VIRTUAL PRESIDENTIAL PANELS
With this series of IC3 Live Virtual Presidential Panels, our shared goal is to bring thought leaders together across the spectrum of schools, universities and industry to exchange ideas and share a robust discussion that will inspire the audience to think about the criticality of counseling in the high schools to help young people realize their full potential.
Inventing the Future
7:00pm - 8:15pm IST • 9:30am - 10:45am ET • 2:30- 3:45pm BST
It is the need of the hour to reimagine technology education, such that it creates a generation of problem solvers and innovators. Students have to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to address the grand challenges of our times, like healthcare, clean energy, mobility, and the water crisis.
In a tech-driven world, problem solvers need a strong grasp on three things - technology, entrepreneurship, and design. To enable such learning, schools and universities need to push the boundaries of what they teach and how they teach. Technology education for the future has to focus on interdisciplinary education, along with opportunities for research and innovation that segue into careers in new and emerging tech fields. The approach has to be forward-looking with a focus on real-world problem-solving.
Dr. Arvind Raman — Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty, Purdue University
Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty, Purdue University
Arvind Raman is the Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. He has pioneered the use of cyber-infrastructure in the Atomic Force Microscopy community for research and education through advanced simulation tools and online classes which are used by thousands around the world. Arvind is passionate about the role of engineering in international development and leads the USAID funded LASER center (Long term Services for Research) that delivers practical, evidence-based solutions to address bottleneck global development challenges through a variety of funding and capacity building mechanisms that bring researchers and development practitioners together in a growing 2000+ member global network. Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics, vibrations, fluid-structure interactions, and applications to: Atomic force microscopy MEMS/NEMS Human biomechanics Roll-to-Roll flexible electronics and nanomanufacturing Research Areas: Mechanics and Vibrations Nanotechnology Bioengineering Solid Mechanics Publications: M. J. Cadena, Y. Chen, R. Reifenberger, A. Raman, “Sub-surface AFM imaging using tip generated stress and electric fields”, Applied Physics Letters, 110 (12), 2017. JR Chagdes, S Rietdyk, JM Haddad, HN Zelaznik, ME Cinelli, L. T. Denomme, K. C. Powers, A. Raman,, “Limit cycle oscillations in standing human posture”, Journal of Biomechanics, 49 (7), 1170, 2016. A. X. Cartagena-Rivera, W-H. Wang, R. L. Geahlen, and A. Raman, “Fast, multi-frequency, and quantitative nanomechanical mapping of live cells using the atomic force microscope”, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 5, 11692, 2015. R. C. Tung, A. Fruehling, D. Peroulis, A. Raman, “Multiple Timescales and Modeling of Dynamic Bounce Phenomena in RF MEMS Switches”, IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 23(1), 137, 2014. Awards: Robert V. Adams Named Chair 2013 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2012 ASME Gustus Larson Memorial Award 2011 Plenary speaker, NSF- CMMI grantees meeting, Atlanta 2011 Keeley Fellow, Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK 2010 University Faculty Scholar 2008-2012 B. F. S Schaefer Faculty Fellow 2006- 2008 College of Engineering Young Researcher Excellence Award 2005 Discovery in Mechanical Engineering Award, Purdue University 2003 NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award 2002-2007 Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Award 2002
Mr. CP Gurnani — MD and CEO, Tech Mahindra
MD and CEO, Tech Mahindra, Delhi
An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam. His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India. In a career spanning 35+ years, CP has held several leading positions with HP, Perot Systems (India) Ltd and HCL Corporation Ltd. An outstanding people manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He tends to focus on people's strengths to bring out the best in them. 'Work hard and play hard' is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion. CP has also served as Chairman of NASSCOM for 2016-2017. He has also been felicitated with an honorary Doctorate degree by Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology.He has also presented his perspectives on "in the future" among the top 100 global CEOs as part of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council 2016. CP has been awarded the 'Best CEO of the year' three years in a row by Business Today.He strongly believes in promoting child education. He is an active member of the Tech Mahindra Foundation and also co-founded ‘Titliyan’, an NGO located in Noida spreading smiles, happiness and education to more than 140 under privileged children.
