In 2016, the company was bought over by Dr. Shonali Chinniah and Anil Chinniah to take it further and develop a science center.
Dr. Shonali Chinniah (Director)
Shonali recieved her Ph.D in Marine Ecology from Cornell University in 1997. She has explored the depths of the Ocean off the coast of Maine in a deep sea-submersible (The Johnson Sea-Link) as a part of her research, organized international conferences on the use of acoustic methods in ocean research in Goa, published papers in research, written articles and a children’s book “The Fabulous Fibonnacci’s” in science. She has a wide and varied range of teaching experience from teaching undergraduate courses in American univeristies to conducting educational tours at the New Jersey State Aquarium; technical courses at SAP (a German company) to ICSE syllabus for pre university classes in India. In 2009 she incorporated CURIOUSCITY as a company to teach innovative science workshops with a “practical” rather than “theoretical” approach to learning. She has worked with several NGO’s in India, teaching science to less privileged children, including children from the Ashraya Neelbagh School, Pench Rural Schools, and the school for the deaf in Indiranagar.
Anil Chinniah (CEO)
Anil Chinniah is has a MS from the University of Massachusettes, Amherst and an MBA from the Drexel University, Philadelphia. He has a decade of work experience in corporate America and has been an enterpreneur for the past 15 years and has successfully been running several online ventures. He is passionate about the environmental related issues and along with Shonali has successfully initiated and sustained a neighbourhood a Solid Waste Management Solution for over 500 households in Koramangala, Bangalore. He has also started a pioneering leaf litter composting solution for the city of Bangalore, in Koramangala – where officials from our BBMP and even a South East Asian team of developers came to take a look at the unit for possible replication around Banglaore and in other countries.
Nilanjan P. Chourdhury (Science Advisor/Volunteer)
Nilanjan P. Choudhury is an author, theatre person and science communicator. His interests lie at the intersection of science and art. He believes in the power of theatre and storytelling to communciate the magic of science. His play "The Square Root of a Sonnet", explores the history and science of black holes and has been recognized as a significant voice in science theatre. It has been performed all over India to wide critical acclaim and has been seen by over 6000 people. His recently written play "Servant of God" tells the story of Abdus Salam, the brilliant Pakistani physicist and is expected to be staged soon. He is also the author of three novels, which have all been (very) brief bestsellers. Nilanjan did his MS in Physics from IIT Kanpur and continues his passion for it as an advisor and enthusiastic volunteer at Curiouscity. More details of his plays and books are available at www.nilanjan.net
Shruti Mallya (Program Developer/Educator)
Shruti has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the Institute of Science, Mumbai, and has three years’ experience working in research labs in Bangalore at JNCASR. She has been working with children for a year now, and is passionate about communicating the unexpectedly fascinating aspects of science in a fun, relatable way. She enjoys public speaking and writing, and is a voracious reader with a particular interest in popular science. Shruti has been working with Curiouscity since 2018 and has all around skills in program development, science writing, website managament, and working with children.
Vanditha Gowda (Website Developer)
Vanditha has a Bachelor degree in Information Science from the Institute of Vivekanada College of Engineering and Technology, Puttur, and has eight years’ experience working in Web Designing in Bangalore at NRI Online Private Limited. She has been working with Curiouscity to create and maintain our website and online presence.
We are in the process of building a center of science for Curiouscity which we hope will go live by 2020. Here we will run our day programs, have guest lectures, summer camps, teacher training programs, outward bound camps and activities through the year. We also hope to bring our programs to schools – both urban and rural.