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Somaiya Vidyavihar Academic Council

 

Abhishek Ghosh  
Abhishek Ghosh is an Instructor/ part-time faculty at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. He is a doctoral candidate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Ghosh is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Asian Studies and the American Historical Association, and co-edits the Journal of Vaishnava Studies.  He holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Calcutta and an MSt in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Oxford.
   
Anuj Bhagwati  
Anuj Bhagwati is Managing Director of A.T.E. Enterprises in Mumbai and a Director of its affiliate companies. His business interests are in textile engineering, clean technology and printing and packaging. He has experience across all areas of small and medium enterprises. His non-profit engagements include the Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai (Trustee), the Kalaghoda Association (committee member), the Institute of Human Settlements (Director),the Praja Foundation (Co-Founder), the Governing Council of the Bombay Textile Research Association (Member), the K J Somaiya Trust (Trustee), the Cornell University College of Architecture,
Art and Planning Advisory Council (Member), and the Cornell University Council. He holds undergraduate (B.S., Engineering Physics) and graduate (M.S., Applied Physics) degrees from Cornell University, where he did research in solid state physics.
   
Bimal Mehta  

Bimal Mehta is the Executive Director of Vakil & Sons Pvt. Ltd (Vakils), a premier printing and publishing firm based in Mumbai. Over the last 18 years he has been involved in the restructuring of Vakils from a traditional print company to a high-tech IT enabled services company. He is also the working director of Vakils Premedia, a company with offices in India and the US that works with leading corporations to offer premedia and cross media services around the world. Mehta serves on the governing council of the Service Export Promotion Council, and has been Vice President of the Bombay Master Printers Association

and on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Bombay. Part of his Rotary service involves being Chairman of the two Vocational Centres in Mumbai involvement in the Boys Orphanage Home. Mehta holds an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.
 
Jagdish Parikh

Jagdish Parikh is the Chairman of A.L. Movers Pvt. Ltd. and a Director of the Lemuir Group of Companies, DHL Lemuir Logistics, the Technova Group of Companies, and Noema (India) Pvt. Ltd. He is co-founder of the World Business Academy (USA), Founder President of the Centre for Executive Renewal (Switzerland), a member of the Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management  from1973  to  2009  and  Managing  Trustee  of  the Education Foundation of India. He has lectured widely in business schools and multinational corporations in Europe and the U.S. 

He has authored a number of books on management and self-development and produced a multi-media interactive CD ROM on "Managing Your Self." Parikh has served in several honorary capacities for the Government of India: as Chairman of the FFC (now the National Film Development Corporation), as Vice Chairman of the Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism and in other advisory roles. Parikh holds a graduate degree in management from Harvard University.
 
John Thomas

John Thomas is Lecturer in Public Policy, Faculty Chair of the Singapore Program, and Co-chair of the Leaders in Development Program in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests are on how political processes shape policy change and organizational performance in a global environment. He helped to establish the Public Policy Program at the National University of Singapore and is a member of the Harvard Medical School Working Group on the Reform of Medical Education.

He has counseled Asian, African, and Latin American universities on the development of public policy programs and advised the governments of Kenya, the Philippines and Bangladesh on land reform and poverty alleviation, organizational capacity and policy change strategies. He was a founding member of Oxfam America Board of Directors. Thomas holds MPA and Ph.D. Degrees from Harvard University.
 
Joost Bonsen

Joost Bonsen is a social entrepreneur who has helped bring to life some of Boston's best development ventures, including award winning start-ups Click Diagnostics and Assured. His own early ventures include the Howtoons Project, a comic book series directed at making engineering interesting by guiding children to build things from everyday materials, and a long running weekly television show titled HIghTechFever that highlights key players in social entrepreneurship. He is a student of all forms of innovation, from developments in research labs to overall innovation ecosystems. Bonsen is a double graduate of MIT.

He has an Undergraduate work in Bio-Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management. The findings from his Master’s Thesis were published by BankBoston under the title of MIT: Impact of Innovation.
 
