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Post Doctorate, Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), M.Tech

Honorary Dean - Academia

Leadership Roles: AXELL Author and Faculty at IIT Kharagpur, Dean at LPU, Sr. Professor at VIT University, Business Advisor at Tata Consultancy Services, Deputy Director at National Productivity Council, Transformational Leadership Speaker

With over 30 years of experience spanning across industry and academia, Prof. (Dr.) Chinmoy Sarkar is an eminent academician from India primarily known for his life changing innovation around human development research. Dr. Sarkar's thought leadership capabilities are reflected by the fact that he holds the distinction of having authored a business model titled AXELL, and a step by step transformational tool for an organization to effectively utilize its resources, as a part of his Post Doctorate research at IIT Kharagpur. AXELL (Access Excellence) is a human transformation model evolving from the deep study of many disciplines and real life human-environment boundaries. Two Senior Professors from IIT Kharagpur along with a scholar have carried out an extensive study for a period of one year for validation of AXELL. The model has now been included in management text for B-Schools and T-Schools. Based on AXELL, his leadership sessions on Reinvent Yourself has nurtured multiple industry and academic leaders including Chairmen, Directors, General Managers, Scientists and Professors from institutions and key public sector companies recognised by the Government of India as MahaRatna companies, such as ONGC, CIL, and NLC. Dr. Sarkar is known for his outstanding ability to create dynamic, eye-opening, highly interactive learning experience that enriches organizations to take up new challenges in dynamic business environment.
In his academic roles, Dr. Sarkar was also Dean at Lovely Professional University and was Head of the University Tram Project at the School of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sarkar was also Senior Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), where his core focus areas were Industrial Engineering, Operations Management and Project Management. While at VIT, Dr. Sarkar was also the Convenor of "Mining Industry in the New Economy (MINE 2009), an International Conference on New Economy.  Prior to this, he was a full-time faculty at IIT Kharagpur, where his focus area was Production and Quality Management. Dr. Sarkar has also been a columnist writing on Surrogate HR for the "Business Manager" magazine.

Prior to venturing into academia, Dr. Sarkar has had an illustrious range of experience in the corporate world as well, having worked as a Deputy Director at the National Productivity Council, where his focus area was Industrial Engineering. Apart from this, he has also worked as a Business Consultant for the Global Consulting Practice division at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for over 14 years, as well as having held the post of Assistant Manager at the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL). He is also a management consultant with corporate houses, government and academic institutions, having established strong credentials in providing professional consultancy services across several leading business organizations in Utility sector in UK and evolving innovative solutions in the domains of Business Architecture Review, Enterprise Transformation, Information Systems Strategy Planning, Project Management - for Mining, Utility, Manufacturing industries. Read more...


(PhD, Sr. Fellow, Johns Hopkins)

Head of Doctoral Committee

Leadership Roles: Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, CSR guide to Tata Group, Member of Planning Commission Steering Committee for Govt. of India

Dr. Swapan Garain is a renowned Social Entrepreneur and honorary head to the Doctoral Committee at the National School of Leadership. A professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, primarily mentoring M.Phil and PhD students, Dr. Garain is a social work educator, trainer, social business mentor, and non-profit manager. He has been active in the social sector for more than twenty-five years.   He has been engaged in guiding corporates such as the Tata Group for its social responsibility initiatives, setting up and managing NGOs, facilitating government policy making and appraising projects for funding, teaching University students, training change agents, action research, writing, field action, consultancy, networking among social sector stakeholders and promotion of social entrepreneurship
In academic administration, he has been the  Coordinator for masters research, Faculty Coordinator for Social Work Placement Cell, and  Faculty Coordinator for Social Work Students’ Forum, besides serving on committees for purchase & store, computer resources, sexual abuse, academic affairs, employees credit society, etc..  He has also been the acting head of a teaching department running post graduate degree program in the area of management of NGOs during 2000-2001. Dr Garain has also been  a member of the Government of India’s Planning Commission Steering  Committee on Voluntary Sector ( for the 10th  (2002-2007) and 11th (2007-2012) Five year plans.
Dr. Garain hold a Honours degree in Social Work from Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences at Mumbai, Doctorate in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and a Diploma in Management from India Gandhi National Open University. He has also been a Senior Fellow in Philanthropy at Johns Hopkins University (USA). He has received fellowships and scholarships from Ford Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, Indian Council of Social Science Research, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Read more...



