Advisors

Advisors

Dr Yogendra Narain – Chief Patron & advisor on Strategy 

Dr. Narain is a 1965 batch retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is a Former Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. The Secretary-General is appointed by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha i.e. Vice President of India and holds rank equivalent to the Cabinet Secretary of India, the seniormost civil servant of the country.

Presently he is serving as Member Grievances Redressal committee at Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Member, Board of Directors at Reliance Power Limited.

Mr Kuldip K Sharma  – Strategy & Finance

Mr Sharma is a senior banking professional with banking and finance certifications, with over 35 years of qualitative experience in the spectrum of leadership, general management, branch operations and marketing in the banking industry. Kuldip has hands-on experience in incubating, nurturing and developing businesses from inception to finish with good exposure to most geographical regions of the country.

Mr Sharma is a keen planner and strategist and a master at nurturing and steering teams. His forte is in building organizational capability and developing/managing human resources. Recognized by managements for exceptional performance in recording turnarounds and impacting bottom-lines, reflected in a number of unique and special awards throughout his career.

Mr Sharma has worked with both public and private sector banks and his last assignment was as Executive Director with a large old Private Sector bank. Mr Sharms is a Post Graduate in Physics, Economics and a MBA, CAIIB

Mr Sunand Sharma – Strategy

Mr. Sunand Sharma is currently also an advisor on Rail & Infrastructure to HFCL and Alstom. He was President, Alstom International, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India Ltd. 2006-2014. During his tenure, the company has transformed its presence in the India & South Asia Area and made major capital investments, whilst strengthening its position in Thermal Power, Renewable Power and Transport, and integrated the business of Grid in India and South Asia. The volume of business as well as the employee strength has grown manifold and the India and South Asia Area is one of the fastest growing in Alstom. India & South Asia now represents close to 10% of the company’s global orders and employee base.

He is currently President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI), a Member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and a National Council Member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as of various Councils and Committees of these associations. He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences.

Prior to joining Alstom, he led the Business Development effort of GE in India in the ’80s and ’90s that established GE’s leadership in India in Aircraft Engines, Gas Turbines and Medical Systems. From the mid ’90s till 2006 he provided strategic advice to various leading global companies including Nokia Telecommunications Oy of Finland, Owens Corning Fiberglas Inc. of USA, Energy Developments Limited of Australia, Vialle Alternative Fuel Systems and the Royal Cebeco Group of the Netherlands, GE Wind Energy of USA and Acciona Energia of Spain.

The French Government has appointed Mr Sunand Sharma Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction, in recognition of his outstanding achievements as Country President, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India, from 2006 to 2014.

Dr Rajat Kathuria – Economic Policy

Rajat Kathuria is Director and Chief Executive at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He has over 20 years experience in teaching and 10 years experience in economic policy, besides research interests on a range of issues relating to regulation and competition policy. He worked with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) during its first eight years (1998-2006) and gained hands on experience with telecom regulation in an environment changing rapidly towards competition. The role entailed analysis of economic issues relating to telecom tariff policy, tariff rebalancing, interconnection charges and licensing policy. Market research and questionnaire development and analysis formed an integral part of this exercise. It also involved evaluation of macro level initiatives for transforming the telecom industry. He wrote a number of consultation papers which eventually formed the basis of tariff and interconnection orders applicable to the industry. He has taught undergraduate economics at the University of Maryland and is currently on leave from the International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi where he teaches Managerial Economics and International Trade. He has worked with the World Bank, Washington DC as a Consultant and carried out project assignments for a number of organizations, including ILO, UNCTAD, LirneAsia, Ernst and Young, Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) and Standing Committee for Public Enterprises (SCOPE). He has published in international and national journals, besides in popular magazines and newspapers. He is founder member of Broadband Society for Universal Access and served on the board of Delhi Management Association. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Stephens College, a Masters from Delhi School of Economics and a PhD degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Prof. Sujit Dutta – International Relations

Prof. Sujit Dutta is a political scientist and international affairs specialist. His work over the past three decades covers teaching, research, guidance and mentoring younger scholars and students, editing a leading journal, and journalism. His areas of expertise and current work include Conflict Analysis, The Liberal World Order, Indian Strategic Thought, India-China relations, Chinese politics and security policies, International Politics of East Asia, Theories of War; South and East Asian regionalism; weak states and civil wars. 

