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THE INDIE MEME TEAM

 Meet our Board of Directors
The Team
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. 

Executive Board

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Alka Bhanot
Co-founder, Fundraising Chair
Interim Board President

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

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Ram Raghavan
Board Member, Finance Chair 
Executive Board, Treasurer

Board of Directors

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Anjali Kaul Zutshi
Board Member

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Puneet Wadhwa
Board Member

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Kala Malini Ranganathan
Board Member

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Bhavna Guglani
Board Member

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Alice Mechaley-Saigal
Board Member

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Bita Razavi
Board Member

Animon Jose

Animon Jose
Board Member

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Snigda Ghoshal
Board Member

The Team

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Hitesh Vijay Oswald

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Parth Acharya

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Uma Riddle

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Meghana Shukla

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Suja Jose

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Ramdas Menon

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Shivani Mittal

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Ananyaa Ravi

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Christine Chung

Advisory Board

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

Tripti Bhatnagar

Tripti Bhatnagar

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.

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Dr. Vijay Mahajan

Dr. Vijay Mahajan

Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at Mccombs School of Business, UT Austin. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the IIT Kanpur. He has authored 12 books.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Surabhi Sharma

Surabhi Sharma

Independent documentary filmmaker, activist, film festival curator (based in India), and an absolutely vital part of the origins of Indie Meme.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Board of Advisors

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.