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About Us

At The Happy Llamas, we curate Experiences for participants to show them how their domains work in the real world, and how they approach sustainability. Why?

We believe that the world has a lot to offer, and only on going out and engaging with different cultures in different corners of the world can one get a holistic view of life, and evolve personally and professionally. We also feel strongly about the need to make this planet, the only one that we have, more sustainable.

Keeping these two thoughts in mind, we offer short term experiential learning courses across different domains, aimed at professional development for college students and young professionals. We work with domain and subject matter experts to co-curate these Experiences, which include live projects, workshops, seminars, masterclasses, market visits and interactions with industry professionals.

These courses happen across different geographies, and participants also get an understanding of how businesses adopt sustainable practices to be better prepared for the future.

Our aim is to inspire today’s youth on how to make this world a better place to live for themselves and their peers, and creating positive global impact in their domains of interest.

Come join us in this journey, and be a part of an inclusive and global community of changemakers!

Our Mission

Create positive global impact through an inclusive and global community of changemakers.

Our Vision

We started The Happy Llamas with the vision of encouraging today’s youth to embrace sustainability (be it environmental, socio-economic, or at a societal level) in their industry, using practical learning and travel as a vehicle.

Meet Our Llamas

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Ankit B

Founder / llama in chief

Ankit started The Happy Llamas to be able to ignite a sustainable mindset in today’s youth towards their profession. He believes in raising awareness about the UN’s SDGs.

Ankit travels for months together, to be able to absorb the culture of all the places he goes to, and using that to develop as a person, while creating positive global impact. His heart lies in the beautiful continent of South America.

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Sriram Kuchimanchi

Advisor

Sriram is an Ashoka Fellow and heads the leadership team at Smarter Dharma. He founded Smarter Dharma to inspire and enable organisational change towards sustainability. He has served as the Fundraising Director of Association for India’s Development. Among his other initiatives are 500gallons and 500eco in the space of action for climate change.

Sriram envisions a world where every individual has the will and the choice to make socially and environmentally supportive decisions.

Sriram comes on board as an advisor helping THL with experience in sustainable ventures, and research.

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Anup Naik

Advisor

Anup Naik has been the driving force behind Space Matrix and UrbanFrame’s holistic approach to green architecture, zero energy developments, Master planning and Urban Design.

Having been actively involved in the profession for 25 years, Anup believes in creating unique, innovative and dynamic design solutions for the benefit of people, projects and the planet. He is extremely passionate about user centric design and sustainable design. He is inspired by the seamless incorporation of sustainable elements in ancient buildings, and believes the challenge for modern architects is to understand and utilise these ancient techniques in today’s context.

His work experience has spanned across various countries like Morocco, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kenya, Vietnam and across India.

Anup comes on board as an advisor helping THL with The Architecture Experience, entrepreneurship and scaling operations.

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Mohor Bose

Curator - The Architecture Experience
Vietnam

The Architecture Experience, Vietnam chapter has been curated and led by Mohor. Her architecture philosophy leans towards vernacular and sustainable architecture. Her specializations, academic and professional, reflect this with a keen focus on climatology, passive architectural techniques, energy efficiency, use of local, recycled or renewable resources and waste management.

An alumni of Vastu Kala Academy in New Delhi, and Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Barcelona, Mohor is also a certified Indian Green Building (IGBC) Accredited Professional.

Architecture is a multi-disciplinary subject and Mohor strives to hone her craft by her other interests, including travel, photography, drawing, reading and writing.

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Kshitija Venkatesh

Curator - The Architecture Experience
Sri Lanka

The Architecture Experience, Sri Lanka is co-curated by Kshitija. She is an architect and urban designer based in Bangalore. Her interests lie in the social and environmental aspects of the built environment. She spent over 4 years working in Sri Lanka on a range of projects, from post-conflict resettlement housing to more urban residential and commercial work, including some rare opportunities with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust. This work forms the foundations of her architectural ideology, rooted in contextual, sustainable, tropical modern design. She also has a more general love for cities, urban politics, and ways of living, which have found expression in her more recent work in Bangalore.

Kshitija is an alumni of RV School of Architecture, Bangalore and Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL (London).

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Prithy Ramadurai

CURATOR - THE ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE
SRI LANKA

The Architecture Experience, Sri Lanka is co-curated by Prithy. A practicing architect from Chennai, she believes that architecture echoes the voice of humanity at any given moment and can never be understood in isolation. The region, its climate, people, politics, history and economy provide intent to a design. Having worked in Sri Lanka, her approach leans towards regional tropical architecture. Her training in carpentry has helped her approach architecture as a craft. Prithy runs Bhogar Studio in Chennai – a multi-disciplinary practice where they dabble with product design, furniture design, art and writing.

Kshitija is an alumni of Measi Academy of Architecture, Chennai and Ecoles dArt Americaines de Fontainebleau, France.

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Tanmayi Reddy

Curator - The Fashion Experience

Tanmayi is the Co-Founder of her own sustainable clothing label, Taia, a womenswear label that focuses on up-cycling, zero-waste design and creating adaptive, long lasting clothing. She also co-founded a charity event company, Open House, which provides a platform to artists and also raises funds for a chosen charity.

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Caramel

woof in chief

Caramel is the heart of the company, and loves licking faces. Her main role is to ensure there’s love in the office, and bringing joy to the people working there. She is also an ambassador for the message #adoptdontshop.​