Speaker Profiles

Mr. Visty Banaji


Visty Banaji is Executive Director & President (Group Corporate Affairs) at Godrej Industries Limited. He leads Corporate HR, Legal functions and IT for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies.

Before joining Godrej, Visty was based in Paris as leader of ALSTOM’s global project for reengineering key HR processes and supporting them through the deployment of a state-of-the-art HR Management System. Prior to his international assignment Visty worked as Executive Director (HR) for ALSTOM in India.

Visty’s earlier career was with the Tata Group, which he joined as a TAS Officer in 1973. Starting with Telco (now Tata Motors) in its complex at Pune, in 1980 he was chosen to drive Manpower Planning at the Corporate level and then appointed to lead the Corporate HR function for Telco.

Visty is member of CII National Committee on Skills & Human Resources and of the HR Committee of the Employers Federation of India.  He received the Pathfinders Award 2006 for Seasoned HR Professional”, at the 10th National Conference of the National HRD Network.

 

Dr. Kaushik Basu


Born in Calcutta on 9th January 1952, Kaushik is married to Alaka and has two children: Karna and Diksha. He studied at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School in Calcutta. In 1969 he went to St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and completed his B.A. (Hons) in economics in 1972. He then attended London School of Economics (LSE) where he earned his M.Sc. in economics in 1974. He completed his Ph.D. in economics from LSE in 1976. He has taught at many prestigious institutions of learning including LSE, Delhi School of Economics, Princeton, Stockholm University, Harvard, MIT and Cornell.

Until recently, Kaushik was the Chairman (The Donald C.Opatrny’74 Chair) of the Department of Economics at Cornell University. He was a professor of economics and the Carl Marks Professor of International Studies in the Department of Economics at Cornell. He assumed charge as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance in December 2009. He is also currently the President of Human Development and Capabilities Association.

Kaushik was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2008 by the President of India. He received the National Mahalanobis Memorial Medal in 1989 for his contribution to economics. He has written and/or edited 26 books and penned at least 152 papers and 36 popular essays and notes. He writes a monthly column for BBC NewsOnline. He has also written a full length play called “Crossings at Benaras Junction.” He is also the creator of the two player board game called Dai-Doku.
Basu is a prolific writer. He writes in both English and Bengali in the print media ranging from Ananda Bazar Patrika to The International Herald Tribune, from The Statesman to The New York Times. He has appeared on television on numerous occasions –on CNBC, BBC and NDTV.

“The big risk of crisis arises not from financial sector reform, but on the contrary, from stagnation in financial sector reforms and their failure to keep up with the evolving markets,” Kaushik said in his first interview after assuming office. His theoretical background stems from “mainstream economics,” which advocates for government interventions as needed, combined with “an intelligent free market.” “The mainstream very often gets associated with the very conservative policy thought that the government should shrink and vanish and leave it all to the market, but that’s a misunderstanding of the economic theory of the mainstream,” Kaushik has recently said. “There’s a lot the state needs to do.”
Kaushik believes that both academic expertise and common sense are necessary for crafting policy. Though he has no government experience, during his first year in office he hopes to draw on the “huge amount of expertise already in the Indian government” and numerous international connections, he said.

Kaushik has hit the ground running, as his first duties will include assembling India’s annual economic survey by February and helping with India’s annual budget, which goes into effect April 1. To address India’s widespread poverty, Kausik believes that the government must invest in free health care, basic education and financial support in the form of direct subsidies for the poorest people or such initiatives as employment programs and welfare support for the unemployed.

 

Mr. Suresh T. Bhojwani


In 1978 Mr. Suresh Bhojwani set up Eterna Plastics & Trading Company in Dubai, U.A.E., which became the leading plastic house ware and packaging manufacturer in the U.A.E.

In 1985, he promoted Brite Automotive & Plastics Ltd. which became a Public Limited Company in 1986. Brite Automotive & Plastics Limited was subsequently merged with Bright Brothers Limited from 01.04.1999. Bright Brothers Limited has manufacturing plants in Faridabad, Bhimtal and Pondicherry.

