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Author & Educationist
Based in Jakarta, Ms. Asha Girdhar has been an author and educationist for over 30 years. Her children’s books and short stories have been published in Singapore and Indonesia. Two of her books were selected by the Ministry of Education in Singapore as reading material for high school students.
She is also the author of Sonny & Zap, a weekly educational series that has been in publication since 15 years in The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s most widely read English newspaper. The series covers subjects such as English grammar, history, pre-history, geography, health, the environment, outer space, science and technology in an entertaining way. It is laced with stories too.
Additionally, she conducts workshops in creative writing, creative visualization and drama in educational institutions in both Indonesia and India. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at Times of India’s NIE annual “Star Correspondents” journalism orientation course.
She started her career in Mumbai as a documentary film script-writer and associate director. Her clients included UNICEF and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. One of the films she worked on won a National Award in 1990.
Chief Innovation Officer – MHRD (Government of India)
Dr. Abhay Jere is the Chief Innovation Officer for Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. Before joining MHRD, Dr. Jere was Chief Scientist – Life Sciences and R&D Head for Persistent Systems Ltd. As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Jere is responsible for promoting all innovation related initiatives in higher education institutions. He is also the brain and driving force behind MHRD’s Smart India Hackathon initiative which is now recognized as world’s biggest open innovation model with participation from thousands of education institutions, lakhs of students and hundreds of industries. Dr. Jere is instrumental in conceptualizing first of its’ kind Atal Innovation Ranking framework (ARIIA) for ranking all education institutions on innovation achievements. Through MHRD, Dr. Jere has now established Institution’s Innovation Councils (IIC) across 1000 institutions to facilitate creation of local innovation ecosystems in these institutions. Under guidance of Dr. Jere, MHRD is conceptualizing Student’s Startup policy, which will now allow students to start their own start-ups while studying. Recently, he was also instrumental in conceiving a very unique MBA program in ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ announced by All India Council for Technical education (AICTE). Dr. Jere is committed to popularize need of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst Indians, hence he routinely writes columns in renowned English and vernacular newspaper. He has also conceptualized ‘India First Leadership Talk Series’, which is telecasted on Lok Sabha TV. Dr. Jere has rich international experience having worked in the US, Japan, Europe. He brings in extensive research experience in cutting edge areas such as personalized medicine, personalized genomic and keen on contributing for achieving the Universal Health care for Indians. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Jere has received multiple research grants from prestigious government funding agencies like CSIR, DBT, etc. Dr. Jere completed his Ph.D from National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Pune and was part of India’s HIV vaccine team. He also worked as post-doctoral scientist at National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Health (NIH), USA before coming back to India.
Vice Chairman Sri Vishnu Educational Society
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar is the Principal Director of Symbiosis Society, which encompasses the Symbiosis schools, College of Arts & Commerce and institutions under the Symbiosis International University. She is also the Pro Chancellor of Symbiosis International University. A dream of her father, Dr. S. B Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis of creating ‘a home away from home’ for international students, Symbiosis today, has transformed itself into a multi-disciplinary, multinational, multi-cultural International University having students not only from all states of India but international students from 85 different countries. The University has institutes under 8 faculties viz. Management, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Biological Sciences, Computer Studies, Engineering, Media & Communication, Architecture and Design. Management, Media, Law and Computer Science Institutes have been consistently ranked amongst the top ten in the country.
Dr. Vidya holds a Post Graduate Degree in Medicine, a degree in Law and Ph.D. in ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education in India’. She has been instrumental in bringing in innovative approaches to promote internationalisation. Her foresight and leadership have been instrumental in creating strategic collaborations with universities across the globe. Sharing her father’s desire for capacity building by imparting education for international students, she strives to create a “home away from home” by creating a conducive environment for international students.
Dr. Vidya has been able to influence policy regulations for promoting and bringing in innovative approaches to higher education in India through her appointments on various governmental bodies. She has been a member of University Grants Commission (UGC) for two terms, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has also been served as a Member on many other organizations such as Independent Director on the Board of RITES Limited under Ministry of Railways, Government of India, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Yeshwantaro Chavan Maharashtra Open University, State Knowledge Advisory Board of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sub-Group on Higher & Technical Education and Skill Development of Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan.