He has been the UGC M K Gandhi Chair and Professor at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (NMCPCR), Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. The Centre is the country’s leading academic institution for peace and conflict studies. His work at the Centre and as the Chair spanned teaching, Ph.D guidance, project work, lectures, conference participation, and writing on themes relating to conflict analysis and peace building. Before he was invited to join the NMCPCR and take up the work of the M K Gandhi Chair, he was Senior Fellow and head of the East Asian Studies Programme at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), India’s premier think tank on strategic and security studies. He also edited the leading strategic studies and international affairs journal, Strategic Analysis, 2005-2008, and transformed it into a refereed international journal published by Routledge.

He was a Senior Fellow at the prestigious United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. in 1997-98, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for National Defense Higher Education (IHEDN), Paris (2006). He has a Ph.D from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prof. Dutta has published over 50 research papers and chapters in books, and has edited the book India and the World: Strategic Thought—the Formative Years. He is currently working on his book Imagined Domain: China’s Approach towards Territoriality and Boundary SettlementsDutta has been a member of India-China Eminent Persons’ Group (2001-2005) set up by the two governments to deepen engagement and peace, and the National Security Council Task Force on China (2006), Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Working Group on Confidence Building Measures (1994-1999), and other high-level bodies devoted to international peace and security building. He has collaborated with the Ministry of External Affairs, the National Security Council, the National Police Academy, the NE Police Academy, The Army and Naval War Colleges, the National Defenec Academy, etc. He has been consulted by US Senators, British and French members of Parliament, Ambassadors, the US Office of Net Assessment and other international policy makers on India’s strategic policies, India-China Relations, Asian ties, nuclear policies, etc. He was a senior editor in Press Trust of India (PTI) in charge of foreign affairs and was stationed in Beijing as a specialist on China. He joined the IDSA in 1987 to strengthen its research on China and East Asia.

Prof. Dutta regularly lectures on India-China relations, Conflict Management and Security, China’s Rise and its impact, India’s East Asia Policy, Conflict Analysis, and Regionalism at leading institutions, academies and Universities across the country and the world. Prof. Dutta has lectured and participated in conferences at a number of international think tanks and institutions, including the Harvard-Berlin Dialogue, Berlin, Wilton Park, U.K, IHEDN, Paris, Marshall Centre, Munich, University of Leiden, Netherlands, Institute for European Security, Brussels, Catholic University, Brussels, Japan Institute for International Affairs, Tokyo, National Institute for Defence Studies, Tokyo, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C, Humboldt University, Berlin, Centre for South Asian Studies, Chengdu, China, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Australian National University, Canberra, etc. Dutta has been interviewed extensively by all major national and international media.

Mr Peter Lacy – Growth Strategy & Sustainability 

Mr Lacy is managing director for Growth, Strategy and Sustainability within Accenture Strategy and is part of its Leadership Team. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, and leads Accenture’s relationship with the World Economic Forum and the Digital Transformation of Industries program.

His role focuses on strategy development, offering development, innovation centers and mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Mr. Lacy is a world authority on sustainability in areas such as circular economy, stakeholder management and trust issues in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, mining, energy and consumer goods.

He works with the CEOs and senior management of a range of Fortune 500 companies, including the United Nations, the European Union and public sector organizations. He specializes in growth and strategy, with a strong focus on environmental, social, governance and ethics issues. Prior to consulting he spent several years working in the dotcom industry.

Previously, Mr. Lacy worked for McKinsey and Company and the think tank, the Academy of Business in Society, where he was founding executive director. His career has involved time living and working in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Europe and China, where he most recently led Accenture Strategy’s Asia Pacific cross-industry strategy team.

Mr. Lacy chairs various taskforces at the World Economic Forum, and he founded the YGL Taskforce on Circular Economy and the WEF YGL Circular Economy Awards. He has led the world’s largest study on CEO attitudes to sustainability for the United Nations’ Secretary General four times, and he was a founding signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Mr. Lacy is an alumnus of full-time and executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Nottingham and is a Business Fellow at Oxford University. He is based in London. His latest book “Waste to Wealth – the Circular Economy Advantage” is published by Palgrave in 7 languages and is an Amazon best seller.

