Leadership Team

Names in Alphabetical Order : A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Lt. Gen. J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd)

Managing Director
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Lt. Gen J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd) is President of the 'Institute Of Directors' and of the 'World Environment Foundation' (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, he had specialized in engineering support to weapon systems of the Army. He has undergone extensive training in various manufacturing concerns in France, UK, USSR and Japan. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College and College of Defence Management. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of a large number of foreign and Indian professional engineering and management institutions. He was chairman of the 'Institution of Engineers (INDIA)', President of 'Delhi Management Association'. He has also been on the Board of Governors of 'Engineering staff College of India', 'Quality Council of India' (QCI), 'All India Management' (AIMA).

Dr. Vivek Agnihotri, IAS (Retd)

Director General
Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat

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Professional Background

Dr. V.K. Agnihotri is an IAS officer of 1968 batch. He has Master’s degrees in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Allahabad. He has Ph. D. in Public Policy Analysis and Design from IIT Delhi. Dr. Agnihotri superannuated as Secretary to Government of India. Post retirement, he was Member of CAT and Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha, in the Parliament of India. He is Director, LML, Kanpur; Member of the Technical Advisory Group, ISB; Adviser, UPSC; and Adviser of Eminence (Public Governance), American Society for Quality, New Delhi. He is widely travelled and has several publications to his credit.

Arun Balakrishnan

Chairman-Bangalore Region
Bangalore

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Professional Background

Mr. Arun Balakrishnan, BE (Chem) served as Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. from April 1, 2007 to July 31, 2010. Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is the founder Chairman of HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. and is currently a member of the Board. He was the Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd till July 31, 2010 and was responsible for the formation and development of HMEL & HMPL.

Currently, Mr. Balakrishnan is on the Boards of a number of companies as Independent Director besides being a Member of the Board of Governors, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun and a Trustee of Bangalore Little Theatre. He is also the immediate past President of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering. A Chemical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, he is the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award 2008" from his alma-mater. In the recent past, the All India Management Association has conferred a fellowship and the Institute of Engineers (India) has presented a Scroll of Honour for recognition 'of his outstanding contribution to the profession of Chemical Engineering'.

Dr. Bhagwan Aggarwal

Director General for North America Region
CEO & Managing Director, Business Development Analytics, Comcast

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Professional Background

Dr. Bhagwan Aggarwal is a healthcare market insights consultant and business development strategist with 15 years of international experiences in market research, business insights, consulting, and biomedical research at the leading consulting organizations and global research institutions. Dr. Aggarwal has special interest in healthcare data analytics, impact assessments, and health economics and outcome research (HEOR). Dr. Aggarwal held a number of research and leadership positions at University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia PA, and at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy, and as the Assistant Director and Head at an occupational public health research unit at Indian Council of Medical Research. He also worked as was as a business and patient data analytic consultant at IMS Health, where he provided analytical insights and consulting support to the leading US pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Aggarwal also has an expertise in thought-leadership and published numerous peer-reviewed research articles in the leading scientific journals, such as Nature, Development, Oncology Research, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and delivered talks and presentations at numbers of national and international research conferences and business meetings. Dr. Aggarwal is Managing Director and Owner of Business Development Analytics; and Chair of ISPOR Asia Consortium Education Committee, TEDMED Scholar for TED Talks, Co-Editor of ISPOR Asia Consortium newsletter News Across Asia, and a Healthcare Industry Expert for the Sustainability Accountability Standard Board, USA.

Dr. Aggarwal is graduated with Ph.D. (Life Sciences) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; M.Sc. (Biotechnology) from University of Pune, Pune, India; and with MBA (Marketing & Finance) from Drexel University, Philadelphia (USA).

