Core Enabling Promoters

Christiaan A J Bosman

(Founder)

I never thought growing up in the arts and later studying law my life would be centered around causes and people. Growing up white during the freedom struggle in South Africa in what was the dark seventies and eighties I should have known that I would do some kind of penance around the issues of human rights and equal opportunities. I just never dreamt that it would be purgatory in business, in fact when friends heard 25 years ago that Christiaan was doing business in India they laughed, perhaps even sent up a prayer for me.

Having spent a decent amount of time in Switzerland after growing up in South Africa and thinking I was escaping all that I soon realised in the perfect world I found myself in, the Suisse Romande, that I needed more.

And more it was, perhaps too much! It was India! There are no two greater linear opposites than Switzerland and India when it comes to business culture, social issues and just about anything else one can think of but that in fact is my foundation, a juxtaposed tale of two worlds, bringing them together and making them accessible to the people on each side of the divide. A brokering of insights one might say, gained with time.

So in profiles like this people always want to know why they should listen to the person writing or what it is that he has to offer in line of knowledge or experience. Well, putting my best foot forward then would be to tell the reader that I owned and operated a social justice company for almost two decades India that did both international brand manufacturing and established a successful local hospitality brand of my own, but to tell the truth I consider it only my MBA for ‘foreigners-doing-business-in-India’. Western business school training just doesn’t cut it most of the time in Indian business world. My business breakfast on Tuesdays with CEOs of some of the leading Multinationals is book waiting to be published and a testimony to the fact that India asks for more than the usual, usual, usual…

While doing what I did I became more and more convinced that what I was doing was not sustainable and looking at my children the question keep growing in me was ‘What would be my legacy to them?’ I realised all the money I leave them would not buy them a piece of earth where they could breathe fresh air and drink clean water and so before turning 50 I made the major mental shift that I would either give it my all on the environment and see what the power of one committed person can be on the environment and society or I wouldn’t be able to say I had been part of any meaningful business venture. This is where my new journey began and it’s where I met all these like minded people, all of whom are sharper and brighter than one would ever imagine and what we share is a real concern for our ‘umwelt’, an ability to dream of a better world and a commitment to find and implement solutions and leave it better than we found it.

OneLife was born from the knowledge that previous generations subjugated people, ravished natural habitats and thought it their birth right to monetise on the earth, below the earth and in the air and seas all they could lay their hands on to make themselves rich. In their process of doing this they didn’t squirm to enslave people with systems that forced them to learn in a certain way and make their most important decision before they were eighteen years of age and then to exploit them at will with the individuals believing it’s their own free will and that this is life and how it should be.

I am proud to say that OneLife challenges all of that thinking in each vertical we are involved in and we are also challenging ourselves even to dream of what a company can be like where people, profit, the ‘product’ and the environment are all in a delicate balance that can be sustained not only by me writing this but also by our children and their children for generations to come. This is the quest.

‘So call me a dreamer but I am not the only one.’

I am excited to finally share the planet with a whole new generation of young people who think the way I do. I am twenty years of age all over again and launching out into the most exciting part of my life yet. Young at heart but having learnt so much! Too much, and unlearning even more that never should have been part of me to start with.
Let’s get going!

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Roger Mortlock

(South African Head & Founder)

I left South Africa after studies that prepared me for my first job in Israel where I found myself in charge of handling logistics and fund raising activities for one of the largest agencies helping Jews from the diaspora making Aliya to resettle in Israel. This ‘job’ became a baseline for my entire life and for all my aspirations pertaining to what ‘work- and professional life’ should be in order to be meaningful.

Returning from Israel to South Africa, after seven years, now married and having lived through the Intefada, I wanted to just have a ‘normal’ life and that I had as a real estate franchisee. The money making game and living the South African suburban life had its appeal but soon after our three sons were toddlers something started nagging and I realised that I was yearning for meaning and doing something meaningful that would be as a legacy for my children and would be as an example for their lives, not mere money making.

