Balakrishnan R

Though born and bred in Kerala, in south of India, Bala’s knowledge of the Himalayan landscape leaves even the most well informed with a sense of bewilderment. Apart from being a co-founder and Director at GIO, his love for the outdoors often translates into him making trips into new and unchartered territories across India where his solitude would not be disturbed. With MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, Bala utilizes his corporate skills to handle bulk of the domestic travel business and is also responsible for international marketing at GIO Adventures. A keen biker, Bala doesn’t hesitate to get on the road less traveled from where he derives inspirations for crafting diverse team experiences. The Team Adventures is a brain child of Bala who comes with over 18 years of expertise in the field of Outdoors & Adventure. Combined this with deep understanding of corporate attitudes has led him to curating exclusive team programs which promise to deliver non-imposed learning. Bala firmly believes that an outdoor experience is a great way to bring everyone out of their comfort zone and that each participant derives a unique self-discovery after a gruelling adventure break.

Nalin Khanduri

Nalin’s passion for adventure is the reason behind the birth of GIO Adventures in 1999. He is also a founder of Himalayan Eco Lodges (a network of deluxe camps & mountain lodges). Though an accomplished engineer and management graduate from MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, Nalin found his true calling in the outdoors. Having worked for 18 years in the field of Outdoors & Adventure, Nalin has trekked all across the Indian Himalayas, Bhutan, Nepal and rafted down most of the Himalayan rivers. Given a choice he would actually have his office in Mori at the foot hills of the Har-ki-dun valley. Nalin has been instrumental behind the success of GIO Adventures, which is now considered India’s leading adventure travel company. He brings his uncanny ability to spot great locations and the skills of planning & execution of trips to curate exclusive programs for Team Adventures. He has been featured on “Young Turks” on CNBC TV18 in 20XXX.

Bhaskar Thyagarajan

A director of GIO Adventures, Bhaskar is the chief architect of BlueSky’s experiential solutions platform which curates team building programs for youth, schools and organizations. Having worked in advertising & communications at Lowe India (formerly Lintas Advertising) & ESPN Star Sports into media & audience behaviour research has given him a solid grounding in consumer behavior and group dynamics. Bhaskar has been responsible for successfully taking BlueSky Learning employability and Life Skills product ‘Enhance’ to the market that integrates experiential learning with measurement and analytics. The product addresses a critical area in education; where individuals even with the required domain and functional skills find it difficult to get placed and if placed find it difficult to hold the job. The highly scalable model works on the logic of Build Operate Transfer and integrates different aspects of learning and measurement. Bhaskar uses his intuitive preference to look at generating new ways of creating lasting impacts from training programs. A sportsman all his life, Bhaskar has represented his University in Basketball, developed an interesting in running late in life and has been a regular at the Delhi half-marathon and other long distance events. A wildlife enthusiast and an amateur bird watcher, Bhaskar always attempts to find a way to enjoy the wilderness with minimal or no impact.