Spiritualist I Design Thinker I Social Entrepreneur I Founder I HarVa
Who Am I
Honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Ajay is a former Citi banker. An Engineer from BITS
Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of
Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds
a Diploma in Global Leadership & Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy
School of Government.
Ajay truly believes in the power of cost effective
innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world,
especially in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the
drivers of inclusive growth. He also thinks that the real growth in rural areas
across the world and in India is yet to come and is possible only when we get
into the real fabric of the country and not just overlay thoughts and patterns
from the developed nations. A voracious reader, an avid golfer and an ardent
traveler, Ajay spent almost a decade living in the US and across the world and
now lives in Gurgaon. Ajay was awarded CNN IBN Youth Icon /
Young Indian Leaderof the year 2011.
Ajay’s venture, HarVa XPO entered the Limca Book of Records for
being the first all women rural BPO in the world in 2011. HarVa has won
numerous awards and accolades including the Manthan Chairman Excellence Award
2011, SKOCH Financial Inclusion 2011 and TiE Entrepreneurial Excellence 2011
among the latest recognitions. Earlier in 2011, HarVa was also identified as
the 3rd most innovative company in India (next only to Tata Motors) by the Fast
Company magazine of New York, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability & Empowered
Woman Award by the Rockefeller Foundation / United Nations 2012.
Ajay was nominated as one of the Amazing Global Indian by Times
Now News 2012-13 and Yahoo unsung Heroes 2012-13. He has also been honoured as
an Iconic Youth 2014 by Rotary International, picked as 50 most creative
leaders across the world to attend THNK. The Creative School of Amsterdam’s
Accelerator program for Creative Leaders, and felicitated by the BITS Pilani in
the golden jubilee celebrations as 50 most inspiring alumni in 50 years. Ajay
is also an ambassador of the Power of Youth initiative of Scotland. He also
holds a unique distinction of being identified as one of the four most
innovative game changers by the Office of Advisor to the Prime Minister on
Skill Development and Employability.
Ajay has also authored the bestselling book, ‘Lost Wisdom of The
Swastika’ published by Times Group Books of Bennett Coleman & Co. Owing to
his work, Ajay was bestowed with ‘Making the World Happening Award 2017’ by
Dr Graeme Codrington
Expert on the new world of Work & Multigenerational Workplaces
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.