Our Advisors

SAVITA MAHAJAN

Savita Mahajan is the former Deputy Dean of the Indian School of Business and CEO of it’s second campus in Mohali, Punjab.  She is currently a freelance Consultant and Independent Director on the Boards of private and public sector companies.  In 2013, she was selected to be on Business Today’s list of ’30 Most Powerful Women in Business’.  Prior to joining the ISB in 2001, Savita worked in the corporate sector for 20 years, after obtaining her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She is widely traveled, and her interests include higher education, the arts and crafts, and life skills coaching.

MATHEW CHERIAN

Mathew Cherian is Chief Executive of HelpAge India, a leading advocacy and caregiver non-profit for the elderly. He is an engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He is among India’s first rural managers from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. He has been Director, Oxfam, in India and Executive Director, Charities Aid Foundation. His most recent big initiative was the Credibility Alliance, which works to establish accountability and transparency in Civil Society. He is also Chairperson of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). He is currently on board of many non – profit organisations. He is the current Independent Commissioner for Geriatric Health with India’s Ministry of Health.

KARL ANTAO

Karl Antao is a renowned sculptor who is known for his mammoth creations charged with emotions. A former advertising professional, Antao was dissatisfied with the difference between the final imagery and the designer’s visualisations. He made the choice to become a sculptor instead, using primarily wood and bronze. His human busts with seemingly placid faces and varied use of imagery create complex visual metaphors. In their luminescent colours and detailed carving, Karl Antao’s sculptures cannot be mistaken for anything but the work of a skilled artist who truly understands the nuances of his visual medium of choice. Recipient of many honours and awards his creations have been showcased in many exhibitions in Indian and abroad.

M GOPAKUMAR

M Gopakumar is the co – founder of The Nityata Foundation, which works on river ecology, with a particular emphasis on looking at different options for conservation of rivers and riparian habitat. Since 2002, he has been an integral part of Navgati, which is a reputed provider of innovative learning experiences. An alumnus of IIM, Bangalore he has been an investment banker investing in and working with small and medium businesses, emphasising organisational growth, management and team development, with a number of profitable disinvestments. His interests include wildlife, trekking and writing.

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