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GDGPS ALUMNI

GLOBETROTTERS, TRENDSETTERS, CHANGEMAKERS, PATHFINDERS, EDUCATORS, INFLUENCERS.............

The glorious 26 years of GDGPSVK have evolved most magically and magnificently through the journeys of the students that have passed out of the portals of the school. The first batch of class 12 was the one in 1999...since then it has been a memorable voyage of stunning achievements, unique milestones, special mentorship, varied accolades, national fame and extraordinary camaraderie.

All Goenkans have the attributes of being confident, illustrious, compassionate, courageous and affable. We believe that all follow the vision that ...GO INTO THE WORLD AND DO WELL, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY GO INTO THE WORLD AND DO GOOD.

School gave the opportunities to unlock potential and the wind to spread the wings to fly. It is here that the alumni has truly explored the motto of HIGHER STRONGER BRIGHTER. A confident spring in the step, a sparkle in the eyes and the strength of a huge stride has only been attained in the Alma mater with the support and love of teachers and peers.

The Goenkan alumni group maintains close ties with each other and with the school in enhancing the character and uniqueness of sharing this common identity. With a strong affinity for social impact and collaboration for the betterment of society, the Goenkan students remain committed to touching lives and spreading joy. Most return to school as guides, trainers, motivators and sources of inspiration for the next league of thinkers, doers and achievers.

A message from the alumni to all Goenkans.... WE HOPE YOUR DREAMS TAKE YOU... To the corners of your smiles, To the highest of your hopes,

To the windows of your opportunities, And to the most special places Your heart has ever known.

Sadhvi Thukral, BATCH OF 2008

An entrepreneur by profession, I own and run ‘Off-Centre’, a ceramic studio, founded in 2017. I am the Chief Designer of the company, which creates utility products, collectibles and lifestyle accessories that blend tradition with the modern.

I hold a Master of Design (M.Des.) in Ceramic and Glass Design from the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. I specialize in social design, design entrepreneurship as well as marketing.

A socially conscious designer, my design philosophy focuses on increasing awareness about socially relevant issues and applying unique design-solutions to solve complex issues. My research presentation - ‘Kahani Her Mahine Ki’ or The story of every month - a learning tool on menstruation for the Visually Impaired. Co-authored with Lakshmi Murthy, the research was presented at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) 21st Biennial conference, Boston, USA (2015).

Sadhvi Thukral

Dhruv Sachdev, BATCH OF 2008

I lead the South Asian practice for Canadian consulting firm Ideal Advisory Services (IaS) - and am an experienced campaigner in the field of Management Consulting.

In addition to my contribution in the South Asian region region I am also the Global Leader for Technology Consulting wherein our teams advise clients on Digital Transformation, Best in Class IT processes & how to effectively manage their IT assets.

Previously my stints in the corporate sector have been with PwC & EY - and I am an alma mater of the prestigious Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Apart from my work in the corporate sector, I have also kept my creative juices flowing. I am an internationally acclaimed film maker, writer and director and my films have won over 50 international awards in prestigious festivals held in Rome, New York, Los Angeles, Venezuela, Singapore, Berlin & London. My last film SIFAR was a PvR exclusive and starred veteran actors such as Sudha Chandran & Anang Desai alongside Kanikka Kapur. My next film LockDown - is in association with Shemaroo and won 20 awards in the festival circuit.

Apart from films I have made popular music videos with music labels such as TIPS with artists such as Babul Supriyo, Kailash Kher, Hriday Gattani, Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam. Rituraj Mohanty, Shamir Tandon and Bandish Vaz.

Dhruv Sachdev

DIVYA PHADNIS, BATCH OF 2008

A GOLD MEDALIST from University of Delhi , worked in multiple roles spanning various fields — arts, entertainment, marketing, research, communications and public relations. I have worked as a marketer, stage and film actress, singer, cultural organiser, digital marketer and copywriter. I presently handle marketing and communications in India for one of Asia’s leading solar energy developers in the C&I space.

I am also a recipient of the prestigious High Potential Scholarship at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where I pursued a master's degree in Arts and Culture: Policy, Management and Education. I am also a trained Hindustani classical vocalist from Bhatkhande Sangit Vidyapith, Lucknow.

Divya Phadnis

AAKRITI BHATIA, BATCH OF 2010

Having worked in Flipkart for almost 4 years now, across multiple functions from closing the Walmart-Flipkart acquisition to handling a Toys and Baby care brand, I would call myself a die-hard Flipster & an e-commerce expert. I am currently Senior Manager at Flipkart for the Fashion Accessories portfolio and actively engage with large brands to operate in this space. Prior to this, I was managing a Flipkart private brand, and before that I was part of the corporate finance team of Flipkart group companies.

I have pursued under graduation in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, post which I worked for a private equity fund & then moved to the investment banking division in Goldman Sachs. I completed my MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & I'm currently with Flipkart.

Every day at Flipkart is a new day with varied stakeholders and multiple conflicts, and making your space in the corporate world is definitely a road full of challenges. Having studied in Goenka for 10 years with the most brilliant set of teachers & peers, the school taught me to be resilient, to be sincere with my work & never back down no matter what. These qualities, along with the love for what I'm doing & the passion I have for it makes the journey challenging yet fun.

Aakriti Bhatia

Rahul Ranveer Shah, BATCH OF 2020

My name is Rahul Ranveer Shah, I was part of the batch of 2020 and I'm currently studying in IIT Delhi doing my B.tech degree. G D Goenka Public School, made me realize that academics and extracurriculars/sports aren't necessarily independent facets to explore and excelling in both can be done with the right guidance and mentorship. While the Science department, especially Shah sir helped me realize my academic potential especially in my favorite subject, physics; my basketball coach, Mukesh sir helped me explore sports and the English and Social Science departments helped me understand public speaking and stage performance.

Having both my parents being a part of the Goenkan faculty and a huge part of my journey taught me humility, diligence and the power of honest, quiet work. From being selected as head boy and Mr Goenkan to being cheered by the crowd during the Gayatri Devi tournament to performing on stage on the Goenkan Grandeur stage or the Sirifort auditorium; The Goenkan culture inspired in me to keep exploring myself, to keep learning, to keep moving forward and to never look back at the negativity.

My message to all young Goenkans is to stay positive, keep believing in yourself, don't let anything stop you and remember, the goal is to be the best version of you not the better version of someone else.

Rahul Ranveer Shah

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