Mr Vivek GovilHead of School Services at Pearson plc, London, United Kingdom
Vivek Govil is the Vice President Schools at Pearson based in London. He has held a number of roles at Pearson, including CEO of India. Prior to Pearson, Vivek has worked in Consumer Products, Hospitality and Advertising in India and the UK. Vivek has been the governor of a special needs school in the UK, and is a governor of a private virtual school in the US. He is an MBA from IIM, Calcutta and is married with two sons.
Lord Prof. Bhikhu ParekhProfessor of political philosophy at University of Westminster and member of the House of Lords, UK
Lord Prof. Bhikhu Parekh was born in Amalsad, Gujarat, in 1935. He graduated from the University of Mumbai and did his Phd from the London School of Economics. Prof. Parekh has contributed to world knowledge as an academician, social scientist, political economist and philosopher. He has taught at several universities. He is professor of political philosophy at University of Westminster, Emeritus Professor of political theory at the University of Hull, UK and was until recently centennial professor at London School of Economics. Between 1981 and 1984 he was the vice-chancellor the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. He is also visiting professor at several universities including McGill University, Harvard, Institute of Advanced Study Vienna. Prof. Parekh is also active in British political life; he was Deputy Chairman of Commission for Racial Equality.
He was appointed a life peer on 10th May, 2000 as Baron Parekh, of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire and was appointed to the House of Lords (UK) in 2000. He has won a number of awards some of them being BBC’s Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Asians in 1999 Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize (2003) by the Political Studies Association, UK. The Government of India conferred upon him the title of Padma Bhushan in 2007.
Ram Saradchandra KumarIndependent Investor
Ram Kumar has over 15 years experience in the financial investments space. He worked in Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. from early 2009 until mid 2018, where he played an instrumental role in establishing and building their infrastructure and clean energy platform and was a Senior Director in the firm. Prior to that, he worked in Goldman Sachs for seven years across their financing and merchant banking divisions. He is currently an independent investor based in London. He is a graduate of BITS Pilani, where he studied engineering and economics, and is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Ms Nandita KhannaSelf Employed – Executive Coach
Nandita is a seasoned professional with over 25 years experience in the banking, technology and executive search industries; She has worked for Bank of America, ORG MARG, HSBC and EXL Service in India, the U.K. and Singapore. She is a graduate of St Stephens College and has an MBA from IIM Calcutta. She is currently based in London where she works independently as an executive coach.
Raga Olga D’silvaCo-Founder and Director, Speaking Minds Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd
An entrepreneur, living between London and Mumbai, Raga’s background in advertising and international marketing across various countries has exposed her to stories, ideas, story-tellers and high profile networks enabling her to design programmes that help stand out from the clutter within the right target groups. With extensive working experience in the creative and fundraising aspect of the NGO space in New Zealand, UK and India, Raga is an example of how life can be re-defined when a child is given opportunities. A huge reason to support CRY UK and its efforts.
Puja MarwahaChief Executive, CRY in India
Puja is the Chief Executive at CRY - Child Rights and You (CRY UK’s partner in India). Prior to being CRY’s CEO, she has led Human Resources Development and Administration teams and served as a Regional Director for West India region, headquartered in Mumbai. Puja has been with CRY since 1994.
Kreeanne RabadiDirector - Western Region, CRY in India
Kreeanne joined CRY in 2000 to lead the Resource Generation team in West, India. In 2005 she set-out to establish the marketing function for CRY America. Today, she is the Regional Director – West, CRY India.