The team at Ether Ventures consists of an eclectic mix of people from the armed forces to HR specialists. The common thread that binds everyone is their love for facilitation and learning.


Squadron Leader Sunny Ahuja

‘Sunny' as he is popularly known, is an ex-Air Force Pilot, alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Founder and CEO of Ether Ventures. He has been conducting Outbound, experiential Learning and soft skills workshops for the past ten years and has an experience of over 500 Outward bound learning programs and more than 150 classroom workshops having trained more than 30000 participants with leading corporates: covering aspects of Leadership, team-working, motivation, spiritual and various other behavioural dimensions. With his background as a military aviator, Sunny is precise, sharp, agile and adept at handling people as well as adventure. As the CEO, he mentors young professionals into facilitators and entrepreneurs. An avid golfer, he can hypnotize anyone with his vivid story-telling about all his glorious memories and experiences from his cadet days till yesterday!!!


Wing Commander Madan Gaur

An Ex-Air Force Pilot, Wg Cdr. Gaur has pioneered OBL in Bangalore. He has a rich experience of about 250+ OBL'S. Wg Cdr Gaur has been a distinguished member of the prestigious Service Selection Board for 9 years and has specialized in group dynamics and behaviour. He has been trained by Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi.


Col Arjun J Bahadur

Col Bahadur took voluntary retirement from the Indian Army having completed thirty years of distinguished service. Thereafter he has been active in the corporate sector in the capacity of General Manager Operations, Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), Mumbai and Advisor to Aleppo Group of Industries.

Presently he devotes his time as a facilitator and regularly writes for various citizen related columns in National Dailies. Col Bahadur is a passionate facilitator and employs his field experience in the corporate and defense sectors towards conducting high end programs in the areas of business leadership, performance management, communication and team building. AJB is a keen reader and when asked what would he like to be if he had a chance to begin all over again, he says - I'd be tall, dark and handsome, cut out for a role in Bollywood block buster and pose a threat to my country cousin 'Shotgun Sinha'; thereafter join politics


Col Ajay Ramakrishnan

Colonel Ajay Ramakrishnan is a proven leader from the field, with impeccable references for his gallantry, training abilities & professionalism. With over 2 decades of experience of hands on leadership, team building, motivation & training, he is a much sought after entity. In various important appointments, Ajay has excelled in developing teams with immense core strengths. As a Commanding Officer of a1000 manpower strong Battalion, his teams always stood out for their exceptional teamwork & camaraderie. His USP is an uncanny ability to reach out & identify the core issue that needs to be addressed. Once identified, his relentless zeal ensures the creation & implementation of a win – win solution for all. Ajay is also a professional rotorcraft pilot who has a deep understanding of technical subjects.  He is also deeply involved with training, management & development of Aviation Resources & contributes regularly to professional aviation forums. With his infectious spirit, direct & honest approach, exceptional communication & analytical skills as well as because of his deep understanding of human nature, Ajay is able to positively impact any group that he interacts with & over the past almost three years is a much in demand facilitator on the panel of Ether Ventures for corporate outbound training.


Commander M Nirmal

Cdr M Nirmal is a Mechanical Engineer who received varied training from Indian Navy, Air Force, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Aerospace Companies from U.K. & U.S.S.R. and Royal Navy. In his stint of more than 37 years with Navy & HAL, he has trained a large number of officers/executives and also mentored them with regard to their professional and personal issues. He has undergone specialized courses in Communication & in Counseling. He has also received brief training in,” Values and Ethics" from IIM Calcutta.


Colonel S K Murthy

Col S K Murthy is a Mechanical Engineer extensively trained in India and abroad. He has carried out training throughout his career in the Army, corporate sector and with the UN. As Operations Manager of one of the largest ever programme by UNDP in Northern Iraq (US$ 1.28 Billion) and in the Sudan, he has provided leadership and carried out extensive training programmes for the National / International staff and regional groups on varied subjects and aspects to build cohesive effective teams.


Shibani Rao

''All the worlds a stage'' and shibani has played many roles both, literally and figuratively. she has a deep passion for and extensive background in theatre. her various workshops for children stand testimony to her interest. Her experience spans marketing, PR and business developmeny. Her role as an outbound facilitator with Eher Ventures for the past one year allows shibani to express her love for the outdoors and her passion for training. 


Sameer Thakkar

Sameer Thakkar has been conducting soft skills and experiential learning programs/ workshops for over 8 years with Ether Ventures. He conducts mid to senior-level employee programs for corporates focusing on team building, goal setting, leadership and a host of other objective-driven learning needs.
Sameer has completed over 7000+ man-hours of training and facilitation and has conducted programs both within India and internationally. He strives to understand the dynamics of the team and its functioning before customizing the workshops or programs for organizations. He believes in a simple approach of learn, unlearn and relearn to help teams understand their strengths and work on improving shortfalls. A visual and kinesthetic person himself, he adds fun to learning and passion to his facilitation approach to make programs memorable.
Sameer has done his masters in business administration from an international university and has worked with some of the most reputed multinational companies in various capacities.
 


Suraj Kumar (Chief Adventure Officer)

Around the age of 20, Suraj Kumar completed the Basic Adventure Course followed by the Advance Course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. He has attended the Sports Climbing Camps organized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. He has been part of 3 cimbing expeditions in the Himalayas. From 2011 onwards he has been with Ether Ventures and heading the adventure team across all it's 5 locations in India and overseas. 


Siraj Ahmed (Business Development)

Siraj has a total of 16 years of business development experience in the corporate world. He began his career with Aventis Pharma. He spent 9 years in as Business Development Executive at Aventis. Subsequently, he joined as Manager – India Operations, Tamura Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Tamura Corporation Japan. During this period, Siraj had exposure to international business, sourcing, imports, exports, setting up distribution channels, marketing and promotion of finished electronic products across India. In addition, he held the role of a Business Development Manager for the Electronics Component division of Tamura Europe Ltd. In this role, he was instrumental in setting up the business in India. At Ether Venture’s Siraj is driving Business Development.


Adventure Instructors

Apart from the facilitation team, there is also the ever-growing band of adventurers. All the Adventure Instructors of Ether Ventures are young and enthusiastic. They are all qualified from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Darjeeling) and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (Uttarkashi). These outdoor enthusiasts are equipped to handle adventure gear with as much dexterity as responding to sudden emergencies. The quiet background support extended by this team is indispensable for the success of Out Bound Programs.


Major Preeti Ahuja

As an alumnus of the Officers Training Academy (Chennai) and having served in the Indian Army for 10 years, Preeti has vast experience in Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Inventory Management in peace time and military operations. The administration and logistics would be driving everyone insane if it hadn't been for the skilled management of Maj Preeti.