Shri R.P. Khaitan 

Founder, RAL Group

Mr. Rajendra Prasad Khaitan is the founder and Chairman of RAL Consumer Products Ltd., a company that has diverse interests ranging from Solar solutions, LED products to Baby Care and Personal Grooming products. He is also the Joint Managing Director of Indo National Limited (a BSE listed Co.), the second largest battery and torch company in India with a market share of 32%. A progressive thinker and an industrialist, he founded the Salora International Limited (a BSE listed Co.) in the year 1975. He brought Ericsson to India in 1969 in a JV to make military switchboards in India. He launched the Sony Ericsson in India and it became one among the top two mobile brands in the country. He has managed many successful JVs/partnerships in India with Matsushita, Panasonic, Daewoo, Ericsson, Energizer Holdings, The Princeton Review, Luv n Care to name a few. For his exemplary efforts, he was awarded the 'Electronics - Man of the Year Award’ in 2002 by the Consumer Electronics and Television Manufacturers Association (CETMA).

Mr. Khaitan is a passionate philanthropist and an avid social worker actively involved in the betterment of the rural poor of our country. He actively spends his time in Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan, which runs 13,000 schools pan India for the under-privileged. He also visits Friends of Tribal Society, which has over 36,000 single teacher schools across India and is a member of the management committee/board of Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna Mission, and Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College.



Nidhi Modi

Executive Director, RAL Group

She energizes the environment of Manya Education Private Limited (MEPL) with her "Let's get it done, and get it done best" spirit. A double major in Business and Computer Information Systems from the Kelley School of Business at the Indiana University, Bloomington, she embarked on her professional career by co-founding MEPL. Nidhi, a visionary, played an integral role in drafting the initial business plan and carrying out the pre-operative activities of MEPL while still at the business school.

A serial entrepreneur and a marketing natural, she then went on to found one of India’s largest solar off grid brands “MITVA” and now heads the solar, LED, childcare and personal grooming divisions at RAL Consumer Products Ltd. She is also an investor through Intellecap, which is a pioneer in providing innovative business solutions that help build and scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change in social impact companies.



Siddharth Talwar

Partner, Lightbox

Angel Investor in technology, digital media, consumer internet and education in India, Siddharth is the co-founder and a partner of Light box Ventures, an early stage VC fund in the Indian technology space.

Siddharth brings to the Manya Board a rich experience of over 12 years in running a business across India, raising money in India and Asia, dealing with corporate and government entities. Founder of Evolv, a training company focused on India (now a part of NIIT), he has recently launched a new restaurant, The Hungry Monkey. Siddharth completed his BA from Claremont McKenna College, California, USA.



Aakash Chaudhry

Director, Aakash Educational Services

Aakash Chaudhry is a Director at Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd (AESPL) – one of the largest medical & engineering test prep companies in India, with over 130 classroom centers in 22 states, AESPL trains over 1,50,000 classroom students annually. Before joining AESPL, he worked with IT firms such as Infosys Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions in enterprise solutions. With his passion for education, delivery, technology and marketing services. Aakash is on a mission to take the cause of education to the deserving minds across the country through its classroom as well as cutting edge digital solutions.

Aakash is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. By profession, Aakash is an engineer with a bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences and an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Aakash is the founder of a mobile technology products company, Flynk Innovations and has also produced award-winning movie by the name "Rough Book", under the banner of Aerika Cineworks.



Ira Gupta

HR Director, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Ira is the HR Director at Microsoft and is responsible for leading HR priorities and developing HR initiatives that support Microsoft’s SMSG (India P&L) and MMDS (erstwhile Nokia mobile) businesses across India. In this role, her priorities include aligning the organization’s people strategy with business objectives, building a transformational and diverse organization, looking after talent development & management, and implementing effective HR systems and policies across the 1,200 strong employee base in India.

Previously, Ira has spent about 16 years at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in various roles across multiple functions. She joined as a management trainee in HR, moved earlier to a role in the Sales and within two years was a member of the Sales Leadership Team. By 30, she was leading corporate communications and CSR for the company and was the first woman and youngest ever member of the leadership team of GSK India. Subsequently, she moved back to HR as GM for talent management and later to strategy, compensation, and benefits. She has led large scale organizational change projects, including setting up HR Shared Services across countries and business units.



R Venkatesh Iyer

Senior Partner & Executive Coach, Vyaktitva

Venkatesh (Venki) graduated from IIM Ahmedabad in 1982 and joined NIIT as a core member of the initial team that established the company and made it a force to reckon with. During his 23 years at NIIT, he has always been regarded as someone who can deliver whatever may be the odds.

Since 2006, Venkatesh has been a Senior Partner at Vyaktitva and has been working on various organizational design, training and coaching assignments focused on individual and organizational performance. He has designed and delivered solutions for premier organizations in the country, including Colgate, Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi, HUL, PepsiCo, Bausch and Lomb, Airtel, Genpact, Hewitt, Globus, Whirlpool, ITC, and IBM. Venkatesh is an exceptional team player building high performing teams and in guiding and enabling them in conceptualizing and executing complex projects and is also an experienced CEO and CXO level coach.

A champion of empowering the under-privileged with skills and business opportunities, Venkatesh Co-promoted B2R Technologies, a rural based BPO social enterprise based in the Himalayan hinterland in 2009.


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