Dr. Shankar Sastry — Former Dean of Engineering University of California, Berkeley
Former Dean of Engineering University of California, Berkeley
A globally renowned academician, Shankar is the former Dean of Engineering, Professor of EECS, BioE & MechE and Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley. He was also Director, Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA (DARPA). He has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2002-5 and the Defense Science Board in 2008 among other national boards. He is currently on the corporate boards of C3-Carbon and HCL Technologies (India). He is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Interwest LLC, GE Software, and Eriksholm. He has co-authored and published more than 550 research papers and 10 books. He served as Associate Editor for numerous publications of IEEE and IMA to name a few. Publications: L. J. Ratliff, S. Coogan, D. Calderone, and S. S. Sastry, "Pricing in linear-quadratic dynamic games," in Proceedings of the 50th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2012, pp. 1798-1805. A. Abate, M. Chen, Y. Wang, A. Zakhor, and S. S. Sastry, "Design and Analysis of a Flow Control Scheme over Wireless Networks," International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, March 2011. J. Wright, A. Yang, A. Ganesh, S. S. Sastry, and Y. Ma, "Robust Face Recognition via Sparse Representation," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 210 -- 227, 2009. A. Abate, S. Amin, M. Prandini, J. Lygeros, and S. S. Sastry, "Computational approaches to reachability analysis of stochastic hybrid systems," in Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control. Proc. 10th Intl. Conf. (HSCC 2007), A. Bemporad, A. Bicchi, and G. Buttazzo, Eds., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 4416, Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 2007, pp. 4-17. Awards: Berkeley Citation, 2018 International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow, 2017 Chang Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award, 2010 John R. Ragazzini Education Award, 2005 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member, 2003 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member, 2001 Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, 1995 Donald P. Eckman Award, 1990 NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI), 1985 President of India Gold Medal in 1977.
Mr. Vineet Gupta — Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University & Plaksha University
Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University & Plaksha University
Vineet played a key executive role as the Founding Pro-Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University from 2014-17. He was part of the core team which conceptualized the University in 2007 continues to be part of the Board of Management and Governing Body, contributing in key decision-making processes. In addition to his Ashoka experience, he is a stalwart of the Indian education sector and a first generation entrepreneur with a career spanning more than 25 years.
What You Need To Know
- 75-minute discussions
- Third Tuesday of every other month
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Upcoming Virtual Presidential Panel Topics
- 01 December 2020 (IC3 Festival Week): Careers 2040: Balancing Technology and the Human Element
- 16 February 2021: Staying Relevant: Inspiration from Silicon Valley Leaders
Past IC3 Live Virtual Presidential Panel Speakers
Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management,
University of California Santa Cruz and Chair, IC3 Presidential Forum Committee
Professor Anthony Smith,
Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs),
University College London, U.K.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
University of California Santa Cruz and Chair, IC3 Presidential Forum Committee
Michelle (B.A.: international affairs, minor in Spanish and M.S.: communications, emphasis in educational leadership, Eastern Washington University) has been in Enrollment Management for nearly 25 years. She has served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at UC Santa Cruz for ten years working with administration and faculty to engage students, families, educators and communities in the college search process, providing information, resources, programs and services to help in the decision making and transition process. Her goal is to ensure students attend a campus that will support their success and help them realize their full potential, while at the same time helping to shape the enrollments of future alumni the campus desires.
Professor Anthony Smith
Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)
University College London, U.K.
