Faculty is at the core of SOIL’s strength. An eclectic mix of internationally renowned faculty , experienced industry leaders and academicians help create a transformational learning experience for our students that is contemporary and comprehensive. Above all , our faculty mentor and guide our students through their one year mba programs at SOIL and very often post the completion of the program as well. It is no surprise then, that our students and alumni share an emotional bond with our faculty.
Founder and CEO, School of Inspired Leadership
Anil is the Founder and CEO of the School of Inspired Leadership. Presently, he also serves as the dean of SOIL. Anil has been adjunct Faculty to leading business schools such as Indian School of Business, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, GMI, Flint Michigan, Antioch University, Seattle and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Given his belief in the power of education, Anil decided to create SOIL- the School of Inspired Leadership to provide management education with focus on ethics, community partnerships, sustainability and other leadership aspects that the world of today badly needs.
Recognised as a thought leader in talent management, leadership development and organizational transformation, Anil has spoken at national and global conferences all over the world and has written contributory pieces for leading publications. He is active in management circles and has held several public offices such a Chairman of National Committee on Industrial relations and Regional Committee on Human Resource Development of Confederation Indian Industry. Anil serves as the Trustee of the Chinmaya Mission, an inspiring ‘Not for Profit’ Institution and the Charities Aid Foundation, a global NGO. He has received several National Awards including ‘The HR Professional of the Year’.
In 2012, Anil was re-appointed as the Chair of the CII National Committee on Leadership Development for the year 2012-13. He has also been appointed as a member of CEDEP Academic Committee. CEDEP is an Executive Education Consortium, founded in 1970 in association with INSEAD to design and develop innovative open enrollment, company specific programmes for its members. CEDEP today brings together 22 member companies from a wide range of countries including the USA, India, France,Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Australia. Mr. Sachdev was also awarded the Learning Luminary Award, in recognition of his sustained, path-defining contributions to the sphere of Learning & OD by the Learning and Organization Development Roundtable, a not-for-profit society driving the cause of Learning & Organizational Development (L & OD) across India and Asia.
After completing his MBA from the University of Pune in 1975 Anil joined Tata Motors and then the Eicher Group in 1978. In 1991 he became the founder CEO of Eicher Consultancy Services and later brought A.T. Kearney to India. He later founded Grow Talent – the leading player in Education and HR Consulting.
His biography appears in “Who’s who of the world” published by Marquis in 1991.
Visiting Faculty, Pillars of Inspired Leadership through Theatre
In a teaching career spanning 17 years, Amrita has taught students of all ages, and across several educational systems, and now combines her love for teaching and for theatre in ways that are meaningful to students and herself. She has been teaching theatre at the Shri Ram School and The National Open School. She also teaches a Practicum Course in “Drama In Exploration” at the University of Delhi to students of the Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Programme.
She has been organizing workshops for students in various aspects of Theatre Production with the ultimate objective that some among them will be inspired to do it on their own for school as well as for other events. She has also worked on a film project with a documentary film maker, Ein Lal, under the auspices of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). This is one of many films that are being made for schools with the objective of sensitizing young people to different cultures that exist in India.
Amrita Lalljee uses Drama as a medium to work with students with special needs in the areas of confidence building, stress relief, team building and self acceptance and empowerement for the past three years.
Amrita has been trained in, and delivered 32 sessions of a devised piece in Theatre-In-Education to Primary Schools in Leeds in England in 2002. The piece was part of their curriculum and was based on George Elliot’s Silas Marner.
She has graduated as a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi. She has also submitted a dissertation on “A comparative study on creativity in children from Formal / Traditional schools and Non-formal / Open schools”.
Dr. Paul Tolchinsky
Visiting Faculty, Whole Systems Change
Paul has been consulting to major public and private corporations around the world for the past thirty-five years. He has extensive experience in creating and implementing business strategy; managing and facilitating large system change efforts; new plant design and entrepreneurial start-ups; and redesigning and restructuring organizations (both public and private). Paul’s expertise is in the design of organizations, applying socio-technical principles and Whole-Scale™ Change Approaches to the process of change in organizations. He is internationally known as a pioneer in the development of Whole-Scale (Whole System) Approaches to change. He is currently focused on Leadership and Leadership challenges in the 21st century and works closely with leaders as they explore what they must do to mobilize, energize and invigorate their organizations.
He has co-authored of two books: Whole-Scale Change: Unleashing the Magic in Organizations (Berrett Koehler, 2000) and Unleashing the Magic: A Toolkit (2000). In addition to his numerous articles, his work is featured in Large Group Interventions (Bunker and Alban, 1997), Fusion Leadership, Daft and Lengel (1998) and The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, Holman and Devane (1999), and Holman, Devane and Cady,(2005). Dr. Tolchinsky is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Technology and Who’s Who in the Midwest. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University (1971) and a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior and Design from Purdue University.
Managing Partner, Performance Development Associates, a small boutique international consulting firm in Cleveland Ohio; Senior Lecturer at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and a full-time resident of Vienna Austria, where he is currently teaching, and consulting.
Dr. Swaminathan Sabesan
Visiting Faculty, Coaching and Development
Swaminathan is from a behavioural science background with a doctorate in Organizational Behavior. He did his post doctoral diploma in training and development from ISTD, New Delhi. His 20 years of professional experience includes teaching, research, facilitation, assessment, mentoring, coaching, administration and institution building.
He is a motivational speaker and has addressed various forums like NIPM, ISTD and MMA. He has appeared in talks shows of Kalaignar TV and Moon TV.He has authored courseware on Psychology and Human Resource Management for many South Indian Universities. He has published several articles in journals of repute and presented papers at National and International conferences.
As a qualified psychologist, he standardized and administered several psychometric tests to thousands of professionals and non- professionals across his professional career and they are widely used in many organizations. Thomas International certified him on Thomas personal profile analysis. He is also a consultant to some MNCs. He has the privilege of working closely with more than 50 CEOs in connection with their developmental needs.
He was the university first rank holder and also the recipient of several awards that include “Psychometric Educational Services award for the valuable services and contributions to Human Resource Development” by the Chief Minister of Pondicherry .He was the All India Merit Awardee of Indian Society for Training and Development, New Delhi. He works passionately on improving the quality of life and helps people reach their true potential through the power of positive psychology and Emotional Intelligence.
Currently, he is the Director- Programs & Research, Executive and Business Coaching Foundation India – CFI, India s first institution dedicated to fulfil the coaching needs of CEOs.
Visiting Faculty, Pillars of Inspired Leadership through Theatre
Lushin has done her Masters in History from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, and a Masters in Science in Continuing Education with emphasis on Special education, from the University of Southern Connecticut, USA, Lushin Dubey taught mentally challenged children for several years in the U.S and India. In 1987, Lushin co-founded KidsWorld, which pioneered youth theatre in India and has staged over 30 productions in English and Hindi. She was also instrumental in setting up United Players Guild in 1995, focused on Shakespeare, whose 1997 production of Othello, with her in the lead role of Desdemona, won the Edinburgh Fringe First. In 2008 she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth directed by Alyque Padamsee. Her two solos Untitled (on women empowerment) and Bitter Chocolate (on child sexual abuse) , directed by Arvind Gaur, and her recent production Muskaan ( a journey of two people living with HIV) have been staged across cities in India and venues abroad such as the World Bank, Smithsonian, Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford (USA), and Nehru Centre (UK). Lushin has acted the lead in several TV serials and films and was awarded the 2008 Gemini Award in Toronto, Canada for her role in the film Murder Unveiled. In 2009 she received two awards from Chief Minister Shiela Dixit: The Senior Journalists’ Award for Best Stage Actress – National, and the Radha Raman Foundation Award for Outstanding Commitment to Theatre. She was also recipient of the 2009 Karmaveer Puraskar for socially meaningful theatre by the Indian Confederation of NGOs. She is currently involved in staging, ‘Salaam India’, directed by her and inspired by the diplomat, Pavan Varma’s best seller, ‘Being Indian’, in cities in India and overseas. This production speaks about the Indian today keeping pace with the globalised world, without shedding its traditions of the past.