She is a Chairperson of the FICCI Committee on Higher Education. Dr. Vidya has been appointed as Member of India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) Trust. IBEF is a Trust set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Government of India, to promote the ‘Brand India’ label in overseas markets and facilitate dissemination of information on Indian products and services. She has elected as Member of the Central Governing Council of Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. It is an apex trade body which facilitates service exporters of India.
She is a member on the Board of several organisations like Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences, Indore, Symbiosis Skills and Open University, Pune, Research Committee of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Public Health Foundation of India.
She is a member of many corporate bodies such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of India Industry (CII), Maratha Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MCCIA) and Not for profit organisations like HK Firodiya Foundation, India International Centre (IIC), Pune International Centre (PIC) & Pune Citizens Police Foundation (PCPF).
Dr. Vidya has presented papers at various National & International Conferences and has numerous research publications to her credit. She has authored books on ‘Internationalization of Higher Education in India’ based on her experiences and research in this field and ‘New Faces New Friends’ based on her experience with international students studying in Pune.
She has been ranked No.14 amongst India’s top 25 Powerful Women by Fame India Magazine. Dr.Vidya’s hard work has won her numerous awards and accolades and she is now focussed on making Symbiosis International University benchmarked amongst one of the best Universities in Asia.
Vishnu Dental College, founded by Dr B. V. Raju in 2002 in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh; under Sri Vishnu Educational Society, one of the leading private educational foundations in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Society has 9 institutions with diverse disciplines; Engineering, Management and Health Sciences educating 22,000 students and employing over 1700 faculty.
Vishnu Dental College is affiliated to Dr NTR University of Health Sciences and recognised by the Dental Council of India. The college offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD courses. Along with state-of-the-art infrastructure, they practice innovative teaching-learning methods centred on Problem-Based (PBL) with all ICT facilities
They also proactively stepped beyond statuary mandates, with a Vision ‘Oral Healthcare for All’ adopting 3 levels of care. A state-of-the-art Tertiary Care facility with Patient Centric Services, establishing chain of Rural Satellite Clinics where there is no access to dentists and primary care activities focusing on prevention of disease. So far, 25 Rural Satellite Clinics could reach 9 Million population and 94000 people visited the facilities.
Sri Ravi Rajagopal, Vice Chairman of SVES is a Mechanical Engineer from Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirapalli, and a Management graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. At a leadership level, he has been playing an instrumental role in realizing the Vision of Founder Chairman.
Founder & Chairman, Harappa Education
Pramath is a pioneering force in Indian education. He is the Founder & Chairman of Harappa Education; which strives to become India’s largest online institution focused on teaching habits and skills critical to workplace success in the 21st century.
He was the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and laid the grounding for the school being ranked in the FT Top 20 Global B-Schools within six years of welcoming its first batch in 2001.
He is also the Founder & Trustee of Ashoka University, a world-class liberal arts university. Ashoka has built a strong reputation for academic excellence, innovative pedagogy and transformative learning outcomes.
He has been instrumental in setting up a wide spectrum of change-based higher education initiatives, including a management program for career-oriented women, an entrepreneurship fellowship for the Himalayan region, and a solution-focused design education for the built environment. He has also played a critical role in the government’s National Rail & Transportation Institute, and advises several leading colleges and universities in India, including SRCC and IIT Gandhinagar.
For his many contributions, his alma mater, IIT Kanpur conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award on him in 2018. He has also been a media entrepreneur, education consultant and management advisor at the 9.9 Group, which he founded, the CEO of the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Academics are his first love: he worked on machine learning algorithms in the 1980s, while doing his MSE & PhD in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder & CEO, Harappa Education
Shreyasi’s journey to entrepreneurship, and higher education, is itself symbolic of the diversity and opportunities of modern careers. She is currently Founder & CEO, Harappa Education — an online education institution that aims to become a necessary and high-quality learning destination for all young professionals.
She began her career as a journalist, and spent more than 10 years in media, across news agencies, broadcast and specialty print media. She was the editor of the Indian edition of Inc., the iconic American magazine on entrepreneurship. The magazine was consistently commended for its benchmark production values, editorial quality and fresh storytelling. Her fascination for entrepreneurship, especially around tech-enabled scale businesses, was seeded at this time.