At present Mr. Bhojwani is the Chairman & Managing Director of Bright Brothers Limited.  He was on the Executive Committee of the Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association (ACMA) for the past several years and also was the Chairman of Acma Raw Material Committee.  He was the past President of the Organization of Plastic Processors of India (OPPI) and is currently member of the Executive Committee. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Centre for Plastics and the Environment (ICPE). He is a senior member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), USA, and a life member of the Indian Plastics Institute (IPI).  He is a member of the World Presidents Organization.

 

Beverly A. Brown, Ph.D.


Beverly A. Brown, Ph.D., joined CIMIT/Partners Healthcare in 2004 as the special projects officer. She now serves as chief development officer. CIMIT, the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, is a non-profit consortium of Boston-area academic medical centers and universities which supports and facilitates innovation and development of medical devices and re-engineered clinical systems. She serves on the four-person leadership team that oversees operations, develops tactics, and provides strategic guidance for CIMIT.

Previously, she served as vice president of business development at Linden Bioscience, based in Woburn, Mass., providing invaluable product and corporate start-up experience.

She has extensive experience in medical products technology and market assessment as well as marketing and product development expertise in the areas of neuroscience, gene expression and drug discovery. She has authored 31 publications, two book chapters, and has one issued patent on drug discovery technology.

She began her career in research and development and held various research positions, at DuPont and Baxter International, in diagnostic and therapeutic research, as well as in drug discovery assay development. She made the transition into development as director of business development at PerkinElmer.

Dr. Brown’s academic background includes a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Neurochemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

 

Dr. Robert A. Brown


Dr. Robert A. Brown, a distinguished scholar of chemical engineering and an innovative leader in higher education, became the tenth president of Boston University in September 2005.

A native of Texas, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

At Boston University, Dr. Brown has emphasized the strengthening of undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, interdisciplinary work, and research and scholarship across the entire university. He initiated a strategic planning process that culminated in a plan that defines a number of goals to be met over a ten-year period in order to establish Boston University as one of the great large private research universities in the world.

Before coming to Boston University, he held a number of leadership positions at MIT, including provost, dean of the School of Engineering, and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences, among other professional societies. He has served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and currently is a director of the DuPont Company and a trustee of both the Aalto University Foundation in Finland and Universities Research Association. Dr. Brown is chairman of the Academic Research Council of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore, a key funding body for academic research in that country, and he also serves on the Board of Singapore’s National Research Foundation.

Dr. Brown lives in Brookline with his wife, Dr. Beverly Brown, chief development officer for CIMIT, the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, in Boston. They have two grown sons.

 

Mr. Milind Deora


Milind was born and brought up in Mumbai. He studied at the Cathedral School and then Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics. He received his B.A. from Boston University in Business and Political Science.

On returning from his studies abroad, he founded SPARSH, a social initiative which aims at educating students in computer and IT proficiency. The program has helped over 100,000 students and is now being replicated in many parts of India.

Milind was elected to the Indian Parliament in the 2004 general elections from the prestigious South Mumbai constituency at the age of 27, making him one of the youngest MPs ever.

He loves music, and is an accomplished blues guitarist. He plays regularly at various venues with other musicians.

Milind was married in 2008 to Pooja Shetty who runs a film production company.

Dr. Omkar Goswami


Omkar is the Founder and Chairman of Corporate & Economic Research Group (CERG) Advisory Private Limited.
A professional economist, Omkar did his master’s in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1978 and his D. Phil (PhD) from Oxford in 1982. He taught and researched economics for 18 years at Oxford, Delhi School of Economics, Harvard, Tufts University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Rutgers University and the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.

In March 1997, Omkar became the editor of Business India. From August 1998 up to March 2004, he served as the Chief Economist of Confederation of Indian Industry.