Visiting Faculty, Happiness Workshop
Nithya Shanti supports leaders and committed individuals in awakening their own natural wisdom and applying it to their arena of influence.He is a spiritual teacher, writer, integral educator and modern day sage. He is committed to sharing transformational principles and practices for true happiness with individuals, corporations, government bodies and international organizations He studied business management at XLRI, Jamshedpur and then worked in the field of Human Resources and Corporate Strategy. Since his teenage years he felt a deep yearning for spiritual growth and innermastery. In 2001 he left his corporate career to ordain as a forest meditation monk in Thailand. For six years he underwent rigorous monastic training living with meditation masters in the remote forests of South East Asia.
At a certain stage in his practice he felt guided to shift his emphasis from secluded practice to engaged spirituality. With the blessings of his teachers he stepped out of the monk role so he could transmit the timeless principles he had learnt in a modern context. Nithya Shanti spreads happiness by example, by being a shining presence of joy and gratitude.
He is gifted in the ability to share profound teachings in light-hearted ways. His capacity to inspire, elucidate complex subjects and offer practical transformational teachings has been appreciated by friends around the world. Since 2007 he has been conducting workshops (which he calls “Joyshops”), meditation retreats and training programs in India, Nepal, USA, Singapore and Australia.
His achievements are diverse – he has taught at Columbia University (New York), coached CEOs, taught meditation and spiritual principles for happiness to psychiatrists, school and college teachers, jail inmates, senior government officials, security forces, etc. His work has been widely recognized and featured in leading publications and electronic media in many parts of the world. Some of his initiatives include The Happiest Days of Your Life Joyshop, Conscious Living Programs (for Organizations), the SMS Joyshop (Some More Smiles – for teenagers), Living Awareness Retreats, and many other transformational journeys. His vision is to share practical wisdom teachings in a joyful manner by creating a School of Wisdom for inspired living and learning. The essential purpose is “Spreading Happiness”.
Visiting Faculty, Whole Systems Thinking
Simon is an educator and a facilitator, working with a diverse range of organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. His passion and experience is in the areas of adult learning modalities, creativity and innovation, organizational performance and resilience, leadership and personal development, cross-cultural intelligence, and sustainable development. He has been doing this work with a variety of organizations, such as Andersen Consulting, Ausenco, Australian Institute of Management, Australian National University, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Royal Roads University (among many others). Simon has worked, lived, and traveled in Russia, Israel, Europe, North and South America, and a little bit of Asia and Australia, which allows him to keep enriching his experience through diverse cultural lens.
Simon holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Sciences (Israel), M.Sc. in Information and Systems Sciences (Canada), M.A. in Leadership and Adult Learning (Canada), and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Eco-Psychology (US).
Visiting Faculty, Wellness
Susie was initiated to Wellness through the International Sivananda Yoga School in Kerala, India, Susie completed basic and advanced training programs. She continued her studies with several international teachers from different yoga traditions. She has done intensive workshops with international teachers such as her own teacher Mansoor with whom she has been working since 1999 in India and Switzerland (residential 8 day retreats three times a year), with Bob Smith in the USA, Clive Sheridan in the UK and most recently with Aadil Palkivala in the USA.
Basic postures, breathing and relaxation techniques form the core of her teaching of Yoga practice. Also included are techniques leading to meditation. She holds a BSc. Hon. Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a Diploma in Hospital Dietetics from the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.
She has around 25 years of experience in the fields of Marketing, Market Research and Executive Capability Development across organizations such as Asian Paints, Funskool (India), Mode Research and NIS Sparta Limited. Her experience includes marketing strategy development and implementation, marketing and social research, configuring training solutions, development and delivery of training programs for senior management.
As a consultant of long standing, Vijayalakshmi has trained and taught senior management of public and private sector organizations on leadership, strategy, communication, change management and instructional design and development. In addition she has been a visiting Faculty at the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.
At NIS Sparta, Vijayalakshmi was involved in the setting up of several new initiatives—the corporate training division, the insurance training division and the Corporate Research Centre of Instructional Design. She was also a member of the Executive Committee with profit center responsibilities, and Corporate Communications and Marketing.
Vijayalakshmi is an Engineer from College of Engineering Guindy and an MBA (gold medalist) from the Faculty of Management Studies of Delhi University. She also holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Annamalai University.
Dr. Milton J. Bennett
Visiting Faculty, Intercultural Communication
Milton is the founder and director of the Intercultural Development Research Institute co-located in Oregon, USA and Milan, Italy and was a founding director of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. He was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at Portland State University, where he created their graduate program in intercultural communication, and he is now an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy, where he teaches in the graduate program of Social Service Management and Political Policy.
He is on the faculty of several executive leadership programs and is a core faculty member in the IDRAcademy curriculum of constructivist intercultural communication. He is known for originating the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and he is the co-author of American Cultural Pattern: A Cross-Cultural Approach, author and editor of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, & Practices (published in English, Italian, and Chinese), and a contributing co-editor of the Handbook of Intercultural Training, 3rd Edition (also translated into Chinese). He consults with corporate and academic organizations in Europe, Asia, and the US on topics of multicultural diversity, intercultural competence, and global leadership.
Dr. Claudio Dell’Era
Visiting Faculty, Design Driven Innovation
Claudio is Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering of Politecnico di Milano, where he serves also as Co-Director of MaDe In Lab, the Laboratory of Management of Design and Innovation of MIP Politecnico di Milano. Research activities developed by Claudio Dell’Era are concentrated in the area of Management of Innovation. Specifically research interests are about two main streams: the former concentrates on innovation strategies developed by leading companies that operate in design-intensive industries where symbolic and emotional values represents critical success factors to generate competitive advantage (Management of Design-Driven Innovation); while the latter analyzes approaches and practices adopted during innovation processes by high-tech companies that face turbulent environments (Management of Technological Innovations in Turbulent Environments). He has published in relevant international journals, such as Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, R&D Management, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Industry & Innovation, International Journal of Innovation Management. Claudio Dell’Era’s paper investigating the development of new services in turbulent environments won the Best Paper Award at the EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) International Product Development Management Conference in 2004.
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities developed by Claudio Dell’Era concentrate on Innovation Management, Design Management and Project Management. Since 2004 Claudio Dell’Era teaches at MIP (the Business School of Politecnico di Milano) in different programs: International MBA, Executive MBA, etc. As Co-Director of MaDe In Lab, he also develops corporate education dedicated to companies that operate in several industries such as food & beverage, white goods, furniture, lighting, etc. (ABB, Acer, AlfaRomeo, Alidays, AMSA, Andrew, AQP, AstraZeneca, Avanex, Banca Sella, Barilla, BBraun, Bosch, Braun, BTicino, CESI, Carrefour, Delonghi, Despar, Edison, Ericsson, FederlegnoArredo, Fiat, Finmeccanica, Gillette, Gucci, IBM, L’Oreal, Magneti Marelli, Nikem, Plastitex, Prysmian, P&G, Saes Getters, Salvagnini, SAS, Sky, Sirti, Telecom, Trelleborg, ValueTeam, Vodafone, Zucchi Group, etc.).
