ORGANIZING TEAM

Executive Board

Lead Team

  • Venkat Suru
    Venkat Suru President

    Venkat is a fourth-year Medical Sciences major and Psychology minor. Having found a passion for leadership, he is also the founder of UC HOSA and co-founder of UHP Ignite. He is enamored of exploring new places, taking long walks at dusk, and watching English and Telugu movies. As the former external VP and member of DLP, Venkat cannot wait to continue to uphold TEDxUCincinnati’s mission of inspiring students on campus!

  • Daniel Rowe
    Daniel Rowe Vice President of Operations

    Daniel is a third-year student studying Business Analytics, Economics and French. He is also a ROAR Campus Tour Guide and enjoys considering every student at UC his friend, at least while giving tours. The best place to find Daniel is at the Campus Recreation Center Climbing Wall, where he spends time working, climbing, studying, and napping.

  • Nithya Trichy
    Nithya Trichy Vice President of Communications

    Nithya is a second-year medical sciences major pursuing a certificate in Global Health Studies. She is also on the exec team for the College of Medicine Tribunal and is also involved in other health-related and cultural organizations including GlobeMed and Midwest Dhamaka. Outside of campus, she enjoys working in a developmental biology lab at CCHMC and volunteering with American Red Cross. In her free time, Nithya loves to dance, cook, play the piano, and watch TED Talks!

  • Fatima Khan
    Fatima Khan Vice President of Content
    Fatima is a second-year medical sciences major. As a former member of DLP, she found a love for hearing the stories of others and formulating her own voice. She has a passion for social justice and is involved with different extracurriculars of that nature such as RISE UC and UHP Ignite. In her free time she loves spending time with her dogs, going to the movies, and listening to music.

Marketing & Campus Relations

  • Sachit Rustagi
    Sachit Rustagi On Campus Relations Chair

    Sachit Rustagi is a second year Medical Sciences major. As a former member of DLP, Sachit found his passion of helping others regain their autonomy and serves the community as a Bearcat Buddies Lead tutor. His desire to explore new ideas is what got him involved with TEDxUCincinnati and in his free time he enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and exploring new places.

  • Anju Arulmani
    Anju Arulmani Social Media Chair

    Anju is a third-year chemical engineering student in the College of Engineering in Applied Sciences. As an enthusiast of TED, she finds great joy in hearing people’s stories and sharing them with others. Aside from TEDxUCincinnati, Anju is a classical dancer, food lover, and adventurer.

  • Erin Kelley
    Erin Kelley Director of Marketing
    Erin is a fifth-year studying Marketing and Psychology. She was introduced to TEDx as the 2019 Undergraduate Speaker and fell in love with the organization’s mission. Erin is passionate about mental health education and is a Lost Got Found Campus Ambassador and Cincinnati Youth Mentor. In her free time, she enjoys power lifting, working on her freelance graphic design business, watching conspiracy documentaries, and traveling.

Design

  • Babaljit Kaur
    Babaljit Kaur Director of Design

    Babaljit is a fifth-year studying Communication Design with minors in IT & Sociology. In addition TEDx, she is part of Midwest Dhamaka, Undergraduate Student Government, Women In Leadership & Learning, and CWEST. She’s passionate about the intersection of design and creating impact. She loves spicy food, volunteering, does freelance design work on the side and can usually be found with a book.

  • Gabrielle Stefanko
    Gabrielle Stefanko Design Chair

    Gabrielle is a third-year Architecture student studying in the college of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. As a former DLP member, Gabi’s other involvement on campus includes DAAP Tribunal and the University Honors Program. When she’s not in class you can find Gabi at an Indians game, the campus rec, propagating plants, or cooking all things in hot sauce with friends. She is excited to get out of the studio and start designing for TEDxUCincinnati!

  • Nicole Chance
    Nicole Chance Design Chair

    Nicole is a fourth year Communication Design student in the college of DAAP. In addition to TEDx, Nicole is also the VP of UC’s To Write Love On Her Arms Campus Chapter. Her passion in design is to create engaging experiences that inspire and motivate others to create positive change in the world around them. Along with design, Nicole enjoys going to concerts, doing yoga, reading, running and traveling!

  • Sabrina Ramsay
    Sabrina Ramsay Photography Chair

    Sabrina grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is majoring in Architecture and minoring in French at UC. Her other campus involvements include being the Editorial Director at She | UC, where she meets and writes about amazing women in the UC community. Her passions for travel, visual and performing arts and storytelling drive her through college and life. She is humbled and thrilled to be apart of the TEDxUCincinnati team for the upcoming year!

Speaker Relations

  • Divya Vinod
    Divya Vinod Director of Speaker Relations

    Divya is a fourth-year Medical Sciences Major also pursuing a Spanish Minor and International Human Rights Certificate. In addition to TEDx, she on the advisory board for RISE, founder and member of RISE UC, co-founder of UHP Ignite, and is doing her capstone project with Roberts Academy. She also works in an immunology research lab at CCHMC. In her free time, Divya enjoys dancing, traveling, watching Netflix, and making really bad puns.

  • Harnoor Mann
    Harnoor Mann Speaker Relations Chair
  • Dominique Tanner
    Dominique Tanner Speaker Relations Chair

    Dominique is a second-year doctoral student studying biomedical engineering. In addition to TEDx, she also serves as the secretary for the UC Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA), and is an active member in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association (BME-GSA). Some of Dominique’s favorite hobbies include traveling, playing her saxophone, hiking, and practicing martial arts.

