Board of Governors

  • Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

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    President, ICCR Government of India
    Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra since July 2016. Dr Sahasrabuddhe is the President at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He looks after the Good Governance, Central and State Government Program Coordination and Policy Research Department at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)as its National Vice President.

    President, ICCR Government of India
    Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra since July 2016. Dr Sahasrabuddhe is the President at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He looks after the Good Governance, Central and State Government Program Coordination and Policy Research Department at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)as its National Vice President.
  • Swapan Dasgupta

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    Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    Swapan Dasgupta is a Former Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India’s Parliament. He is one of India’s most widely read political columnists for the past three decades. Having worked in almost all the leading publications in India in senior editorial positions, he has been an independent columnist since 2003. In 2015 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India.

    Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
    Swapan Dasgupta is a Former Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India’s Parliament. He is one of India’s most widely read political columnists for the past three decades. Having worked in almost all the leading publications in India in senior editorial positions, he has been an independent columnist since 2003. In 2015 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India.
  • Jayant Sinha

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    Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Parliament of India and BJP Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
    Mr. Sinha is a second term Member of Parliament from Jharkhand, India. Mr. Sinha won his Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019 with record margins. Previously, Mr. Sinha served on India’s Council of Ministers from 2014 to 2019; first, as the Minister of State for Finance and then as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation. Prior to his career in public service, Mr. Sinha was Partner at Omidyar Network (ON) and the Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, where he led overall investment strategy and operations in India from 2009 to 2013. As a global thought leader, Mr. Sinha has been published in the Financial Times, Times of India, Economic Times, Indian Express, Business Standard, Harvard Business Review, and the McKinsey Quarterly. He has pioneered new thinking on platform-based businesses, innovation-driven entrepreneurship, Climate Change, and sustainable development.

    Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Parliament of India and BJP Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
    Mr. Sinha is a second term Member of Parliament from Jharkhand, India. Mr. Sinha won his Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019 with record margins. Previously, Mr. Sinha served on India’s Council of Ministers from 2014 to 2019; first, as the Minister of State for Finance and then as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation. Prior to his career in public service, Mr. Sinha was Partner at Omidyar Network (ON) and the Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, where he led overall investment strategy and operations in India from 2009 to 2013. As a global thought leader, Mr. Sinha has been published in the Financial Times, Times of India, Economic Times, Indian Express, Business Standard, Harvard Business Review, and the McKinsey Quarterly. He has pioneered new thinking on platform-based businesses, innovation-driven entrepreneurship, Climate Change, and sustainable development.
  • Preeti Saran

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    Member of the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
    Ambassador Preeti Saran is currently a Member of the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). She was formerly worked as Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. She joined the MEA in 1982, and has most recently served as Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. She has also undertaken diplomatic postings to Toronto, Geneva, Cairo, Dhaka and Moscow. In New Delhi, she has served as Joint Secretary (SAARC/North), Deputy Secretary / Director (Establishment) / East Asia, and Under Secretary (ICCR/AMS).

    Member of the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
    Ambassador Preeti Saran is currently a Member of the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). She was formerly worked as Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. She joined the MEA in 1982, and has most recently served as Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. She has also undertaken diplomatic postings to Toronto, Geneva, Cairo, Dhaka and Moscow. In New Delhi, she has served as Joint Secretary (SAARC/North), Deputy Secretary / Director (Establishment) / East Asia, and Under Secretary (ICCR/AMS).
  • Amar Sinha

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    Former Secretary (ER), Ministry of External Affairs, India
    Amar Sinha joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. He is an Economics Graduate from Patna University and has worked with the State Bank of India for two years before joining the Indian Foreign Service. During his diplomatic career spanning 35 years, he has served in various capacities in Algiers, Buenos Aires Washington DC, Jakarta and Brussels. He also served as Ambassador in Tajikistan and Afghanistan besides several tours of duty in India in different ministries. After his retirement Government appointed him to the Board of HPCL as Independent Director (2017-2020) and on the National Security Advisory Board (Jan 2019-Dec 2020) Currently he is distinguished fellow in a think tank RIS and on the Board of Governors of India Foundation. He is also associated with the Vivekananda Foundation and other think tanks besides the CII’s international council.

    Former Secretary (ER), Ministry of External Affairs, India
    Amar Sinha joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. He is an Economics Graduate from Patna University and has worked with the State Bank of India for two years before joining the Indian Foreign Service. During his diplomatic career spanning 35 years, he has served in various capacities in Algiers, Buenos Aires Washington DC, Jakarta and Brussels. He also served as Ambassador in Tajikistan and Afghanistan besides several tours of duty in India in different ministries. After his retirement Government appointed him to the Board of HPCL as Independent Director (2017-2020) and on the National Security Advisory Board (Jan 2019-Dec 2020) Currently he is distinguished fellow in a think tank RIS and on the Board of Governors of India Foundation. He is also associated with the Vivekananda Foundation and other think tanks besides the CII’s international council.
  • Syed Ata Hasnain

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    Former Military Secretary, Indian Army
    (PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and BAR)
    Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Bar) is a retired General of the Indian Army. His last assignment in service was as the Military Secretary of the Indian Army. Prior to that, he commanded an Army Corps in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, amongst other appointments. In 2018, Hasnain was appointed Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir.

