Mr. Khaitan, Founder & Chairman of RAL Consumer Products Ltd. – company that has diverse interests ranging from solar solutions, LED products, baby care to personal grooming products, also the Joint Managing Director of Indo National Limited (a BSE listed Co.). A progressive thinker and an industrialist, he founded the Salora International Limited (a BSE listed Co.) in the year 1975. He was the mastermind behind the launch of Sony Ericsson in India and ensured it became one of the market leaders in mobile brands. He has also managed several 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 philanthropist. He is on the management committee board of Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna Mission, and Ajay Kumar Garg Engineering College. He actively contributes towards the betterment of the underprivileged. He is also an active member of the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan, which runs 13,000 schools pan India for the underprivileged. Additionally, Mr. Khaitan is regular to the Friends of Tribal Society, which has over 36,000 single teacher schools across India.
Nidhi Modi Executive Director, RAL Group
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.
An entrepreneur and a marketing expert, Nidhi also founded India’s largest solar off-grid brands “MITVA”. At present she heads the solar, LED, childcare and personal grooming divisions at RAL Consumer Products Ltd. She is also an investor at 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.
Aakash Chaudhryis 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 the award-winning movie by the name “Rough Book”, under the banner of Aerika Cineworks.
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 built a reputation of being regarded as someone who can deliver irrespective of 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 guiding them in conceptualizing and executing complex projects. He 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.
Arvind is the Partner at New Silk Route (NSR), an Indian and South Asian focused private equity firm. He has led and managed the firm’s investments in VRL Logistics, Varsity Education Management, Cafe Coffee Day, Ortel Communications and 9x Media. Prior to joining NSR, he has held several key positions – Executive Director at JP Morgan Private Capital Asia, Director of TVG Capital Partners and Principal at the New Enterprise Associates (NEA), US. Arvind began his career at McKinsey and Company, where he conceptualised strategic initiatives for leading global companies in the information technology and financial services industries.
A Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he pursued his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania where he received Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi honours. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO), a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s India Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is a Trustee of One Billion Literates Foundation, a non-profit initiative focused on imparting English literacy to underprivileged children.
An optimistic & charismatic leader, Aradhana has led the creation of the company and is the guiding force of the company emphasizing on “Saraswati before Laxmi”. She is also a Co-Founder and Partner of Trivium Education – a platform which offers services in assessment development, e-tutoring, online grading & content support to education companies globally. Furthermore, she serves on the board of RAL, which is an FMCG, Solar & Consumer Appliances distribution companies.
Aradhana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the India Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She leads by example & has built a culture of learning& empowerment in the organization.
Himanshu Kishore has the expertise in Retail Business with 16+ years’ experience in Brick & Mortar Retail & E-commerce industry. He has worked with the organisations such as Wills Lifestyle, French Connection, Levi Strauss India, Crossword Bookstores and Lenskart.com. He has expertise in Retail Operations, Distribution, Merchandising, Marketing, Business & Franchisee Development, Customer Loyalty & Analytics and managing a strong P & L. He is an MBA graduate from Institute of Productivity and Management.
Gaurav has 19+ years of experience in Marketing Strategy, New Markets Development, Strategic Alliances, Campaign & Media Planning, Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Portal Creation, Social Media Engagement, International Business Development & Marketing. He has worked with organizations such as NetCom Learning, World Trade Center, Times of India, CyberMedia and India Today. He has done his Post Graduation Diploma in Business Management in Marketing & Information Technology and MBA in Management, Strategy & Leadership from The Strategy Academy.
Sunithi Sony has 20+ years of experience in the Education & Training Industry with special expertise in Operations and Academics. She spearheaded Operations for the Test Prep division, as National Operations Manager, at Manya Education Pvt. Ltd from 2007-2016. Prior to re-joining Manya as Head–Test Prep Delivery, she was also associated with Labournet Services India (P) Ltd as Head–Quality in building quality standards & processes for the Skill Development Programs initiated by the Govt. Of India.