Dr. Svjetlana Madzar
Visiting Faculty, Managing Virtual and Multicultural Teams
Svjetlana is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic Management and Organization department at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and focuses on High Performance Organizations. She teaches International Management and Management of Groups courses in the MBA and executive MBA programs. She leads the virtual team project in the Global Executive MBA program and also teaches in this program in Warsaw, Poland. Prior to joining CSOM, she was an associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. Svjetlana has worked with a variety of multinational corporations on issues related to managing across cultures and has held visiting appointments in MBA and executive programs at European business schools such as HEC (France) and Instituto de Empresa (Spain). She recently taught in Fortune Institute of International Business in Delhi, India. Her research focuses on subordinate information seeking behavior in cross-cultural contexts. She is a recipient of a 2002-2004 National Science Foundation grant which allowed her to study the differences between US, Italian, Spanish, French, and British subordinate information seeking patterns of employees working for a large U.S.-based multinational company. Svjetlana earned her doctoral and master degrees from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business.
Program Chair, Post Graduate Program in HR Leadership
Arjya is currently the Program Chair for the Part-Time Management Course for Working Professionals. She has over 22 years of work experience. She has an exposure of 11 years in Human Resource Management and Strategic initiatives in the automobile, manufacturing, fmcg and BPO industry. She has worked with Hindustan Motors, Dunlop India Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products Division , GECIS and CRY.
She has a background of teaching, research and consulting for more than 11 years. She has previously taught at Icfai Business School and Jaipuria Institute of Management. She has been a visiting Faculty Member with SP Jain school of Management, Dubai campus for their Executive MBA program. She sits on the panel of Committees of MNCs as an external member for Gender Diversity initiatives. She is pursuing her research in Strategic HRM. She has published research papers and cases in international publications and participated in International Conferences.
Brij K Chandiramani
Visiting Faculty, Performance Management System
Brij is an experienced Trainer, Facilitator and a Professional Coach. He is bilingual in English and Hindi. His long and varied corporate stints allowed him to develop expertise in Learning and Development, Leadership Development and Human Resources.
His consulting and engagement work since 2003, has involved working with both MNCs and Indian Companies in the areas of Leadership Development, Professional Skills Development, Executive Coaching and Customized L&D Solutions. Besides all parts of India, his work has taken him to Sri-Lanka and Singapore
In his career of over three decades prior to consulting he worked with NIT- Krukshetra; Indian Airlines; Modi Xerox (later Xerox India) and Motorola (Motorola University). Major part of his work in this period had been in the area of Learning and Development; ranging from Technical Training to Management Training to TQM to Management Development and later as Executive Director – Human Resources and Quality at Xerox India.
With his academic background in Mechanical Engineering, OR & SQC and Systems Management, Brij has the ability to easily relate to different business and developmental needs. He is certified as Coach and Counselor on 360 Degrees Profilor by PDI, accredited for MBTI-Step II, DISC, SL-II as International Master Trainer, Energy-for-Performance of HPI, and for ‘Managing Business Today’ of Business Today International, RSA. In 2012 he has been accredited as a CEO Coach by CFI, India. Some of the clients he works with are: General Electric; Novartis; Canon; EXL; Aricent ; Vodafone, GPI
Dr. Francois Dupuy
A former partner with Mercer Delta, a global organization strategy and change management firm, Francois is a former faculty member at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University and at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. The author of ten books including Sharing Knowledge, The Chemistry of Change, and The Customer’s Victory, he won the Manpower Award in 1999 for the latter. His latest book Le Fatigue des Elites was published in 2006.
Francois works with multinational corporations to identify organizational barriers to successful change and business growth. The diagnostic process illuminates the organizational context (place) and practice (behavior) that is preventing successful adoption and implementation of business objectives. He has worked with top management teams in Air France, Air Liquide, Bobst (Switzerland), Credit Lyonnais, CGNU (UK), Electrabel (Belgium), France Telecom, Fortis Bank (Belgium), L’Oreal, Monsanto (USA), Renault, Societe Generale and Telecom Italia.
An executive educator at INSEAD Advanced Management program and multiple custom programs for organizations around the world, his teaching evaluations at INSEAD place him among the top 10% of all program faculty. He received a BA in History from La Sorbonne in 1969, a BA and MBA in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (1971 and 1973 respectively). He also graduated from the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies in 1974 and the Paris School of Journalism in 1971.
Dr. Snehal Shah
Professor, Global HR Strategy
Snehal holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, USA with specialization in Organization Behavior and Human Resources. She has 12 years of varied experience in Industry, Teaching and Consulting in the US and in India. In addition, her work has been published in renowned journals in the US and has been presented at International conferences.
Snehal’s experience includes Leadership Development Engagement with a wide range of companies, backed by a strong foundation in research and teaching: – Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America, Charlotte, NC: Initiatives such as Talent Management, Culture Assessment (specifically with regard to acquisition integration) and Evaluation of Leadership Development programs. – Consultant representing TV Rao Learning Systems: worked with multiple clients to deliver workshops on 360 Degree Feedback and Retention.
– Researcher at McNeil Research and Evaluation Associates: Led projects to improve effectiveness of Department of Labor Programs. – Academic Faculty: Taught courses such as Organization Behavior at Carnegie Mellon University, Organizational change and learning (Masters level) and Statistics and Applied Research Methods (Doctoral level) at North Carolina State University. She is also a co-author of a book titled “Research Methods for NGOs in South Asia”.
Visiting Faculty, Human Resources
Francis is a Strategic Human Asset Consultant, working primarily with the development sector, transforming NGOs by introducing a culture of performance and excellence through the people and the culture of the organizations.
With over two decades of experience in developing attitudes, nurturing culture and promoting personal and professional growth among highly motivated, self driven people in the education and social development sectors in India, Francis Rebello brings a new way of perceiving and dealing with people.
He has a basic degree in Science (Chemistry) from Gujarat University and has done his Post-Graduate studies in Human Resource Management, Behavioural Sciences and Organisational Development from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur. He also has a degree in law, specialising in Labour Law and a degree in teaching (B.Ed).
Visiting Faculty, Employee Engagement
Gagan is an HR professional with experience in Organization Design & Development, Employee Engagement, Compensation & Benefits, Recruitment & Selection, HR Operations, HRIS and specializes in HR Strategy and Planning;; Identifying Learning Needs, Designing Learning Interventions; Instructional Design; Facilitation; Coaching; Diagnostics.
He is presently a Partner at Vyaktitva, and has previously been Director at vCustomer. Moreover, he has had a stint at NIIT as Regional Manager along with working at NIIT in HR domain as well. Mr. Adlakha teaches Employee Engagement at SOIL.
Visiting faculty, Talent Management
Kalpana Sinha is CEO and Co Founder of Cosmode Consultants. An organisation focussed on Building Leadership and Organisation Capability. She has over twenty years of rich experience in human capital management, learning, and organization development—passionate about aligning the disciplines with business strategy creation and implementation. She has also built world-class human resources teams and systems. She is an executive coach and trusted advisor to senior business leaders and has facilitated over 500 workshops at senior leadership levels. Prior to this she was Director – People and Organization Capability at Microsoft Corporation for sales and marketing in Asia Pacific, and in in India across many business units. Her last assignment was Senior Vice President at McCann World Group working on an world wode organization transformation agenda. She is passionate about work in women in leadership. She has to her credit a book edited by her on Empowerment of Women in South Asia, published by AMDISA in 2001 and is currently pursuing a research initiative ‘Accelerating Women in Leadership – India’ to understand what practices accelerate the development of women as leaders, and how having women in leadership roles contributes to organizational results. The goal will be to also explore perspectives and practices concerning how organisations identify and develop women leaders. She has also been a pioneer is applying neuroscience to leadership development and change initiatives. She has done her masters certificate in neuroleadership from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.