Kavita Anand
Kavita Anand is Executive Director of Shishuvan School in Mumbai, founder of Adhyayan Quality Education Services and sole prietor of Active Learning Center. She is a trustee of the Tamarind Tree Trust and Mandala, a center for arts collaboration research and education. Earlier Anand served as a Program Officer at the Ratan Tata Trust and the Aga Khan Education Service. Her research experience focuses on mainstream  and  alternative  schooling  in  India. She  is  actively engaged in theatre, film and television as a joint theatre and film critic for Mid-Day, Indian Post, the Sunday Observer and Asian Age, and the host of Teer Kaman, a chat show for children and Fireflies.
Since October 2011 she has been the Vice-Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India. Anand has an Undergraduate Degree in Arts and a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Bombay.
 
Kenneth Mills
Kenneth Mills is a professor of History in the University of Toronto. He served as Chair of the History Department from 2009- 2012, and was the founding Director of Latin American Studies Program. Mills is an anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on the colonial Spanish Americas. His special interests concern religious and cultural transformation and re-creation. Previous to coming to the University of Toronto he tutored for three years in the Faculty of Modern History at the University of Oxford, lectured at the University of Liverpool, and taught for a decade at Princeton University where he was also Director of the Program in Latin American Studies and served for two years as Assistant to the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies.
He holds Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in History from the University of Alberta and a D. Phil from the University of Oxford.
 
Larry Faulkner
Larry Faulkner is President Emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin and President Emeritus of the Houston Endowment. He served as the 27th President of UT-Austin from 1998 to 2006 and led the Houston Foundation from 2006 to 2011. Prior to these assignments he was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois. In 2010 UT-Austin named its nanoscience building after him in recognition of his leadership in bringing the university's nanoscience program to national prominence.

Faulkner holds undergraduate (Southern Methodist University) and doctoral (UT Austin) degrees in chemistry and taught on the faculties of The University of Texas, the University of Illinois, and Harvard University. He sits on the Board of the Exxon-Mobil Corporation and other companies.

 
Mehul Mehta
Mehul Mehta is Vice-President and Executive Team member in Partners Healthcare International and Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology in the Harvard Medical School. His service interests include memberships on the advisory boards of the Perkins School for the Blind in the U.S., the CSR health care and education projects of the Mehta Group, and the Max India Institute of Healthcare Management at the Indian School of Business in Mohali. He is a member of the American Institute of Ophthalmology and of the McKinsey Alumni Association.

Mehta holds an undergraduate MBBS degree in Medicine, Surgery and ObGyn and a Master of Surgery degree in Ophthalmology from Bombay University and an MA in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University.

 
Pankaj Chandra
Pankaj Chandra has been Director and Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His specializations are Manufacturing Management, Building Technological Capabilities, Supply Chain Coordination, and Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship. Chandra holds a B. Tech. degree from Banaras Hindu University and a Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Prior to joining IIM Bangalore he was on the faculties of IIM Ahmedabad, the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada and in addition has had visiting appointments in China, Switzerland and the U.S.
He has been consultant to many private and public institutions in India, Bangladesh, Canada and the U.S., including the World Bank.
 
Porus Olpadwala

Porus Olpadwala is the Adjunct Professor at University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. Prior to this he was the Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.  His scholarly interests are in the areas of comparative political economy, urban and economic development in the Third World, and environmental  issues.    He  has  consulted  with  the  Ford Foundation, various development agencies of the United Nations, and the World Bank.

In an earlier career, through the nineteen sixties, he worked in India with Price Waterhouse, and then the Indian affiliate of Jardine Mathesen, where he headed the Export Department at the time he left the firm in January 1971. Olpadwala holds an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting from the University of Calcutta and Graduate Degrees from Cornell in Business and Planning.
 
Raj Mohindra
Raj Mohindra is an alumnus of India’s National Defence Academy. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1954 and has had a distinguished career in the service including key appointments as Staff Officer to the Chief of the Naval Staff; Director, India Supply Mission, London; Deputy Naval Advisor to  the High  Commission of  India  in the  UK and Commander (S), INS VIKRANT, India’s first aircraft carrier. In his civilian career Mohindra has been General Manager (Commercial) of the Shipping Corporation of India, the Chief Executive of the Indian Express Group of Newspapers and a Founder Director and first CEO of the Mahindra United World College of India. From 2003 to 2005 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Management Consultants of India.
 