Mr Partho P. Kar – Strategy

Mr. Partho P kar is the Managing Director of Brookes Enterprises an investment and strategy Consulting Company. Mr. Kar advises large Indian corporates in the area of Strategy, Business Plan and Execution. Mr.Kar has held leadership roles with the Aditya Birla Group,Arvind mafatlal group and the House Of Pearl . He was one of pioneers who got a third party social audit done by OXFAM in 1995 and got outstanding ratings for which BBC made a global coverage of the organization as a socially conscious organization. The Indian Parliament Sub-committee recognized this effort in its report on excellent manufacturing in 1998.

Partho has contributed substantially to national Textile Policymaking and has been recognized for it by the Textile Secretary and the Cabinet secretary Of the Government of India. A remarkably talented and respected civic leader, Partho Kar sits on the boards of several prestigious educational institutions and trusts.Mr Partho Kar is a trustee of Sarvodaya Ashram Etah. This Ashram was founded by late shri Vinoba Bhabe and people like late shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and Late shri Acharya Kriplani were its Trustees. It is one of the oldest Khadi Organizations in India. He is currently working on new marketing strategy for Khadi products and help weaver in the distt of Etah in UP. As a part of this initiative the Ashram has a launched, a new fashion retail brand called “Ekmatra”.

Partho is a Board Member of The Indian Institute Of management (Lucknow) since 1997. Partho has helped Pearl academy of Fashions over the years to become a good institute and increase footprint nationally and internationally. Partho is a Board member of the JK Business School, JaipuriaEducation Society comprising of School, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies.He was awarded The British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship in 1997 and The Distinguished Alumnus Award of the International Management institute, Delhi in 2006, as recognition of his contribution to business and society.

He is educated at the London School of Economics & Political Science, International Management Institute , XLRI-Jamshedpur and The St Xavier’s College Kolkata .

Dr Ashutosh Khanna  – Innovation, Entrepreneurship, IPR, Growth, Corporate Strategy

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in Innovation and Information Systems from the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, U.K. He further has an MSc in Analysis Design & Management of Information Systems from the LSE, U.K. and holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University.

He has over 15 years of rich experience in consulting, academia and entrepreneurship in U.K., Europe and India including Business Start-Ups, Innovation Strategy, Intellectual Property & Rights Management, and Corporate Web 2.0.

Currently he is working with large Central Public Sector Enterprises of India, exploring their Innovation Capacities with the intent of redefining and hence developing their Innovation Strategy to enhance their competitiveness and grow sustainably.

He is passionate about promoting Entrepreneurship; use of mobile phones as a service delivery platform for its potential reach and providing a possible solution to the problem of “access” in the digital divide debate; and issue of privacy in this the digital age.

He has a voracious curiosity in current affairs, history and financial / credit / currency crisis still unfolding in the western economies (unintended consequences of “financial innovations”). He holds keen interest in videos and lectures available on the web and tracking the “commoditization” of high quality educational content and thus its impact on education delivery systems. 

Dr Deepu Philip – Technology, National Security

Dr Deepu Philip is a faculty in the Industrial & Management Engineering Dept. IIT Kanpur where he specializes in Industrial and systems engineering, focusing on the interface of computing and operations for security systems: complex sustainable systems engineering, security systems (food, energy, and national), operations research, systems simulation, experimental design, process optimization, un- manned aerial systems, product development, and super activation.

Dr Philip completed his Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering M.S., Industrial & Management Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA. He holds a 
B.Tech. in Industrial Engineering from College of Engineering Trivandrum, Kerala University, Kerala, India.

Arvind Singhal – Consulting

Mr Singhal is the Chairman & Managing Director of Technopak Advisors Pvt. Ltd, a leading management consulting firm focusing on select (major) sectors that include textiles, retail & consumer goods, food & agriculture, and education. He is a graduate of IIT-Roorkee (Bachelor of Engineering) which recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2012, and a post graduate of UCLA – USA (MBA). He is also an active writer with over 350 published articles in leading national and international publications, and a frequent speaker and lecturer at several prestigious national and international academic institutes and industry platforms. Arvind sits on several Boards (including some not-for-profit). He is currently on the statutory Boards of Welspun India, Greaves Cotton Limited, Metro Shoes, and Premium Transmission Limited. In addition, he is also serving on the Board of Governors of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) – Delhi. He is also currently serving on Asia Advisory Council of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and on the Advisory Councils of IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Gandhi Nagar. In the past, he has served on the Advisory Board of LG Electronics (India), statutory Board of Mahindra Retail, and as a Permanent Invitee on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Roorkee.