M. S. Venkatesh
Visiting Faculty, Labour Law
Venkatesh has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Madras University, Chennai. He is a Managing Partner of People Maths Consultancy Services, PMCS is a business enabling firm which works on two critical business intersection(s) of Strategy & Execution ; Business & HR.
He brings in a rich experience of 20 years in Human Resources in varied settings. In his past he has worked for MNCs like HUL, Coca-Cola Caterpillar, and Indian Corporates like Bharti and Educomp Solutions.Venky is a trainer in Situational Leadership – Partnering for Performance, Balance Score Card, Out Bound Learning, besides being certified in Hays Job evaluation, Thomas Profiling and 360 degree feedback.
In the early years of his career spent time in managing tough IR situations handling multiple militant labour unions in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu enhancing labour Productivity through Long Term Settlements.
Dr. Noel Machado
Visiting Faculty, Employer Branding
Over the last twenty years, Noel has worked across industry, academia and the voluntary sector. He was the founder & managing partner of Prashnodaya; Vice President in Human Resources with Accenture, India; and Head of HR Consulting with Ernst & Young, Mumbai.
Since 2008, Noel has devoted most of his time to research & teaching: he has been a visiting professor at the School of Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Noel holds a doctorate from the University of Mumbai for his research in the Sociology of trust within organisations.
Visiting Faculty, Learning Organizations
Shyam Viswanathan is an Electrical Engineer and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies of Delhi University. He has more than 3 decades of experience in configuring and delivering solutions to large corporations in India, W. Europe, Asia Pacific as well as the United States in areas as diverse as Process Design, Knowledge Management and Technology Based Training.
Shyam Viswanathan has been a consultant and professor in the areas of People Leadership (Leadership of Teams), Leadership of Change Initiatives and Design Thinking. He is a Subject Matter Expert with SHRM, India and an empanelled Faculty with Harvard Business School Publishing.
Shyam also works with the CEOs of large, medium and small organizations – to help them articulate, deploy and leverage a strong organization Cultural DNA to attain and maintain Business Leadership.
Shyam Viswanathan has been the Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (founded by Kellogg, Wharton and the London Business School). He has led the design and delivery of Leadership Development initiatives for more than 100 different organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Apart from having been on the Board of Directors of organizations based in India and the United States – Shyam is on the Advisory Board of the School of Inspired Leadership.
Shyam is 56 and lives with his wife (an Executive Coach & Psychometrics specialist) in Coimbatore, India.
DR. NEHA SHARMA
Associate Professor, Business Communication & OB
Dr. Neha has around 15 years of experience in the field of corporate communication, branding, media relations, corporate training and academics.She is a PhD in Internal Corporate Communication, Employee Engagement and Employer Branding, and has received Best Doctoral Thesis Award from IIT Madras. Her earlier assignments include- Reporter, Indian Express, Media Manager-Fourth Estate, Assistant Director- Amity School of Communication; Assistant professor -DIT University and Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Management Studies, SR Group of Institutions. In conjunction with these positions, she has imparted training on motivation, change management, 5 -S, emotional intelligence and internal communication to Government and Non-Government officers. Currently working as Associate Professor at School of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon and researching on psychological contract behavior of civil services officers in India. Her research interests lie in the field of internal communication, employee engagement, CSR and psychological contract. Her research papers have been published in numerous International Journals and conference proceedings.
Specialties: Internal Communication, OB, Employee Engagement, Research Methodology.
Dr. N R Parasuraman
Dr.N.R.Parasuraman has 27 years of experience in diverse areas of finance. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants, apart from being a Law graduate. His PhD was on the subject “Capital Structuring of Indian Companies”. He was the Company Secretary of Federal Bank for 5 years.
He has worked as Finance Manager of KEK group of Companies, Trivandrum and as a Securities Analyst for Joindre Capital Services, Mumbai. He has been in full-time academics for the last twelve years. His special areas of teaching and research are Strategy, Financial Derivatives and Multinational Finance.
He has published 25 papers and concept articles in various journals. He has authored a book titled ‘Fundamentals of Financial Derivatives’ published by Wiley India Limited, which figured in the Business World top 10 management bestsellers in August, 2008. He is also currently an Adjunct Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.
“It was enjoyable teaching the BLP and HRLP students the fundamental course in Finance. It was great working with the highly cooperating and hospitable staff and family of SOIL.” – N R Parsuraman
Associate Dean and Program Chair, Post Graduate Program in Business Leadership
Prof. Neetika Batra is a graduate from SRCC, and masters in finance from Delhi University. She was a rank holder at school and university level. She started her career in the year 1990 in Investment banking with SBI Capital Markets Ltd. There, she was initially heading an equity scheme of SBI Mutual Fund. Thereafter, she was heading the team of Corporate finance professionals as Vice President for several years, handling activities like issue management, funds syndication, project advisory services and so on. Then she co-founded her own boutique investment banking company in 2005, which later got merged with another investment bank. Simultaneously, she started getting involved in teaching and consulting assignments. She has been in the academic world for the last about eight years and was a visiting faculty to many prestigious B-schools, teaching a variety of core and specialization subjects in Finance. Simultaneously, she was into designing and conducting various MDPs and corporate training programs.
She has also written a text book on “Investment Planning” for an institute she had earlier worked with. Currently she chairs the Business Leadership Program, and is the finance professor at SOIL. She is pursuing PhD from Delhi University in the area of Priority Sector Lending by banks in India.
Visiting Faculty, Accounting
Prof. Vivek Bhatia is a qualified Cost Accountant (AICWA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA) from IRA (UK), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from ICMA (AUSTRALIA). He has also done his Masters in Finance & Control (MFC). He has work experience of 8 years in the industry & from the last 11 years, he has been into academics teaching various subjects in the area of Finance & Accounting. He has been visiting various B-Schools & Management Institutions like Management Development Institute, International Management Institute, Fore School of Management, National Institute of Financial Management, IBS- Gurgaon.
His specialization includes Financial & Cost Accounting, Investment Management, International Financial Management & Financial Risk Management. He has taken lots of Management Development Programs for various corporates.
A N Bhattacharya
Professor of Marketing & Social Innovation
Atindra is a full-time Professor of Marketing & Social Innovation at School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL). Prior to SOIL, he was associated with Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (IILM), Greater Noida for six years, as an Associate Professor of Marketing. He was also the Dean (Academics) at IILM Graduate School of Management, Greater Noida handling their AICTE approved PGDM program.
In addition to his academic experience, Atindra has 18 years of experience in the industry and has worked with brands like Amul, Dhara, Vadilal, Ravi Fans, Lovett etc. at the national level. His expertise lies is in areas of Channel Management, Sales Force Management, Retail Management, Consumer Behaviour and Entrepreneurship. He is also an honorary faculty with the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) of the Wadhwani Foundation and is on the Mentor Advisory Panel of Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), an NGO working for micro-enterprise financing and mentoring.
Atindra is also a Board Member of Academy of International Business (India Chapter) and has organised two intearnational conferences at IILM, the last one being in 2009 in association with UNCTAD India. He has also presented a joint paper at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) conference at Beijing on the emerging area of public-private partnership in entrepreneurship.
After his graduation, Atindra went for his Masters in Management Studies with specialization in Marketing from Banaras Hindu University. He also has a Diploma in German Language.
Visiting Faculty, Customer Relationship Management
Anil has 21 years of General Management and International Business Development Experience in Telecom, Government, Banking, and Education& Training Industry. His expertise includes Startup management, Turnarounds, Change, International Relations & Cross Cultural Management, Strategy, Execution & Leadership, Deal Structuring & Negotiations, Growth Management & Business Development, Relationship Management, New Product Development & rollout, P&L, ROI Accountability.