I reached out to college friends with whom I dreamt of transforming communities. I soon reconnected with Christiaan Bosman, the same friend I hitch-hiked thousands of kilometres with through Africa as a student and with whom I dreamt of doing those things that could impact entire communities. It was for both of us a turning point in our careers having achieved much but wanting to do far more meaningful business. We were both social entrepreneurs in our own right and yet we understood that our impact was limited so together we founded OneLife in South Africa and immediately started to pursue aspirational project in the areas of water purification and agriculture both in Africa and India finding our footing and building the networks needed on the subcontinent and in Africa that would be necessary to sustain the business ecosystem for change that we envisioned.

This process has been a very deep dive and a truly rewarding journey, but mainly as we learnt so much more about the geo-politics and the financial and other systems that were dominating these regions and creating barriers for lasting impact. First trying to flank or infiltrate these we soon learn that we have to be like the ivy that just covers it all and takes it over rendering it in our favour and in the favour of those we want to benefit growing on it but giving different outcomes that are real and lasting to those whom we want to impact and enhance the lives of.

With my wonderful wife, Davina, whom being born Swiss did not find it strange to move to Africa, with my three sons and with the friends listed here below we are in fact making a journey that we see more and more is transformational one for us all and not merely a one-dimensional money-making exercise.
Every single day now defines ‘the greater works’ that are to come and which makes this journey though an incredibly challenging one the very stuff we write books about.

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K. Samuel Madeliang

(Northeast Indian Head)

I started my career very excitedly with science subjects, totally passionate about chemistry and then shifted to become an educationist: professionally trained to be a school administrator; a program at a Dallas based Christian institute. After three years I moved from education in the classroom and started to works on Naga textiles: a handwoven fabric made out of cotton, woven through loin-loom or generally known as back-strap loom, absolute backbreaking work, but exquisite. Here education took a different shape and I managed to successfully re-fabricate the traditional woven products of shawls and sarongs into home soft furnishings like- cushion covers, bed spreads, shoulder bags, etc. and marketed it to a few major overseas markets such as Canada, England, Japan, other parts of North America and Australia with great success; in addition to the local high-end market in India. I had to women from rural areas both from Manipur and Nagaland in a technical collaboration and logistics support from well-wishers like Maiwa Handprint from Vancouver, Canada and Japan as well as the renowned natural dyes expert from Turkey- Dr. Harold Bohmer, (a German professor, living in Istanbul, Director of the natural dye institute). These collaborations deposited so much in my life and grew me enormously me, especially when it came to Dr. Harold, gem of a gentleman, who was instrumental in making the Turkey carpet industry sustainable and from whom I learnt so much.

The above led to bigger opportunities and I came in touch with several friends from corporate establishments, learning how business at the corporate level actually operates, and subsequently became an active member to coordinate the working relationship between large companies and the local partners, particularly within the north eastern region of India.

To be part of this Onelife Technology Solution is an exciting challenge to me, knowing that it is not just one of the routine regular business establishment with a single bottom line but totally a new concept to balance all the aspects between the profitability, the investment angle, the local culture/tradition angle and the environmental angle which then in turn together create sustainability. To me, with the path I have traveled over years and the experiences I have had, this approach of OneLife becomes an answer to the need of business to balance all factors in corporate business in a delicate way for it to become a long term solution for both man (meaning all participants involved) and the environment as a whole and their sustainability together in the longterm. The company also offers me this opportunity back into my community and the entire northeast to change and impact in meaningful ways where only us as insiders know the transformation is needed.

Kamal Kishore Sharma

(Delhi HQ Head)

With a longstanding footprint in banking and the finance sector, including a distinguished stint with Barclays, I have come a long way. However, over the years, I have realised I can be more than a financial wizard. Consulting with companies, government and non-government organizations on a range of subjects including agritech and infrastructure development, I have constantly ‘upgraded’ myself and my abilities and in the process contributed to the larger cause of nation-building. Although I belong to North India, I have a keen sense of affinity with the North-eastern parts of India often travelling to those states with the singular aim of accelerating the development of the region and making the North East an integral part of the larger Indian story. Often known as a man of action, I am a doer to the core to all those who know me and have worked with me. A public-spirited individual with a keen sense of duty to the community and society at large, I have always chosen to put others and indeed the country above myself and anything else. My knowledge of French and my love of sports and participation in it opened my unusual paths and encounters for me. Again this time with OneLife and as I always wanted I once again take the road less travelled. Joining this venture is to me more than mere business it is in fact in response to the call of my conscience. A new road begins and horizon lies ahead of us.