    Former Military Secretary, Indian Army
    (PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and BAR)
    Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Bar) is a retired General of the Indian Army. His last assignment in service was as the Military Secretary of the Indian Army. Prior to that, he commanded an Army Corps in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, amongst other appointments. In 2018, Hasnain was appointed Chancellor of Central University of Kashmir.
  • Arun Sahni

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    Former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command
    (UYSM, SM, VSM, ADC)
    Arun Kumar Sahni is a decorated, scholar – soldier, with 40 years of commissioned service in the Indian Army. In his last assignment, tenanting the second highest rank of the army, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army.In addition to his Command assignments of leading military formations, his important staff appointments include ‘Chief Operations Officer’ of an Infantry Brigade in Sri Lanka as part of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), Colonel General Staff responsible for operations of a Counter Insurgency Force in Jammu & Kashmir, ‘Principal Staff officer’ at Army Headquarters, Delhi,and ‘Director General Information Technology.

    Former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command
    (UYSM, SM, VSM, ADC)
    Arun Kumar Sahni is a decorated, scholar – soldier, with 40 years of commissioned service in the Indian Army. In his last assignment, tenanting the second highest rank of the army, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of one of the six operational commands of the Indian Army.In addition to his Command assignments of leading military formations, his important staff appointments include ‘Chief Operations Officer’ of an Infantry Brigade in Sri Lanka as part of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), Colonel General Staff responsible for operations of a Counter Insurgency Force in Jammu & Kashmir, ‘Principal Staff officer’ at Army Headquarters, Delhi,and ‘Director General Information Technology.
  • Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda

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    National Vice President, BJP
    Shri Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is the National Vice President and Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been a four time Member of Parliament of India. He has also been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians from its founding in 2001 and was its Chairman for fifteen years. He was awarded the “Bharat Asmita National Award” for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in 2008. He has been closely associated with several Track II initiatives including the Chaophraya Dialogue and India-US Strategic Dialogue.

    National Vice President, BJP
    Shri Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is the National Vice President and Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been a four time Member of Parliament of India. He has also been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians from its founding in 2001 and was its Chairman for fifteen years. He was awarded the “Bharat Asmita National Award” for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in 2008. He has been closely associated with several Track II initiatives including the Chaophraya Dialogue and India-US Strategic Dialogue.
  • Ram Madhav

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    Member, National Executive, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)
    Ram Madhav is an Indian politician, author and thinker who is currently serving as a Member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Formerly, he has been the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Mr Madhav has written several books in English and Telugu, with the most recent one being ‘Because India Comes First: Reflections on Nationalism, Identity and Culture’. He has written for several publications, including, The Indian Express and Open Magazine. He has also been the editor of Bharatiya Pragna, a monthly magazine in English published by Pragna Bharati, and associate editor of Jagriti, a Telugu weekly.

    He has traveled to over 30 countries and has addressed prestigious forums like the ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore, World Peace Conference at the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya (University) of Thailand, Halifax Security Forum in Canada, 2nd Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum in Russia, and the BRICS Political Forum in China amongst many others.

    Member, National Executive, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)
    Ram Madhav is an Indian politician, author and thinker who is currently serving as a Member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Formerly, he has been the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Mr Madhav has written several books in English and Telugu, with the most recent one being ‘Because India Comes First: Reflections on Nationalism, Identity and Culture’. He has written for several publications, including, The Indian Express and Open Magazine. He has also been the editor of Bharatiya Pragna, a monthly magazine in English published by Pragna Bharati, and associate editor of Jagriti, a Telugu weekly.

    He has traveled to over 30 countries and has addressed prestigious forums like the ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore, World Peace Conference at the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya (University) of Thailand, Halifax Security Forum in Canada, 2nd Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum in Russia, and the BRICS Political Forum in China amongst many others.

  • Shaurya Doval

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    MD, Zeus Caps
    Shaurya Doval is a Managing Director of Zeus Caps, where he leads the principal investment initiatrrives and deal originations in India. Mr. Doval is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a joint MBA Degree from London Business School and University of Chicago.

    MD, Zeus Caps
    Shaurya Doval is a Managing Director of Zeus Caps, where he leads the principal investment initiatrrives and deal originations in India. Mr. Doval is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a joint MBA Degree from London Business School and University of Chicago.
  • Ashok Mittal

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    Managing Director, Nischay Educorp
    Ashok Mittal is Ex-IRS officer and MD of a student mentoring company. Mr Mittal is an MBA and did MPA( Mason Fellowship ) from Harvard University.

    Managing Director, Nischay Educorp
    Ashok Mittal is Ex-IRS officer and MD of a student mentoring company. Mr Mittal is an MBA and did MPA( Mason Fellowship ) from Harvard University.
  • Hari Kiran Vadlamani

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    Convenor, Indic Academy
    Hari Kiran Vadlamani, C.A. is an investor based out of Singapore. After a stint in the profession, he was involved in building two businesses in the power sector and is now a venture investor. Deeply passionate about Indology, Art, and Spirituality, he is pursuing a intellectual, cultural, and spiritual renaissance through three foundations he has set up for this purpose: Indic Academy, Creative India Academy and Advaita Academy.

    Convenor, Indic Academy
    Hari Kiran Vadlamani, C.A. is an investor based out of Singapore. After a stint in the profession, he was involved in building two businesses in the power sector and is now a venture investor. Deeply passionate about Indology, Art, and Spirituality, he is pursuing a intellectual, cultural, and spiritual renaissance through three foundations he has set up for this purpose: Indic Academy, Creative India Academy and Advaita Academy.