Our Team

Akhil Shahani

Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Ex-Venture Partner, Kaizen Private Equity (Education sector focused fund)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry Education Committee
  • Past President American Alumni Association
  • MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Doctorate in Education (expected 2017 ) from University of Liverpool

Amit Sharma

Group Chief Operating Officer

  • Twenty years experience creating successful e-learning teams across the world
  • Handled global projects for United Nations and Fortune 500 firms, like Microsoft & Capita
  • A Certified Project Manager from PMI Institute with a Post Graduate Diploma in Media

Sujata Garimella

Chief Learning Officer

  • Over 25 years working experience in Journalism and Instructional Design
  • Has managed the teams of Tata Interactive Services, Indecomm and Aptara. Created global e-learning courses including one showcased in the United Nations
  • Management Diploma from NMIMS & Diploma from Xaviers Institute of Communication

Vikas Kumar

Chief Technical Architect

  • Over sixteen years of experience in the software industry with the majority of it as a CTO of Brainvisa which he co-founded in 2000
  • After a successful exit with Brainvisa, he has been investing and working with start-ups in various domains
  • MBA from IIM (Lucknow)

Maya Shahani

Chairperson, Smart Institute

  • Chairperson, SAGE Foundation
  • Trustee, Shahani Trust
  • Vice Chairperson, Global Dialogue Foundation (under United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)
  • Chairman Emeritus, Women’s Movement of Peace & Prosperity

Board of Advisories

M.K. Anand

M.K. Anand

MD, Times Television Network

Has previously worked with The Times of India group for 19 years and has done his MBA from NMIMS. He also visits NMIMS as a visiting faculty

Vijay Mansukhani

Vijay Mansukhani

Co-Founder & MD, Onida Ltd.

A graduate from the College of Marine Engineering, Mumbai, he has served as a director of MIRC Electronics Ltd., Guviso Holdings Private Limited and Akasaka Electronics Limited

Dr. Bhaskar Das

Dr. Bhaskar Das

Group CEO, Zee Media Corporation Ltd.

Has worked for over 32 years at Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL), which publishes The Times of India and Economic Times, and runs Times Now and ET Now channels, among other businesses. At Zee, he overseas all aspects of their print, TV and online business

PR Ramesh

PR Ramesh

Chairman, Deloitte

Has been a member of the Accounting Standards Board (ASB) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also been part of the working group set up by the Reserve Bank of India to assist convergence to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by banks. He is also a member of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) standing committee on Accounting Issues

SP Shukla

SP Shukla

Group Executive Board & President- Defence at Mahindra Group

An alumnus of IIT and IIM (A) he serves on the boards of several Mahindra Group companies in various sectors. Additionally, is a member of the Investment Committee of Mahindra Partners which overseas the Group’s foray into new ventures such as solar energy, retail, logistics, etc

Ranjit Shahani

Ranjit Shahani

Vice Chairman, Novartis India Ltd.

Has held the position of President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and President of the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India. He is a key representative of the pharmaceutical industry in India and is frequently interviewed in print and television media

Ronil Sujan

Ronil Sujan

Ex-MD Rabobank Asia-Pacific

Ronil runs his proprietary investment fund, Raaga Holdings out of Singapore. He has over 20 years experience across India, Asia and the USA. In the last seven of his fourteen years with the Rabobank Group, Ronil was the Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking Asia-Pacific at Rabobank International. He was on the Board and Global Exco of the global JV with NM Rothschilds

Devan Kampani

Devan Kampani

MD, JM Financial Investment Banking

An MBA from New York University, Devan has been a senior member of the JM Financial group over the last 20 years and has worked on many prominent M&A deals. He has a deep interest in education as is also on the advisory board of a well known international school in Mumbai

Vivek Rai Gupta

Vivek Rai Gupta

Managing Partner, Reliance GenNext Fund

Prior to joining this early stage venture capital fund, Vivek was the Managing Partner of A.T. Kearney India. He is deeply involved in funding and mentoring young entrepreneurs

Tarun Singh Chauhan

Tarun Singh Chauhan

Ex-Managing Partner, JWT

Recently retired as Managing Partner of JWT, he has also been the President of Lowe Lintas. Over the course of his career, Tarun has worked to build major brands across all categories like automobiles (Bajaj Auto), telecom (Idea Cellular), social awareness (ICICI Usaid) and Tata Group (Tata Tea, Tata Retail, Ginger Hotels