Omkar has served on several government committees. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Sickness and Corporate Re-structuring in 1993, which recommended revamping India’s bankruptcy laws and procedures; member of the Working Group on the Companies Act; the CII Committee on Corporate Governance; the Rakesh Mohan Committee on Railway Infrastructure Reform; the Vijay Kelkar Committee on Direct Tax Reforms; the Naresh Chandra Committee on Auditor-Company Relationship; the N.R. Narayana Murthy SEBI Committee on Corporate Governance Reforms, among others.

Omkar has been a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development.

Omkar writes columns for newspapers and magazines. In addition, he has written three books and over 70 research papers on economic history, industrial economics, public sector, bankruptcy laws and procedures, economic policy, corporate finance, corporate governance, public finance, tax enforcement and legal reforms.
 

Mr. Vish Iyer


Vish Iyer is the CFO for Global Business Operations at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Asia’s largest services company with a turnover exceeding USD 6 Billion, operations in about 50 countries and employee strength of 145000.

Vish has oversight responsibilities for finance function of the company in all the geographies in which TCS operates, as well as all the subsidiary companies. He is also responsible for corporate strategy function at TCS and is a member of Strategy Think Tank. He sits on the boards of several TCS companies and is the chairman of the audit committee of TCS eServe Ltd.

A chartered accountant and a company secretary by qualification, Vish Iyer has over three and half decades of experience in various functions including finance, HR, marketing, strategy, M&A and other allied areas. He has worked in India and overseas in several industries of which information technology has been the longest stint.

Prior to TCS, Vish spent a decade with IBM both in India and outside. During this period he has held several senior positions in IBM. Starting as CFO for India operations, his last position was that of Director – Business Development, Asia Pacific. In this role, Vish played a key role in executing acquisitions and divestiture strategies of IBM Global Services across the region. Vish has been with the Tata group prior to joining IBM.

He is an active Rotarian, keen golfer and takes keen interest in industry associations.

 

Mrs. Jeanne Knox


Jeanne Knox has been the chairwoman of Boston University’s Parents Leadership Council (PLC) since fall of 2007. The PLC is a group of current and past BU parents who serve as advisors, advocates, and ambassadors for the BU Parents Program. Mrs. Knox participated in the founding of the Parents Program at BU and works closely with the program’s staff and the BU faculty and administration to refine the program’s goal: increasing the knowledge of and access to all parts of Boston University to undergraduate parents.

Communication tools include a website, parent magazine, broadcast e-mails, a Facebook page, and many socials events both in Boston and around the world.

Mrs. Knox’s previous career in health care (she has an MS in Nursing) and active volunteer efforts in her Greenwich, Connecticut, community add to her experience as mother of Merrill (COM’02) and Bob (CGS’08, SAR’10) to create a background perfectly matched to the BU Parents Program. She enthusiastically participates in a variety of activities around the University, including many summer orientations for parents, the School of Fine Arts’s InCite Festival, the Sargent College Dean’s Advisory Board, and the Trustees Spouse Initiative, always advocating for parents and their experiences at BU.

She and her husband, Robert A. Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75), chairman of the Board of Trustees, take great pride in Boston University and the part they play in making it a global leader in education.

 

Mr. Robert A. Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75)


Robert Knox is Senior Managing Director of Cornerstone Equity Investors, L.L.C., a New York-based private equity firm which he co-founded. The investment principals of Cornerstone have funded over 120 companies through middle market buyouts and expansion financings since 1984. Cornerstone has particular expertise in health care services and products, business services, technology-related manufacturing, and consumer products. Cornerstone and its predecessor firm have provided financing to a large number of successful companies, including Dell Computer, Health Management Associates, Linear Technology, Micron Technology, Centurion, Team Health Corporation, Comdata, and True Temper Sports.

