Team

team

Arundhati Chung Wan Kamalika Rinkoo Rinkoo GM Dipro Yen Thaw Pradip Pany Suddhabrata Prashant Jayani Tansen Dominic Pradip GM Nandini RInkoo Yen Thaw

Founder Rinkoo Bhowmik is responsible for the big ideas behind The Cha Project. She believes that good design can transform lives, communities, cities, societies and what Kolkata needs today is some serious design intervention. She has been a print and television journalist both in India and in Singapore, an award-winning playwright and a media consultant. She set up BuzzzMedia, a design-communication company in Singapore, to consolidate her varied initiatives in publishing, design, thought-provoking events, promotion of good cinema, and social responsibility. The idea of reviving Kolkata’s streetscapes has been simmering in her head for decades now.

GM Kapur, or GM as he is universally known in Kolkata, wears many hats. An engineer, a management professional, and a conservation activist, he combines all areas of expertise to advise companies, governments and institutions in diverse and multiple projects. Convenor of the West Bengal and Calcutta Regional Chapters of INTACH, (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), his is Kolkata’s most strident voice of reason when it comes to heritage conservation. He set up the Intach Art Conservation Centre, the only one of its kind for private collections and also helped in the setting up of the Kolkata Regeneration Society. He has served on the review committee of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for listing of Heritage Buildings and is also on the Monitoring Committee for the West Bengal government’s heritage tourism projects. He is currently assisting the Yangon Heritage Trust in conservation strategies for Myanmar.

Nandini Das Ghoshal is passionate about extracting fundamental human insights from data and information, and applying it to real-life business issues. She is the co-founder of Insights & More, a Singapore-based knowledge consultancy.

Kamalika Bose a Fulbright scholar from Cornell University, has done extensive research on Kolkata’s architectural heritage which informs her conservation approach for the city’s historic areas. She has assisted in several conservation projects in New York, Kolkata and Rajasthan, and conducted heritage education, research, and conservation. She is an assistant professor at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad.

Ambassador K Kesavapany is Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Singapore’s Permanent Resident to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador to Italy and Turkey, first Chairman of the WTO General Council and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ most dynamic Director. His obsession with golf is surpassed only by his passion for history – he has co-authored several books like “Nagapattinam to Suvarnadweepa” and “Asia’s New Regionalism and Global Role”, to name just two.

Abhimanyu Prakash is an architect and urban designer at MUD Workshop, NYC, after graduating recently from the Masters program in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University, New York. His  passion for urban design is complimented with a keen interest in related fields of policy, economic viability and stakeholder participation which have been explored in his research and design activities at school and with social organisations. Over the years he has experimented with his creative skills across a palette of visual art mediums such as painting, pottery, graphic design and most importantly photography. The result of which is a travel blog, as an expression of his passion for cities, architecture and photography.

Dipro Bhowmik. Every project needs an idealistic twenty-something, and this environmental crusader (who has spoken at TEDx) is our guy. He is currently doing is undergrad at Duke University.

Dominic Lee is a fourth-generation Indian Chinese who grew up in the area around Chinatown. He wistfully recalls growing up among the banter of residents outside their quaint Chinese stores selling exotic herbs and traditional artifacts, and longs to bring some vitality back to the neighborhoods of his childhood.

Arundhati Mitter is an exhibition designer with a real understanding of how audiences engage with narrative environments and interpretive spaces. She has worked with India’s leading design firms on diverse projects developing unique communications models that create engaging visitor experiences. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she was the Project Lead for the ambitious Virasat e Khalsa and now leads educational content for Flow India, an organization engaged in transforming learning by getting kids away from text books and connecting them instead to the rich material culture around them.

Suddhabrata Deb is a “Tourism Futurist” with a vast knowledge of Bengal, and Kolkata. With roots in Ancient Indian History and Culture, he is the man behind Living Roots, the leading cultural tourism outfit in Bengal.

Yang Yen Thaw is a lawyer based in Singapore. He has set up, run, managed, advised and assisted firms in Singapore, India, Japan, and China. Along with advising and assisting on sector agnostic foreign investment into and out of India, he enables overseas and international investments in, through, and around, Singapore. He speaks regularly at various business and investment forums. His voice got him a National Award for best narration for the Rafeeq Elias documentary ‘Legend of Fat Mama’.

Wong Chung Wan is a conservation architect with over 20 years of experience in materials consultancy, building diagnosis and sustainability. He lectures at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, and is a trainer for the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). He is currently working on heritage conservation and master plan projects in Myanmar, China and Malaysia and is also engaged in several research works on the use of nano-technology for the construction industry which include photocatalytic coating, aerogel and insulation coating.

Tansen Sen is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the City University of New York. It was under his leadership at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre in Singapore that some major research on the Chinese diaspora in Kolkata was done. He is in the Mentor Group, along with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, of the upcoming Nalanda University.

Jayani Bonnerjee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Sciences Humains (CSH) , New Delhi. She completed her PhD (Geography) on Calcutta’s Chinese and Anglo-Indian communities from Queen Mary, University of London. She is currently working on a book on the Calcutta Chinese community.

Arundhati Mitter is an exhibition designer with a real understanding of how audiences engage with narrative environments and interpretive spaces. She has worked with India’s leading design firms on diverse projects developing unique communications models that create engaging visitor experiences. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she was the Project Lead for the ambitious Virasat e Khalsa and now leads educational content for Flow India, an organization engaged in transforming learning by getting kids away from text books and connecting them instead to the rich material culture around them.

Suddhabrata Deb is a “Tourism Futurist” with a vast knowledge of Bengal, and Kolkata. With roots in Ancient Indian History and Culture, he is the man behind Living Roots, the leading cultural tourism outfit in Bengal.

Prashant Patel is our web guru. He likes taking a big idea and translating it into code, and his intimate understanding and fascination with the different facets of the internet is surpassed only by his obsession with a holistic lifestyle.