He has previously worked with NIIT India and is the country head & founder of Gemalto France, Net1 Technologies (Austria & South Africa). Currently he is consulting for a Danish MNC in the area of Mobile Entertainment and Mobile Ticketing for Asia markets. He is also the visiting faculty for MBA programs at IIFT, BIMTECH, TERI University, apart from being the member of Advisory Business Council for International Business of BIMTECH.
Visiting Faculty, E-Commerce
Ankur is currently Head of Groupon APAC Emerging Markets (India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines) in addition to being the CEO of Groupon India. Groupon is the global leader in group buying spread across 48 countries, with a valuation of over USD 25 Bn.
Previously Ankur was a co-founder at Accentium Web, which runs leading websites such as SecondShaadi.com (India’s largest re-marriage portal), Gaadi.com (India’s largest auto portal – sold to the Ibibo Group in Mar 2011), StudyNation.com (India’s largest education portal), AdLift.com (India’s leading SEO Agency) amongst others. He exited the business in Oct 2010.
Before the entrepreneurship bug bit him, Ankur used to chase airline frequent flier miles as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney for 3 years. He doesn’t know what to do with his suits and ties any longer!
He holds an MBA degree from the Indian School of Business and an MS Degree in Physics from Michigan State University. Ankur did his graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University
Dr. Chiranjeev Kohli
Visiting Faculty, Marketing Strategy
Chiranjeev holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from Indiana University, and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His dissertation received honorable mention in the International Doctoral Dissertation Competition.
He is Professor of Marketing at California State University Fullerton, and was honored with the Business School’s Outstanding Faculty Award for 1998/1999 and Distinguished Faculty Award for 1999/2000; and again as Outstanding Faculty for 2008/2009. He also received the Best Professor Award from the University’s Associated Students, Inc. for the year 2002/2003. In 2008, he was honored as the Outstanding Professor for the School of Business.
He is the founder principal of I.D.ENTITY, specializing in brand and corporate identity. His research has been reported in academic journals and newspapers including European Journal of Marketing, Harvard Business Review, Ivey Business Journal, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register. National Public Radio has also done a segment on his work. In 1999, he was honored by the Young Presidents Organization of Southern California for excellence in academia; and in January, 2000, he was nominated for the Pattishall Award, sponsored by the Brand Names Education Foundation, for excellence in teaching trademark related topics. He has consulted for a wide variety of companies, including Alcatel Lucent, Autodesk, Bionutrics, Canon USA, Convergys, Del Taco, KFC, Odetics, Quaker Oats, Regency Healthcare, Spherion, Taco Bell, and Verizon.
He has been invited as a keynote speaker to several organizations, and has been nominated to the American Marketing Association’s National Speakers Directory. He has offered several seminars in the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, and Sweden. A comedian by avocation, he won the Indiana University Comedy Competition and has opened for Dennis Miller of Saturday Night Live! He enjoys spending time with his family, international travel, nature, and photography.
Visiting Faculty, Integrated Marketing Communication
Freda has over 25 years of corporate experience in Marketing and Advertising, and 8 years in academics. She has graduated with a PGDM from the IIM-A, and an MS in Communications from Illinois State University, USA. Her ad agency experience was extensive at LINTAS and JW Thompson and as a Vice-President with Branch Management responsibility at Advertising & Sales Promotion (ASP – a C K Birla group ad agency). She was Head – Marketing Communications at Goodyear India Ltd., and was also the Senior General Manager – Marketing at DSS Mobile Communications.
Her academic specializations are in the areas of Strategic Brand Management, Consumer Behavior and Integrated Marketing Communications. Her research interests are in the areas of Brand and Advertising. She is currently conducting research studies in the cultural dimensions of Indian advertising. She has presented papers in Marketing at conferences in India and abroad, conducted Management Development programs in Client and Customer management and Personal Branding, besides her areas of specialization. She has also been the Program Director for several seminars in the area of Marketing.
Visiting Faculty, Digital Marketing
Ishan Gupta is a passionate education entrepreneur, investor, speaker and a published author.
He is currently leading EduKart.com, one of India’s leading online self paced learning portals that provides high quality and industry relevant certificate courses at affordable price points.
Prior to launching Edukart.com, Ishan was managing the One97 Mobility Fund, a $100 million venture fund. One97 Mobility Fund happens to be the only mobile sector focused fund in India. He has also worked as a General Manager at One97 Communications and was responsible for new product creation at One97. Before working at One97, Ishan was leading the growth and marketing efforts of Facebook in India as its sole representative in the country.
He had earlier founded Appin Knowledge Solutions, an education services company in India. Appin Knowledge Solutions is currently one of the leading players in the field of information security training and consulting. Ishan has also worked at Helion Venture Partners, an India focused venture fund.
He is a published author – he published the book “Make the Move – Demystifying Entrepreneurship” in 2007. The book has a foreword by Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail and a message from then President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The book also contains views from some of the leading entrepreneurs from India. Consequently, he was featured on Young Turks, CNBC for his work in the field of education and promoting entrepreneurship. The book has sold more than 10,000 copies till date.
He has a MBA from Stanford University, California, USA and a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Delhi, India.
Visiting Faculty, Brand Management
Mr. Prasad Subramaniam is a management and marketing professional, and has extensive experience and achievements in the field of brand building and marketing communications, having been involved with some of the country’s leading companies as their partner in leading advertising agencies.
He is presently the Chairman of Publicis Capital, which is now a part of Publicis Group, today the world’s largest and the fastest growing advertising network. Publicis Capital handles the advertising for Nestle, HP, L’Oreal and many other large brands other than the brands originally handled by Capital.
Previously he has had stints with Rediffusion Advertising and Clarion Advertising in various capacities. Technology, Music and reading are key interest areas.
Visiting Faculty, Marketing of Services
Sudhir has over 42 years of work experience in various functions of General Management, Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, HR and Consultancy.
Worked with Crompton Greaves ltd (7 yrs), Exide Industries Ltd (28yrs) – where he held various leadership positions before being appointed to the main Board (10 yrs) first as Director Automotive (Profit centre Head) then as Director Corporate Affairs for the Company- including HR, Training and Corporate Social Responsibility. He retired from Exide in 2006 and has since been involved in management education and Consulting. He has served on various committees of CII, Bengal Chambers of Commerce, is past president of Calcutta Management Association and was Director General of Indian Battery Manufacturers Association (IBMA).
An Electrical Engineer from BITS Pilani with Diploma in Marketing Management, University of Bombay, and Executive Development programmes at IIM Ahmedabad and Cranefield School of Management, UK – Sudhir has been visiting faculty at Management Development Programs at IIM Kolkata and Calcutta Management Association. He is on the academic council of Globsyn Business School (Kolkata). He teaches credit courses at three management institutes in areas of Business Strategy, Marketing and Management of Change.
His areas of experience include Strategic and Corporate planning, Manufacturing, Marketing, Organization Structuring and change initiatives, HR Development, Collaborations and Technology absorption. He has extensive Coaching and Consulting Experience, having played the role of an assessor for over 900 senior level executives from various premier Indian and international companies and Executive Coaching assignments for over 40 apex/senior level executives.
He is an associate of and does assignments for: Grow Talent Company Ltd – the parent company of SOIL, Right Management India (P) Ltd, MART, Heidrick & Struggles, BOI Axa, ESAB India Ltd,Exide Industries Ltd.
Visiting Faculty, International Marketing Management
Sunil has 25 years of diverse experience working with leading business organizations in India, in the banking, media, and consulting sectors, He has also played an entrepreneurial role in helping grow a small partnership firm to a publicly listed company with the distinction of issuing the most successful IPO in the Indian media sector ever, with subscriptions exceeding US $ 1 billion. He was also part of the Palladium Group’s consulting team in India as Principal Consultant where he assisted companies in their strategy management processes. He was also part of a World bank funded team that worked with numerous Indian companies, across sectors in helping these companies develop overseas markets with a focus on the Triad countries.
