Archita Mandal is a writer, director and producer with many film festivals accolades. Her directorial debut, Untread, is a science fiction thriller short film that was screened at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, 2015. After several short films and a music video she is filmmaking full time. She has held leadership role in the technology space, and was the first speaker from her company ever, at Grace Hopper Conference 2018 (world's largest conference for women in STEM). Archita grew up in 4 different countries and calls herself a global citizen. She has dual bachelor’s in management information systems and business administration degree from Wayne State University, Michigan and a one-year Executive Education in Corporate Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Archita lives in SF Bay Area with her husband and two kids. Recently Archita wrote, directed and produced, The Nair House. The Nair House is a 37 mins film about a couple from South Asian descent in the Bay Area, and the film deals with high life of Silicon Valley and emotional disconnect within a marriage. The Nair House was a semi-finalist at the oscar-qualifying "Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival" and is available on Amazon Prime. Archita is currently working on a documentary film on DIPG Cancer (rare form of children brain cancer). When the pandemic hit, Archita created and launched a web series known as “Right Here and Right Now with Archita” interviewing COVID-19 experts and leaders, to share relevant information and insights, to highlight good work at the grass root level and to document the collective COVID experience. She is also developing mutiple narrative feature screenplays and will direct a feature film soon. She is also co-producing a bunch of initiatives with an NGO to work in the humanitarian space. Archita loves a good cup of tea, a great conversation, a good joke and playing the sitar.