I see so many opportunities to alleviate suffering, and to build compassion where hate or tension exists today.

Ankur Poseria

Ankur Poseria

Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to be willing to sacrifice your own dreams to help others first.  

With his eye on qualifying for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, Ankur kept coming up short by not being able to hit the qualifying time in his event, the 100M Butterfly.  It wasn't until he began to help his friends and family work their way through their own personal challenges that he found a renewed strength to achieve the impossible.

 

A 2008 Beijing Olympian, Ankur Poseria completed an international swimming career which saw him break multiple school records at the University of Southern California, as well as the Indian National Record in his main event, the 100m butterfly. 

 

 Ankur has applied lessons from the swimming pool to his professional pursuits.  With post-college plans to enlist with the CIA and work his way into becoming a field operative, Ankur jammed the brakes on that idea after a surprising talk with a mentor in the intelligence community.  Instead, Ankur pursued stories about international affairs in his back yard, Hollywood.  

 

Starting out handling Producer duties for music industry clients including Capitol Records and Interscope, Ankur then worked with Oscar-winning Producer Nicolas Chartier (THE HURT LOCKER) on international film marketing and eventually produced documentary stories about ethnic tribes in Western China for National Geographic.  Ankur transitioned into digital media technology doing time at Amazon Studios, Walt Disney Online, and Sony Pictures Digital.  Ankur is now pursuing stories which build human compassion and understanding as a documentary and scripted producer and director.

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