Shreyasi has written two books on entrepreneurship, including The Wealth Wallahs, which profiled India’s first-generation wealth creators and a new breed of wealth managers. She was recognized with the Young Woman Author Award by India’s Women Enterprise Awards for the book. Her second book, The Girl Who Thinks In Numbers, is a children’s book, and tells the real-life story of a woman entrepreneur. She has also been a columnist for Mint, where she wrote two columns, Surviving Start-Ups and Art of Work.
A few years ago, Shreyasi switched to higher education, driven by the opportunity to help build a women’s-only management program. She set up the program’s Careers, Mentorship and Executive Education initiatives. She has also taught effective writing, business communication and critical thinking at several universities and programs across India.
Shreyasi is an alumnus of the Lady Shri Ram College For Women and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Vice Chairman, Sona Group of Institutions
Chocko Valliappa is an unique combination of an entrepreneur, educationalist, researcher and a philanthropist. A 4th generation entrepreneur he founded Vee Technologies a leading global services company focused on delivering healthcare and population health services for 100s of US hospitals and Insurance companies . Developing innovative products to shift from curing the disease to prevent disease using AI ML etc.. Vee Technologies processes $21 Billion of transactions annually. Featured in the Fortune Magazine list to Top 100 Global Service Companies.
VeeCreate is an engineering services company offering design, analysis and validation services globally in industries like construction, automotive, aerospace, and product design.
The compassion in Chocko led him to start SonaYukti a chain of skill schools focused on education a million people out of poverty by 2025.
HireMee is a social enterprise founded by Chocko to enable 3 million jobs for youth in the next 5 years. This is a Jobs platform built to democratize recruitment. He is the recipient of the YPO Global Award for Social Impact this year.
The Sona group of institutions educates 12,000 on campus and has graduated 200,000 the past 60 years. Chocko is a researcher and heads a team of 120+ PhDs working in 36 R&D centers at Sona focuses of a wide area of research from nano photonics to rocket motors.
Chocko graduated from Christ University Bangalore, and Textile Managment graduate Research Institute SITRA.
Educate Program Lead Amazon Internet Services
Amit is the Educate Program Lead, Amazon Internet Services, Public Sector team looking after India, covering customers across Government & Education. The Public Sector team in India has a stated mission to positively impact the life of every citizen of India through an AWS engagement by 2021 – through imperatives in skilling, healthcare, livelihood or inclusion.
With more than 23 years of information technology industry experience, Amit has held numerous executive positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Pearson & NIIT, in Education management and Skill development segment. Amit also has a rich experience of ideating and creating his own startup focused on “employability” for students in India.
Professor Debashis Chatterjee is the second time director at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode.
A pioneer in the field of Asian models in leadership, Professor Chatterjee served as Director of the Indian Institute of Management, (IIM), Kozhikode (2009-2014), Dean and tenured Professor at IIM Lucknow. He has been reappointed as Director of IIM Kozhikode for a second 5 years term from June 2018. Professor Chatterjee is credited with transforming IIM Kozhikode from an obscure regional school to an institution of national impact and global recognition.
He has taught leadership classes at Harvard University and at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, Lucknow and Kozhikode for more than two decades.
Professor Debashis has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship twice for Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He has served as leadership coach to political leaders and CEOs of major Indian organizations.
His published work include seventeen books including Leading Consciously (Foreword by Peter M Senge), Timeless Leadership (Wiley) that have been translated in several international languages. He has trained more than fifty thousand managers globally in Fortune 100 Corporations and over twenty thousand school principals and teachers. His recent book Invincible Arjuna has emerged as a path-breaking book in recent times.
Professor Debashis Chatterjee also served as Director General of IMI Delhi, India’s first corporate sponsored business school and as Independent Director on the Boards of several multinational and Indian Companies. Professor Chatterjee was the Mentor Director of IIM Amritsar from June 2018 to July 2019. He was also the Dean of an international business school in Singapore.
Associate Dean, Founding Director of Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program (ASB)
Prof. Steven J. DeKrey represents HKUST in the HKUST-Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Partnership as the Interim Dean at SKOLKOVO and Chairman of the International Academic Council. The focus of the partnership is building a global reputation for quality programs, and thought leadership. One of the first programs launched was the joint EMBA degree for Eurasia.
