Ashish DhawanFounder and Chairman - Central Square Foundation
Harvard University(MBA), Yale University (BA/BS)
Ashish Dhawan is Founder of Ashoka University and the Founder of Central Square Foundation (CSF), a philanthropic organization focused on systemic reform in K-12 education in India.
Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor's (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale's Development Council. Ashish worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to work on education reform in India.
Ashish lives in Delhi and is married to Manisha. They have three children: Ayla, Anya and Armaan.
Gaurav has over 13 years of experience working both in private sector as well as in the development space (microfinance, health, impact investment, education) largely as a management consultant (P&G, American Express, Azim Premji Foundation, Lok Capital etc.). His areas of experience include program management and implementation, strategic and business planning, organization restructuring and design and sales & distribution management.
Pramath Raj SinhaFounder and Managing Director - 9.9 Media, Founding Dean, ISB, Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University, Ex Partner, Mckinsey. University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering), IIT Kanpur (B. Tech.)
Pramath spent 13 years with McKinsey as a partner and also a Founding Dean of Indian School Business (ISB). He is a Founder and Trustee of the liberal arts university, Ashoka University and heads the India operations of Albright Stonebridge Group, a US-based commercial diplomacy firm. He is the founder of 9.9 Media, and prior to that, he was the MD and CEO of the ABP Media Group. He holds an M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech. in Metallurgy from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Ravi has worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. At HSBC, Ravi has worked as the Regional Marketing Head for Middle East and Africa, Head of Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, Consumer Banking Head of Indonesia, CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector 5 years ago with Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management.
Rohit Kapoor is the Vice Chairman and CEO of EXL. He co-founded the company in 1999 and since then has held various roles including CFO and President and Chief Operating Officer. Rohit has helped create a business model that is high growth, futuristic and built on the premise of delivering tangible business impact to customers. Rohit currently sits on the Board of CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) and has been a board member since April 2011. Rohit is an active member of NASSCOM BPM Forum and also serves as the Chairperson of the US Chapter of ASSOCHAM, the apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India. Since March 2014, Rohit has been a director of New York Tri-State chapter of Pratham USA, a Non-profit organization. Rohit was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential professionals driving the sourcing industry in Globalization Today’s Powerhouse 25 in 2011.
Rohit resides in Scarsdale, New York. He is married with two children. He is an avid golfer and wine collector. He holds a Bachelor in Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
Sharad has spent 20 years in the automotive industry working for global OEM’s from different parts of the world. Besides building a solid business, Sharad has also travelled extensively around the world. For the last 8 years, he has been working with Schools driving scale and quality. Sharad is on the Board and actively supporting IIMPACT which has established 1100 centres and working with over 36,000 out of school girls to educate and mainstream them.
Suparna has worked extensively in the development sector for over 25 years. She started her career with MYRADA and moved on to lead and manage multiple projects ranging from being Founding Trustee of Adamya Chetana; Vice-President and Project lead at Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services; Consultant for multiple projects with Department of Public Instruction, District Institute for Education and Training in Karnataka State; Consultant for rural development project for the Indian Institute of Science etc. Suparna also has curriculum development and teaching experience. She also has extensive experience of design, development and implementation of projects and trainings with corporates and numerous collaborative projects with organizations like Tata Institute for Social Sciences, The Teacher Foundation, CSR wing of ABB, Azim Premji Foundation, UNICEF etc. In her vast experience in the development sector she has also published and presented several papers on academic leadership, management and governance. Suparna's strength lies in her ability to straddle the theory-practice space, to make a meaningful contribution to change on the ground.
Arindam BhattacharyaSenior Partner and Director - BCG Henderson Institute, Former MD of BCG India. University of Warwick (PhD in Engineering), IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), IIT Kharagpur (B.Tech.)
Dr. Bhattacharya has over 25 years of experience in the industry, consulting and as a researcher focused on the manufacturing industry on topics across the value chain and has advised leading Indian and global manufacturing companies on competitive strategy. As head of BCG India, he has led the growing Social Impact practice in India in Education (including a flagship project to transform the state-owned school system in one of the Indian states in partnership with the state government), Food and Nutrition, and Health Services.
Dr. Bhattacharya is member of Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) National Council, and Chairman of CII's–National committee on States competitiveness.He is a member of the Governing Council for Save the Children India, a leading NGO and has been a member of several expert committees set up by the Government of India.
Dr. Bhattacharya writes extensively in the business media on the development of manufacturing sector in India and globalisation from an emerging market perspective. He co-authored Globality – Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything, which was nominated among the best business books by The Economist in 2008, and “How Local Companies Keep Multinationals at Bay,” published in the March 2008 Harvard Business Review, which highlights the business strategies of innovative domestic companies in China, India, and other emerging markets.
Dr. Bhattacharya was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, UK where he completed Doctorate of Engineering with his thesis focused on the topic of 'time based competition' in manufacturing industries.
Mekin completed his B.E. from PESIT Bangalore in 2002. He started his career with Yahoo! when Yahoo Bangalore was ~30 people and was there till 2006. At Yahoo, he built large scale distributed systems, made sense of user data & built a mobile platform.
He then went on to join Ugenie(later acquired by Lulu.com) as its first hire & was part of the team till 2009.
Mekin joined Flipkart in 2009 and played various roles. Starting out with building & growing the Engineering function, and then running 2 startup businesses within Flipkart - eBooks and PayZippy. In Dec 2013, he moved into the role of Chief People Officer at Flipkart. He moved out of Flipkart in March 2016 with the ambition of impacting Education in India.
Mekin loves Sports, is a forgetful husband and a doting father.
V. “Paddy” PadmanabhanProfessor & Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD Singapore
V. “Paddy” Padmanabhan is the Unilever Professor of Marketing, INSEAD-Singapore and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD, he was the John K. and Ellen A. Wallace Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Olin School of Business, Washington University (1998-2002) and Associate Professor of Marketing and Fletcher Jones Faculty Fellow at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (1990-1998). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and INSEAD-France.
His current research focuses on Business Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Economies, Economic Crises and their implications, Pricing and Supply Chain Management. He is among the top 250 most highly cited scholars in the world in Economics and Business. His research has generated numerous honors including recognition as among the Top 10 Most Influential Papers published in the 50 years of publication of Management Science (1954-2004). He has consulting, executive teaching and expert witness experience with companies ranging from multinationals (e.g., Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Syngenta, Coca Cola, Lufthansa, Monsanto, Target, Japan Tobacco, Westpac, OCBC, Old Mutual, Voith, etc.) to start-ups across Asia, N. America, S. America and Europe.