The above led to bigger opportunities and I came in touch with several friends from corporate establishments, learning how business at the corporate level actually operates, and subsequently became an active member to coordinate the working relationship between large companies and the local partners, particularly within the north eastern region of India.

To be part of this Onelife Technology Solution is an exciting challenge to me, knowing that it is not just one of the routine regular business establishment with a single bottom line but totally a new concept to balance all the aspects between the profitability, the investment angle, the local culture/tradition angle and the environmental angle which then in turn together create sustainability. To me, with the path I have traveled over years and the experiences I have had, this approach of OneLife becomes an answer to the need of business to balance all factors in corporate business in a delicate way for it to become a long term solution for both man (meaning all participants involved) and the environment as a whole and their sustainability together in the longterm. The company also offers me this opportunity back into my community and the entire northeast to change and impact in meaningful ways where only us as insiders know the transformation is needed.

Ravi Shekhar

(Business Development)

I graduated with a B. Tech in Information Technology(Rajasthan) like so many young men in our nation did and started my career with HCL Infosystems as an Implementation Engineer and somehow ended up at Javi Systems India Pvt. Ltd. heading Sales for Indian Government Business. At the outsider as an engineer I learnt how the technology works and then I grew into managing the projects & team of engineers. I somehow new kept to one thing for a long time, either because of my own desire to learn new things or the fast growing company’s need for people to constantly grow and reinvent themselves and the company in the process.

So by 2015, I stepped forward in the smart city projects where I worked on Smart watering, Smart waste management, City Surveillance, Intelligent Traffic management system & Solar power project. In the subsequent years business reached a breakneck speed and I managed to grow the company with our team to one of the most sought after in its space in India. It took however the pandemic and total lockdowns to sudden stop everything and to give me a much needed break to catch up with myself and re-center my thinking, having learnt from the pandemic and finding myself wanting to move with a new step and better thinking into all things eco-friendly. This because I realised that good business has to consider the environment or it cannot be sustained.

This is where OneLife and it’s ethos becomes to me the dream company since they are already working on these great concepts like Green Houses (net zero housing), Smart Machinery and vehicles ( all Eco-friendly projects) combined with Smart hospitals, and Agritech which takes me back to my routes in information technology. I always wanted to do something special with new ideas. So, I have joined hands with OneLife excited to see what all we can accomplish in the coming months and years and how we can grow it into a one of India’s first totally green corporates.

Manuel Bravo

(West African Head)

Manuel spends his childhood in Canning Town, East London, staying with other refugees from Angola as a result of the civil war. I completed my secondary-level education at a picturesque boarding school in Cambridge, which helped me learn in-depth social skills. My fondness for suits increased during my boarding days when students used to wear their own suits in the last two years, and that is probably one of the factors that lead me to the creation of ‘Bravo Atelier’ after so many years.

Later, I dropped out from a university in Leeds, where I was studying product design, and shifted to India in 2014 to be with my dad who was working here with an embassy. India is the second country I have lived in after the UK. I learned the skill of graphic designing in Bengaluru, the IT capital of India. It was a moment of rediscover for me, as I found myself a lot more creative in the field of fashion and designing.

During a shoot for a brand at a cafe in Ladakh, I happened to meet Christiaan, and soon after we found ourselves working together towards creating ‘Bravo Atelier’. It soon became my pride and joy.

I moved to Angola in 2019, where the economy was in really bad shape. I was supplying medicines and disposables to some local clinics and pharmacies and was also able to bag a few contracts from major state hospitals. At the same time, I was also looking to make a mark in other fields, and agriculture and food security became my primary focus for some time, which led to a project in Kwaza Sul. In Angola, I was able to network well and was able to work on some Government projects on EV and eco-friendly houses. It’s just a start to a flourishing career.