Dean - Behavioural Training & Organizational Leadership

Leadership Roles:
Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Army; Psychologist at the National Defence Academy, Psychologiest to the Army Shooting Team - 2010 Commonwealth Games, Speaker at multiple international think tanks and military institutions, Lecturer - Senior Command Course, Army War College

With his experience as a combat veteran with the Indian Army, having commanded an Infantry Rifle Company at Siachen, Lt Col (R) Dr Samir Rawat brings with him over two decades of experience in training and human resource optimization in the Armed forces. His leadership skills have actually been proven under fire, for which he was conferred a President’s gallantry award for recapturing enemy held positions in Batalik sector during the Kargil war in 1999, in which he also sustained injuries in the line of duty.

After his retirement from the army, Dr. Rawat has swiftly assumed anew man tle and is now an expert Cognitive-Behavioral trainer who uses an eclectic approach in teaching soft skills related to leadership and personality development, behaviour modification and Counseling, besides conducting faculty development and training of trainers(TOT) for academic, civil services, military & corporate institutions. He is a psychologist and facilitator with extensive experience in strengthening intrapersonal and interpersonal skills development with individuals and among teams. Much of his research effort focuses on applying Positive Psychology principles to academic, military & corporate contexts. His research interests vary from Soldier performance in combat and other dangerous life threatening military environment to optimal leadership, stress management and building highly cohesive teams under equally challenging conditions.

Dr. Rawat plays a key role in crafting personal growth strategies as well as creating long term benefits for organizational development. He has been a visiting faculty /guest speaker to many academic, corporate & military training institutions and is a regular consultant to senior Army leadership on matters pertaining to stress optimization, Soldier and Leader performance, and psychological fitness. His efforts revolve around improving psychological fitness and well being of Soldiers and their Families. Based on principles of Positive Psychology, he focuses on building and enriching of human strengths, their assessment, and evidence-based methods of enhancing emotional, social, family, and spiritual fitness of. Dr. Rawat was the Psychologist to the Army shooting team that won more than 10 gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth games. He is a guest speaker at well known international think tanks and military institutions; he speaks regularly to Senior Command Course at the Army War College on matters of personal and organizational resilience building in context of challenges to military leadership.

Dr. Rawat has written, published as well as presented psychology and military papers in National as well as International conferences in India and abroad. He has also contributed extensively to military and academic journals of repute as well as been cited in leading national newspapers. He has taught a diverse group of population ranging from military recruits, cadets ,JCO’s, Subedar Majors, Religious Teachers, Young Officers from various Arms and services, Commanding officers and potential formation commanders of the Armed forces ,Para Military Forces and friendly foreign countries. He has also been involved in training school & college students from various countries, NGOs, pilots as well as Management trainees in academic institutions and junior, middle & senior management executives in corporate houses.



Dean - Entrepreneurial Leadership

Leadership Roles:
Managing Partner, Stem Cell Capital; Sr. VP, Promed Group; VP - Global Business Development, Piramal Healthcare; Sr VP, Global BD & Strategy, VP & Head, MAPE Advisory Group; AVP, Avendus Capital

An expert in Venture Capital and Funding, with over 20 years of experience in the field of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Dr. Harshawardhan Bal has held key positions in major international corporates, and brings to the table a rich experience of corporate operations and strategy in the field of life sciences and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Bal heads the Life Sciences / Healthcare Investment Banking Advisory and Consulting Practice at Stem Cell Capital, a mid-market focused transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm. Dr. Bal's experience in cross-border M&A, PE syndication, consulting, and alliance brokering in multiple locations including India and abroad results in his innate and comprehensive understanding of market dynamics. Dr. Bal has been instrumental in designing and executing business development and licensing campaigns, strategic sourcing in R&D, clinical trials, chemistry, manufacturing and formulation development, pharma assets and NCE portfolio valuation and management, and resource prioritization.

Dr. Bal started his career with Nicholas Piramal India Ltd, after which he moved into the role of a Research Scholar at the National Institute of Immunology. Thereafter, after serving as a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Rochester, Dr. Bal became a Bioinformatics researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He has thereafter served in increasingly senior capacities with firms such as OSI Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Booz Allen Hamilton, and BioImagene/Roche Ventana, among others. Dr. Bal has held the position of Principal Scientist at Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston. He has served in key positions such as VP & Head - Life Sciences Investment banking advisory, at MAPE Advisory Group, VP, Global Business Development - API Services, Piramal Pharma Solutions, at Piramal Healthcare Ltd., and Sr. VP - Corporate Development, Promed Group.

Dr. Bal is a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Jawaharlal Nehru Vishwavidyalaya, and holds an M.Pharm degree from Nagpur University. He is also a Post doctorate in Bioinformatics from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and a Post doctorate in Gene Therapy from University of Rochester Medical Center. He is author to 3 books and multiple research papers.