Professor Smith was appointed Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) at University College London in 2012. Professor Smith takes the strategic lead for all matters related to education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the wider student experience. In addition to leading the Office of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs), he oversees Student and Registry Services, UCL Careers and UCL Culture. He also has responsibility for the Deans leading the faculties in the School of Laws, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Historical Sciences. Prior to his appointment at UCL he was Principal and Dean for six years of the School of Pharmacy, University of London. The School merged with UCL in January 2012. He was educated at the University of Bath where he obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy and PhD degrees. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is Chair of Trustees at Pharmacy Research-UK, Chair of Trustees at UCL Academy and a Governor of the Capital City Colleges Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Vanita Uppal OBE
The British School, New Delhi, India
An international educator for thirty years, Ms. Vanita Uppal OBE is the Director of The British School New Delhi. She is the proud recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to British education in an international context, becoming the only Indian serving Principal to receive this honor in 2014. Under her leadership, the British School New Delhi has won multiple prestigious awards including the TOP British International School of the Year in 2018. She is a recipient of the ‘Woman Achiever of the Year Award’ (2009). She is a trainer in classroom pedagogy and leadership and has presented at prestigious international forums such as the Cambridge International Examinations (the UK & Sri Lanka), Global Round Square (Canada & Germany), BETT Asia Leadership Summit (Kuala Lumpur), etc. She has served as Honorary Secretary to FRS and currently sits on the Executive Board of FOBISIA (Federation of British International schools of Asia), is a member of HMC (Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference, UK) and heads the IB and IGCSE networks in North India. Encouraging innovation, honoring rich traditions, trusting in the power of collaboration, and leading with integrity and compassion are the core elements of her educational philosophy. To serve to make a positive difference is her mantra.
University of California Santa Cruz, U.S.
Aryan D’Rozario is a very impressive fourth-year student pursuing a BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While at UC Santa Cruz, Aryan has taught the “Mock Trial Workshop,” a 2-unit class introducing students to the basic elements of the law and skills required for effective public speaking. He also serves as the Undergraduate Representative on the Committee on International Education (CIE), which advises the university administration on matters related to the welfare of international students and study abroad programs. Aryan also volunteers for the India Student Hub in Washington D.C. He has previously interned at the Washington D.C. office of a U.S. Congressman, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and at The Hindu Newspaper.
Past IC3 Presidential Panel Speakers
Ms. Michelle Whittingham,
IC3 Presidential Forum Committee Co-Chair & Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management,
University of California, Santa Cruz
Associate Vice Chancellor - Enrollment Management,
University of Califoria - Santa Cruz
Michelle (B.A.: international affairs, minor in Spanish and M.S.: communications, emphasis in educational leadership, Eastern Washington University) has been in Enrollment Management for 25 years. She has served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at UC Santa Cruz for 12 years working with administration and faculty to engage students, families, educators and communities in the college search process, providing information, resources, programs and services to help in the decision making and transition process. Her goal is to ensure students attend a campus that will support their success and help them realize their full potential, while at the same time helping to shape the enrollments of future alumni that the campus desires. She believes very strongly in the value of a liberal arts degree.
Mrs. Rupa Chakravarty,
IC3 Presidential Forum Committee Co-Chair & Director,
Ms. Rupa Chakravarty is experienced, with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in secondary education, private schools, education technology, differentiated instruction and curriculum development. Ms. Chakravarty is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts focused in English literature (British and Commonwealth) from Loreto Convent, St. Joseph's Convent, Calcutta University. Her additional training includes ‘Handling of Adolescence’ in Worcester, U.S.; ‘Strategic Leadership for Schools in a Changing Environment’ at IIM Ahmedabad, India; ‘School Management and Leadership (CSML)’ from Harvard University, U.S. She has presented paper across the world, served on CBSE committees internationally, reviewed national education policy, advised USA News on education programs and won awards in various fields of education.
Founder and Trustee,
Vineet Gupta graduated from IIT Delhi in 1991 in Mechanical Engineering and is a first-generation entrepreneur.
