Prof. Vijay Ghei

Design Thinking Practitioner & Expert

25+ years of experience in teaching, consulting through Design thinking


Prof. Vijay Ghei holds the position of Visiting Professor of Design Thinking at the Hult International Business School, with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, New York, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. He is also a visiting professor for Design Thinking, Problem Solving, Consulting Skills, Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking, at universities in India.

He has been working as an independent consultant, mentor and coach in applied design thinking and design strategy, helping companies across sectors in new product and service development, service innovation and change management. He also mentors start-ups in defining viable business models, creating and refining core value propositions, design research and strategy.

Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President at NIIT Technologies Limited. As Senior Vice President, Head of Consulting and Advisory Services, he was responsible for providing consulting and advisory services to customers as well as internal functions, driving internal change initiatives, and running the annual business planning process. 

Dr. Sally J. Fox

Visiting Faculty, Story Telling & Self Expression

Master of Business Administration, Yale University


Sally Fox, Ph.D. is an organizational consultant, facilitator and story-coach who guides leaders and teams to create their desired futures through communication, collaboration and the focused use of stories.

Sally has coached hundreds of professionals to be their passionate best, develop their leadership presence, and put their best story forward. She is known for her deep listening, intuition, sense of strategy and ability to help others discover catalytic new possibilities. She has consulted with organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad.

She was a Forbes coaches’ council member, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches. 

Dr. Tomoyoshi Noda

Visiting Faculty, Transformational Leadership

Doctorate in Business Administration, Harvard University


Dr. Tomo Noda is the founder of ISL (Institute for Strategic Leadership), a Tokyo-based educational institution dedicated to the development of next-generation leaders with the willpower, character and creativity necessary to catalyze social and business innovation in Japan.

Dr. Noda is an expert in organizational strategy and transformational leadership. Formerly he was a faculty member of the London Business School (1996-1997), INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France (1997-2000), and INSEAD Asia in Singapore (2001-2003), where he taught strategic and international management to MBAs and executives.

His research has appeared in first-class academic and management journals including The Strategic Management Journal, The Academy of Management Journal and The Harvard Business Review. At INSEAD, he received the best teacher award for his MBA course in Strategic Leadership, for three consecutive years between 2001 and 2003. He left academia in December of 2003 to focus exclusively on the management of ISL.

Dr. Noda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Tokyo, a Master’s Degree in Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate in Business Administration (Business Policy) from Harvard University. He was born in Kyoto in 1959.

Dr. Rajen Gupta

Visiting Faculty, Method of Social Systems

Doctorate in Management, IIM Ahmedabad; B. Tech(Electrical) IIT Kanpur.


Prof.Gupta has more than 20 years of work experience in the field of Organization behavior & human behavior. He was a professor of Human Behaviour & Organization Development at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon during 1997-2016. 

Prior to this, he was a Professor at I.I.M. Lucknow. He also spent a year as a visiting professor at Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands. He is a Professional Member of the Indian Society of Applied Behavioural Science(ISABS), and a founding member of the National HRD Network.

He was a member of the Academic Councils of the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar and Navrachna University, Baroda. He has been a member of the faculty selection panels of IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Rohtak, IIM Kashipur, Ambedkar University(Delhi) etc. 

Dr. Renuka Singh

Visiting Faculty, Sociology

Doctorate in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)


Prof. Renuka Singh has a doctorate in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For the last twenty-five years, she has been working in the field of gender studies and has also worked with several non-governmental organizations, and at the Women’s Studies Centre, Delhi University. She has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women at Oxford University and UGC Senior Scientist at JNU.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and also the Director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi.

Renuka Singh is the author of The Womb of Mind (1990), Women Reborn (1997) and has co-authored Growing up in Rural India (1989). She has compiled and edited The Path to Tranquillity (1998), The Transformed Mind (1999) and The Little Book of Buddhism (2000). These books have been published in several languages.

Aryja Chakravarthy

Professor, OB & Human Resource Management

 Master of Business Administration (XIMB, Bhubaneshwar), Certified Coach (ICF & Royal Roads University, Canada)


Arjya is currently the Program Chair for the Human Resource Leadership Program (PGPHRL) at SOIL. She has over 26 years of work experience. She has an exposure of 11 years in several Leadership roles in the Human Resource Management function and has spearheaded strategic initiatives in the automobile, manufacturing, FMCG and BPO industry. She has worked with Hindustan Motors, Dunlop India Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products Division, GECIS ( now GENPACT) and CRY ( Child Relief & You).

She has a background of teaching, research and consulting for 15 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. Her teaching andragogy emphasizes on a ‘learning mindset’ and ‘experiential learning’. Some of the subjects and courses taught by her are Learning and Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Managing Organizational Change, Organizational Design, Gender and Inclusion. She is also a member of the core Consulting team at SOIL.

She sits on the panel of Committees of MNCs as an external member for Gender Diversity initiatives. She is pursuing her research on the topic of ‘gender’. She has published research papers and cases in international publications and participated in International Conferences. She is a Certified Coach, having completed the ICF certified Program of Royal Roads University, Canada and has several (one-on-one) coaching hours to her credit.


Prof. A. N. Bhattacharya

Professor, Marketing

BSc, MBA, Marketing, Banaras Hindu University


As a Professor of Marketing and Social Innovation at School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), Gurgaon, India, Atindra is best described as a design thinker, passionate teacher, intense trainer and a consultant. He is passionate about courses on Marketing, with a special interest in subjects related to Sales Force Management, Network Management & Optimization, After-Market Pricing and Return on Investment, Consumer Psychology & Buyer Behavior etc. His near two-decade-long experience in the consumer industry helps bring real-life examples and practicality to his discourses. Post his industry stint, he has been facilitating courses for Post Graduate Management students for the last 13 years.