Dean - Social Service Leadership

Leadership Roles:
President at DSDES; Human Response Developer and Attitudinal Trainer; Vice President – Snow Leopard Adventures; Training Manager - Hilton Group

With wide experience in corporate training and consulting with a range of industries, across levels and functions, Christine Patham is an expert trainer experienced in designing customised training interventions and facilitating for development of skill and effective behaviours to help organizations meet defined objectives. Addressed areas of Sales Effectiveness, Communication Skills, Customer orientation and Behaviour Management using classroom and outdoor adventure based training interventions. She has conducted personality development programmes using the experiential training modules with educational institutions & her personal interest is in specially challenged children. With her range of experience, Christine brings in a new level of understanding to the process of imparting education and training, and is an expert at leveraging on her learnings and exploration of the field of specialized training to provide a distinctive edge to the field of corporate training and education, with a specialised focus on experiential learning. She provides her expertise in various fields of training, including Behavioural Training Programmes, Communication Training Programmes, Attitudinal Training Programmes, Leadership Training Programmes, and Team Building Exercises.

Christine has worked with leading organizations such as Nortel OBT, AirTel and Coca Cola, as well as having conducted workshops and modules at the National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakvasla, Pune. She has served as a Facilitator on programmes with many corporates such as Corporate Calibre, Metamorf, and Deloitte. She is also a visiting faculty at IIPM Delhi and Gurgaon, as well as at Amity Global University, Noida. Christine is also affiliated with IL&FS (for Infosys), Adecco (for JP Morgan & Co), and Beyond Horizons (for Motorola).

In the past, Christine has served as Vice President with Snow Leopard Adventures, Mumbai & Pune, where she was instrumental in initiating, marketing and co-ordinating all operational activities for Snow Leopard Adventures in Mumbai, which also included designing and executing focused and well-targeted corporate training programmes and student training programmes. During her stint with Snow Leopard, Christine has designed and facilitated training programmes for Dhirubhai Ambani School and Anglo French Drug Company, among others. Prior to this, Christine has served as Training Manager with the Hilton Hotel, New Delhi, where she was instrumental in analysing, sourcing, co-ordinating and assessing training requirements for all levels, as well as developing and conducting training modules for management & staff, based on Change management, Customer service, Attitude and General Personality Development, and Staff Motivation programmes, among others. In the past, Christine has also served with The International, and Avenue Regent hotels in Cochin, apart from also having served as a Public Relations expert on several projects across India.

Christine holds a Masters in Psychological Counselling, a post graduate diploma in Business & Marketing Management, and is a B.Com from Pune University. In addition, she is also a Certified Psychometric Test Professional from Carlton Advance Management Institute Accredited work study program.




Leadership Roles: Editor in Chief, IARS’ International Research Journal, Australia; Director General, National Academy of Higher Education & Research (NAHER); Chief Advisor, Nirmal International Education & Research Group (NIERG); Chief Advisor, Team – NIC; Ex. DFO, Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India

A mentor developed with immense working experience in research, academics, trainings, corporate, management, and information technology, Dr. Jain is author of two books, Software Engineering Principles and Practices published by Oxford University Press and Software Engineering Process Models published by BPB Publishers. He has more than 40 research papers published with leading journals and editorials of national and international repute. Dr. Jain has been consulting many universities and academic institutions across globe for their academic processes and international collaborations. He has also been visiting faculty for many leading academic institutions.


Bharat Shiksha Ratna

Leadership Roles:
Bharat Shiksha Ratna; Professor - Guwahati Commerce College; Lecturer - Assam Administrative Staff College; Lecturer - Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Assam; Lecturer - Alphia Institute of Business Management; Deputy Director, Institute of Distance and Open Learning, Gauhati University

Dr. G.G. Banik has been Professor in the Dept. of Accountancy, Gauhati Commerce College, the premier Institution of Business Education in the North Eastern Region of India, for a number of years, and has been a key figure in revolutionising Commerce Education in the entire North Eastern Region. Dr. Banik has also been associated with the Assam Institute of Management. In addition, Dr. Banik has also delivered lectures at the Assam Administrative Staff College on topics such as Management of State Finance, Zero Base Budgeting, Working Capital Management, Cash Flow and Fund Flow Analysis, Municipal Accounts etc. He is also a lecturer at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, where his key areas of instruction are Business Law and Corporate Strategy & Policy with special reference to Strategic Management. He is also a lecturer on Legal Environment of Business, including Intellectual Property Rights, Contract Act etc. Dr. Banik has also served as the Deputy Director, Institute of Distance and Open Learning, Gauhati University, as well as Professor-in-Charge of Examinations, Gauhati Commerce College. He is also the Secretary of the Gauhati 'Commerce College Teachers' Unit. As a part of his committment to the cause of secondary education, Dr. Banik has, On an invitation from the Director, SCERT, Assam, also prepared the Composite State Curriculum and Syllabus for the subject Accountancy for the 11th and 12th standard curriculum.
Dr. Gour Gopal Banik has been honoured with the prestigious 'Bharat Shiksha Ratna Samman" for his “Excellence in Chosen Field of Activity”. The award is presented to him by His Excellency Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, the former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu. Dr. Banik has published over 10 books and multiple research papers around different subjects