Vineet is a Founder and Trustee of Ashoka University. Vineet has been involved with the Ashoka effort since 2007 when a few friends came together with the idea of setting up a high-quality university in India. Vineet was the Founding Pro Vice Chancellor of the University from 2014 to August, 2017. Vineet continues to play an active role to help build different aspects of the institution. Ashoka University is a philanthropic initiative founded by eminent business leaders and scholars and offers a liberal education at par with the best in the world. Ashoka has been hailed as one of the most exciting initiatives in higher education in India today.
In an entrepreneurial career spanning 25 years, Vineet has built several companies. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Jamboree Education, India’s largest overseas test prep company. Jamboree operates 34 centres in 17 cities of India, Middle East, Singapore and Nepal.
Vineet is also the Education Co-Chair at PHD Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Randall C. Deike,
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success,
Drexel University, U.S.
Abha Adams School Development Consultants India
Abha Adams has created an enviable reputation as an innovative educationist. A prolific writer on education and an accomplished orator she has spent over 35 years in education, media and arts management in India and the U.K. As former Director of the Shri Ram Schools and Adviser Education, Step by Step School Noida, she has been instrumental in founding and developing two major educational institutions in the country. She is a leading educational consultant working with several national and international educational, arts and training organizations. She serves on several boards and is a well-known columnist writing on matters related to education, parenting and careers.
Dr. Adam Weinberg,
Denison University, U.S.
Dr. Adam Weinberg is President of Denison University and a thought leader in higher education. He joined Denison University in 2013 as its 20th president. At Denison, he has implemented programs and initiatives that deepen student learning and infuse a global experience throughout the campus. Dr. Weinberg previously served as President and CEO of World Learning, one of the premier international education, exchange and development organizations. World Learning works with young people from more than 140 countries, helping them develop the ability to address critical global issues. Previously as Vice President and Dean of the college at Colgate University, he was a member of the Sociology department for more than a decade, where he gained national prominence for his work on increasing the level of civic engagement at colleges and universities. He also founded a number of organizations, including the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) and the Partnership for Community Development.
Dr. Anunaya Chaubey,
Provost, Anant National University,
Former Deputy Dean, Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University
Dr. Anunaya Chaubey is the Provost at Anant National University, India’s first Design University. He is a well-known artist and academic in the fields of literature and art history. A self-taught painter, his works explore the individual and communal worlds – mundane yet layered and subtly textured. Many of his paintings are to be found both in public and private collections all around the world. Over the past ten years, he has taught different courses on art appreciation, which gives an evolutionary account of arts. His courses have provided a converging ground for ideas and concerns drawn from multiple subject domains and disciplines. He has wide administrative experience in the education space and has contributed to several institution-building exercises in both India and abroad. In addition to serving at Anant National University, Dr. Chaubey has been the Principal of Art College at Patna University and the Deputy Dean of the post-graduate Young India Fellowship program at Ashoka University.
Mr. Arjun Puri,
Director of Development,
Woodstock School, India
Arjun Puri was born and raised in Kolkata and schooled at the prestigious La Martiniere for Boys, where he was appointed the 167th school captain in 2002-03. He graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2007 and worked with Merrill Lynch International Bank in London for close to five years, before realizing that it was not for him. He moved back to India in the fall of 2011 and joined ITC’s rural development and farmer empowerment programme where his research took him to the remotest parts of the country. Arjun then went on to join O.P. Jindal Global University in the capacity of Director of Admissions and Outreach. He spent a better part of 4 years on institution building for nation building and taught in the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, where he focused on Food and Culture studies. Arjun is currently at one of the oldest residential schools in Asia, Woodstock School (Mussoorie), as the Director of Development. He launched his first book at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival in 2015 and with a book on food on its way, the road ahead is exciting. Arjun recently delivered his third TEDx Talk.
Huron at Western University,
Dr. Barry Craig is the 17th President of Huron University. Established in 1863, Huron is the founding institution of Western University, located in Ontario, Canada. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kings College, an M.A. from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He has extensive experience in curriculum, program, and policy development and has published several books. He was co-chair of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011 and has received numerous awards for both his teaching and his research. He has served on numerous government commissions and task forces and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Craig’s new vision for Huron, Leadership with Heart, sets an exciting course for future growth and distinguishes Huron University from other Canadian universities.
Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations),
University of St. Andrews
Brad MacKay is Professor of Strategy in the University of St Andrews School of Management. Formerly, he held a Chair in Strategic Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where he was also Director of Engagement on the Executive Team (2014-2016), Head of the Strategy and International Business Department (2011-2014), and Director of the MBA programs (2009-2011). He also held an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Senior Fellowship in the Future of the UK and Scotland program (2013-2014). He earned a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada, an MLitt (with Distinction) in Management, Economics and Politics (MEP) and a PhD in Strategy from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar,
Founding Vice Chancellor,
O.P. Jindal Global University, India
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar was appointed as the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in India at the age of 34 in 2009. Professor Kumar also serves as the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and Director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd).
JGU has completed seven years and has grown into a multidisciplinary and research-oriented university with six different schools relating to law, business, international affairs, public policy, liberal arts & humanities and Journalism & Communication. JGU has acquired a stellar reputation in India and abroad for its effort to promoting excellence in teaching, research, capacity building and community service. In recognition of its contributions, JGU was awarded the highest grade “A” in the national accreditation process of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Professor Kumar has academic qualifications from the University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Hong Kong, University of Delhi and Loyola College. He was a faculty member at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong, where he taught for many years. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree; a Landon Gammon Fellow at the Harvard Law School, USA, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholar at the Harvard University. He was awarded the Doctor of Legal Science (S.J.D.) by the University of Hong Kong. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from the Loyola College of the University of Madras, India.
Mr. Craig Alan Johnson,
Head of School,
American School of Bombay, India
Craig Alan Johnson has spent 40 percent of his life in India. He attended a boarding school in Panchgani (a small hill station south of Pune) for 12 years, and since 2010, has been back in India serving as the Head of the American School of Bombay (ASB). Prior to returning to India, Mr. Johnson, his wife, and his three sons were in Brazil where Mr. Johnson served as the principal and then as headmaster of two different international schools. In his capacity as the head of the school at ASB, Mr. Johnson endeavors to stay engaged with his students and faculty by teaching classes, coaching sports’ teams and leading professional learning communities. Additionally, he is a regular presenter and workshop facilitator around the world, on a variety of leadership and educational topics. Mr. Johnson is a passionate advocate for innovation and relevant education and he is also the author of numerous articles on a variety of subjects, a screenplay set in Mumbai (soon to be made into a movie) and has published a novel titled, Wave Watcher.
Professor Dishan Kamdar,
Welham Boys' School, India
Professor Dishan Kamdar is the Vice Chancellor of FLAME University – the pioneer of liberal education in India. He took charge of this position in 2018. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Dean of Academic Programs and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Indian School of Business (ISB), the top ranked global business school in India. A leading researcher, senior faculty member, executive coach to CEOs of renowned corporates and family businesses in India, and a favorite professor to all his students – Dishan handles these multifaceted roles with equal ease.
A passionate teacher before anything else, Dishan’s biggest priority are his students and alumni. In his current role as the Vice Chancellor, he is leading FLAME 2.0 – the next phase of growth, expansion and internationalization of FLAME University designed to make it a truly world-class institution in all respects.
Mr. Ganesh Kohli,
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher and counselor who has founded, nurtured, and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 20 years. An engineer by education, Ganesh started his career teaching Mathematics and helping families find the best-fit education globally for students. He has visited 450+ universities, presented at 300+ high schools, helped 4,000+ students with college decisions, and presented at numerous global conferences. In 2015 Ganesh envisioned the IC3 Movement to impact 175,000 high schools over the next 15 years and has helped build a platform providing a much-needed focus on career and college counseling within high schools.
Dr. George R. Blumenthal,
University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S.
