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Bringing Stories, Strategies and Life Lessons of inspiring Indian Expats who dared to take the leap and successfully transitioned from Employee to Entrepreneur or excelled in Corporate Career itself beyond an average 9-5.Your host Ehsan Ali moved from India to Australia in 2008 with big dreams but without realising settled into a normal job. A decade later, when he tried to escape the mediocrity trap, he couldn‘t get enough help and encouragement. Finally, he launched this podcast as an ende ...
 
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Are you feeling stuck in your career? Are you planning to become an entrepreneur? Then this episode might be the answer to your questions. From living in a conservative and protective family to being the first working woman in her family, From not choosing the traditional path to owning her business, Her journey showcases her passion to accept chal…
 
Do you want to switch career? Do you want to enter into management roles? Then this episode is the answer to your questions. From being a doer to entering into management roles, From being an Executive Manager to becoming an Associate Partner at IBM, Her journey showcases her passion to learn, her purpose to implement, and her determination to achi…
 
Dede Fairchild Ruggles is Professor and Debra L. Mitchell Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also holds appointments in Art History, Architecture, Medieval Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and Gender and Women's Studies. She is the author/editor of numerous books on Islamic g…
 
Tim Mackintosh-Smith, historian and traveller, was born in 1961 and educated at Clifton College and Oxford University. His books include a travel trilogy pursuing the fourteenth-century wanderer, Ibn Battutah, around three continents. As well as being named by Newsweek as one of the twelve finest travel writers of the past hundred years, his editio…
 
If you are struggling in finding the purpose of your life, then this episode might be the right place to tune in. From being a door to door salesman to becoming the operational manager of the company, From failing in 6 startup ideas to owing his full-fledged finance academy, His journey showcases his hunger to learn, his passion to explore, and his…
 
Luqman specialised in the Islamic sciences and the languages (Arabic, Persian and Urdu), literature and cultures of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent. In 1997, Luqman co-founded Khayaal, the first English language professional theatre company dedicated to the exploration of classic Muslim literature through contemporary stagecraft as a m…
 
Sumayya Usmani is an award-winning author of two cookbooks about Pakistani cuisine; she is also a food educator. Sumayya was born and raised in Karachi and left a legal career to follow her passion for writing. She's known as the go-to expert of Pakistani cuisine as dubbed by BBC Good Food. Sumayya won the Scottish Book Trust Award in 2021 for work…
 
Carla Power is an author and journalist. Her first book, If the Oceans Were Ink, a memoir of studying the Quran with Sheikh Akram Nadwi, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, with years in Iran, India, Afghanistan, Egypt and Italy. She began her career as a writer and foreign …
 
Ehsan Masood is a science journalist and the Editor of the research funding-news service, Research Professional. He teaches science and innovation policy at Imperial College and is author of several books, including The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World (Pegasus, 2016) and Science and Islam: A History…
 
Yasser Latif Hamdani is a Human Rights Barrister and author based in Pakistan. Mr. Hamdani was completed his undergrad training at Rutgers University, US, law degrees from Punjab University and University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and was called to the bar at Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in London. He has a keen interest in history …
 
Shrabani Basu is a journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author. Her books include the critically acclaimed The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village, For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Kha…
 
If you are battling with self-doubt, This episode might help you to get out of that dilemma. From moving to Australia to spending almost 24 years there, From getting pregnant in the middle of the training period to becoming Head of AI and Data Science at HCL, Her journey showcases her passion for learning and her Determination to become better. Aru…
 
Dr Sadia Mohammed is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based in Scotland (UK). She also co-hosts the YouTube channel “Gupshup with Dr Sadia and Dr Saman,” an Urdu chat show reviewing the portrayal of mental illness/mental health issues in Pakistani dramas. She is passionate about Islamic learning and self-development. She wrote her boo…
 
Friederike Voigt is Principal Curator at National Museums Scotland, responsible for the collections from West, South and Southeast Asia. Much of her research centres around the museum’s acquisition history and its relation to the collecting interests of Scots in the 18th and 19th centuries. She is a specialist in 19th century Iranian material cultu…
 
If you think you need a degree to pursue your dream in any field, Then this episode might help to debunk this thinking. From a rare disease since childhood to becoming a TEDx speaker, From a suicidal attempt to becoming the founder of a company, her journey showcases her passion for life, purpose to live, and determination to achieve. Dr. Kamala is…
 
If you are feeling stuck in your career, this episode may be just what you needed to listen to. From a hopeless student to building a career, most professionals would envy, Jay Hira's journey represents passion, drive, purpose, and lots of practical strategies. Starting his career as a Pen Tester, Jay currently serves as the Security and Compliance…
 
This is by far the most relatable episode I have had on the Empowering Indian Expats podcast. He started as a typical IT professional in India and currently working as CTO in Australia. At a very young age, Prakhar has shown the importance of both hustling and stability in his life. At the age of 19, he started finding out his interests and buildin…
 
This is by far the most practical and comprehensive Career, Start-up and Business conversation I have had on the Empowering Indian Expats podcast At such a young age, Anto has demonstrated a very high level of competency and success both in his career as well as in running a business. Whatever be your ask...Want to build a careerWant to be an intra…
 