He teaches Strategy, International Business and Innovation Management to MBA students in leading business schools in India. He is also a faculty and a mentor for the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Women Entrepreneurs Initiative”. He continues to consult in strategy for companies in India and the Middle East. He is also active in conducting executive education programs. He is also a Principal at the IXL-Center, a Cambridge (Boston) based firm engaged in consulting and training for Innovation.
Sunil has trained extensively with Arthur D. Little at Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in International Business Strategy. He has also practiced and trained extensively with Kaplan and Norton’s (Harvard Business School) Balanced Scorecard Collaborative in the area of Strategy Execution. He has a full-time MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Lucknow and Bachelors (Hons) in Economics. Sunil’s research interests include the Internationalization of firms from Emerging Economies.
Visiting Faculty, Market Research and Retail Management
Susmita has over two decades of experience with India’s leading Retail and Market Research Organizations. In her most recent role she worked as Head – Consumer Insights & Retail Analytics, Bharti Walmart India. Earlier she has served as the Vice President, Marketing Services at Subhiksha and as Associate Vice President at IMRB International. Strong Insights on both Retail processes as well Consumer Behavior gained by Strategizing / Planning Marketing & Merchandising initiatives as well as implementing the same on ground. Ability to draw out relevant & actionable learning’s from Catchment Researches, Brand Tracks, Communication Development, Category Understanding, Product / Concept and Pricing Researches, In–shop observations, Mystery Shopping exercises etc. She has lived and worked in all the four regions in India and thus has a first-hand understanding of consumers across the country. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and writes a food blog.
Visiting Faculty, Selling and Negotiation Skills
Venkat has spent many years driving Excellence in Execution in business and sales. With close to 20 years of business experience, Venkat has now established Tripura Multinational in India and Singapore to focus on the tremendous potential that Asia offers. Until July 2010, Venkat was a Senior Director for Microsoft and was the COO for their Enterprise and Partner Business. His 14 year career with Microsoft spanned many roles, including frontline sales and sales management, Industry management, Sales strategy and Operations, and Business Planning. His span of operations included India and all Asia Pacific countries, which brings out his rich understanding of different cultures, and appreciation for diversity. Prior to Microsoft, Venkat was with Wipro InfoTech in a frontline sales capacity. Venkat is a First Class graduate in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune.
Venkat is an experienced coach, certified through the Results Coaching methodology. He currently utilizes his coaching and training skills to coach Directors and managers at many MNCs, including Microsoft and SAP, which has resulted in the significant increase of trust within teams, and also in improvement of their individual and collective performance. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and has applied this methodology to improve the alignment and effectiveness of teams. Spurred by a mission to positively influence millions of lives, Venkat has stepped out of Microsoft, to blend his experience, and that of his partners, to his passion of making others great. He truly believes in the potential of individuals to attain their aspirations, and in the potential of teams synergizing their efforts through the speed of Trust.
Visiting Faculty, Corporate Strategy
Arvind has over 30 years of operating experience across retail and consumer product companies. He was formerly the CEO of Domino’s Pizza India (currently Jubilant Foodworks), where he reinvented the business model and restructured the team to achieve a turnaround.
Subsequent to this, he was the CEO at Jumbo Electronics, where he managed 18 divisions, across Dubai, Singapore, Oman, Bahrain and Sudan, and he was Managing Director at DLF Retail Developers, where he was responsible for the development and management of all 20 (completed and under construction) malls in India.
He is currently working with IEP on making several platform investments in the quick service restaurant and casual dining restaurant sector. He received a Management Degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Karl-Erik Sveiby
Dr. Karl-Erik Sveiby is often described as one of the “founding fathers” of Knowledge Management, having pioneered several of the fundamental concepts. In 1986 he published his first book in Swedish, “Kunskapsföretaget”, which became the source of inspiration for the very early Swedish movement in knowledge management in both research and practice. His book published 1990 (Sw. “Kunskapsledning”) was the world´s first with Knowledge Management in the title. He has since published 12 further books and dozens of articles. His website, www.sveiby.com, contains all his articles and most of his 13 books.
Being co-owner and a manager of a publishing company for 15 years, which he was instrumental in developing into Sweden’s largest in trade press Ekonomi & Teknik Förlag, he recognised the need to measure the intangible assets, and he went on pioneering reporting practices for intangible assets, testing them in his own company. Today he is professor at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, researcher, developer of tools and methodologies and advisor to corporations and governments worldwide.
Dr. Lilac Nachum
Visiting Faculty, Doing Business in Global World
Dr. Lilach Nachum is a Professor at Zicklin Business School, Baruch College, New YorkPrior to joining Baruch College in 2002, Lilach Nachum was a Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University, UK, where she was involved in a number of research projects on the activities of foreign firms in London. Earlier, she held a Senior Member position in the Research Division on Foreign Investment and Transnational Corporations at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
In conjunction with these positions, she has been acting as consultant to a number of national and international organizations – including the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, London’s Westminster City Council – on issues related to Multinational Corporations and international competitiveness. She holds visiting research and teaching positions at universities around the world, including in Austria, China, Israel, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, and has been teaching on Baruch College’s Executive Education programs in New-York, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong-Kong. She is also listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and the Marquis Who’s Who in America.
Lilach holds a BA and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, Israel (both completed with distinction), and a PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Prior to joining academia, she held managerial positions in a number of Israeli companies.
Dr. William H. Davidson
William started his career in academia. Before his extra-curricular activities prevailed, he served as a tenured Professor of Management at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, from 1985 to 1998. He was also Research Director for the Harvard Multinational Enterprise Research Project at Harvard Business School. He was acknowledged as the most widely cited academic in the field of international management during the 1985-1995 decade. His book 2020 Vision (with Stan Davis) was selected as the Best Business Book of the year by Fortune Magazine in 1992. He has written seven other books on management, including The Amazing Race. His latest book, Breakthrough, was published by John Wiley Press in 2004. He is currently completing a new book entitled GREAT CHINA, co-authored with Wei Zhong Ding.
He was a founding faculty member of the Kokusai Daigaku, a joint US- Japanese international management education university in Japan, and also of the Dalian Institute in Dalian China, the first executive education institute in China, co-sponsored by the US and Chinese governments.
In 1984, hel founded MESA Inc., a management consulting firm acquired by Deloitte & Touche in 1996. As a national partner at Deloitte, Bill had leadership responsibilities in its management consulting practice during 1996-98. After leaving Deloitte, Bill founded a new company, MESA Development, to focus on global strategy and leadership development. MESA’s clients have included over half of the Fortune 100. MESA also conducts the Global Leadership Program for senior executives of a set of leading US, European and Asian corporations.
He has served on six public company boards and a number of private company boards. He is non-executive Chairman of Broadcast Technology (NASDAQ:BCST) and Chairman of Castle Arch Real Estate Company.
He earned an AB in economics, an MBA, and a doctorate in business administration, all from Harvard University. He lives in Palos Verdes and Palm Springs, California, is an active surfer, golfer and skier, and he plays on an adult ice hockey team with his oldest son.
Visiting Faculty, Strategic Decision Making for Business
Prasun is one of the founding Directors of Avenir, a consulting firm focused on facilitating organizations achieve exponential growth. With more than 14 years of consulting experience, he has led key engagements with Fortune 100 organizations such as Burlington Resources Europe and Philips International as well as medium sized organizations across the world resulting in high value identification and capture. Over the last five years, Prasun has led and supervised consulting engagements with Indian and International companies that have delivered quantum increase in profits in very short periods of time.