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas

Director General - UK & Europe
Audit and Risk Committee, United Learning, UK

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Professional Background

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas of the University of Greenwich and Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe Operations, holds board, public and academic appointments, and leads the International Governance Initiative of the Order of St Lazarus. He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council, chair of the council's Education and Registration Standards Committee and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of United Learning. He has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve board and corporate performance. Author of over 60 books and reports, he has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, India and China. Colin was educated at the LSE, London Business School, UNISA and the Universities of Aston, Chicago and Southern California, and is a fellow of seven chartered bodies. He obtained first place prizes in the final examinations of three professions

Dr. Tayeb Kamali

Chairman - UAE Chapter & Ex. Vice Chancellor
Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), UAE

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Professional Background

Dr. Tayeb Kamali is a leader in organizational change, and has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programmes in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East for more than two decades.In 1989, following doctoral studies in engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he returned to the UAE where he took up senior leadership positions with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) - the UAE's largest institution of higher learning with 17 campuses. Five years later, he founded the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), HCT's entrepreneurial and commercial arm. In 2005, he was appointed HCT Vice Chancellor. Currently he is the chairman,IOD India, UAE Chapter

Rohini Kappadath

Director General-Australia
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Rohini is Director of Cross - Border Business and has 25 years’ experience working in Australia, South-East Asia, China, Japan, New Zealand and North America. Rohini established her career with 13 years at SAS Institute Inc, a global leader and multinational in Business Intelligence solutions. This lead to Rohini being appointed the founding Managing Director of the SAS Institute India in 1996. Rohini has worked with numerous companies to help implement their organic international growth as well as assisting with mergers and acquisitions. Her industry expertise includes retail, media and entertainment, information technology, education, logistics, automotive, aerospace and biotechnology. Rohini has close relationships with Government departments in a number of countries and has built a network of government agencies, Chambers of Commerce, law firms, banks and other services providers across Asia. Rohini holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a Bachelor of Arts and is a member of the Victorian Management Committee of the Australia India Business Council and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Davinder Bhatia

Director General - Canada
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Davinder is a member of ICAI CMA . He has 18 years of experience in Finance, Operation accounting, Pricing strategies, Activity based costing, Analytics, Performance measurement, Profit Maximisation with leading groups of South Asia and Canada i.e. Ranbaxy, LNJ Bhilwara group, JV of Comcraft and Golchaa Group of Nepal, Conros Corporation, Magna, Parmalat Canada and AFC food group . At Present he is running a Career College in Toronto and provide management consulting services to his clients in education, energy, telecommunication and supply chain industry. His company Fortis also specialise in arranging financing for SME's. He also sit on Board of various Not for profit Organisations, Charities, Professional organisations, TNC's. In addition to work in Toronto he is also associated with various philanthropic initiatives and support a Society for Breast cancer prevention in Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Ashok Kapur, IAS (Retd)

Director General
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Ashok Kapur was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (1967 Batch). He has served the Government in various capacities, including Secretary & magistrate of various districts. During 1992- 94, was appointed leader of the Indian Delegation to the UN Conference on Biological Warfare. In September, 1991 was appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Supplies & food & science & technology, Govt. of India. Currently he is the Director General of Institute Of Directors, India.

Manoj K. Raut

Chief Executive Officer
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Manoj K Raut is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Institute Of Directors , India.

Wherever an economy is evolving, so the IOD has something to offer - whether it is inspiration for the most senior board members or practical skills for middle and senior management. It makes sure that globalisation, business's biggest benefactor, is seen to work for the poor and creating a better world for tomorrow. He is on a passionately driving mission to improve the competitiveness of individual directors and their companies. He joined IOD as Management Trainee in the year 2000 and he was assigned with a wide range of tasks to handle, before gaining all related experiences. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Degree in Law from Govt. Lingaraj College, Berhampur University. He has undergone extensive training in India, UK and Middle East . He is also on the boards of World Environment Foundation and International Academy of Law. Besides this he is also the Editor of 'Director Today'- A Monthly Journal of the Institute Of Directors.

Reji Mathew

Director-Operations
Institute Of Directors

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Professional Background

Reji Mathew is responsible for Finance & Administration. He is a Graduate in commerce, PGDCA & DCD specializing in Finance & Administration. He has undergone extensive training in India & UK. He is also ‘Sub Editor’ of the “ Director Today “ , a Journal of the Institute Of Directors. He looks after all operational activities of IOD nationally and internationally. He joined IOD on 1997.