Prior to the formation of Cornerstone Equity Investors, Mr. Knox was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Equity Investors, Inc., the private equity subsidiary of Prudential Financial (formerly Prudential Insurance Company). In 1981, Mr. Knox designed and executed the initial alternative asset investment strategy at Prudential and subsequently co-founded Prudential Equity Investors, the predecessor to Cornerstone. During this time, Prudential became one of the largest institutional investors in both private equity funds and direct private equity investments.

Mr. Knox has a long history and expertise in the health care sector as well as broad experience in technology and consumer product companies. During his investment career, Mr. Knox has served on the boards of more than 30 private and public companies. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Health Management Associates (NYSE), where he is the lead director, Atlas Acquisition Holdings Corp. (AMEX), and several other private firms.

Mr. Knox graduated from Boston University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned an MBA from Boston University in 1975. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Boston University.

Mr. Knox and his wife, Jeanne, are active in assisting parents of children newly diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Mrs. Knox serves on the Board of the Fairfield County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 

Mr. Dinesh Mirchandani


Dinesh Mirchandani is President of Boyden India, and a Partner of Boyden World Corporation since 1994. From 2000 to 2008 he was Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, on the global Board of Directors of Boyden World Corp. He has over 15 years of high level multi-specialty search experience across various industry domains and functional roles both local and offshore.

Prior to joining Boyden in 1994, he was a Principal Software Engineer with Digital Equipment Corp, for 10 years, and made critical contributions in the field of distributed computing and software quality. Having lived in the US for over a decade, he has a unique understanding of both Indian and Western business cultures, which has helped him serve his MNC clients better.

He has been nominated as one of the 50 most influential headhunters in the world by BusinessWeek Online.

Dinesh holds a BE (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, an MS in Computer Science from NC State University and an MBA (High Honors) in General Management from Boston University. He is a graduate of the Boyden-Kellogg Advanced Leadership Program, and a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma.

 

Mr. Som Mittal


Som Mittal is President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body and the “Chamber of Commerce” for the IT-BPO industry in India. In this role, he represents the Indian IT-BPO software and services industry to multiple stakeholders. His key areas of responsibility include enhancing India’s leadership position in global offshore IT-BPO and working towards further growing the market by enabling industry to tap into emerging opportunity areas and to strengthen the domestic market in India.

Over the years, NASSCOM has earned the reputation of being a strategic advisor to the various stakeholders of the industry. NASSCOM’s strengths include creating and influencing government and public policy, international trade development, research and market intelligence services, and access to an international network through 17 MOUs and linkages with 40 industry associations.

Initiatives on education, strengthening cybersecurity, fostering innovation, and supporting entrepreneurship are also focus areas. NASSCOM endeavours to narrow the digital divide in India through NASSCOM Foundation (NF).

Mittal assumed the presidency of NASSCOM in January 2008. With more than 30 years of wide-ranging work experience in corporate India, he has been involved in the Indian IT industry for the past 18 years. Before joining NASSCOM, he was head of the services business for Hewlett Packard in Asia Pacific and Japan.

In addition to chairing NASSCOM in 2003-04 and serving on the NASSCOM Executive Council for several years, Mittal has been closely associated with other industry bodies, such as MAIT and CII. He has played an active role in the formulation and implementation of Karnataka’s IT policy. He has served on the CII National Council for several years and been on the Chief Ministers IT Task Force in Karnataka. He is also the founding member of the IIIT, Bangalore, and on the Board of IT Education Standards.

Mittal holds a BTech from IIT, Kanpur, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. Additionally, he has attended executive programs at Harvard and IMD.

 

Mr. Ramji Raghavan


Mr. Raghavan is Founder Chairman, Agastya International Foundation, India (www.agastya.org)

In 1998 Mr. Raghavan left a commercial career in international finance in London to create Agastya International Foundation, an innovative grassroots education charity in India. He moved back with his family to India in 2002.