Atindra is actively engaged in capability building activities with corporate, providing end-to-end solutions through in-depth problem diagnosis, gap analysis, designing training interventions, delivery, and post-delivery impact analysis. He specializes in marketing & sales specific interventions, behavioral interventions around team building, motivation, and change management. Some of the brands/companies he has worked/is working with recently are - Amul, Dhara, Vadilal, Pfizer/Medanta, Rajasthan Patrika, Gabriel, Perfect Circle, Mahle, Mondelez, Engineer India Limited, NTTF, Colgate Palmolive, Carrier Midea, CDot, GMR-DIAL etc.,  

As a consultant, he enjoys working with young people in their start-ups, SMEs struggling with scaling-up their business and NGOs engaged in making this world a better place to live for all. Work revolves around providing them strategic inputs for business planning/modeling, go-to-market strategies, and addressing scaling up challenges.

An Agricultural Science graduate with specialization in Genetics, Atindra went for his Masters in Management Studies with specialization in Marketing from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. On the way, he picked up a Diploma in the German Language. He is also a certified assessor of the American psychometric tool – Caliper and is a Certified Large Scale Interactive Process (LSIP) facilitator.

Other interests – Politics, Development and Societal Stress, Indian scriptures and their relevance in the modern world.

Dr. Neetika Batra

Professor, Finance

Ph.D., Delhi University


Dr. Neetika Batra holds a Ph.D. and master’s in finance from Delhi University, and is a graduate from SRCC. She started her career in the year 1990 in Investment banking with SBI Capital Markets Ltd. She was initially heading an equity scheme of SBI Mutual Fund. Thereafter, she was heading a team of Corporate Finance professionals, as Vice President for several years, handling activities like issue management, funds syndication, project advisory services.  She co-founded her own boutique investment banking company in the year 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 since 2005 and was a freelance consultant, 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 joined SOIL in the year 2011.

Apart from journal publications, she has also written a textbook on “Investment Planning”. Her Ph.D. and research work are mainly in the area of Priority Sector Lending by Banks in India.

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Prof. Ravindra Ojha

Professor, Operations

B Tech., M. Engg , Ph.D, Ex-MD of GKN, Eicher & Tata Motors


Prof. Ravindra Ojha, currently the Chair – Operations at the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) was the Director – School of Engineering & Technology, at The NorthCap University (NCU), Gurgaon.  He was the Managing Director of G. K. N. Driveline India Ltd (GKN) and has been the part of the four-fold growth journey at GKN. He has a rich corporate experience of more than three decades in the automotive manufacturing sector, GKN, TATA Motors and Eicher being the prominent ones.

He has a of B Tech. (Mechanical) degree from N.I.T (formerly R.E.C) Warangal (Gold medalist), M Engineering (Industrial Engg. & Management) from the Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok and has his PhD (Manufacturing Excellence using Systems Dynamics modelling) from NCU. He has created three world-class manufacturing plants for GKN in Chennai and Pune and was awarded the Best MD in Asia Pacific region in GKN in the year 2008.  His exposure to Best-in-class manufacturing systems of eighteen counties has helped in his journey of manufacturing excellence. He has 24 papers published in national and international journals. Four of these papers have won the best paper awards.  His areas of interest and research are Cellular manufacturing systems, Technology audits, Manufacturing excellence, application of System dynamics to study behaviours, Lean operating systems, Project Management and Supply Chain management. He has been an excellent sportsman and continues to keep himself fit through his morning walks/exercises.

Dr. Neha Sharma

Visiting Professor, Business Communication & OB

MA (Mass Comm.); PhD (Comm & HR), IIT Madras

Dr. Neha has around 20 years of experience in the field of corporate communication, branding, media relations, corporate training and academics. She is a Ph.D. in Internal Corporate Communication, Employee Engagement and Employer Branding, and has received Best Doctoral Thesis Award from IIT Madras. In the past, she has worked as Senior Journalist with Indian Express, Media Planning Head - Fourth Estate, Grey Worldwide, Assistant Director - Amity School of Communication, Assistant professor - DIT University, Delhi University and Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Management Studies, SR Group of Institutions.

She is currently working as Associate Professor at SOIL, 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.

Dr. Debabrata Das

Professor, Business Analytics

Ph.D (Mathematical Modeling), Jamia Milia Islamia Central University, New Delhi


Dr. Das is a renowned researcher, academician and leader in the area of Analytics and Data Sciences with a rare distinction of having both corporate and academic leadership experience. He has over 24 years of teaching, training, research, consultancy and academic administration experience in leading Management Institutes such as IMI, IBA, GL Bajaj, Amity University, Great Lake and Vedica in diverse capacities from visiting faculty to full-time Director. He is a passionate educationist who believes in innovative pedagogical techniques.

Dr. Das has also been a consultant, trainer and advisor to various government agencies and management consulting firms like Nomura Research Institute India Pvt. Ltd., ASR Research and Consultancy, Technova India Pvt. Ltd., Tripster Solution, Clear Data Analytics, Global Economic Advantage Pvt. Ltd., Regional Economic Development Program of German Technical Cooperation, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Ministry of Information Technology, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Key areas that Dr. Das teaches in include Business Statistics, Operation Research, Decision Science, Business Research Method, Business Forecasting, Marketing Research, Descriptive Analytics, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Prescriptive Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Retail Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics using software like MS Excel, SPSS, Eviews, SAS, CMMS, TORA, QM, R Programming, etc.

His research and publications in various cross-functional areas of Transportation, Energy, Pollution, Marketing, Socio-economic issues etc. are published in listed referred national and international journals of countries including India, USA, UK, Canada, Russia, China and Gulf.