Leadership Roles:
Major General (Ret.), Indian Army; Lecturer at National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College; Author of “Lost Victory”; Editor of several books on Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Ballistic Missiles, Terrorism Laws; Renowned Motivational Speaker

A highly experienced soldier and leader, Major General Raj Mehta, AVSM, VSM (Retd) was commissioned in 1969 from the Officers Training School. Gen. Mehta retired from the Indian Army in 2006, after years of service to the nation. Gen. Mehta has commanded both Armoured and Infantry units and formations. While in command of 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles in Kashmir, Gen. Mehta sustained serious gunshot wounds during an encounter with Pakistani terrorists, but was allowed to continue in command at his request. The President of India has honoured him on two occasions for distinguished war-zone service. Gen. Mehta brings with him an innate understanding of leadership at the highest levels, and in efficiently managing and operating large organizations such as the army. This enables him to provide frontline insights into the workings of organizations and how they function.

Gen. Mehta has taught at the National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College. Outside of uniformed service, Gen. Mehta has been a motivational speaker, he has been teaching students across profession, gender and age. He focuses on Personality Development, Leadership, Maximising Ones Potential, Values and Ethics, Women’s Empowerment and Preservation of Environment/Ecology. He has been a lecturer with the Indian Management Association, and is an expert called upon for appearances on both national and regional television channels for his insights on defence programs.

Gen. Mehta holds Masters degrees in English and Defence Studies, and also holds an M.Phil in Strategic Studies from Madras University, as well as in National Security from the National Defence College. Gen. Mehta has written a book titled "Lost Victory" on the LTTE, which was published in 2010. He has also been an editor of books on Nuclear Non-proliferation, Ballistic Missiles and Terrorism Laws and also freelances for leading newspapers and magazines. He is currently working on a book on Punjab’s War Memorials.



Leadership Roles:
Professor at IIM, Indore; Director at Shanti Business School

Dr. Sapovadia brings with him a plethora of experience in both academics as well as the sphere of business. Currently, Dr. Sapovadia is the director of the Shanti Business School, Ahmedabad. Prior to this, Dr. Sapovadia has served in various capacities across a range of leading educational institutes across India – including IIM, Indore; the B.K. School of Business management, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, and with the MBA wing of the National Institute Of Cooperative Management, Gandhinagar.
Dr. Sapovadia has also served as a practicing Chartered Accountant, as an Independent Management Consultant, and as an External Reviewer for the Editorial Board at Financial Management & Financial Innovations, Ukraine, among others. Dr.Sapovadia is also affiliated as a Fellow Member of ICAI, India; Microfinance Community Development Gateway, US; ANLAP, UK; the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Sapovadia is a Lead Facilitator with World Bank, and has also served as the Seminar director in the international conference by NICM & Global Development Learning Network, World Bank Institute on “Poverty reduction strategies through cooperatives”
With a research focus on Corporate Governance, Cooperatives, Microfinance and CSR, Dr. Sapovadia’s research works have been published in leading publications, including the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Sapovadia has received his LLM in Commercial Law as well as Property Law, and has also received an MBA prior to completing his Ph.D. Dr. Sapovadia also lectures at the Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration, the Institute of Indian Bankers, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Companies Secretaries, and the Nirma Institute of Management, among others.



Leadership Roles:
Eminent Leadership Mentor, Firewalk Instructor, NLP Practitioner, Psychometrics Expert, Founder at HR Annex, Right fit selector of Pilots and Engineers, Wing Commander at the Indian Air Force

After flying fighter jets including MiG 21, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 and MiG 29 for 12 years for the Indian Air Force, Mr. Paulson transformed into a great leadership guru with his disciples from across the world.  He Flew the fighter jets in IAF as Military Pilot during 1980-93. After that he delivered Leadership Trainings and provided Right Fit Selection of pilots and engineers during 1993-2003.