George R. Blumenthal is UC Santa Cruz's 10th chancellor. He joined the campus in 1972 as a faculty member in astronomy and astrophysics and was named chancellor on September 19, 2007, after serving as acting chancellor for 14 months.
UC Santa Cruz is a top-ranked young university and has become a first- choice destination for a growing number of high school graduates. Since the fall of 2007, the number of applicants for undergraduate admission has more than doubled from 24,400 annually to more than 52,000 in 2017.
The Blumenthal era has been marked by a commitment to ensuring that the doors of opportunity at UC Santa Cruz are open to all:
• The number of undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities has increased by 50 percent since Blumenthal took office.
• Nearly half of the entering class in 2016 received Pell Grants, the federal financial aid given to the neediest students—exceeding the UC average of 42 percent.
• The percentage of entering frosh who are "first-generation" college students —who will be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree—now regularly tops 40 percent.
University of Calgary
Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost International at the University of Calgary (UC). He is a Professor of Project Management (PM) and ex-Canada Research Chair in PM in UC’s Schulich School of Engineering. He has led/implemented new international initiatives such as collaborative degree models, Global Research Initiatives and international development projects for UC to get recognized with four internationalization awards in 5 years.
Ms. Jayashree Janardhan Ashok,
Founder and Director,
Creative School, India
Jayashree Ashok is the Co-founder and Director of Creative School and Pragya Living Wisdom Centre in North Bengaluru. Creative School started a decade ago is a conscious community of teachers and parents practicing conscious parenting and holistic education. The vision of Creative School is to inspire children to become conscious creators of their own lives, empowered by their soul. Today, Creative School is a Cambridge recognized school with children growing in a modern Gurukul-like environment with a beautiful blend of the East and West.
Jayashree has over two decades of experience in holistic education, personal empowerment and transformation. She has worked with thousands of teachers, parents and children to bring conscious transformation for the overall well-being and empowerment of both adults and children. Under her leadership, Creative School provides a space for the complete holistic development of children, along with strong academics and multi-faceted opportunities for learning and growth.
Kenneth G. Furton,
Provost and Executive Vice President, STEM Executive Board Member,
Florida International University
Kenneth G. Furton is Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Florida International University. He is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry, specializing in scent detection. Dr. Furton is the founder of FIU's International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI), which is globally recognized as one of the premier research and teaching institutes on forensic science. He served as the dean of FIU’s the College of Arts and Sciences for 7 years where he raised nearly $50 million in philanthropic gifts; and increased research grants funding, garnering $310 million in research awards. As provost, he has led the development and implementation of the universities ambitious strategic plan, FIUBeyondPossible2020. Where the university has experienced dramatic increases in student success and research preeminence measures.
Dr. Furton earned a B.S. in Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida, a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Wayne State University and completed post-doctoral studies in Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Wales, Swansea, and U.K. His expertise has led him to serve numerous professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines, which he chaired since its inception in 2004. He is currently chair of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees Dog and Sensor working group of the National Commission on Forensic Science and chair of the Academy Standards Board Dog and Sensors consensus body.
Dr. Furton is the author or co-author of more than 800 publications and presentations, including 15 patents and 2 books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His research projects have been continuously funded for more than two decades, totaling more than $13 million in external funding. He has shared his expertise in forensic science through hundreds of invited talks nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness in dozens of state and federal trials.
Dr. Furton is the proud father of twins, Robert and Courtney, who recently graduated from FIU.
Ahmedabad University, India
Professor Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Management of Ahmedabad University since October 2015. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (2007-2013) and Professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. He holds a B.Tech. from the Banaras Hindu University and a Ph.D from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal, University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, Renmin University, Beijing and IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA). He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA and its first Chairperson.
