008 and has mentored champions
including the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu and 2012 London
Olympics Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal amongst others.Pullela Gopichand, former
All England champion, is now feeding his athletes what he had been starved off:
ready inputs, strategy, an on-court Pentium processor, knowledge and an
incredible mind off court.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.