Mr. Raghavan has worked as a senior executive in global organizations in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and created and managed businesses in financial services, consulting and software

As Chairman of Agastya, whose members include eminent scientists, educators, CEOs and entrepreneurs from India and abroad, Mr. Raghavan leads the world’s largest mobile science education initiative for disadvantaged children and rural teachers. Agastya’s mission to spark curiosity and creativity is being achieved through 40 Mobile Labs, 20 rural science centers and a 175-acre rural Creativity Lab campus near Bangalore. To date, Agastya has reached hands-on science, ecology and art education to over 3 million disadvantaged children and 100,000 teachers in India. Rural children trained by Agastya have won prizes at the IRIS-Intel National Science Fair Competition. Mr. Raghavan served as a member of the National Knowledge Commission (Working Group on Attracting Children to Science and Math), which has recommended nationwide replication of the Agastya model to the Prime Minister of India. He was elected a Senior Fellow by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2009 and his efforts have been recognized by India’s leading news magazine India Today, which has featured Agastya as one of the institutions that have transformed education in India (India Today: The Game Changers: Individuals and institutions that have transformed education in India). Mr. Raghavan has authored articles on education for Indian and foreign journals and spoken on creativity and leadership to audiences in India, the UK and US.

Mr. Raghavan has an MBA from the London Business School and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from The Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. He has attended the summer Executive Development Program at MIT and Dr. De Bono’s Lateral Thinking Seminar. He has a Diploma in Accounting with Distinction from the City of London Polytechnic. He graduated with a first class B.A. honors degree in Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University, and is an alumnus of the Rishi Valley School, where he was school cricket captain.

Ramji and Monica have a daughter, Jeena, 14. Mr. Raghavan was born near Ooty, Tamil Nadu to Lakshmi and Vijay and Raghavan. His father, a Founder Trustee of Agastya, established the Pitts Modern School in Bihar, served as Managing Director of ICI India, Chairman of Engineers India Limited and President of EID Parry Limited, and retired as Chairman, Premier Explosives Limited.
 

Mr. Roopen Roy


Roopen Roy is the Managing Director and Country Leader of Deloitte Consulting in India. Deloitte Consulting provides services in Strategy & Operations (S&O), Human Capital and Technology.

Globally, Deloitte has by far the largest and the most prestigious consulting practice amongst the international accounting firms. All Deloitte entities together employ over 12,000 people in India.

He is also a member of Deloitte Consulting’s global leadership team known as the Global Consulting Executive.

He was formerly the Managing Director of another international professional services firm where he pioneered the IT services business and grew it to over 1800 people before the consulting practice was divested to IBM.

He is a Chartered Accountant with a Masters’ Degree in Advanced Accounting and a Graduate Degree in Law. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.

He is on the Board of Governors of IIT, Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta and XIM Bhubaneswar. He has also served on the Executive Council of Nasscom.

 

Mr. Suhel Seth


Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus.

Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy focused towards creating over-arching corporate reputation and respect. It works for Tata Steel, The Taj Group of Hotels, Tata Teleservices, NDTV, Coca Cola, Max India, Hero Honda and American Express amongst others.

Suhel has several passions: he is a regular speaker at industry meets; is a lecturer at various Indian Institutes of Management. Suhel also writes provocative columns in The Asian Age, Business India, The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express on current affairs and the social landscape of India. Suhel has co-authored two books on Calcutta with Khushwant Singh and R K Laxman. Suhel was also the Keynote Speaker at the Indian Advertising Congress in 1998. Suhel has also been a speaker at all Marketing Summits organised by CII and was the Chairman of the Marketing Summits for 2005, 2006 and 2007 and is for 2008 as well.

Suhel sits on the global advisory boards of British Airways and Cavendish and on the regional boards of Citibank India and Coca Cola India.

He has addressed the International Executive Committees of companies such as American Express, BMW Foundation and Renault on ‘Understanding the Indian Consumer’.