He entered the corporate world as a Trainer, Consultant, Facilitator, Executive Coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner in 2003. He is experienced & certified in the use of MBTI, FIRO-B, 15FQ+, JTI, SDI, 360 Degree Feedback etc. and also uses Genos Emotional Intelligence extensively. As a certified FIREWALK Instructor he uses Firewalk, Glass Walk, Arrow breaking, Iron-Rod bending for personal transformation.

Passionate about continuous learning, he has completed his Post Graduate courses in Training and Development, International Relations, Business Management, Counseling and Psychotherapy and a number of Master Trainer Certifications. He holds Level A & B Certification in Occupational Testing from British Psychological Society and Accredited user of MBTI Step-II. He is also a trained NLP Master Practitioner, Firewalk Instructor and an Empowerment Coach.

Mr. Paulson has a MSc. in Defense Studies & International Relations from Madras University, MS in Counseling & Psychotherapy from IBMS, PG Diploma in Management from AIMA, New Delhi, program in Mentoring and Coaching by Auckland University (New Zealand) and many more.

Jo Paulson, as most know him as, claims to be totally committed to help others succeed by discovering the butterfly within the caterpillar! Read more...



Leadership Roles:
Retired IAS Officer, Collector & District Magistrate, Deputy Director-General of Shipping, Municipal Commissioner, Managing Director of PSUs, FDA Commissioner, Director-General of Yashada, Principal Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra, CEO at Chandra Catalyst

Amitabh Chandra is a retired Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer and a renowned Leadership Coach having started his venture, Chandra Catalyst in 2010. After earning a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Amitabh Chandra ventured into academia as a Lecturer in Economics in Delhi. Since early in his endeavour, he has been mentored by the likes of Nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen, Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati , (Late) Dr. Sukhomoy Chakravarty and (Late) Dr K N Raj, amongst others.

After having been an academician, Amitabh Chandra joined the Indian Economic Service (IES), standing first in the all-India examination. In 1974, he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). During his tenure in the IAS he occupied offices of differing nature and variety. Positions that he held during his tenure under the IAS include Collector & District Magistrate, Deputy Director-General of Shipping, Municipal Commissioner, Managing Director (of Public Sector Units), FDA Commissioner, Director-General of Yashada (apex training institute of the Government of Maharashtra) and Principal Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra.

While in the IAS, apart from attending numerous training programmes at the IIMs, ASCI, IPE and IIFT, Mr. Chandra earned his Masters in Financial Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, and a Diploma in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Amitabh Chandra superannuated from the IAS in 2008 and has since then mentored multiple organizations and students as a Leadership Coach.



Leadership Roles:
Learning Scientist, Innovator of "Readography" & "Neuro-Structuring", Yogic Sciences Expert, Founder of Centre of Excellence in Performance

A production engineer who was so influenced with sales that he started his career with direct sales and therafter went ahead to launch his Construction and Timesharing businesses. Mithilesh Chudgar brings with him diverse knowledge gained over a span of many years, and is known for his effortless method of delivering the most complex of topics. Mr. Chudgar is an expert in the field of brain training for betterment of life, and is known to come up with simple practical ways of implementing the Yogic Principles in life based on his understanding of how the brain creates reality.

Mr. Chudgar is the inventor of the concept of “Readography” - a very specific technique which enhances the intake of information to enable the learner to actually absorb information from the book at the speed of 25000 words per minute, while also enabling the learner to be creative, get more ideas and implement the concepts read in life situations.

He is also the founder of “Neuro-Structuring”, a scientific approach which emphasizes that every experience has a structure and that bringing a change in this structure can help one change the meaning of the experience. Neuro Structuring focuses on how the human brain creates reality, and stresses on the fact that if one needs to recreate or change the reality being experienced, it is possible through the correct usage of the human mind, through a practical process highlighting how to use one's mind to recreate reality.


Ph.D. (Psychology), MD (Psychiatry), MBBS, MIRPM

Leadership Roles: Noted Psychiatrist & Clinical Psychologist; Managing Director at USK Hospitals & Medicare; Founder, Living Wisdom Foundation

As a Psychiatrist & Clinical Psychologist contributing professionally to the field of medicine and healthcare, along with providing a regular consulting practice, Dr. S.S. Kulkarni is a leading educationist, management trainer and healthcare consultant with significant experience in the areas of health, lifestyle and motivational training. As Managing Director of USK Hospitals and Medicare, a chain of Super Specialty Hospitals, Medical Education, Spa and Fitness Centres, and Psychological Counseling Centres, Dr. Kulkarni is an expert in establishing turnkey projects for hospitals, diagnostic centres, and has, as a Health Spa and Alternative System of Medicine Expert, developed institutions for holistic health treatment and alternative health expert training with a focused approach towards Health Tourism.

