Viren Rasquinha


Viren Rasquinha was the former captain of India’s national field hockey team. He studied at the St. Stanislaus High School, and was a member of the Indian team that finished seventh at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He quit international hockey to pursue management studies at the age of 28.


  • Former Captain of the Indian Hockey team.
  • Played 180 international matches for India including the Athens Olympics 2004
  • Arjuna Awardee for Hockey in the year 2005
  • Retired from International Hockey in 2008
  • Did his MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad in 2009
  • Currently is the CEO of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a Not for Profit organisation started by legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone that looks after the training of Olympic athletes with a mission to help India win Olympic gold medals. The training of 5 of the 8 medal winners for India from the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympics viz. P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar and MC Marykom was looked after by OGQ.
  • Awarded ‘Top 40 Under 40’ Business Leaders in the country by Economic Times in association with Spencer Stuart for 2017-18
  • Member of the PMO Task Force that prepared India’s plans for the next three Olympics in 2020, 2024 and 2028. Report was submitted to the PMO on 12th August 2017.


 The talk will be focused on

  • motivation to set high goals
  • adapting to face challenges in an ever changing environment
  • taking calculated risks
  • planning well and executing efficiently
  • learning from defeat
  • working in a team.

I will be giving personal examples from my own experiences as the captain of the Indian hockey team where my dream was to win an Olympic medal for India as a player. I could not do so as a player and now as the CEO of OGQ, I am fulfilling my dream of winning Olympic medals through the 130+ athletes we support.


  • Mckinsey India
  • Infosys
  • Avantha Group
  • Wipro
  • Manhattan Associates
  • Zinnov
  • Yes Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • ICICI Prudential
  • Edelweiss Capital
  • ZS Associates
  • Mahindra Lifespaces
  • Franklin Templeton
  • Spencer Stuart
  • Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants
  • Amdocs
  • Asian Paints
  • Aristocrat Technologies
  • Tata Communications
  • Mckinsey Knowledge Centre
  • Credit Suisse
  • IIM A,
  • IIM B,
  • IIM C