Prof. DeKrey’s past positions include President of the Asian Institute of Management, Senior Advisor to the President, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Masters Programs at HKUST, Director of the Saudi Arabia MBA Program which he helped initiated with Saudi Aramco, Director of MBA Programs at the University of Florida and Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School.
He is the Founding Director of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program and he continues to direct this world’s 9th time #1 ranked program which is currently ranked #2. The HKUST MBA program was ranked in the top 10 in the world three times by the Financial Times under his past leadership and is currently #18. He teaches leadership seminars and courses and has coauthored three Asian Leadership books. He earned his PhD at the University of Iowa and his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School.
Vice Chancellor Ajeenkya DY Patil University
Dr. Edmond Maher has 20 years’ senior educational leadership experience. Using a team-based approach, each institute he has led delivered significant and measurable improvement, broadened educational opportunities and boosted results. In Australia, additional to his educational leadership responsibilities, Ed served on government committees to assess capital grant applications and inspect schools. He also initiated and oversaw professional development of staff and leaders at an institution and systems level and has repeatedly contributed to NGOs through leadership projects and training. He enjoys start-ups and leading and supporting organisations with an ambitious vision and innovative agenda.
His academic qualifications include a doctorate in education policy, in inter-agency and inter-governmental decision-making. One of his masters degrees is in leading educational change, the other in inter-cultural studies. Whilst Ed’s research interest remains primarily in policy studies, he is also researching the impact of teaching pedagogies on student learning. Professional development of faculty remains his long-standing passion. He has studied and worked in Australia, the USA, UK, Belgium and the Asia-Pacific region. This three-year appointment as Vice Chancellor of ADYPU will be his first post in India.
Concurrent with ADYPU responsibilities, Ed is a professor at Antwerp Management School and academic mentor of Executive PhD candidates. In a voluntary capacity, he also supports and advises schools and universities in problem solving and research driven development.
Although Ed has spent almost his entire career in senior leadership, he describes himself primarily as a learner. He judges the value of his work by development in the organisations he is leading, by what students know and can do and through the values they live by.
Vice President and General Manager, Creative Cloud Business, Adobe
Mala Sharma serves as vice president and general manager of the Creative Cloud Business running product marketing and community for Adobe. Mala has led the Creative Cloud GTM and business strategy from its inception, and championed the business transformation from selling boxed Creative Suite software to a cloud-based subscription model. Prior to joining Adobe in 2005, Mala was at Creative Labs for nine years where she was last director of product marketing for the Americas. She is passionate about enabling creativity for all, is an advocate for the creative community and for making Adobe’s tools widely accessible to youth and a broader base of users. Mala is a board member of the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, and actively promotes the importance of creativity in education. Mala holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and an M.B.A. from universities in India.
Founder & CEO, Financepeer
– UNGSII and World Economic Forum Education vertical Board member
– IIT Bombay and Stanford GSB Alumnus skilled in Credit Risk, Commercial Banking, Liquidity Risk and Management.
– Founded FINANCEPEER – AI based Zero Cost, Zero Interest – School Fee Financing product with a vision to ease out School Fee Payments, provide quality education access to middle and bottom of the pyramid(mass) and boost the K-12 School/Education Eco-System.
Chief Executive Officer, Kokuyo Camlin
Satish Veerappa, currently designated as Chief Executive Officer, Kokuyo Camlin has rich experience of 20+ years working in Business & Sales management, Strategic Brand Management, Team & Leadership Development.
Mr. Veerappa have strong experience steering some key business turnarounds anchored in complex and ambiguous contexts. He has valued experience onto leading the projects involved into making Market Entry strategies & new country development. Mr. Veerappa’ s experience has helped organizations worked earlier in sighting new product, its development & successful launches.
