Team Wild Country Learning (WCL) is an excellent composition of youth and experience that is passionate about the outdoors. The team is made up of Facilitators, Outdoor Experts, and Partners. The parent organisation, Empowered Learning Systems (ELS), provides the logistics and organisational support besides, of course, providing facilitation support.


Human Resource Development (HRD) professionals, each one is an authority on outbound management training.

K. Jayshankar

Managing Director, ELS

Organization Consultant of International repute having over 22 years experience. A specialist in strategic planning, change management, and empowering learning throughout organizations, his services have been availed of by both business organisations and prominent business schools. Jay is a member of different professional bodies, including the American Management Association (AMA) and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and has, by invitation, addressed several international conferences including American & Japanese management and training forums.

Prasad Deshpande

Chief Executive Officer, ELS

An Engineer with over 17 Years of experience as faculty and admistrator of prominent business schools. as Principal Consultant and Project Leader at Europe's largest training and consultancy company, as Certified Practioner of the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) - a widely used measurement tool of preferences in thinking styles and communication, and as Sales Industrial Engineer with blue chip companies. Has contributed to wide range of Industrial segments such as Industrial Consumables, FMCG, Project Selling, Information Technology and Service sectors at all levels of management & staff personnel.

Shantanu Pandit

Consultant - Outdoor Management Development Programmes
Faculty - National Outdoor Leadership School, USA

A veteran outdoor management trainer. After a short stint of 3 years in the private sector, took to trekking in a big way. Shantanu, initially worked with a Indo-British trekking company, leading several treks into the heart of the intimidating Himalayas. Being a postgraduate in Business Management, it did not take him long to start his own business. He was the Founder & Director of Countryside Outdoor Programmes Pvt. Ltd., a company that specializes in adventure tourism & outdoor management development programmes. Currently, he is a faculty at the National Outdoor Leadership School, USA while sharing his vast knowledge and experience in the area through a process of facilitation and consultancy.

Malli Mastan Babu

World Record Holder & Alumnus - IIT Kharagpur & IIM Kolkatta

World record holder, recognized by Guinness Book, for having climbed the tallest peaks of each of the 7 continents in the shortest possible time of 172 days. He is a Masters in Electronics from IIT (Kharagpur) and a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Management from IIM (Kolkatta). More details available on his website -

Rohan Shahane

Principal Consultant, ELS

Rohan is an Executive Coach, Facilitator & Consultant at Empowered Learning Systems(ELS).He brings with him over two decades of diverse experience in Organisational Development, Performance Consulting, Human Resource Management and Coaching.

Through his varied assignments over the years, he has gained deep insights into leadership behaviour, teaming culture and organisational effectiveness.

His current work focuses on facilitating learning, enhancing performance and developing leadership at organisational, team and individual levels.

His areas of expertise include coaching, facilitating and consulting on organisational development, leadership, teaming, negotiations, selling and enhancing performance through alignment of “people” and “business” strategies.

He is a licensed KEPNERandFOURIE™ Program Leader in Problem Solving, Decision Making and FreeZone Innovation™ Thinking. He is also a Certified Practitioner of psychometric instruments such as CPP’s MBTI®, Pearson’s - Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal, SOSIE™ & Golden™ and SHL’s - OPQ32r.

A graduate in Economics and Law, he also holds a Master’s in Personnel Management from the University of Pune. He has a Diploma in Training & Development from the Indian Society for Training & Development.

Rohan enjoys running, adventure sports, travelling and learning about different cultures.

Outdoor Experts

Are proficient in FIRST-AID and SAFETY, besides, of course, being veterans of Adventure Sports.

Atul Patil

Age: 36 Years  Experience : 15 Years


Excellent base camp commander and at dealing with children.


Masters of their domain.

Southern River Adventures - White Water Rafting

Contact :

John Pollard


Japalouppe Equestrian Centre - Horse Riding

Contact :

Rohan More



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