Suhel has published several papers on `The changing Indian Consumer’:Suhel has also written extensively on the impact of advertising and its linkages to societal influences such as religion and culture. In February 2002, Suhel’s first book `In your face’ was published. More recently, Suhel has been commissioned by Penguin India to write a book which is tentatively titled `The Indian Mindset’: this will be the first Indian marketing book to be published by Penguin India. Suhel has also just finished a book `Of roots and wings’: 50 years of Indian Airlines.

Suhel is an alumnus of the AMP of Harvard Business School as also member of the Harvard Business School Consultants Club and is active on the Delhi theatre scene and has acted in several plays and films (by Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen) as also has represented India at the University of Oxford in Debating. He is also the Founder of both the Calcutta and the Delhi Debating Society and Concern for Delhi. Suhel has also been a Rotary International Scholar as well as the Founder of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs in Calcutta.

Suhel is on the Board of Advisors of Deepalaya, the Neemrana Foundation and the Max Foundation.

Suhel has also been nominated as a Trustee on the India Brand Equity Foundation by the Government of India: IBEF is the apex body responsible for creating a vibrant Brand India. Suhel is the Chairman of the National Marketing Committee of CII for 2009-10.

 

 

Dr. Indu Shahani

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani, the Hon’ble Sheriff of Mumbai, is the Principal of H.R.College of Commerce & Economics. She has been requested to continue as Sheriff of Mumbai for one more term.

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani’s nomination to boards of large national and global companies has provided the impetus to the platform for significant collaboration between industry and academia, as well as bringing diversity to the boards of these corporations given the width of her experience.

On assuming charge as Sheriff, she immediately launched the Women’s Helpline 1298 with the support of twenty leading NGO’s, promoted voluntary blood donation for the citizens to free the patients from the pressure of procuring blood, harnessed student energy for the Municipal Corporation’s Clean-Up Mumbai Campaign where the student volunteers would blow the Sheriff’s whistle to keep Mumbai city clean, initiated the much-needed Green Mumbai Project and provided for clean drinking water in the Mumbai district jail.

A doyen in the field of academics, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani has over three decades of teaching experience at the college and university level where she has played the lead role in nurturing future leaders. She is a firm believer of a student empowered teaching-learning model which places the responsibility of learning on the learner and which also promotes creative faculty development.

In order to equip the students in Higher Education with the required skill-sets, it is important that the universities and colleges become globally competitive and adhere to international educational standards. It is therefore, essential that educational institutions in India observe global best practices and adopt the most appropriate systems.

It is with this primary objective that the Sheriff’s delegations were organized to UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. The vision of such delegations is to interact with premier institutions and universities abroad and share best practices on ‘Academic Leadership.’ The visits also promote internationalisation of education through faculty and student exchanges.

University of Westminster, London, in the term of Dr. Indu Shahani as the Sheriff of Mumbai has sponsored scholarships for women from Mumbai to study a Master’s programme. The Scholarships of the University of Westminster’s Master’s programmes, cover diverse subjects from International Business, Management, English Literature, Human Resources Management, Corporate Finance Law, IT Security to Directing: Film & TV and Screenwriting & Production.

At the University level, Dr. Shahani holds key positions at the Academic Council, Faculty of Commerce and Board of Studies in Business Management. As Director, Academics of Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate (HSNC) Board, she is responsible for enhancing academic standards of 29 educational institutions managed by the HSNC Board in Mumbai.

Dr. Shahani holds a PhD in Commerce from University of Mumbai on enhancing Academia-Industry linkages on which she has modeled the college system by translating theory into practice. She has pioneered partnerships with various bodies such as CII, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Indian Merchants’ Chamber and other leading corporate organisations. She serves on many Boards, prominent among these are Indian Oil Corporation, HSBC, Bajaj Electricals Limited, Eureka Forbes Limited and United Way, Mumbai.