Shobha Ponnappa – Advertising & Marketing

Ms Ponnappa is a Senior Brand Strategist & Digital Marketing Consultant with 35+ years of international experience. In this career span, she has acquired a successful triple background – in multinational advertising agencies, avant garde digital entrepreneurship and global consulting work.

She has worked across three markets – India, US and UK. Her deep specialisations are in Brand Strategy, Digital Innovation and Brand Experience Breakthroughs.  She has a strong international track record of innovations and awards in these areas.

Shobha holds an MBA from the University of Wales UK, with specialization in Integrated and Digital Marketing, and Social Media. She divides her time between India and the UK.

In the first 17 years of her career she held positions with three multinational advertising agencies – Ogilvy & Mather, JWT and Lintas Lowe Advertising – where she worked on large multinational clients.

In the next 6 years, she achieved success and international acclaim as an entrepreneur. She became the founder and head of her own multi-million dollar digital content and brand experience innovations company, Avigna Technologies, which had an international technology giant as one of the equity investors.

In the last 12 years Shobha has branched out into independent consultancy for mid-to-large sized corporates and disruptive entrepreneurial clients in the US, UK and India.

In the last 1 year Shobha has also grown her web venture, BLOGBILLIONAIRE.COM, a site through which she evangelizes power-blogging as a tool for professionals for building authority, influence and affluence.

Binoy Job – Strategy

Mr Job is the Secretary General (CEO) of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), -the youngest executive to head an apex industry chamber. He took up this position following a 5-year stint as Director, Prime Minister’s Office. Binoy Job is a versatile young global leader and institution builder with CEO/Leadership level achievements in diverse fields such as Industry, Government, Media, Entrepreneurship and Volunteerism. The fact that he earned and excelled in these fields even before he turned 40 makes him a multi-faceted global achiever. For his contribution in bringing about social change and for his professional excellence in diverse leadership positions, he has been honored with the ‘Young Global Leader’ award by the World Economic Forum, ‘Emerging Leader Fellowship’ at Melbourne University, ‘Chevening Leadership Fellowship’ at LSE, ‘Asia Young Leader’ by the Asia Society and also chosen for the ‘International Leadership’ program of US State Department. Binoy is Founder & Serial social entrepreneur of a number of social ventures such as Leaders For Tomorrow Foundation, a 265,000+ member strong leadership movement. An alumni of Kennedy School Harvard,Said Business School Oxford, LSE, Melbourne and Delhi Universities, Binoy serves on the Board of several organisations of repute as a Non-Executive Independent Director. Binoy is also a jury member as an Academy member of ‘Global Teacher’s Prize’.

Sandeep Singh – Rural Markets, Branding & Marketing

Mr Singh is the founder of www.swastik.net.in. A Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Sciences, Ranchi. Has specialization in Media Planning from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad & in General Business Management from IIM, Bangalore.

Sandeep is associated with Bhageriya Dychem (Industries), Byke Hospitality and Solid Containers (Essel Propack Ltd.) as an Independent Director. He was also on the board of “Packaging India Private Limited”.

Sandeep has worked in various positions in ASSOCHAM, as Media Planner with RK Swamy/BBDO, and Hindustan Thomson & Associates (HTA), as Media Researcher with AC Nielsen and, ORG-MARG, and as Vice-President – Sales & Marketing with ETC. Network, SABe TV and Sahara News. Sandeep was instrumental in positioning SABe TV as a Comedy Channel. He was also instrumental in launch of Sahara Samay Bihar & Jharkhand, and Sahara Samay NCR.

Sandeep gave up Professional life in 2006. From that day onwards, Sandeep has been documenting and promoting The Indian Way of Management and Indian Business History.

Sandeep has authored 8 books so far, on Advertising, Management, Strategy, Women & Chid Development etc.

Sandeep Singh’s articles & quotes have appeared in various publications. His articles have made to headlines and have been discussed for several days by national media. He has presented his thoughts as Keynote Speaker, Memorial and Foundation Day Lectures etc. at several platforms.

Sandeep has been judge on the first TV reality show on Sales in India: “Sales ka Bazigar”. Sandeep has been part of an expert committee of Prasar Bharti (GoI).