Academic Project Director
& Deputy Head of
An international educator for over twenty three years, Mr. Abhimanyu Basu is the Academic Project Director and Deputy Head at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai. His extensive experience in the IB world includes being an IB Diploma Teacher, Senior Examiner, Workshop Leader and Presenter at Conferences. In addition he also works as Consultant and Team Visit Leader for new IB Schools and is a member of Visiting Accreditation Teams for CIS (Council of International Schools) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) to accredit international schools globally. A trainer in classroom pedagogy and leadership, he has presented at international forums such as the International Baccalaureate Global Conference, Global Round Square Conference (Canada) , Cambridge Conference (India), TAISI (The Association of International Schools in India) to name a few. He has served as an Honorary Committee Member of the Friends of Round Square, South East Asia and the Gulf Region and is also currently serving on the Advisory Committee at IC3 .
Abhimanyu holds a Master’s in International Education from the Van Loan School at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, as well as a Masters in Physiology with specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Calcutta University.
Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (ASB)
Dr. Sean O. Ferguson is currently an Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Malaysia. ASB is a partnership collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia). Ferguson is responsible for growing the student body, accreditation, career development, and employer relations.
Prior to ASB, Ferguson was Associate Dean of MBA & MSc Programs at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School. Under his leadership, HKUST achieved unprecedented reputational gains becoming the first Asian MBA program to be ranked in the four major rankings publications: The Financial Times, The Economist, BusinessWeek, and Forbes. In addition to reputation enhancements, Ferguson set all-time highs for enrollment in the HKUST MBA programs. Ferguson also spent eight years at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business having a similar impact on growth and reputation of its degree programs.
Currently, Ferguson is serving on the board of MBA CSEA, where he was the first elected board member from an Asia-Pacific business school. Ferguson has also served on the boards of the CEMS Global Alliance, the American Chamber of Commerce-Hong Kong, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Dr. Ferguson also serves as an accreditation mentor for AACSB.
Ferguson received his doctorate in Global Education from the University of Southern California. His area of expertise focuses on employability and career management in Asia-Pacific. He also has an MBA from Rice University and a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Vivek Anand Oberoi has the ability to seamlessly cater for the different genre preferences of his expanding global fan base through his versatile acting skills.
He has also given his tremendous contribution in Education Industry.
Vivek is a true gentleman when it comes to education for any child. He is an important pillar in handling Project Devi and Vrindavan Charity. His immense love for kids has solved a lot of issues faced by rural India for education.
Vivek Anand Oberoi is associated with Financepeer as a partner and mentor to make quality education easily accessible to every child. Financepeer is a Google incubated finance company provides entire years fee collection upfront to the School at the beginning of the year (be it 1cr, 10cr, 100cr, etc) and collects fees from parents in monthly instalments that too at Zero Additional cost. Financepeer is spread across 27+ cities with over 312+ school partnerships, Financepeer continues to grow and address the needs of the school community.
Chairman & Managing Director, EDCIL
Mr. Manoj Kumar Agrawal has taken over charge as Chairman and Managing Director, EdCIL (A Mini Ratna Category-I CPSE, Govt. of India) on 01.12.2019.
A graduate in Electrical Engineering from MNIT, Jaipur; and an MBA from FMS, Delhi University; he also has been a member of Indian Engineering Services (IES) of 1994 batch.
He has held several senior positions in various organizations prior to joining EdCIL, such as DMRC, Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communication & IT (Govt. of India).
He brings with him extensive experience in strategy, management, project execution and evaluation, spanning across public sectors, autonomous bodies and different wings of Government. Mr. Agrawal has contributed to conceptualization, planning and execution of various mega projects of telecom sector as well as several DMRC projects.
During his tenure in DMRC, Mr. Agrawal made several strategic and cost-saving processes improvement resulting in development of internal competence and enabling the organisation to be self-dependent. He set an exemplary record of uninterrupted and efficient operation of services during the period.
He joined EdCIL as an Executive Director (Projects) on 01.08.2017 and was handling major business verticals including HR. He has focused his efforts in leading EdCIL towards progress and has been an integral part of EdCIL’s revenue growth to Rs 317 crores in FY 18-19.
Mr. Agrawal envisages taking EdCIL to new heights and increase the revenue to Rs. 2500 Cr. by FY 2024 and a remarkable contribution in education sector of India.