Dr. Shahani is a Visiting Faculty Member at the UC Berkeley, and School of Management NJIT, USA and she is a Lead Speaker at various conferences in India and abroad. She has also developed many linkages for student and faculty exchanges with leading universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Shahani has received many awards, prominent among them are ‘Women’s Achievers’ Award’ by Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, ‘Woman of the Year Award’ by Junior Chamber International, ‘Excellence in Education Award’ at the FLO Great Women Achiever Awards, ‘The Giants International Education Award’, ‘Achievement Award’ by Sahyog Foundation, Women Graduates’ Union Award for Education and ‘The KAP Mumbai Education Award’

Dr. Shahani was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Westminster in London on November 16, 2009.

A visionary and a thought leader, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani has been acknowledged worldwide for her significant contribution to education and value-based leadership.

 

Mr. S.D. Shibulal


S.D. Shibulal is one of the co-founders and member of the Board of Directors of Infosys Technologies Limited.  Shibu, as he is fondly called, has over three decades of IT leadership experience.  He has played a pivotal role in the Infosys journey and a signal role in the evolution of the Global Delivery Model which is now the de-facto industry standard for delivery for outsourced IT services.

Shibu started his Infosys journey in 1981 by first spearheading its project management, followed by client relationships in the North American region for a decade.  He followed this with a five year sabbatical with Sun Microsystems between 1991 and 1996, where he was responsible for designing and implementing their first e-commerce application amongst other credible contributions.  In 1997, on his return to Infosys, Shibu established and headed the Internet Consultancy Practice.  He then moved on to serve several leadership roles at the group level, firstly as Worldwide Head of Customer Delivery and later as Group Head, Worldwide Sales and Customer Delivery.  Over the years, Shibu has been known to foster innovation, leadership, teamwork and work values within the organization.

On June 22, 2007, Shibu took over from S. Gopalakrishnan as Chief Operating Officer and has been serving this role since.  His focus has been on increasing competitiveness, improving customer experience, improving employee engagement and increasing the depth of services.

Shibu received a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Kerala and an MS in Computer Science from Boston University.  He is a member of several international forums, namely, the International Board of Foundation, Globethics.net; the Global Corporate Governance Forum’s Private Sector Advisory Group and the Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board, Boston University.

 

 

Mr. Amandeep Singh (SMG’00)


Amandeep Singh has been a Director at Decibells Group since 2005. Before becoming Director, he held various senior management positions within the group, the most recent being Senior Vice president at FirsteService, Decibells Group’s IT Services company. Decibells is a 30+ year old diversified group with interests in manufacturing, software, security solutions, energy systems, embedded solutions and IT services. Decibells is headquartered out of Seepz SEZ in Mumbai.

Singh joined Boston University’s School of Management in 1996 and graduated in 2000 with dual majors in finance and marketing.

He is a founding member of the Boston University Alumni Association of India (BUAAI) which was formed in 2001.  BUAAI has organized numerous successful events over the past 9 years. BUAAI has grown from a very limited membership in 2001- with a handful of attendees at events- into a sizable networking platform with over a hundred active participants. Singh has been a key contact for BU in India works with several university departments, including admissions, academics & alumni relations.

Singh is also a member of the BU Alumni Council, an advisory group that spearheads the university’s alumni networks around the world. He represents the India subcontinent on the Global Alumni Council sub-committee.

 

Mr. Analjit Singh (SMG’77, GSM’79)


Analjit Singh is the Founder and Chairman of Max India Limited, Chairman of Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited, Max Healthcare Institute Limited, and Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited. He has been the driving force behind the Max India Group’s sustained growth and success since the mid-1980s.

A self-made entrepreneur, Mr. Singh has successfully led the way in reinventing and restructuring the Max India Group to achieve the goal of placing the group among India’s most admired companies for service excellence.

Today, Max India Limited is a multi-business corporation, focused on providing health care services to both consumer and business customers in the “businesses of life.” Max India Group is involved in the areas of life insurance (protecting life) through Max New York Life Insurance, a joint venture with a Fortune 100 company, New York Life; health care (caring for life) through Max Healthcare, offering comprehensive medical care at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels through a network of eight centers; health insurance (protecting life) through Max Bupa Health Insurance; a joint venture with Bupa Finance Plc UK, which will launch its services in 2009 post statutory approvals; clinical research (improving life) through Max Neeman Medical International; and BOPP and speciality foils manufacturing through its Max Speciality Products division.