Govind Swarup, IAS (Retd)

Chairman-Mumbai Region

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Professional Background

Sri Govind Swarup is a retired bureaucrat belonging to 1971 batch of indian administrative services, Maharashtra cadre. He has done lot of god work in field as collector and commissioner and has contributed to the sectors like housing , slum re-development , forest and water transport ,known for positivity. However his major contribution has been to the field of culture, heritage and Film development.Established the P L Deshpande Kala Academy and Developed Filmcity in Mumbai which is the major infrastructure for Film production in India . Has been associated with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, National Gallery of Modern Arts, Jehangir Art Gallery, FICCI and Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Etc. Keen sports person ,open rated Glider pilot and a keen Photographer. Has held several exhibitions and has a coffee table book “ Nashik Kumbh Mela - a spiritual Sojurn ” to his credit. Has a long association with the Institute Of Directors.

R.G Rajan

Chairman - Mumbai Region

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Professional Background

36 years experience in a wide range of industries including Gas Processing, Gas Pipelines, LPG pipelines, LNG terminals and associated facilities, Petrochemicals and Fertilisers and Chemicals. Areas of expertise include conceptual design, process design, preparation of pre-feasibility reports and detailed feasibility reports (DPR), technology section, plant operations, project management, etc. I was Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of PDIL, a consultancy PSU from Jan 2007 to Nov 2010 and CMD of Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers (RCF) from Nov 2010 to June 2016. I also had the additional charge of CMD of National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) from Jan 2013 to August 2013. I also served as Chairman of Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) from September 2012 to September 2014 and as Chairman of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) from June 2015 to June 2016.Since July 2016 I am an Independent Consultant available for giving advice in the areas of my expertise.

Ramachandru Tejavath, IAS(Retd)

Chairman - Telangana Region

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Professional Background

Ramachandru Tejavath is an IPS (1983) and an IAS (1984) batch. He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Management Graduate from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has also done Diploma in Public Administration from Syracuse University, NY, USA. Currently, he is a Politburo Member of TRS party and Special Representative of Telangana in New Delhi, with a rank of Cabinet Minister. He coordinates between Government of Telangana and Government of India for mobilization of funds and sanction of schemes and programs.

He worked with IBM-CMC (1978-83) before joining IPS (1983) and then IAS in 1984. He has vast corporate and administrative experience, both at Odisha State and Government of India, spanning over a period of 38 years. Administrative experience during various assignments, inter alia, includes Collector and District Magistrate, Divisional Commissioner for ten Districts, General Manager, District Industries Centre, Additional Director of Industries, Director of Industries, Director of Technical Education and Training, Director of Textiles and Hand looms, Additional Secretary Industries, Principal Secretary Industries, Secretary to the Chief Minister, Odisha, Secretary to Governor, Odisha, Director International Cooperation in Defence, Joint Secretary for Ordnance Factories and Missiles Production in Ministry of Defence.

Dr. R. K. Mishra

Vice Chairman, Telangana Region

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Professional Background

Dr. R. K. Mishra, Senior Professor, Director and ONGC Subir Raha Chair Professor at the Institute of Public Enterprise, is a graduate of International Management Programme, SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy. He has been a Fellow of British Council and Commonwealth Secretariat. He has had research stints at London Business School and Maison Des Sciences De L’ Hommes, Paris. He has taught at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and was a visiting Professor at Maison Des Sciences De L’ Hommes, Paris. He is a member of the UN Task Force on International Taskforce on Standards of Excellence in Public Administration and Education. He has been a Management Consultant to several organizations including DFID, Deloitte, Adam Smith Institute, ADB and Centre for Good Governance. He was associated with the UNDP project on Macro Economics of Poverty Reduction carried out by RBI Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Banking and Research. He was a team member of the State Fiscal Restructuring Project of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. He is Vice-President, International Association of Schools and Institutes in Administration (IASIA), Brussels.