He is a certified Decision Analyst and has consulted and delivered workshops and class room sessions on strategic decision making with academic institutions and companies around the world. He is also a recognised TOC expert and has been a preferred project leader for the Viable Vision engagements of Goldratt Consulting, led by Dr. Eli Goldratt.
Other than the above, Prasun’s breadth of consulting includes TQM, Six Sigma, Service Quality and Process transformation. He has presented a number of papers in various international forums thus being actively involved in the furthering the boundaries of management knowledge in the areas of decision making, strategy, and TOC led operations and logistics.
He is an Engineering and Economics alumnus of B.I.T.S, Pilani and a management graduate with distinction from AIM, Manila.
Ravi brings over 25 years of leadership, executive expertise and experience in achieving strategic business growth across Asia Pacific and Japan.
As a Certified Professional Coach, Ravi has worked as executive/ business coach both within Hewlett-Packard and externally with clients across the region, improving their skills and competencies to become effective business leaders. He has also served as a mentor to professionals from diverse enterprises within multiple industries.
He is a core member and active volunteer in social development movements. He is an executive committee member and an active instructor in NikamGuruji Yoga Kutir Singapore (one of the oldest voluntary yoga movements in Singapore) which has trained more than 40,000 participants in the last 14 years. He is also an active volunteer and advisor of the Ramakrishna Mission Boys Home, Singapore for more than 15 years. Currently he is involved in the activities of Delhi based voluntary organization Scope Plus and works with students from municipal schools. Ravi is also committed to Coaching and mentoring and volunteers on International Development Projects.
He holds a Ph D in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Stephanos George Eapen
Stephanos has spent a decade in research and consulting, and focusing on innovation in the field of management and strategy, he has worked in healthcare/pharmaceuticals, electronics, software and infrastructure industries. As a member of the Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) Network, he has worked with Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne in the development and delivery of BOS Programmes and Seminars for Executive Development.
He co-founded Strategy Regeneration a group that uses the BOS to run ‘in company’ workshops. He is an MBA from INSEAD, currently working with the Centre for Social Innovation at INSEAD, developing an approach to adapt BOS methodology to issues around Sustainability and challenges at the Base of the Pyramid.
Bianka Ray Chaudhury
Associate Professor, Analytics
Bianka possesses academic and research experience of over 12 years. She has worked in reputed B-schools like ICFAI and also worked as a Research Associate in Indian Statistical Institute (ISI, Kolkata). She also has a strong academic background. She stood 3rd in her Masters in Economics at the University of Calcutta and was awarded the gold-medal from AIMA for securing the 1st position pan India in her MBA course. Currently working as an Associate Professor at School of Inspired Leadership, in the area of Economics and Quantitative Techniques, her area of interest includes Research Methodology, Market Research, Operation Research and International Business.
Bianka has submitted her PhD in International Business and has also done Advanced Diploma in International Business.
Dr. Subhajyoti Ray
Professor, Business Analytics
Dr. Subhajyoti Ray completed his masters from Indian Statistical Institute and joined the Reserve Bank of India. He has worked with the Bank in the areas of data analysis, data warehousing and research.
In 2000 he joined the doctoral program at IIM Ahmedabad where his area of research was electronic governance. He has published in many international journals and is also on the review board of International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) from IGI-Global.
Before joining SOIL, Dr. Subhajyoti has been working as faculty at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubneswar (XIMB). He joined XIMB in 2005 and was appointed the Dean in October 2009. He has shouldered significant teaching and administrative responsibilities at XIMB. His teaching interests are in the areas of business statistics and analytics.
He has also been a visiting faculty to institutes like ESSEC in France, Antwerp Management School Belgium, and IIM Ranchi.
Faculty, Data Analysis Using Excel
As a leadership development consultant he has worked on large mandates with leading organisations in the country. He has also developed and launched several executive program for mid-level high potential leaders.
In his earlier part of career he worked with technology firms. He has expertise in the area of Project Management, Delivery Management and Key Customer Management. He has done several assignments on representing organization for quality assessments from a practitioner's perspective. Ankush enjoys facilitation, teaching and has been involved in design and delivery of several programs.
He has done his post-graduation in Business Leadership Program from School of Inspired Leadership. He holds twin master degrees, the first one being in Computer Application from Bangalore University. He obtained his graduation from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University.
Ankush is fond of photography, adventure sports and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Visiting Faculty, Business Excellence through Total Quality Management
Ashutosh is the founder Partner of PROACT Management Consulting. With over 14 years of line and consulting experience, he has been instrumental in several “Transformation” initiatives in a wide spectrum of industries. He has a background in implementation of “Total Quality” Programmes, Six Sigma projects and Business Process Re-engineering initiatives.
He was part of one of the pioneering efforts in the Indian consulting arena pertaining to “Service Quality”. He was instrumental in establishing “Service Quality” as a consulting practice by successfully developing a version of “Service Strategy Deployment” customised to the Indian context. Tested at few of his clients the methodology has been tested and proven successful. This aims at creating a well defined Service Strategy for a Service Organisation and implementing it to achieve Tangible, Measurable, Time-bound business goals that are owned up and well accepted at all levels in the organisation.
Some of the clients he has worked for include: American Express – FC (East), American Express TRS (India), GE Capital International Services, ICICIOnesource, Tata Telecom , Quark India, The World Bank-WSP(SA), Amway India Enterprises, British Gas, Shriram Industrial Enterprises, Perfetti India and Mother Dairy (Delhi & Calcutta).
He has a BE degree in Electrical Engineering, PG Diploma in Business Administration in the Area of Operations and Marketing Management. He is also a Certified Lead Assessor for ISO 9000 series of Quality Standards.
Dr. Kingshuk Sinha
Visiting Faculty, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Kingshuk is a Professor in the Operations and Management Science Department and the holder of the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Professorship in Management Science at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His degrees include a Ph.D. in Management and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.Tech (Honors) in Petroleum Engineering from the Indian School of Mines. Before beginning his graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin he worked for the offshore production and engineering planning groups of Dubai Petroleum Company (operated by Conoco Inc.) in United Arab Emirates.
His areas of scholarly interests are: Management of Technology, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management and Health Care Management. He teaches courses in the MBA, Executive MBA, International MBA, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs. Typically, Dr. Sinha conducts his research projects in partnership with industries. The empirical settings of his research projects have included the high-tech; health care/medical; retail; food; and energy/oil and gas industries. His papers have appeared in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Service Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Organization Science, and Production and Operations Management. Among the recognitions he has received include the Journal of Operations Management’s Best Paper Award, the Stan Hardy Award for the Best Published Paper in Operations Management, the Decision Sciences Institute’s Best Theoretical and Empirical Research Paper Award, the Decision Sciences journal’s Best Paper Award, and the IBM Best Paper Award from the Production and Operations Management Society.
He has served as the Director of the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality, committed to advancing research and education on improvement and innovation in manufacturing and service organizations, and supply chains. He has served as the Founding Academic Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) that was established to advance management research and leadership education for the medical industry sector. He has served as the Ph.D. Program Coordinator and the MBA Program Coordinator for the Operations and Management Science Department. Dr. Sinha’s roles in professional societies have included serving as the Program Chair for the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society in San Francisco (Conference Theme: “High Tech Production and Operations Management”) and as a Board Member and Secretary of the Society. He serves as a Senior Editor (Management of Technology) of the Production and Operations Management journal and served as the Guest Editor of the journal’s special issue on high tech industry; and as a Senior Editor of the Decision Sciences journal and served as the Guest Editor of the journal’s special issue on decision making in the health sector supply chain.