Director, IIM Indore, India
Professor Himanshu Rai took charge as the Director of IIM Indore on 31 December 2018. Prior to this he taught at IIM Lucknow from 1 September 2016 after a leave of two years. In this 2-year period (1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016), Himanshu was the Dean, MISB Bocconi (India Campus of Bocconi, Milan), and Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy. Professor Rai is an educationist – an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), he has been teaching PG and Doctoral students at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) since 2006. His core area is Human Resource Management, wherein he focuses on Negotiation; Mediation; Arbitration; Strategic HRM; and Leadership. He frequently conducts training programmes and workshops for executives as well as bureaucrats around the world. He has earlier taught in the HR area at XLRI Jamshedpur. As the Convener of CAT 2010, he successfully led the largest format change in world’s testing history exceeding all global standards of testing. Through his initiatives gender and educational background parity was achieved by IIMs.
His profile includes a stint of over 8 years at Tata Steel, India, where he played a pivotal role in developing Quality Systems for his Departments and the Communication Policy for the Company. It was there that he found his passion – trekking in the Himalayas, which in turn led him to a clear vision of what he wanted to do with his life. He wished to help people become aware of their own selves, choices and opportunities that life presents them with, and realize their potential to the fullest. He believes that this can be best achieved through quality education. He decided to enter the world of academics and went on to pursue his doctorate at Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad. He sincerely believes in the power of academics to lead the change that people aspire to bring about in our society. His personal focus is not just academic excellence but achieving it on the basis of ethics, integrity and a need for self-actualization.
Himanshu has trained over 20,000 professionals, both in the private sector as well as the government. Some of his training interventions include helping Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie to develop a training module on “Ethics and Anti-Corruption Strategies” for all Indian Administrative Services officers across career phases; “Training of Trainers” on Negotiation Skills for faculty and senior management of LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and subsequent training on Negotiation for Phase V IAS Officers (IAS with 27-30 years of service); Negotiation training for Indian (Indian Foreign Services) and Foreign Diplomats, Workshop on “Crisis Leadership” for a large Oil company; Series of workshops on “Creating Sustainable Performance at Dealership” dealers of a large auto organization in India; Workshops on “Negotiation Skills”, Leadership, and Communication Skills for more than a hundred organizations in India and abroad.
Himanshu provides strategic consultancy to the Government of India, and in particular, has audited programs sponsored by the Planning Commission of India. He also provides strategic consultancy to the state governments in areas of restructuring, strategic HR management, and employee development. An expert in interpersonal negotiation, he provides consultancy in negotiation to individuals and organizations.
Aspiring to bring in a moral compass to management education, he launched an elective course titled, “Justice, Ethics and Morality”, which has become one of the most popular courses now at the IIMs. He further helps his students discover themselves with a workshop called “Framing Identities and Roles through Exploration”.
He has published more than 30 Papers and Chapters in peer reviewed journals and books, and his current areas of research include Negotiation, Ethical Leadership, Cross Cultural Issues, Management and Religion, Spirituality, Gender, and Influence Tactics. A connoisseur of Sanskrit literature, he has also written about and given discourses on Indian and Western philosophy, which he avidly studies. His research always has a strong underpinning of philosophy and its elements. His research exploring the measurement of spirituality through an analysis of Vedic literature won him the best in-session presentation award at a conference in Costa Rica. He is a recipient of the coveted N.T.S.E. Scholarship and Infosys Fellowship. He was also awarded the best professor in HRM by a leading publishing house last year.
Himanshu looks to yoga, as a means to balance the body, the mind and the spirit. He has also introduced his students to the basic tenets of this ancient Indian discipline through various workshops.
Himanshu considers The Himalayas his spiritual abode and is passionate about mountaineering and trekking. He treks up the Garhwal Himalayas annually, also having led several expeditions up to a height of nearly 20,000 feet. He has explored most of the treks in this vast area and has scaled Rudragaira, Kala Patthar, Nagakarsang, Khatling and Chandrashila peaks.
An avid quizzer, Himanshu has conducted over a hundred quiz shows across the country and has had a delightful stint in dramatics with many plays to his credit, both as an actor and a director. He also juggles a keen interest in reading and collecting books with a strong passion for music.