Rudra Pratap
Rudra Pratap is Professor and Chairperson of the Center for Nano science and Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research and publication has been in the areas of micro and nano electro-mechanical systems, nonlinear dynamics and applied dynamics systems, and structural vibration and vibroacoustics. He is the author and co-author of three books and over fifty scientific papers, and has lectured and taught in Switzerland and the U.S. Pratap has been honored with the M. Hetenyi Award of the U.S. Society for Experimental Mechanics, the H.D. Block Prize for excellence in teaching, and the Blue Ribbon Award for Literary Achievment from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
He holds a B. Tech with Honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
 
Rupa Shah
Rupa Shah is Co-Chairperson of IMC, a Board Member of the Russell Square International College and sits on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institution of Export and Import Management. She is the highly regarded Ex-Vice Chancellor of SNDT Womens' University, Mumbai. During her tenure SNDT expanded from 42 to almost 200 institutions/ departments and introduced many innovations in programs and administration. Earlier she was the Founder Director of the Academic Staff College of the University of Mumbai In 1988. Shah is the recipient of multiple awards and a member of numerous professional bodies.
She holds an Undergraduate degree from the J.J. School of Fine Arts and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Mumbai University, following which she did Post-Graduate research at the London School of Economics.
 
S B Chandalia
S B Chandalia is a Technical consultant. He was a faculty member for 35 years (1963 to 1998) at the university Department of Chemical Technology, (UDCT), which is now a deemed to be university, known as Institute of Chemical Technology. A professor since 1979, he was head of Chemical Engineering Department (1989 to 1997) and the Director (1997 to 1998). His research work was in the inter-disciplinary are of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He supervised the work of 24 students for Ph. D and 60 students for Master’s degree. 
He has authored/co-authored 4 books and published about 100 research papers in International journals. Many of the processes developed by him have been commercialized by industrial units. As the director, he successfully completed the challenging task of restructuring B. Tech courses. A fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, a recipient of several awards and Honours, he was member of several Government committees. He holds B. Chem. Engg., M.Sc.(Tech), and Ph.D degrees from Mumbai University.
 
Samir Somaiya
Samir Somaiya is Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., Chairman of The Somaiya Trust, the K.J. Somaiya Medical Trust, Girivanvasi Educational Trust, Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal, President of Somaiya Vidyavihar, Owner of Kitab Khana. He was the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber and is a member of the Green Chemistry Initiative of the Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Indian Chemical Council, the Cornell University Council, and the Advisory Board of the School of Chemical Engineering of Cornell University.
He is a Visiting Instructor at the School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell. Somaiya has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell as well. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
 
Tanmayanand Saraswati
Swamini Tanmayanand Sarawati is a well-known teacher of Vedanta, a body of Indian scriptures. She has undertaken in-depth studies of the Bhagavad Geeta, the Upanishads and the Brahmasutras. Presently she is committed to the teaching and propagation of the scriptures, both within the country and abroad. The Swamini is widely appreciated for her eloquent and lucid expositions of the scriptural texts. Swamini Saraswati is the founder and Chief Acharya of a spiritual organization called ‘Param Praman Darshan’ which has as its main objective the romotion of the culture and heritage of India and spreading the message of the ancient preceptors through modern means of communication.
She has authored a number of books on topics related to Vedanta. Prior to undertaking a life of spirituality the Swamini earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education.
 
V Ranganathan
V. Ranganathan is Honorary Secretary and Chief Advisor to the K.J. Somaiya Trust. A member of the Indian Administrative Service, he retired from public office in 2002 as Chief Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra. Previous senior positions include Municipal Commissioner of Greater Mumbai and Joint Secretary, Atomic Energy, Government of India. Ranganathan is Chairman of the Sri Ranganatha    Paduka    Trust,    the    Mumbai    Heritage Conservation Committee and the Internal Finance Committee of the National Association of the Blind. He is the past chairman of the Indian institute of Public Administration and presently is a member of its Executive Committee.
He continues to be involved with ALERT India working on leprosy, AIDS and RB, with Nirmala Niketan and he sits on the Advisory Board of the Council for Fair Business Practice. He holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi.

 

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