Professor Chandra has served as member of the Government of India Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector. He was a member of the two High Powered Committees - the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He was a member of two Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher & Technical Education (where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry. He was a member of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee on Teacher Education. Until recently, he was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Professor Chandra’s research and teaching interests include Manufacturing Management, Supply Chain Coordination, Building Technological Capabilities, higher education policy, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. He has published extensively in international refereed journals and has served on the editorial boards of several international journals. His forthcoming book studies issues of Governance, Change & Institution Building in Indian Universities. He has been conducting the national survey on Competitiveness of Indian Manufacturing since the last 20 years.
Professor Chandra has been involved in several startups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards & Academic Councils of several firms and institutions (Mindtree, BIRAC, NID, IGIDR, Srishti School of Art, Design &Technology, Film & Television Institute of India, IIT Jodhpur, IIIT Bangalore, IIIT Dharwad, BHU).
Dr. Pascal Chazot,
Mahatma Gandhi International School, India
Dr. Pascal Chazot is an expert in Education and International Cooperation. He has had a long career as a French Civil Servant, Category A officer with the French Ministry of National Education, on deputation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is the President of Français du Monde (India) and the Elected representative for the French overseas (Conseiller Consulaire) in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Currently, he is the founder, Head of School and Director of Training and Research at Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Ahmedabad. He completed a term as Member of the Education Committee of Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organisation in 2011. Pascal is also a published author, columnist and teacher trainer. He has been a Member of the French diplomatic and consular mission in India, Algeria and Nepal. He recently completed one term as the elected Member of Parliament for the French overseas representing the constituency covering Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Pascal has a PhD in Psychology of education from the University of Paris and an M. Phil in International relations and comparative psycholinguistics from the University of Paris. In addition, he received a Doctorate of honour in Education from University of Paris (rewarded as best doctoral Research). He also has a Master’s in Sciences of Education from University of Paris, a Masters in Sanskrit from Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris), a post-graduation degree in Linguistics with French as a Foreign Language from the University of Strasbourg, a post graduate degree in Sanskrit from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), a post graduate degree in Newari language from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) and a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences from University of Lille (France). He has done doctoral research in the Indian System of Medicine from the University of Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, College de France, Paris.
He is a founder trustee of the International Education and Research Foundation, a Trust settled by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and is a trustee of Sarvodaya International Trust, Gujarat Chapter. He is a Member of the Research Laboratory in psychology EXPERICE at University Paris 13 (France), a member of International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES) with the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University (U.S.) and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Pratap Bhanu Mehta,
Ashoka University India
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University. He was previously President, Center for Policy Research. He has been a Professor at Harvard, JNU, the Global Faculty Program at NYU Law School.
He is editorial consultant to Indian Express, where he writes a regular column. In addition he has written for Financial Times, and a number of leading national and international publications. He is on the Editorial Board of American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy.
Dr. Mehta holds a B.A. (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences – Political Science.
Dr. Rajika Bhandari,
President & CEO,
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the IC3 Institute, leading the Institute’s work in the U.S., India, and globally. Prior to joining IC3, Dr. Bhandari served for over a decade in senior roles with the Institute of International Education (IIE), where she shaped and led IIE’s global and groundbreaking research and impact studies focused on academic mobility, including the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, Project Atlas, and the ongoing ten-year alumni impact study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. She also led IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact and helped shape IIE’s thought leadership strategy in the U.S. and globally. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates (now part of the Research Triangle Institute); at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and serving as an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
A global expert in international higher education, Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and writer, has authored six books and numerous book chapters and reports, and has written for the Guardian, Times Higher Ed, the Huff Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and University World News, with her work covered by NPR, PRI International, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Quartz, Time, Times of India, and the Hindustan Times. In recognition of her contributions to international education, Dr. Bhandari has served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and was one of 100 recipients worldwide to be awarded an IIE Centennial Medal in 2019, marking the Institute's 100th anniversary. A product of global student mobility herself, she holds a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Delhi in India and a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Ms. Rajita Kulkarni,
President, WFEB & President,
Sri Sri University, India
Rajita is a humanitarian, an educationist, an author, a global leader and a leadership coach. She currently holds the following prestigious positions:
- President, World Forum for Ethics in Business (www.wfeb.org)
- President, Sri Sri University (www.srisriuniversity.edu.in)
- Trustee Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust (www.ssrvm.org)
- Global Board Member (www.tlexinstitute.com)
- Board Member, AOL Health and Education Trust (www.aolhet.org)
- Governor of Finance Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth (www.vvmvp.org)
- Board Member, The United Way India ( www.unitedwayindia.org)
- Citibank, N.A. (1992-2010)
- FICCI India National Higher Education Council (www.ficci.in)
- CII Co-Convener Odisha Education Committee ( www.cii.in)
Dr. Randall C. Deike,
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success,
Drexel University, U.S.