She holds a post-graduate degree in Computer Applications from Madras University and also an M.Phil in Computer Science from Madurai Kamaraj University.
Charu Sethi has 17 years’ experience in handling end-to-end management of operations and client servicing (for B2C & B2B clients). Prior to re-joining Manya Education Private Limited this year, she worked with Manya from October 2006 to October 2010 as Project Manager. She has also worked with organizations like Archies Gifts & Greetings, V Customers & Head Honchos. Her areas of expertise entail setting up teams and delivering on revenue, commercial, operational efficiency; defining standard operating procedures; achieving service goals. She is skilled in the conceptualization of strategy, expansion of relations with existing clientele, marketing/promotions for projects at hand and stakeholder/team management. Apart from working in the education industry, she has also worked in the e-commerce space. Charu completed her Management program from Wigan & Leigh College, London
Kartik Arora has 14 years’ experience in coordinating with cross functional teams, skills in adapting a pragmatic approach in improvising on solutions and resolving complex business issues. He has worked with organizations such as Oxford University Press, Cengage Learning, Pearson Education, McGraw Hill Education India. His areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Profit Centre of Operations, Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Key Account Management, Revenue Generation, Channel Management, Budgeting & Forecasting, Team Management.
He did his Post Graduation Diploma in Management in Marketing from Institute of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad.
Ashok Kumar Bhatia has 21 years’ experience in the service industry, primarily in education, including logistics, consultancy and support services. Has exposure to multiple facets of Financial Planning, Budgeting, MIS, Accounting, Internal auditing, Reporting and Process Development at different organizational levels. He has worked with organizations such as Informatics Support Systems Private Limited, NIIT Limited, Centrum Learning Limited, FIITJEE Limited. His areas of expertise include Financial Planning including Budgeting & MIS, Accounting, Audits, Risk management and Effective Liasion with centres to support the business teams and assure various accounting compliances and processes.
He did his Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak.
Harinath Vasudev Kadakuntla has 20+ years’ experience in the areas of Education Management, Channel Sales, Skill Development and extensive exposure to Industry-Academia Alignment, Strategic Planning, Sales & Operations, Key Vendor Account Management of partners like Microsoft, Oracle etc, Channel Management and Relationship Management in the educational sector. He has worked with organizations such as NIIT, ECIL, Aptech Limited, Arena Animation, Mentors, SPA Enterprise Info Services Pvt. Ltd. He did his Masters of Business Administration in HR/IT from Madurai Kamaraj University. His areas of expertise include Key Strategic Alliance Consultation/Execution, Business/Brand Operations Management, Techno-Commercial Operations. He has hands-on experience in exploring and developing new teams to conquer new challenging markets, identifying customers, brand promotion, new product launch, accelerating growth and achieving desired sales goals.
K Ramakrishnan has done his Masters in Business Administration & Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Madras. He has an experience of 29+ years and has worked with organizations like Pearson India Pvt. Ltd., Virtuosity Skill Development, Laurus Edutech, Aptech Limited, Ssi Limited, Celltell Communication Limited, Latham India Limited, Eureka Forbes Limited. He has an expertise in extensive sales management, business development & strategic business management with P & L responsibility. He also has experience in achieving annual budgeted revenue, profitability and business targets, expansion, operations, and marketing management experience in the retail and services marketing industry.
Narender Prakash has an experience of 16+ years and has worked with organizations like Lenskart.Com, Ample Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Titan Company Ltd, Titan Industries Ltd, Shoppers Stop Ltd, ITC Ltd & Mother care. He is also an Apple Certified Product Professional. He has an expertise in merchandising & planning, employee training & development, sales forecasting EBO- MBO- LFR, business development, resource management & optimization, marketing, financial planning & analysis, multi site retail operations, shrink control & management.
He has done his Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting & Finance from Badruka College of Commerce & Arts and diploma in Advanced Software Technology from CMC Ltd.
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