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Who Am I
Akancha is the founder of Azure, a strategic Brand Consulting firm based in Mumbai. Over the last 15 years, she has led the market entry of large global brands in India and helped the launch of several start-ups and products across industries. She is an acknowledged expert in ‘India entry strategies’ for large businesses.
In a constant endeavour to contribute to the start-up ecosystem, Akancha actively conducts workshops on branding challenges faced by young entrepreneurs. Her clients include Red Hat, Deloitte, Barclays Wealth, Accel Partners, L’Oréal, the Australian Cricket team, the National Stock Exchange and Mumbai Angels.
Akancha conducts sessions and workshops on Leadership & Development, Leadership Coaching, Brand Strategy, and Women in workplace topics. She has also been a contributor and mentor at global forums like MIT, Seed Camp, TiE, Nasscom and Microsoft Ventures. Several emerging businesses and international Brands have retained her on their leadership advisory panels.
Akancha has had an extraordinary personal journey marked with victories over some complex, unimaginable challenges and has created the country’s largest initiative against cyber harassment. Through a series of Cyber Safety workshops, she talks about her own experiences to warn about sociopaths and create awareness about legal rights. The campaign ‘Akancha against Harassment’, has traveled to multiple cities, aims at empowering people who have suffered any form of abuse to talk about it, while also throwing light on the rising cases of cyber crime. She continues to support & counsel trauma victims on a regular basis. Her incredible story continues to inspire people.
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.