Dr. Deike has spent over 35 years in higher education as a university administrator and faculty member. Through his experience in student life, institutional research and enrollment management at several of the nation’s top institutions, Deike has developed a broad understanding of the complex challenges facing colleges and universities in the current higher education landscape.
In September 2014, Dr. Deike was named as Drexel University’s Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Success, a new division created to better align Drexel’s administrative structure as part of the University’s commitment to supporting Drexel students to be successful and graduate.
Dr. Deike oversees key aspects of the Drexel student experience from the University’s first contact through graduation, which include Admissions, Financial Aid, Cooperative Education and Career Development, Student Life, Athletics, Advising, Registration, Billing, Academic Information and Systems, Enrollment Analytics and Marketing and Communications for Enrollment Management and Student Success.
Dr. Deike was previously vice president for enrollment management at New York University, a large private university enrolling 53,000 students. Deike was also vice president of enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, and spent 12 years at Penn State University, a 24 campus system enrolling 86,000 students, rising to associate vice president of enrollment management and undergraduate education while earning master’s and doctoral degrees. He began his career working in residential life at his undergraduate alma mater Juniata College, where he became associate dean of students.
Dr. Deike has a long track record of service to higher education including national committees such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admission and the College Board’s Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century. Deike is also a past chair of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Council on Enrollment Planning and Policy.
Dr. Deike has traveled extensively in Asia recruiting and presenting on higher education in the United States. Deike has also presented and served as a panelist nationally on topics related to access and affordability, international education, the future of work and the value of higher education.
Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy,
Vice Chancellor of Krea University, Institute For Financial Management & Research (IFMR), Middlebury College,
Krea University, India
Sunder Ramaswamy is the Vice Chancellor of Krea University, a new innovative approach to liberal arts and sciences designed to help students prepare for impactful leadership in a dynamic, uncertain, and complex world of the 21st century. He is working in collaboration with other academics, industrialists, and philanthropists to start operations in August 2019 in Sri City, near Chennai, India (www.krea.edu.in). Ramaswamy is on leave from Middlebury College, a top nationally ranked liberal arts colleges in the U.S., where he is a Distinguished College Professor of International Economics. He was also Officiating Director and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Madras School of Economics, one of India’s premier higher education institutes, serving as Member Secretary for the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics.
Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh,
Shobha Mishra Ghosh is Asst. Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and has been associated with the education, skills, health and life sciences sector for more than a decade in FICCI. She has been responsible for successfully mobilizing leaders to actively participate in pushing the reform agenda to the Government and also for setting up FICCI Young Leaders to involve young professionals and entrepreneurs in the policy change process. Ms Ghosh has also created many flagship events for FICCI and is on several government committees and Boards of Universities. She has also published articles and reports and is invited as Policy expert to various national and international forums. She is a trained architect with a post‐graduation in Urban Planning from Institute of Housing and Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has about 25 years of experience in large‐scale development programs and policy issues. She has worked with organization like The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI), Schumacher Centre Delhi (SCD) – Indian partner of IDG (India Development Group) in London, U.K, and ACORD in various leadership positions. Prior to her stint in policy domain, she worked for more than a decade in Architecture and urban development sector.
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