We Are

THE INDIE MEME TEAM

 Meet our Board of Directors
 
 

Board of Directors & Team

Indie Meme's Board of Directors keeps the operation of Indie Meme alive and provides strategic direction on our vision for all events. 

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Alka Bhanot
Co-founder, Fundraising Chair 
Board Member, Interim-President

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Ram Raghavan
Board Member, Finance Chair 
Executive Board, Treasurer

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Kailee Andrews
Team, Programming 

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Uma Riddle
Intern, Outreach

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Tripti Bhatnagar
Co-founder, Programming Chair
Board Member

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Kishan (Shawn) Siram
Board Member, Outreach & Membership
Executive Board, Secretary

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Parth Acharya 
Team, Technology Solutions

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Mandy Hutchings
Intern, Video Production

Board of Advisors

Indie Meme's Advisory Board is made up of community leaders dedicated to furthering our mission, we are truly grateful for their continued support and intellectual contributions. We would like to thank our past Advisory Board members Shaku Selvakumar, Kamran Ali Asdar, Harish Kotecha and Mike Blizzard

Ahmed Moledina

Ahmed Moledina

Distinguished as a strong leader in the area of technology company financial management, Mr. Moledina has over 20 years of solid financial management, consulting and analysis experience, with particular focus in the area of high-tech start-up financial operations establishment and management. In addition to his solid finance credentials, Ahmed also brought deep technical skills and expertise in the areas of software development, technical services, customer relationship management, vendor relations, business partner relations, cash management, credit management, and customer service, which further strengthened the significant foundation of seasoned business leadership and experience that he brought to Titan Solutions Group. Most recently he was a founder and principal of SOAL Technologies, LLC. an IBM Advanced Business Partner firm serving the custom software development, staffing and licensed software needs of Fortune 500 clients including: AMD, Emerson, Qualcomm, State of Texas and others.

Chale Nafus

Chale Nafus

Chale has taught film for over 25 years, is one of the founding board members of the Austin film Society and a current Programming Director. Chale has a passion for films and extensive knowledge of world Cinema. Indie Meme & AFS have collaborated many screenings so far and it has been all because of Chale’s support & enthusiasm for the emerging new voices from South Asia. He truely is Indie Meme's mentor!

Josh Hurtado

Josh Hurtado

Contributing Editor and film critic for Screen Anarchy, Josh has been writing about Indian cinema for several years is a driving force in bringing independent & genre films from South Asia to film festivals around the world. He has been a Programming Consultant at Fantastic Fest ATX since 2013. Josh is a member of the Online Film Critics society since 2013 and a Rotten Tomatoes critic since 2017. He also works as a festival representative for Indian genre films.

Piyush Bhargava

Piyush Bhargava

Piyush Bhargava is Vice-President Global Operation at Dell Technologies and leads a global organization responsible for demand planning for Dell’s Infrastructure Solutions Group. Mr Bhargava has been with Dell for 20 years and serves on the boards of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, FIRST in Texas Foundation, the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, University of Michigan, and the Rady School of Management, University of California. He's also on the board for Dell’s Asian Employee Resource Group.

Vijay Mahajan (Dr.)

Vijay Mahajan (Dr.)

Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at Mccombs School of Business, UT Austin. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including American Marketing Association (AMA) Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for visionary leadership in scientific marketing. The AMA also instituted the Vijay Mahajan Award in 2000 for career contributions to marketing strategy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the IIT Kanpur. He has authored 12 books.

Anjali Zutshi

Anjali Zutshi

With 17 years of experience in the non-profit land conservation sector and having been the Director of Development at The Trust for public land, she is now an independent non-profit management & fundraising consultant. Anjali's enthusiasm and support have made us navigate many hurdles already. Indie Meme is so grateful for her advise and help as we grow, figure out the important issues of sustainability and venture into the non-profit arena.

Gita Lal

Gita Lal

Founder and CEO of Daman Consulting, Gita leads Daman in being a leading provider of enterprise business intelligence and data management solutions. The company is a strategic partner for major U.S. corporations such as Southwest Airlines, Freescale Semiconductor, The Pillsbury Company, Boeing, and DaimlerChrysler. She serves on the Austin Community College Foundation Board and has a deep passion for educating the new generation. Daman has been a proud supporter of the IMFF since it's inception.

Marina Bhargava

Marina Bhargava

Marina has worked in enterprises from Benefits Consulting at Hewitt Associates to family owned plastics manufacturing. She was also Executive Director of GAACC. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Language Access and Outreach Coordinator for SAHELI, a domestic violence agency where she created trainings for and built relationships with the various Asian communities in Austin. Marina was Business Development Director at the Multiethnic Education & Economic Development Center, Dallas.

Surabhi Sharma

Surabhi Sharma

Independent documentary filmmaker, activist, film festival curator (based in India) The one who made Indie Meme happen. It was through Surabhi’s personal work that the idea to promote Indie Films (not seen by most people in the US) came about. Her feature length documentaries have been screened and awarded at international and national festivals. The films have also been used by grass root campaigns and at universities in India and abroad. Surabhi has a fan following on every continent. http://surabhisharma.wordpress.com/

 

Interested in serving on our board?

We are looking for committed, dedicated and energetic people to join our team. If you are interested in a position on our Board of Directors, or simply want to get involved and want to volunteer, talk to us! We are especially looking for people that can help with fundraising, public relations, and social media. 

Our Founders

Our founders believed in the mission and the purpose of IndieMeme and turned it into the festival it is now. They push the team forward and make all of it happen year after year.

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Co-Founder

Alka Bhanot

Alka has extensive experience producing for Indian Television and was the Executive Producer for the first Late Night Show, ‘Movers & Shakers’ in India, which won numerous awards. In Austin, since 2003 her film credits include Bryan Poyser’s ‘Dear Pillow’ (2003) Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Atlanta Film Festival, Margaret Brown’s ‘Be Here To Love Me’ (2006) a film about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt and ‘Sunshine’(2009) a documentary about adoption and single parenthood by Karen Skloss which aired as part of the Independent Lens series on PBS. She also worked on the ‘Trevor Romain Video Series’ (2005) an animated kids show which aired on PBS.


Confirmed as an Austin native (yes the allergies finally got to her) Alka lives with her husband & two children.

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Co-Founder

Tripti Bhatnagar

Tripti’s passion for cinema and her experience in the field give her a comprehensive understanding of the film process.She has been instrumental in supporting numerous award winning films through extensive research, interviews and marketing. Her body of work includes Lone star Emmy award winner -” A Fair to Remember”, a film that weaves together the colorful stories of the 125-year history of Dallas’ State Fair of Texas, a Cine Golden Globe award winner, “Louie,Louie: A Portrait in Parkinsons” that tells a story of a man’s courageous determination to retain his independence while fighting Parkinsons disease and “The Monster Among Us”, a remarkable and provocative film revealing the anti-Semitism in Europe today. While Tripti has pursued careers in the diverse fields of Finance, Marketing, Film production, Public Relations, Media and Information Technology Consulting, Film has always been her primary passion.

Tripti believes in the persuasive power of Cinema and to her, power to influence masses and thus to her, meaningful cinema has the potential to facilitate change. Through her efforts Tripti aims to connect socially conscious cinema with a wider audience.

Join our Team of Volunteers

We are looking for committed, dedicated and energetic people to join our team. If you are interested in a position on our Board of Directors, or simply want to get involved and want to volunteer, talk to us! We are especially looking for people that can help with fundraising, public relations, and social media.