Former Chairman - Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Former Member Planning Commission
Arun Maira is a thought leader and writer on transformational change and leadership. He brings a unique perspective of how the public and private sectors can work together to foster growth in India. He was Chairman of BCG India for 8 years, and spent 25 years at the Tata Group. As a member of the Planning Commission he developed strategies and policies on industrialisation and urbanisation. He also led participative scenario building for India's future in 1999 with CII and in 2005 with the World Economic Forum.
Founding Dean - Indian School of Business, Founder and Trustee - Ashoka University
Pramath spent 13 years with McKinsey as a partner and is also the Founding Dean of Indian School of Business (ISB). He is a Founder and Trustee of 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. Pramath has an M.S.E and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur.
Founder - Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MV Foundation); Former Chairperson - National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
An internationally acclaimed anti-child labour activist, Shantha was the first chairperson of the NCPCR, which she headed for two consecutive terms. Shantha was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1998. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. Shantha is also the founder of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MV Foundation), an organisation that has worked on eradicating child labour in India since its inception in 1981. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from JNU and M.A. in Political Science from Osmania University.
An IT industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, Sharad was an early influencer who envisioned the importance of digital technologies in the IT Infrastructure services space.
In his current role as Chief of Staff at Microland, Sharad provides oversight and guidance to meet the company’s mission and long-term goals and is also responsible for process re-engineering as a Process Champion. Prior to joining Microland, Sharad worked with Wipro for nine years playing multiple roles in the Sales and Marketing domain.
A certified Six-Sigma Green Belt, Sharad is passionate about driving digital transformation through quality initiatives. He has been an assessor for the prestigious CII “Excellence in Business Management” program that evaluates and selects the Best Managed Corporate entities of India.
Board of Directors - ICICI Bank; Ex-Director - IRMA
Tushaar Shah specialized in managerial economics at IIM Ahmedabad. His doctoral work was on money and banking, subsequently foraying into the economics of dairying, oilseeds, forestry and irrigation. He taught Economics for Rural Managers to several generations of students at IRMA (Institute for Rural Management Anand), bringing the village economy to his classroom in the early 1980’s through a simulation game called Naranpur Express using live data from one of his field research projects. More recently as a Senior Fellow of the International Water Management Institute, Tushaar’s research has focused on water policy, institutions and management in India.
Ved is a social entrepreneur who has also been on several government policy bodies. He was a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, SDC, SIDA and DfID; was founder-chairman of Ibtada and is currently a board member of several NGOs such as SPWD and Mobile Creches. He also co-authored a book, Human Resource Strategies to Build Pro-Poor Institutions. Ved has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, after which he studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University.
Venkataramana Annavarapu has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry working in India, Singapore and the US. He retired from his Corporate career at the end of 2015 and spent some time learning the nuances of trading in the US stock market in order that he can manage his retirement funds himself.
He is a member of the Advisory Board for IIMPACT, an NGO established by alumni of IIM Ahmedabad and also an active Rotarian.
Having spent a little over 20 years in the US he returned to India and now resides in Bangalore