As an educationist, Dr. Kulkarni has been instrumental in developing international schools, management institutes, Information Technology institutes, Paramedical Colleges, Nursing schools, Pharmacy colleges, and rural vocational training centres, as well as many other similar efforts. Dr. Kulkarni has been the Chairman of the Living Wisdom Foundation since 2008, and has also served as the Managing Director of the foundation since 2010.

Dr. Kulkarni is a Ph.D. in Psychology from Nagpur University with this dissertation titled "Comparative study of Evil Spirits, Spiritual, Religious, gods, demons influences". He pursued MD in Psychiatry from Pune University and completed his MBBS in Psychiatry and Education from Nagpur. He also has a Masters in Industrial and Personal Management from Pune University.



Leadership Roles:
CEO at The Skill Mantras; CEO, TeacherSity; CEO, A K Vidyamandir; Program Director, Pie Education; Management Advisor, Brilliant Tutorials

Dr. F Q Shamsi has been instrumental to the growth of multiple organizations, where he has held leadership positions and leveraged on his understanding of the sphere to help these organizations grow drastically, and increase market share and turnover. A good orator and motivator, Dr. Shamsi has contributed to core areas like skill development, employability enhancement, personal training and grooming, and strategic planning and management, among others.
Dr. Shamsi has been CEO and Chief Mentor at Skill Mantras, a leading Training and Development company which focuses on the enhancement of employability of the student community. Dr. Shamsi leads the efforts to align and structure training requirements to be in line with corporates' HR needs. Earlier, he was the CEO of TeacherSity, an organized and structured country-wide empowerment movement for K12 teachers. Dr. Shamsi headed the efforts to bring together policy makers, examining boards, school administrators, principals and teachers to build a series of professional development programs, access to research and teaching resources, community networks and web-based interventions & support, thus enabling teachers to evolve and re-invent themselves, both personally and professionally, to meet and deal with the challenges of 21st century learners.
Prior to TeacherSity, Dr. Shamsi held the position of CEO at AK Vidyamandir, where he contributed to excellence in education, educational management, strategic planning, human resources, training and development, and thus helping develop a world class professional educational setup. An innovative professional involved in conception & development of newer ideas related to education and ICT. Dr. Shamsi is passionate about Civil Rights and Social Action, Economic Empowerment, Education, Arts and Culture. He hold an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from Delhi University, in addition to an MBA.



Leadership Role:
GM at Marriott’s

Mr. Balan Paravantavida started his career with Marriott in January 1984. In 1985, after playing an important role in setting up the culinary operation of the Westchester Marriott, he moved to New York Marriott Marquis, one of the largest in the Marriott chain of hotels. With over 27 years of experience in the hotel industry both in India and abroad, Balan has worked with leading hotels of the Marriott chain, before reaching his current position as GM of Marriott Hotel, Pune. 

With his extensive industry experience in handling pre-openings, conversions and takeovers of hotels in six countries, covering three continents, Balan brings with him assets such as strong operational background, cost control initiatives, concept development, multi property experience, MVCI property management and experience in business, convention and mega luxury resorts properties. Balan is also an industry expert in dealing with constructions, renovations and project management. His education spans from the Institute of Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Chennai to the United States. Read more...



Leadership Role:
Chief of Operations at Mastek Ltd.

Mr. P. Rajasekharan is an independent consultant with over 25 years of professional experience  in 4 different capability building areas - strategic thinking, inherent process discipline, analytical and facilitative skills, and people management. Mr. Rajasekharan is currently operating as an independent consultant to provide Advisory services in the space of Organizational development, to train and coach senior members of the management, to incubate new businesses and to facilitate designing education system for the underprivileged. With over 25 years of experience in the software industry contributing at multiple levels of management, he has been Chief of Operations at Mastek Ltd., and has led the company’s transformation to three-fold its original size and revenues while maintaining the core values of the company.
Raj has coached/mentored team of leaders while in Mastek and also as independent consultant. The method adopted was self-discovery, understanding individual and team competencies, understanding team goals to be achieved and tweaking/developing leadership skills to deliver as a unit.



