Akshay Sateesh – Founder of Play
For 7 years, Akshay was a Business Development Manager and Project Leader at an incubator at DuPont BioMedical (Applied Biosciences), where he led product development teams to launch medical device implants for surgeries. During his career at DuPont, he led two product development teams through Phase I and II animal studies, and developed collaborative partnerships to take the medical devices to market. His passion for leading others jumpstarted his innovative approach to leadership development.
In 2008, Akshay founded Ziksana Consulting, a leadership development firm dedicated to combining experiential learning with the science of play. He has facilitated programs in leadership development, innovation, and team dynamics for adults and children in the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, India, and South Africa. His experiences have included a wide variety of industries like healthcare companies, hi-tech organizations, hospital systems, consulting firms, universities, and non-profit organizations.
Akshay also collaborates with schools to develop life skills and character development curriculums, exposing children and teachers to self-awareness, empathy, and leadership. He has also worked with children with autism and Down’s syndrome by using theater as therapy to aid in their abilities to express emotions and thoughts.
Akshay is the Founder of Ziksana Consulting and serves as a Faculty Trainer with the Center for Creative Leadership and the University of California system of Staff Education. Currently Akshay facilitates the Emerging Leader Program at Qualcomm.
Akshay Sateesh was born in India, was raised in Malaysia, and now lives in San Diego. Akshay holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a Graduate student at the University of San Diego’s Leadership Studies program, focusing on Organization Development and Group Dynamics.
Akshay has been a professional improvisation actor since 2003. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia N-Crowd, a short-form improvisation group that performs weekly in Philadelphia and remains a performer locally, with the Stage Monkeys of San Diego. Akshay loves photography, playing tennis, and diving.