As one of India’s foremost business leaders, Mr. Singh is a Member of the Prime Minister’s Joint Indo-US CEOs Forum. He is a director on the board of several companies, such as Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI Ltd.), Vodafone Essar, Hero Honda Motors Limited, Moser Baer Solar Plc., Tata Tea Ltd., and Dabur India Ltd. He is also a member of key industry organizations such as the Indo-Italian CEO Forum, Executive and National Council of CII, CII–Singapore CEO Group, and others.

Mr. Singh has always taken keen interest in enhancing India’s academic excellence. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, where he is facilitating and jointly funding a new campus at Mohali, Punjab. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors, The Doon School, Dehradun, and Member of the Board of Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

Mr. Singh is actively involved in social service, through his role as the chairman and chief patron of Max India Foundation (MIF), the social service arm of Max India Group. Committed to fostering an inclusive society, MIF spearheads the CSR initiatives of the various Max India Group companies and also partners with several reputable NGOs such as SOS Children’s Village, Manav Seva Sannidhi, CanSupport, and Chinmaya Mission. He is also the Life Chairman, Bhai Mohan Singh Foundation, and member of the Governing Board of Bharti Foundation.

Mr. Singh is the Consul General (Honorary) of the Republic of San Marino in India.

In 2003, on behalf of the Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACPA), Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Mr. Singh in recognition of his “outstanding achievement” in presenting an understanding of a modern and vibrant India to the international community. The IACPA has particularly lauded his efforts in forging several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the United States.

Mr. Singh is an alumnus of Doon School, Dehradun; Shriram College of Commerce, University of Delhi; and the School of Management and the Graduate School of Management at Boston University.

 

Mr. Steven J. White


Steven J. White is Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in New Delhi India. With nearly 2,000 American and Locally Employed Staff, Mission India is one of the largest U.S. presences overseas, with posts in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, and Hyderabad. As DCM, Mr. White is responsible for policy and operational coordination among the State Department and 20 other USG agency elements located in India.

Mr. White joined the Foreign Service in November 1975. His first tour as a Consular and Political and Economic Reporting Officer in the Netherlands Antilles was followed by an assignment as Budget Officer in Brussels, Belgium. His onward assignment was to the State Department as a Budget Analyst in the Office of the Comptroller where his accounts included the East Asia and Pacific and African bureaus, as well as the International Boundary and Water Commission.

Subsequent assignments were to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1983-86) as Supervisory General Services Officer and Prague, Czechoslovakia (1987-90) as Administrative Officer during the “Velvet Revolution”. Following a tour as Supervisory GSO in London, he was Administrative Officer in Kuala Lumpur. In 1995 he was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service.

From 1996-2000, Mr. White served as Counselor for Management Affairs in Vienna, Austria where he directed the Joint Administrative Office in support of our embassy to Austria and missions to the OSCE and the International Atomic Energy Agency (UNVIE). In 2000, he was assigned as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs to the American Mission in New Delhi, India, where he was responsible for provision of administrative support services to the Embassy and three consulates. He was promoted to the rank of Minister-Counselor in 2001

In Cairo from August 2004 – May 2006, Mr. White directed one of the largest management sections in the world. From July 2006 until May 2007, he was assigned as Management Counselor in Baghdad, Iraq, where he directed administrative services for the joint Department of State and Multi-National Force – Iraq mission in the former Republican Guard Palace in the International Zone as well as ten Provisional Reconstruction teams and Regional Embassy Offices in the provinces.

Steven White holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia (1975), and has received numerous State Department performance awards. He is married to Kimberly Ryder White, whose father was a Foreign Service Officer, and has one daughter. Mr. White has formally studied French, Czech, and German.