Leadership Roles: Renowned Mind Maps trainer, international Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner, National Sales Head and VP at Benchmark Asset Management, Associate Vice President at JM Morgan Stanley

Dharmendra Rai is a renowned Mind Maps practitioner, having been trained directly by Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Maps.  He is a ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, one of the first in India, being the only one in Mumbai. A Mind Maps guru, Mr. Rai has conducted seminar across the world, including organizations like Indian Institute of Technology,Johnson & Johnson, Datamatics, Sharekhan, Hindustan Unilever, Capgemini, Pearson Education, IBM, Bharat Petroleum, PIBM, C K Thakur Institue of Management, Flying Carpet Productions and ITCL ( An IL&FS venture ) among others. He has helped multiple movie stars and movie directors with the power of Mind Maps which they use while succeeding in the glamour world.

Mr. Rai has trained over 11,000 NSE and BSE members and investors, holding the record of training more people than any other independent trainer in the world on ETFs and Indexing.  A disciple of Edward De Bono on Lateral Thinking, Mr. Rai is an internationally certified Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner.

Dharmendra Rai has over 15 years of experience in the corporate world. He has been the National Sales Head and Vice President at Benchmark Asset Management and a Associate Vice President at JM Morgan Stanley.  He has also held leadership roles in Alliance Capital and Karvy.

Mr. Rai is a Post Graduate in Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, India.

Dharmendra Rai is a known face in Indian television, having been a prominent face in CNBC, Zee Biz, UTVi and Channel V. He was also featured in Times of India. Read more...


Leadership Roles: Global Head at Capgenimi; Head at Deutsche Post DHL; Principal at HSBC

Anil Makhija is Global Head of Process Engineering (Quality) for the Capgemini Financial Services. In this role, he is responsible for designated set of programs centered around definition, implementation, measurement and improvement of all Management and Engineering processes. Additionally, he is also responsible for alignment of the Financial Services Global Business Unit processes with overall group processes of Capgemini, Internal & External Audit Program (ISO 9001, CMMI, SAS70, ISO 20000), Strategic Initiatives related to QMS Integration, NextGen Engagement Management tool, Process Consulting, Productivity, and Global Lean Program. He is also a member of Capgemini FSGBU India Leadership Council. Previously, he was Head of Offshore Vendor Management for DPDHL IT Services and is based in Pune, India.

Anil has a Masters in Business Administration from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (Class of '97) and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering IIT Roorkee (formerly University of Roorkee).



Leadership Roles:
Head – Learning at Bennett, Coleman & Co., General Manager at Times of India, Training Manager at Xerox

Mr. Rajdeep Lalvani is the Assistant VP & Head of Learning and Development at Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.  Prior to this, Rajdeep has held various capacities with the Times Group, including as General Manager at The Times of India, Deputy General Manager & Response Head at Bennett Coleman & Co.Ltd, and Deputy General Manager - Sales Training at Bennett Coleman & Co.Ltd. Prior to this, Rajdeep has headed the Agency Training and Recruitment function at ING Insurance International B.V., as well as having been the National Sales Training Manager at Xerox Modicorp Ltd, among others.
Rajdeep’s areas of expertise in Front Line Sales, Sales Management & Training include Leadership Development techniques, Coverage Strategy, Strategic Market Positioning, Territory growth & Development, Team Building, and Management Development, among a plethora of strengths. see all...  At age 48, with close to 20 years of experience and a demonstrated successful track record of Sales Leadership in highly competitive environments, Rajdeep is a dynamic, entrepreneurial sales management strategist, as well as being an exceptional mentor and coach.



Leadership Roles:
Director at Deutche Bank, Director at UCB, Director at Novartis, Country Head at Mosanto

Ms. Aparna Sharma, in a career spanning nearly two decades, has worked with a plethora of corporate across various sectors, including manufacturing setups, sales and marketing organizations, as well as in the Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) sphere. Currently serving as the Director HR at Deutsche Bank, Ms. Sharma has worked with leading companies in Southeast Asia, such as UCB India as Director HR for the company’s India operations – including Field Sales, Network Operations Centre & Manufacturing facility, as well as with Novartis Healthcare as Head of HR for Global Services in India, a role in which she was responsible for the captive off-shoring business of the company. Prior to this, Ms. Sharma has worked with Monsanto in a host of capacities, including Country HR Head for Monsanto, Phillipines, HR Head for Monsanto India and Training and OD Lead for South Asia.

 Ms. Sharma is an active member of various professional associations such as the Indian Society of Training & Development (ISTD), All India Management Association (AIMA), National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), and the National HRD Network, among others. Her articles have also been published in both Indian and international research journals. She participates in various HR forums, panel discussions, guest lecture series and was a key speaker at the RD Aga series of Leadership in 2002. She is also on the selection panel for selecting students for various MBA colleges. She has been contributing to the evolving curriculum in Human resources for various institutions. She is an Accredited Management Teacher (AMT), conferred by AIMA, New Delhi in the field of General Management. Ms. Sharma is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (PM & IR) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.