For more on him, visit his website www.himanshurai.com; his latest book “Negotiation” published by McGraw Hill Education is available on https://www.mheducation.co.in/9789387067974-india-negotiation
Vice Chancellor, SVKM’s NMIMS University
Dr. Rajan Saxena is Vice Chancellor Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) (Deemed-to-be-University) and former Director of IIM, Indore, ICFAI Business School, Gurgaon S. P.Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai and Dean of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Dr. Saxena has held Vice Chancellor position since 2009. During these two terms of his, NMIMS has been accredited by NAAC in the 3rd cycle at A+ level. There are no more than ten institutions in India that have gone through three cycles of NAAC accreditation. NMIMS has remained at the highest level since its first accreditation in 1999, when it was just a Management School. NMIMS today has been categorized as Tier-I University by UGC on the basis of its NAAC Accreditation. Today NMIMS Business School has two International Accreditations AACSB (American standard considered Platinum level) and AMBA (British Accreditation). It is under his leadership that nine new schools were established taking the total number of Schools within the University to 15. NMIMS today has campuses outside Mumbai, in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Navi Mumbai and Shirpur (Dhule District).
Dr.Saxena took over as Director IIM Indore in 1999. It was during his tenure that the institute resolved land issue and moved in its Campus at Rau. Also the institution emerged as one of the top 10 management institutions of India.
Another significant contribution of his in the institution building is the establishment of India Case Research Centre(ICRC) in the aegis of AIMA. He alongwith the team from AIMA-CME conceptualized the Centre. He Chairs its Board of Governors.
He has over 47 years of professional experience in management education, research, consulting and institution building. He is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He did Ph.D. work at Delhi School of Economics in marketing area and was awarded the degree by Delhi University. He has taught at XLRI- Jamshedpur, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, NMIMS, University of Calgary, Canada, University of Sterling, U.K. and Pace University, New York, USA
Dr. Saxena’s teaching & research interests are Competition & Strategy, leadership, Marketing Strategy, Services Marketing & Customer experience.
He is widely respected in India as a marketing educator and institution builder. He has consulted over 50 Indian and multinational companies. He has published over 60 articles in Indian and Foreign journals. He has authored two books titled Marketing Management and International Marketing Concepts, Cases and Text, both published by McGraw-Hill.
He has been conferred several awards by different organisations and media. Some of these are Bombay Management Association’s Best Teacher of Management (1990); Best Marketing Teacher (1998); Shri Ram College of Commerce’s `Distinguish Alumnus’ (2002); Higher Education Forum, Dr. Suresh Ghai Memorial Award for the Outstanding contribution to Management Leadership (2013); ET NOW `Visionary Leadership’ Award in Education (2013) and `Leadership Award by Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL), Rotary Club Vocational Excellence Award (2018) and Academy of Indian Markets and ASMA award for leadership and institution building (2019).
He is a Fellow of the Indian Society for Training & Development and Institute of Management Consultants of India.
He was the Chair of FICCI Higher Education Committee since between 2015-18. He is on the Board of Directors of Graduate Management Global Connection (GMGC) and NMIMS Alumni Association and is an Executive Board Member of AMDISA. He Chaired Centre for Management Education of AIMA(2015-18).
Director & Officiating Chairman, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 450 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices & Nanoelectronics and is an inventor on 43 patents and patent applications, which include 15 issued US patents. Eleven of his patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization. Prof. Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay (Nanosniff & Soilsens) which are developing products of relevance to the society. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.
Prof. Rao’s work is recognized with many awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013. Dr. Rao also received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, TechnoMentor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator award, NASI-Reliance Platinum Jubilee award, J.C.Bose National Fellowship, Prof. C.N.R.Rao National Nanoscience award, VASVIK Award and the Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial boards of other journals. He is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Electron Devices Society and interacts closely with many semiconductor industries both in India and abroad.
Dr. Rao served as the Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter and as a Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub-committee for two terms. He was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.
Dr K K Ramachandran (aka) KKR is a triumvirate in Commerce, International Business & Management with a double Ph.D. He is currently the Director of one of the leading Management Institutes in India & was a Senate Member of an University. He is a Fulbright scholar and is also currently honoured with a visiting professor from University of Southampton.
He has many publications to his credit: Business Communication – Macmillan & From Campus to Corporate – Pearson. He is also a curator for TEDx GRD. He has created a social lab and has led several student centric social initiatives.
