But I don't want to go
among mad people,'
Alice remarked.
'Oh, you can't help that,'
said the Cat: 'we're
all mad here

Aruna Gopakumar

Aruna is Alice. The creator of this wonderful world that the rest of us at Navgati gratefully and joyfully inhabit. She set up Navgati in 1999 after working in IBM and then Sasken, where she was the Head of HR.

Aruna’s an engineer and an MBA by education (Anna University and IIM-B respectively)…and a dreamer by birth. She’s on a lifelong quest to find creative ways to help people realise their true potential and that’s what makes Navgati the vibrant organisation that it is. Aruna has the rare ability to recognise what the real need of a client is and create an almost magically appropriate learning intervention for it. She’s brilliant while being warm and personalized; which is why it’s hard to forget even the remotest interaction with her.

The list of her credentials is long and impressive. She’s a credentialed PCC level Coach with the International Coaching Federation, with over 2500 hours of coaching to her credit. She’s conducted over 3000 workshops in the space of leadership and personal growth. She’s a psychotherapist of repute – a Certified Transactional Analyst and a Psychodramatist. She is an ardent practitioner of various forms of applied theatre – Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Improvisation Theatre, and finds opportunities to creatively and meaningfully use theatre techniques in learning interventions.

For all this, she’s unassuming and authentic; always ready to learn. Like Alice, she’s bold and adventurous, ever ready to tumble down the next rabbit hole…her infectious energy leading the rest of us tumbling after her.