  • Akash Bakshi
    Akash Bakshi Speaker Relations Chair

    I am currently a pre-junior studying Information Technology on a cybersecurity track. I am from Mason, OH and proud to call the Queen City my home for the past 13 years. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and J Cole are some of my favorites), playing basketball/tennis, and hanging out with friends.

Salons

  • Rishi Mehta
    Rishi Mehta Director of Salons

    Rishi is a second-year student studying Medical Sciences and Economics. He also serves on the executive boards for the Student Activities Board, Crossroad Health Center, Midwest Dhamaka and UC Health Occupation Students of America. His claim to fame is that he’s seen over 800 TED Talks. In his free time, he enjoys frequenting Graeter’s Ice Cream for their Dragonfruit Sorbet, perfecting his headstand, and training for the Flying Pig Marathon.

  • Rachel Hiller
    Rachel Hiller Salons Chair

    Rachel is a second year Exploratory major. Outside of classes and TEDx, she is part of the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council, a mural tour guide for ArtWorks, a café assistant at The 86 Coffee Bar, and has several leadership positions in the multicultural sorority Delta Phi Lambda. Her passions include leadership, creativity, making positive impacts, and making puns. Her hobbies include watching TV and movies, volunteering, reading, and making puns.

  • Sarah George
    Sarah George Salons Chair

    Sarah is a second year Computer Science major in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to Tedx, she is on the exec team for SWE, and is an active volunteer for an international youth leadership organization called HOBY. Within the tech industry, she hopes to use computer science in a humanitarian way. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, cooking and baking, and tinkering with computers.

Finance

  • Nadia Alam
    Nadia Alam Director of Finance
    Nadia is a second-year student pursuing a Medical Sciences major and a Global Health Studies certificate. As an avid TED Talks admirer, she is thrilled to serve on the executive board! In addition to TEDx, Nadia serves as a Student Government Senator and a Health Services Intern at RISE.  She enjoys sampling the tastes of Cincinnati, visiting art museums, and traveling!
  • Sai Reddy
    Sai Reddy Sponsorship Chair

    Sai is a second-year student pursuing a major in Medical Sciences and a certificate in Global Health Studies. Apart from TedX, he serves on the executive boards for Clean Up Cincy, Health Occupation Students of America – UC Chapter, and Student Activities Board. In his free time, Sai prides himself in snatching ankles on the basketball court, watching queasy conspiracy theories, and stargazing in a hammock.

DLP

  • Shwetha Bindu
    Shwetha Bindu Director of DLP

    Shwetha is a second-year pursuing a Medical Sciences major and Medical Humanities certificate. In addition to Tedx, she is also a member of UHP Ignite, researches in the iCDCU lab at UCCOM, is a clinic coordinator for MedVoUC, and is a cafe assistant at The 86. During her free time, she enjoys rereading Pride and Prejudice, listening to the Myths & Legends podcast, and denying that the eighth season of Game of Thrones exists.

  • Olivia Haines
    Olivia Haines DLP Curriculum Chair

    Olivia Haines a second-year honors student a the University of Cincinnati pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in both Neurobiology and International Business as well as a Business French certificate. In addition to TEDx exec board, she is also a member of the Tampon Task Force, UC’s newest initiative to supply free menstrual products to bathrooms across campus. In her free time, she is a working musician who enjoys trying new recipes, aspiring to be a yogi, and drinking chai lattes.

Team Advisors

  • Charles H. Matthews, PhD.
    Charles H. Matthews, PhD. Chair, Advisory Board

    Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati

    Dr. Matthews is an internationally recognized scholar and innovative teacher in the field of entrepreneurship. His teaching and research interests include: strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership and decision making. An educational entrepreneur, he is the founder of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research in 1997, which was named one of the top 50 Entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. in 2001 (Success magazine).

    Dr. Matthews has served as a delegate on entrepreneurial development in China, the former Soviet Union (including Russia, Latvia, and Estonia), studied at the University of Antwerp, was honored to receive a Malone Fellowship for study in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and has traveled to the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Egypt.

  • Jared Haggit
    Jared Haggit Co-Founder, Curator Emeritus '15

    Jared Haggit is a University of Cincinnati alumnus who helped co-found TEDxUCincinnati in the fall of 2014. After graduating in 2015, Jared began work as an enterprise business development associate for technology company Cision. There, he consults with CMO’s and corporate communication professionals to develop strategic partnerships that optimize company communication’s across earned, owned and paid media. As an advisor to the TEDxUCincinnati leadership team, Jared works closely with the president and advisory board to plot the strategic direction of the organization. Outside of this, Jared regularly contributes thought leadership pieces to publications such as Influencive, Cision and PRNewswire’s blog and can be found biking, hiking and exercising.

  • Shivam Shah
    Shivam Shah Co-Founder, Curator Emeritus '16

    Shivam is currently completing his Masters of Health Economics at the London School of Economics. As the Co-founder of TEDxUCincinnati, Shivam was instrumental in bringing a culture of TEDx to the University of Cincinnati. At UC, Shivam served as the Student Body Vice President and also created the Discovering Leadership Program. In 2014, Shivam gave a TED Talk about the subtleties of classical piano at TEDActive, a global TED Conference. As an advisor, Shivam focuses on strategic planning and engagement with the TEDxUCincinnati Executive Board.