How did a B.Com graduate found his way up to becoming Chief Cyber Security Adviser at Microsoft, APAC? Not only that, Abbas Kudrati is also a Professor, Mentor, and Keynote speaker. Abbas has demonstrated that life is full of Opportunities if you are willing to grab one. His story starts way back in a small town in Gujarat named Jamnagar. He comple…
 
This is one of the most eye opening conversations on Empowering Indian Expats Podcast.It's an inspiring story of passion, grit, courage, and giving back... Saroni Roy is a media and PR professional who concurred cancer and moved to Australia to build a new life all over again. She applied for more than 700 jobs in PR and Media, without any success.…
 
Failed in 11th, Got compartment in 12th, Attempted suicide at 16, Struggled with employment Worked multiple jobs Almost got deported from UK His life has been full of twists and turns. He went through a lot of hardships, Yet he kept his spirit high to fight back, His willingness to help people remained high, He continued to develop each day with a …
 
Working in a high profile marketing job for 18 yearswith brands like Time Network and CNBC,Punita Parekh decided to quit, with no plans whatsoever. Scary isn't it? But she had enough, she was completely burnt-out. And what she did is worth noticing and learning from. She used linkedin as a platform to build a thriving consulting business. In this e…
 
My life is accidental. I was so surprised when Shaily said this. How can one's life be so spontaneous! Before diving any deeper, I would like to give some background of Mr. Shailendra Kumar. He is a Machine Learning Leader, Evangelist, Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, and recognised as Top 50 Global Tech Influencer. He also got recognised as t…
 
Is the linear career paradigm obsolete?Have you heard of a portfolio career? Been working hard but not happy with the growth?This week’s episode reveals some of the reasons why hard work alone is not the answer. I spoke to a wonderful human being and a well-rounded professional,who also maintains a very good work-life balance. He represents the tru…
 
Graduate Degree, Masters, Certifications & more formal education Vs Learning on the job Doing what you love That energises you That uses your highest potential! Check out Sheetal's story to find out what brings in success and fulfillment. A fresh graduate in mechanical engineering, gets married and moves to Australia.To utilise her time at home, sh…
 
Do you feel that no fields are left for advancement in this fully digitized era? To debunk this myth and to share his life experience, we have Mr. Sunil Jha for this episode of the Empowering Indian Expats podcast. Sunil started his journey way back in the 1980s when companies like HCL, Wipro were just settling in the Indian market.Over the last 35…
 
I will have no regret in life if I fall dead right now... It was 2012 and I had just acquired my Personal Trainer certification.I needed someone as a guinea pig to hone up my newly learned skills. That's when Dr. Bhuvan Unhelkar trusted me and took the risk.😄 We were friends for a couple of years by now. We started to meet at 5 am every morning in …
 
Failed in 12th exam … The same year Ajay Unni built software for a school that printed 3000 report cards for year 11 and 12 students. How did that happen? Much later, he shared his story in LinkedIn article “The joy of failure” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140603131707-5693854-the-joy-of-failuer/ That one freelancing work turned into a company …
 
Failed in 12th exam … The same year Ajay Unni built software for a school that printed 3000 report cards for year 11 and 12 students. How did that happen? Much later, he shared his story in LinkedIn article “The joy of failure” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140603131707-5693854-the-joy-of-failuer/ That one freelancing work turned into a company …
 
Semi-retired at 30! When most students are stressed about finding a job, Amir Qutub was putting the foundation for building his dream. That was 2014. Today, Aamir’s company Enterprise Monkey, which he started with AUD 2000 in 2014, is a well-oiled machine with 200+ staff serving clients in 5 countries. And, he doesn’t need to spend more than a coup…
 
No capital, no connection, no experience... Just the Passion and the Will to do... This week's story is all about that. Manasi moved to Amsterdam from New Delhi with her husband. Prior to this move, Manasi had Corporate (Auditor with Deloitte) and Social Sector experience. Rather than looking for a job, she experimented with inviting people at home…
 
All of a sudden, one day someone says you don't have a job. He was made redundant .. the whole IT department got outsourced He felt he lost control of everything. That was 2013... and that's when he said to himself "I want to take control of my life" He started to seriously build his runway in 2018And finally, took the leap of faith in 2019 Sukhdev…
 
Forbes 30 under 30Microbusiness of the year by IABCABusiness Woman of the year by IABCA Deakin Young Alumni of the year AwardFinalist, Small Business Championships Award Are just some of the accolades she received for her business CHAI WALLI. This week on Empowering Indian Expats podcast is Uppma Virdi, CEO of Chai Walli She moved to Australia with…
 
Shilpa Kulshrestha used her redundancy to introspect and come back with renewed energy, not be employed again but to create a life of her choice.Today, she is a Peak Performance Coach, Keynote Speaker, Influencer and Bestselling author of the book “Play it Full”.In this episode, she talks with the host Ehsan Ali about her journeyRedundancyRecoverin…
 
Manishi comes from extensive corporate experience working with likes of PWC, KPMG, Essar and Tech Mahindra. His journey into entrepreneurship has been interesting. He recalls Steve Jobs statement "we can only connect the dots backward" After he left his senior IT executive job, he started to consult with SMEs. During that time, a relative of his fr…
 
Others' opinion of me doesn't define who I am!Courage, listening to her heart, and leaning into her heritage and mentors have helped Preetie transition and transform her life and help many others do the same. From Hospitality, Executive Search and Project Mgmt,Dropping out of the corporate career to raise her children,Running a successful childcare…
 
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