He is Editor of e-Journal “SWASTIK Journal of Indian Wisdom” and has been Managing Editor of “Journal of Development Research” of VESIMSR, Chembur, Mumbai. He is on the Advisory Board of National Institute of Mass Communication & Journalism, Ahmedabad.

Sandeep is a panellist on Indian TV news channels like Republic, Times Now, Mirror Now, NDTV, CNNIBN and India TV.

He is also associated with AIDEM Media as consultant.

Dr Chris Stout – Healthcare

Dr. Chris Stout’s career includes business, government, and non-profits, as well as the UN and academia. He’s travelled the world, published over 35 books, won a wide range of accolades, including four additional doctorates, and invitations to TEDs, Davos. Now he works to help others in need.

He’s is a licensed clinical psychologist and Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives a Top Healthcare Nonprofit. His entrepreneurial experience is demonstrated in multiple start-ups and executive coaching (with a top-tier client list). He is on faculty in the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He served at the UN and was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Baldrige Board of Examiners. He was appointed to the WEF’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow and an Invited Faculty at Davos. He is the founder of GordianKnot, LLC, and runs the Department of Research and Data Analytics for ATI.

Dr. Stout is a Fellow in the APA, past-President of the IPA, and is member in the National Academies of Practice. He is an Amazon Best Seller, published 35 books and been translated into 8 languages. He has been awarded with 4 Humanitarian Awards and is in 3 Halls of Fame.

He has served as C/E/O/I/Officer. He has traveled to over 85 countries and founded a kindergarten in Tanzania. He is listed in in TED Founder Richard Saul Wurman’s “Who’s Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America.” Purdue named a scholarship in his honor.

Dr. Stout was educated at Purdue, University of Chicago, and Forest Institute, gaining over 24 awards and 4 scholarships and was Valedictorian of his doctoral class. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He has received four additional doctorates (honoris causa). He has been awarded over 40 other postdoctoral awards. He has been interviewed on CNBC, CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, Oprah, Time, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and others.

Sarika Baheti – Arts & Culture

A globe trotter, she was born in culturally rich ‘India’ and grew up in the cosmopolitan environment of New Delhi. Graduated from Delhi University, she has also studied Advertising, PR, Marketing and Computers. She plays active roles in many fields owing to her diverse interests. She is a Director in ‘Vectus Industries Limited’, one of the leading manufacturers in plastic industry. Her inclination towards social welfare flows through her platform Neeranjali, a NPO that towards environment conservation. Her passion for theatre and dance carved her way to applauded performances and as a professional voiceover artist. She loves to steer cars, and this driving force made her win a gold medal and 1st prize in a Women’s car rally. She was appointed as India’s first Marshal in India’s inaugural F1, Grand Prix. Her exquisite achievements  made many national and international organisations, appoint her in their Managing Committees. She has been honoured with numerous awards as an environmentalist and for her endeavours towards global prosperity.

S K Virmani – Legal Counsel

Mr Virmani is an ardent and successful investor in the Rural and Real Estate verticals. Besides being an investor in SeedKapital, Mr. Virmani is a practising lawyer with an experience of about 32 years in the field of corporate, litigation, taxation, consumer, property related matters, disputes resolution, land acquisition etc. He has been practising in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. He has been retained by corporates like Bharti Airtel Limited and its group companies, Emaar MGF Lands Pvt. Ltd., Techpark India Pvt. Ltd, Duraline India and many others. Mr. Virmani has also been ratained by many group housing societies for their legal work.

Mr. Virmani was Secretary of Delhi Tax Bar Association for two years and also served the Bar as its Vice President. He has authored several books and is also associated with various journals at Delhi High Court and Supreme Court.

Mr. Virmani got a law degree from Kurukshetra University in 1979 and graduated from Dyal Singh College in the year 1976.

Paritosh Sharma – Digital Marketing

Paritosh is a growth marketing professional and a published author. He has worked with large businesses and high-growth Internet companies like hike messenger, Jabong to scale user acquisition and retention. His second startup unCV was accelerated by Intel & Berkeley in Silicon Valley. He is a published author and Public Speaker on brand and growth marketing. He comes from a family of teachers and is passionate about inspiring people to go beyond their comfort zones and build a better world. He has been an active part of the Indian startup ecosystem.