JATIN SARKAR

(Senior advisor and Strategist)

Mr. Jatin Sarkar, a former Civil Servant from India; has four decades of experience in planning and development of infrastructure with significant exposure to rail sector operation & planning, infrastructure development and complex dynamics of inter modal transport. During his Civil Service Career, he was associated with Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Planning Commission and RITES, which exposed him to both macro & micro level planning and policy formulation in multi disciplinary fields.

Last ten years of his career was in RITES where he was intricately associated with many signpost national and international projects like Dedicated Rail Freight Corridors, High Speed Rail, Multi Modal Logistic Parks, Tourism Master Plans for Digha and Darjeeling, 50-Year National Transport Master Plan for Kenya etc.

Apart from large number of Detailed Project Reports for rail infrastructure projects. He was also the National Coordinator for ‘Total Transport System Study’, a landmark national level exercise carried out by the Planning Commission (GOI) to formulate an integrated transport policy for the country. His core area of competence lies in formulating optimal strategy for new projects implementation.

Recipient of ‘National Award’ for outstanding performance in rail operations, Mr. Sarkar is credited with many innovative projects like initiation of Mobile Exhibitions on Trains, which is an effective medium of mass exposition; and revival of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata into a film institute of world repute. His status paper on enhancing non-conventional revenues in IR has been adopted by Ministry of Railways for active implementation.

Post his retirement, Mr. Sarkar is actively pursuing a self-assigned mandate of creating project visions for inclusive growth; some of which have witnessed successful implementation. He also carries with him a large and effective network in government agencies, global EPCs and Financial Institutions who play a key role in development of transport infrastructure projects at the global level. Mr. Sarkar also features regularly in wide ranges of international conferences as an invited speaker.

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Lokesh Rao Chavan

(Investment Strategist)

Lokesh Rao is the managing partner of WinEzee Consultancy and Specialty Services, a Bangalore based multi role firm that transacted over various sectors, in Human Resources, Raising Start-up and Accelerator funds, Debt Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions, Raising NCDs etc.

Lokesh Rao was instrumental in raising NCD and ICD for a major NBFC, to the tune of INR 3000 Crores.

With a career spanning over 20+ years of strong global experience working with international organisations specifically in learning & development, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Financial Solutions, Lokesh Rao is credited with mentoring over 800+ leaders in multiple domains, in India, Africa, UAE.

Lokesh Rao specializes in executive presence, customer service and high impact persuasion skills with CXO’s, Senior Leaders and high potential managers. He currently renders his services to top financial institutions and world-class companies.

Apart from being a facilitator, Lokesh Rao is the managing partner of WinEzee Consultancy and Specialty Services, a Bangalore based multi role firm that transacted over various sectors, in Human Resources, Raising Start-up and Accelerator funds, Debt Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions, Raising NCDs etc.

Expertise:

  • Seed Funding
  • Accelerator Funding
  • Debt Funding
  • Debt Restructuring
  • NCD
  • ICD
  • Convertible Notes
  • Merger and Acquisition
  • Branding
  • Financial Simulations

Next-Gen Promoters

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Samaresh Chadha

My name is Samaresh Chadha and upon completing my graduation in Bcom Finance and Accountancy with a specialisation in finance from Christ University, Bangalore I started my career from PWC as a risk strategy consultant. Currently working at KPMG Global Services where I work and consult about matters relating to risk management but I know there is more to learn and I am eager and hungry to do so.

I know that the world around me has changed because of the pandemic and now with the Ukraine war unfolding the ground beneath my feet is moving even faster. What other generations were able to take a life time to learn, my generation will need to leapfrog and learn much faster if we want to have a planet to call home and economies that are inclusive and that work for all of earths people whether they be education or not and whichever continent they find themselves on.

The world has become too small for unbridled greed and for policies that don’t respect people and our environment. It is in this regard that OneLife has moved across my desk and that I am proud to associate with the company to speed true progress up and wonderful to be drawn into a team that values me EXACTLY because I am young and see the world differently from previous generations. I have a voice here and I will grow.

Watch this space, as they say, we are only gearing up.

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