About Hobitute

Vision

To become one of the top five Art and Hobby Specialty Company in the world that unleashes liveliness in people and provides unmatched market reach and research space for artists.

Mission

• To facilitate accessible and affordable pursuit of art and hobbies by anyone, anywhere and anytime to catalyze self-expression and experience of joy.
• To impart Art education to each and every art lover.
• To establish world-class research in the area of various art forms.
• To offer platforms for a variety of art and hobbies.
• To build a world-class Art Institution.

Values

Every stakeholder (Customers, Employees, Partners, Investors and Vendors) interaction is characterized with fairness, integrity, and respect. Each member of Hobitute owns the bottom-line of customer need and is always responsive. We follow ethical practices.

Board of Directors

Sreekumar Sukumaran, Managing Director and Founder

Sreekumar is a Masters in computer engineering with vast experience in leading different business portfolios for the past 20 years. He was instrumental in strategizing, defining, and creating business solutions for many multinational corporations. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey with Hobitute, Sreekumar was part of senior management team at Infosys Technologies Ltd, successfully established Information Management research and allied business services. During his corporate life, he won several awards like Infosys Excellence Award (two times), Wipro Feather in my Cap award, and Group president's award among others. He has also authored several techno-business papers that got published in forums like BI Journal. Being a strong lover of art, to give new impetus to millions of art lovers through art education and awareness, Sreekumar relinquished his very successful corporate job to start Hobitute. He strongly believes Hobitute becomes a trend setter in the Art world with innovative business models and services in the offing. With these business models, he believes, world-class art education can be made affordable to all sections of society across the Globe.

Biju Thomas, Director

Biju Thomas a Post Graduate in shipping management and worked with various international shipping companies around the world such as Wanhai lines of Taiwan and Hanjin lines of Korea.

He started his very successful entrepreneurial journey in the year 2000 with opening up Sevenseas Shipping and there after Sevenseas Global Express Logistics Pvt ltd, and developed this company to one of the largest Indian international freight forwarder in the country with 17 branches across the country and tie-up with about 75 countries around the world. Being part of forwarders networks Biju Thomas has been awarded 3 years in a row (2010, 2011, & 2012). Biju strongly believes in the potential of Hobitute and its mission to accomplish. With right marketing actions, Biju believes that Hobitute can grow to the most known art Education Company in the world.

Sanjith Vadakkumthani, Director

Vadakkumthani Sanjith a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and a post graduate in Sales and Marketing has held senior positions in companies like Kodak India Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd. Sanjith has 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing in Telecom, FMCG and banking sectors. Prior to being a part of Hobitute, started his entrepreneurial journey in 2004 and was founder CEO of Advent group of companies in the area of Telecom and Banking. Convinced on the vision and mission of Hobitute coupled with the belief for what Hobitute stand for, he decided to dedicate his energy behind it.

Advisory Board

Dr. Ananda Bose (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary, Govt of India

Ananda Bose, Ph.D, is a visionary, activist and an administrator. He is a progenitor of time tested models that covers areas as vastly different as housing, environmental conservation, application of science and technology, social justice and empowerment, transparent governance, promotion of art and culture, and rural development. He won over fifteen national and international awards for his models (named as ABModel) and contribution to above areas. To name a few awards to his credit --

o Bremen Partnership Award 2001, Germany - for efficient use of Natural Resources.
o Cities Asia Urban Green Management Excellence Award, 2001 - RIET-PSAE, Singapore.
o UN-Habitat Global Best Practice 1996, 2002 and 2004.
o Management Leadership Award (TMA) 1997 - Gold Medal.
o Rajiv Gandhi National Award for Excellence in Management.
o UNCHS -Awards for Excellence - Good Practice selection for transparent governance.

He was the Government of India's nominee for the Iysh Memorial Prize, Japan and Hassan Fathy Award, Egypt. Also he was the finalist of the Word Habitat Award at U.K. and Water Globe Award 2003 at Austria. He was also invited to address the UN General Assembly (Special Session), New York conducted 6th to 8th June 2001.He is a member of several expert groups, constituted by governmental and non-government bodies. Some of the memberships held by him in expert group includes:

o Member, Expert Group of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNCHS)
o Member of the Expert Group to undertake a study of the working of the Building Centers constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development , Government of India.
o Chairman of UN Affiliate Expert Committee.

Dr. Bose is a prolific writer and columnist and has published over 20 books in English and Malayalam including novels, short stories, poems and essays. Some of his books are best sellers too. Also he has published more than hundred papers and articles in international journals and national dailies.

Dr. Bose’s achieved such tremendous success in revamping the National museum that the Government of India asked him to continue his service even after his retirement.
A crusader of innovation and development, Dr. Bose has demonstrated his dexterity and written success stories in diverse areas ranging from rural development, eco-tourism to promotion of art and culture.

Dr. Deependra Moitra

Deependra Moitra, Ph.D., is an independent management consultant, focusing on helping companies enhance performance through strategic innovation and business transformation. He has 17 years of multifaceted experience and works extensively with senior management teams at leading multinational corporations as well as entrepreneurial ventures. Dr. Moitra has helped companies across industry sectors accelerate business performance improvement and construct platforms for profitable growth. He also serves on the advisory boards of numerous start-ups and not-for-profit institutions. A widely recognized expert on global innovation management, Dr. Moitra frequently speaks at major industry forums and international conferences.

Prior to becoming management consultant, Dr. Moitra held senior management positions with Infosys Technologies and Lucent Technologies. At Infosys, as the General Manager for R&D, he was instrumental in shaping the company's nonlinear growth strategy and spearheaded a highly successful services innovation initiative, encompassing emerging software technologies R&D, business technology consulting, and intellectual property commercialization. At Lucent, as a start-up team member and general manager for its India R&D Centre, he played a key role in establishing a large, high performance software product R&D organization and led the centre to formally achieve the status of Bell Labs in a record time of 2 years. Earlier in his career, he held various positions with Siemens Communications Software and the Indian Space Research Organization.

Dr. Moitra received a B. Tech. degree in instrumentation and control engineering from the University of Calicut, where he graduated with honors at the top of his program. He earned his Ph.D. from the Rotterdam School of Management for his cutting edge research on strategic globalization of R&D. Dr. Moitra has several publications to his credit including the widely acclaimed book China and India: Opportunities and Threats for the Global Software Industry (Chandos Publications, 2007) that he co-authored. He serves on the editorial boards of many leading international journals and also guest lectures at leading business schools in India and abroad. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Moitra,s leadership style and accomplishments have been profiled, among highly visible leaders, in an internationally acclaimed book, Leading with Wisdom, published in 2007 by Sage Publications.

Acknowledgement

The associates at Hobitute are the pillars of the company. They have worked tirelessly to make Hobitute's vision a reality. They are committed to Hobitute's values, vision and mission, and hence to accomplish their career dreams through Hobitute's journey to success.

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