Leadership role:
Director at Indira Group of Institutes

Dr. Gupta is a professional corporate relations, sales, marketing, business development and operations professional associated with Pharma, Retail, Healthcare and Education sectors.  A dynamic professional with over 15 years of strong, decisive executive leadership in well known organisations in Retail, Healthcare & Education, Dr. Gupta has had extensive Strategic Directorship experience in handling Corporate Relations, expertise in managing Business Operations with focus on profitability and achieving the company’s mission & strategic direction, and has demonstrated abilities in developing Distribution Network Infrastructures and Channel Management. Dr. Gupta is an enterprising leader with excellent negotiation, decision-making and organisational skills.  Dr. Gupta has been functionally engaged in establishing presence for pharma majors in various locations within the country, and has been instrumental in setting up the largest in store Wellness retail chain in India’s largest company-owned food retail chain in North, West and Gujarat Zones.

Dr. Gupta has been associated with the Indira Group of Institutes since December 2008, having held the position of Director at the Indira School of Career Studies, and Director – Corporate Relations at the Indira Group of Institutes. Dr. Gupta has also been a core part of the healthcare retail business of the Future Group. His prior experience also includes having played pivotal roles with Micro Labs Ltd, Wanbury Ltd. (erstwhile Wander Novartis Pharma), Aventis Pharma Ltd and Lloyds Labs Ltd.
Dr. Gupta holds a B.Sc in Chemistry (Hons) from the Benaras Hindu University (BHU). He also has a certification in retail management from IIM Ahmedabad, an MBA from NAIU Europe, a doctorate from SAIES UK, and also holds a Corporate Directorship Certification from the World Council of Corporate Governance, UK.



Leadership Roles: 
Group Executive Editor of seven magazines in India, Managing Editor of The Indian Express, Director at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Founding Director at Indira School of Communication (ISC)

Prof. Nanjundaiah has had over 20 years of experience in the fields of Media and Higher Education. Currently working as the Group Executive Editor of seven business magazines in Mumbai, as well as being the COO of the group’s research and education foundation, Mr. Nanjundaiah also has a healthy international exposure, including a successful stint as the Managing Editor of The Indian Express North American Editions. Prior to this, Mr. Nanjundaiah has been the Director of the Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Pune, and notably, the Founding Director of the Indira School of Communication (ISC), Pune, India.
Prof. Nanjundaiah is an Indian media policy expert and has researched, presented and published internationally. His research interest areas include India's television programming policies through the neo-liberalization period, higher education policies, and political discourse through "the dialectic of articulation/silence." He has an M.S. in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University, Virginia, USA, an M.A. in English and a B.Sc. from the University of Mysore, India. He has also taken courses at Texas A&M University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA.



Leadership Roles:
Founder Director at Metamorph, Senior Vice President at HSBC

M.S. Ramgopal is known for his mentorship in Strategy and Presentation Skills; especially known to be a master in turning around businesses to profitability in his own unique and practical way. He is the founder Director at Metamorph Training. With over 15 years of experience Mr. Ramgopal has been the Senior Vice President and Head of Sales Coaching and Quality at HSBC. He set up both these functions that are now best practices across the world in HSBC. Prior to that role, he headed Sales and Service Training in HSBC for India and allied countries. During his career, he has also held multiple positions in Sales and Management at Eli Lilly Ranbaxy.

M.S. Ramgopal is an Alumnus from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.



Leadership Roles:
Senior Vice President at Bharti Walmart, CEO at Adhaar, Future Group, CEO at Pantaloon, Chief Procurement Officer at RK Foodland, GM at General Mills, previously Godrej Pillsbury

With 28 years of experience, Arvind Chaudhary has been the Senior Vice President and Head of Merchandising – Cash & Carry at Bharti Walmart where he is responsible for creating modern wholesale in India a profitable business in the rural and urban space of the country. He oversees supply chain of fresh commodities, FMCG, fashion goods, general merchandise, electronics, technology and other needs of the society as a part of his role. He is also responsible for putting together the best talent and developing them as per Walmart standards, with incorporation of local business needs in mind.

Previously Mr. Chaudhary wae the CEO and Director at Adhaar Retailing, which is a joint venture between Future Group and Godrej Group and CEO at Pantaloon Retail India for food line of business.

Apart from his corporate career, Arvind Chaudhary has also been mentoring MBA students at Gorakhpur University and Banaras Hindu University.

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