Kanak Hirani Nautiyal Storyteller, mompreneur, female founder

Kanak is one of 3 co-founders at Karigar, a sustainable brand of Dutch designed, Indian crafted fashion textiles. She handles 'relationships' for the brand and looks at understanding her customers, the artisans Karigar works with and finding ways to connect the two effectively through storytelling.

As an Indian who now lives in the Netherlands, Kanak would say she's fully integrated into the Dutch culture -- riding her cargo bike around town, running outdoors through the winter and owning a raincoat as opposed to an umbrella!

A former journalist with one of India's largest English daily newspapers (The Times of India), Kanak quit her writing job when she moved to Amsterdam in 2006. Shortly after, she worked as a sales manager for an online education company based out of Amsterdam where she managed a multi-cultural team.

In 2013, Kanak became a partner at Pashm, a company that works with rural artisans across India. She and her partners, Sindhu and Jolijn, launched their own brand Karigar in 2015. The Karigar products are designed to translate traditional Indian handicraft techniques into contemporary products and help heritage find way to new markets.

Kanak lives in Amstelveen with her husband and two daughters.
Website: www.karigar.nl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karigar-874560465952375/