Visiting Faculty, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Ramesh is B.Tech (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering (1968) from IIT, Kharagpur, India and Masters in Industrial Management (1973) from Cranfield University, UK. He has worked for Eicher Group, India (manufacturing Commercial Vehicles, Motorcycles and Agricultural Tractors) at various senior levels for 25 years including as Group Vice Chairman, managing various businesses of the Group, Strategic Planning and Human Resources Development at the corporate level.
As Managing Director of Eicher Tractors, he has to his credit setting up of the new Engine and Tractor plant at Alwar and Bhopal in India. The Company was conferred the National Productivity Council of India’s award for high productivity and quality both for Engine and Tractor plants. As Managing Director of Ramon and Demm Ltd.,he turned around the sick Gear Manufacturing company( Ramon and Demm Ltd.) acquired by Eicher into a state of excellent financial and cultural health. This Company was also conferred the National Productivity Council of India’s award for high productivity and quality.
He started his professional career by working for about 10 years in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., his last assignment being Senior Manager responsible for negotiations of technology transfer and project planning for production of Anglo French Jaguar Aircraft at Bangalore.Mr. Jain has been a Board Member/ Advisor to many Corporates and provided them with Strategic and Operational inputs.
He has recently been invited by the Planning Commission and Cabinet Secretariat to guide some of the Ministries of Government of India in preparation of their Strategic Plans for the next five years and also to review the Result Framework Documents of various Ministries and Departments of Government of India and various states. He was member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council for years 2004-5 and 2005-6. He has been member NR Council, CII since 1997-8 till date.
Visiting Faculty, Smart Operations
Ravi introduced Theory of Constraints (TOC) in India and now focuses his efforts on increasing the wealth of his clients through a systematic application of Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints in Operations Management. He is the first practicing ‘Jonah'(TOC Expert) in India and the founder of Goldratt, India and is personally trained by Dr. Goldratt. Ravi regularly disseminates his knowledge at a number of international conferences. He enjoys striving for the impossible by challenging sacred assumptions and complexity.
For over 34 years, Ravi’s industrial experience has evolved from a core in Manufacturing Engineering through to Total Quality Management and Business Process Re-engineering to the Theory of Constraints (TOC). Prior to founding Goldratt India, Ravi was Chief Consultant at Eicher Consultancy Services Limited. During his consulting career of over 14 years, Ravi has consulted for and with several global organizations, such as L&T, Godrej & Boyce, Salora International, RPG Cables, ABB, Alstom, Indian Aluminum, Dalmia Cement, ICI, Exide and Eicher. Before starting his consulting career, Ravi gained valuable experience for 21 years in operations in the automobile industry (TELCO & Eicher).
Assistant Professor, Operations Management
Shikha Aggarwal is Assistant Professor of Operations Management at School Of Inspired Leadership, Gurgaon. She completed her doctoral research at MDI Gurgaon in the area of Supply Chain Resilience. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she did her masters in business administration from Punjab University. She has vast research experience including field interviews with experts across more than 50 organizations and development of modeling and measurement tools for supply chain practices; and has worked across a multitude of softwares. She has seven international publications to her credit which include a book chapter, conference proceedings, research paper in Thomson Reuters impact factor journal and teaching cases at leading case publishing houses like Harvard Business Publishing, Ivey Publishing etc. Her research interests are in the areas of supply chain collaboration, supply chain risk, supply chain resilience, supply chain disruption, case study research, grounded theory, and research design. She has taken various guest lectures for people across different age groups and nationalities. Her teaching interests include supply chain management, business logistics, operations strategy, service operations, research methodology and project management.
Visiting Faculty, Project Management
SANJAY SINGHAL, IT industry veteran with nearly three decades of experience is Founder and Principal Consultant at Strategizers. Sanjay advises clients on Strategy & Operations, Program & Product management and Start‐up Advisory.
Sanjay has developed 10‐step model for defining start‐up strategy and a start‐up assessment model to evaluate their investment worthiness. Sanjay is former Partner/Managing Director at Accenture and led the delivery of complete technology services for a $2.5bn BPO business delivered through a global team of 1,200 professionals in 17 countries. He has also led Sales and Operations for 11,500 people practice across APAC geography managing business worth $350mn and achieving the compounded annual growth of 40% over 8‐years. Sanjay is Accenture certified Lead SI Solution Architect, SI Delivery Lead and trained AO Solution Architect. Sanjay brings the perfect blend of business strategy, operations, techno‐commercial and academic orientation to the table. He has authored a book titled “Software Project Management” on managing software projects ‘more’ effectively and is an articulate speaker having delivered several technical and management lectures to international audiences. He is regular speaker for various Nasscom and TiE events, and regularly writes for Nasscom on wide ranging topics. He is also visiting faculty for educational institutes.Sanjay currently mentors few start‐ups and serves on their board of directors/advisory board. He also serves on the technical Consultative committee of National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA) for Local School Management Information System (LSMIS). Sanjay is Charter Member of TiE‐Delhi NCR. Sanjay developed mathematical model for estimation of multi‐shore software development projects and an estimation model for estimating n‐tier business applications. Both models have been widely deployed and used in large global organizations.
Sanjay is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Roorkee.
Satya Prakash Sharma
Visiting Faculty, Performance Management System
Satya Prakash Sharma has about 18 years of IT Consulting, Process Implementation and Program Management experience. He has worked for organizations like Hewlett Packard, Genpact, Perot Systems and Ajay Piramal Group. He has diversified experience in business application implementations like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), eCommerce applications, Content Management Solutions (CMS) and Business Process Management (BPM) applications. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI.org. He is certified Green belt in lean six sigma and has done certifications like Certified in production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) from APICS USA.
Satya is currently on a break from corporate world and is pursuing Academics. He earned a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Economics from Delhi University. He is currently pursuing Masters in Psychology from IGNOU.
Visiting Faculty, Business Analysis
Ullas has over 24 years of diverse experience in the Consulting and Information Technology sector. He has been in the leadership roles for 14 years. He has extensive experience in Business Process Improvement, large scale program management, consulting and general management.
Before setting up his own consulting firm, Ullas worked as Vice President at accenture where he played multiple roles including the Sales Support Lead for global insurance clients, Location Lead for Gurgaon Delivery Center and Delivery Lead for global insurance clients.
He has done a number of consulting assignments involving process consulting, IT Strategy and portfolio analysis and program management for clients in the US, Middle East, Japan, Malaysia and India. He set up the Industry Program for Financial Services at accenture’s India Delivery Center.
He has extensive International exposure having visited 16 countries and interacted with CIOs and other business leaders from several Global 1000 firms across continents. He is a certified Theory of Constraints (TOC) practitioner certified by TOC International Certification Organization.
Ullas has been an assessor for CII-EXIM Bank award for Business Excellence, the Indian equivalent of the Malcom Baldridge award. He has been a speaker and panelist at national and international conferences.
He earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Visiting Faculty, IT- A Strategic Differentiator for Business
Rajesh Dhuddu has 17+ years of experience in Mobile, Payments and Business Process Management Industries. In the World of convergence, he brings in convergence of Marketing and Finance skills. He is credited with creating high performing global teams in Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions. At Quatrro, he leads Market Development efforts focused on transforming Cards and Mobile Payments in Emerging markets and also manages Corporate Marketing and Strategy initiatives. Rajesh graduated from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with a gold medal in MBA Finance. He is currently pursuing Executive Program in Management at Columbia Business School, USA. He is a certified Project Management and Outsourcing Professional from PMI and IAOP, USA. He is an avid cyclist specializing in long distance cycling and holds the title ‘Randonneur’ from ‘Audax Club Parisien’, France for cycling 200 kms in under 10 hours. He has been mentoring and teaching at SOIL from the year 2011. His life motto is ‘Help Ever. Hurt Never’ and is committed to advancing this cause to more and more people.
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