He is the Chairman of the Working Group II: Public-Private-Partnership and Enterprise Management constituted by IASIA. He is on the Steering Committee of Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance supported by the Asian Development Bank. He is Honorary Member on the Board of Research, American Biographical Institute, USA. He has handled assignments for the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, and Ministry of Finance (Department of Disinvestment). He was also a member of the working group on privatization set up by the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Belgium. He has also been a researcher for Planning Commission. Finance Commission, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, OECD, United Nations University – World Institute for Economic Development Research, International Civil Service Consortium, State Bureaus of Public Enterprises, Financial Institutions and Banks. He has been on the Board of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC); Member – ‘Panel of Experts on Reforms in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)’ set up by the Planning Commission, Govt of India; Member, Adhoc Task Force set up by the Cabinet Secretariat, Govt of India to review the Results Framework Documents (RFD) of the various ministries of the Govt of India; Regional Vice President, Executive Board, Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS); Member, Ad hoc Task Force on Memorandum of Understanding, Government of India; Member, Working Group on Review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Guidelines of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Government of India, etc. He is a member of Editorial Board of many international and national journals published. He has supervised Doctoral Research for several Universities in Public Administration, Management, Economics, Commerce and has taught at the National Management Programme, GoI-MDI, M.Phil and M.B.A programmes for more than three decades.

T. V. Shiva Rao

Hon. Secretary
Institute Of Directors (Telangana & Andhra Pradesh)

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Professional Background

Shiva Rao is a Management professional with over 24 years of experience in establishing new ventures, new product verticals, revival of dormant operations and Merger integration in the areas of Electronics, Instrumentation and Automation. He has special interest in Corporate Governance, HR, Training & Development and Technology Entrepreneurship. He holds MSc in Geoscience, MBA in Marketing, MSc in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sales Management. Fellow Optical Society of India and Certified Independent Director from Institute of Directors, New Delhi. He has travelled widely in India, USA, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Korea, Japan and Middle-East.

Shiva Rao currently serves as the Director at T&AS Designtech Services Pvt Ltd & Director-Business Development at Automated Tooling Systems India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad and as Hon. Secretary at Institute Of Directors, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh besides serving as Membership Chair, Society for Automotive Engineers, Hyderabad Division. He has earlier served as Director & Vice-President in ELICO Group in Hyderabad and has held several Leadership positions, such as President (Hyderabad), District Secretary (Asia-Pacific Countries) and Founding Trustee (Mumbai) at International Society for Automation, Hon. Chairman (Standards Committee) at Confederation of Indian Industry, New Delhi , Joint Secretary, Indian Ceramic Society, Hyderabad, Joint Secretary, Hyderabad Marketing Association, Executive Committee member at National HRD Network, Hyderabad, Technical Committee(s) Member on Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi, Member ASTM Intl, USA and Member on Quality Council of India, New Delhi and Academic Council Member at Malla Reddy College of Engineering & Technology besides visiting Faculty at few Engineering & Management Colleges at Hyderabad.

Dr. R. Seetharaman

Chairman-Qatar Chapter
Group CEO, Doha Bank, Qatar

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Professional Background

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities of the world, including a Doctorate in Global Governance by European University and Doctorate of Laws by Washington College. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificates in IT Systems and Corporate Management. He has been named “Best CEO in Middle East” and “World Leader Business Person” and is a recipient of “The Gullands Excellence Award as a Phenomenal Banker”. Recently, he also received the “Life Time Achievement Award” from the Institute Of Directors' at the Global Summit 2014 in Chennai. A regular commentator on international finance in global media outfits such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, and Bloomberg, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region.

Vikesh Wallia

Director General-West
Institute Of Directors, Mumbai

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Professional Background

A veteran of Sales & Marketing with Print Media and FMCG Industry, a B.Sc., MBA (Mktg) and MMBM (Media & Entertainment), attended MDPs at Cranfield UK, Wharton etc.

His is currently Board Director -Times of India Group-WWM, prior to this he was Senior Vice President- Circulation and Exports with them. Previous work experience with PZ Cussons, UK and other best known FMCG companies like Shaw Wallace, Balsara and Goodnight etc. He is a visiting faculty with Mumbai University for MMS students. He is on the Advisory Council of TSCFM, Mumbai for Media Management Program. A speaker and panelist at Industry Seminars and Business Schools.

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