He was nominated from the U.S. as a Fellow of the International Visitors Leadership Programme held in USA.
He has also gained an impressive list of awards. The latest are: Creative leadership from the World Educational Summit, Award for Achievement of Trade from the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE in recognition of his services in expanding U.S.India Trade Partnerships. He also was awarded the Best Management Educator by the World Management Congress.
Ganesh is the Founder of Don’t Memorise.
Prior to founding Don’t Memorise, Ganesh worked for over 5 years in the fields of Information Technology(Mastek) and Finance(Crisil). He has also worked as a high school math tutor with Tutor Vista, an Indian EdTech company.
He’s an Electronics and Telecommunications engineer, and also a TED-Ed Educator. He has created 2 lessons with TED-Ed which have crossed 7 million views.
Ganesh is also a public speaker and has spoken at various YouTube and Pearson Events. He’s also a long distance cyclist and has won the 200km BRM medal. He also loves playing chess and football.
Co-Founder, Easytech Innovations
With over 8 years of work experience in the corporate sector, Manisha has co-founded Easytech Innovations in 2016. She has mentored students in B-schools and fashion design institutes, on starting their own businesses as well as marketing strategies.
Her vision is to build solutions that make the education sector more intuitive, proactive, personal and technology-driven. As the first step, Easytech has launched OnFees, OnExam and OnAttend which help digitise payments and processes for educational institutes. She aims at driving process excellence in schools and colleges by working with them closely and addressing the challenges. As a marketer, Manisha believes in Impact and ROI. And her ideas are translated well into the communication strategy for the brand as well as driving value for the customers. When not working, you can find Manisha digging herself into a book or talking a walk in nature.
Sunil Behari Mohanty born on 25th March 1946 is currently the President of All India Association for Educational Research http://www.aiaer.in. He started his career as a school teacher at the age of 16 and at intervals pursued his studies and teaching.
After school teaching for five years, he became a lecturer in Education in 1971 and an Associate Professor in Education in 1986 under the Government of Odisha State in India.
His qualifications: B.Sc., M. Ed., Ph.D. (Education) from Indian Universities and Diploma in Community Education from University of Edinburgh, UK under British Council scholarship. After his retirement from Govt. of Odisha job, after 33 years of service in 2004, he is now settled at Pondicherry and is attached to Sri Aurobindo Ashram as a volunteer and as a member of Ashram research advisory committee. He founded All India Association for Educational Research and got elected repeatedly to function as founder General Secretary of the Association till he was elected as President on 1st January 2017.He is the founder Editor of the Journal of All India Association for Educational Research, a half yearly peer reviewed journal approved by the University Grants Commission of India. He is one of the founder members of the International Forum of Researchers in Education that has 110 founder members in 87 countries and two national regions. http://ifore.in He has served as Dean, Faculty of Education of Sambalpur University of Odisha State government and has worked as principals of colleges of education and head of the departments of education in colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in education subject. He has delivered a Guest lecture at 2008 Conference of Korean Educational Research Association, served as member in the Organising committee of the conferences of Taiwan as well as Singapore Educational Research Associations, taken part in research symposia organised by the World Education Research Association and chaired paper presentation sessions at two WERA meetings. He has taken part in conferences of American, European, Korean, Taiwan, Singapore Educational Research Associations. He served as a member of WERA council during the years when AIAER was a member of WERA and now is a member of the Council of Asia Pacific Educational Research Association. He has written 18 books related to Education subject and has written more than 150 articles/papers. His current academic activity includes Associate Editor of Encyclopaedia of Educational Research of the Oxford University Press, New York.
Founder and CEO, Eduvance.
Dr. Jonathan Joshi has over 10 years of experience in technical training, skill development and technology consulting. He is an industry expert who consults with various companies, on the use of technology for improving their learning processes. His deep expertise in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Interactive games, have helped various companies and educational institutions improve their learning methods.
Dr. Joshi is an award winning teacher, innovator and TEDx speaker, having won numerous awards during his time in the United States. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, with a proven research track record with over 30 research publications. He has multiple patents to his credit including one, granted US patent and several Indian patents filed. His innovations range from, designing India’s first smart paper clip to a first-of-its-kind platform for teaching kids about AR and VR without programming.