EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

OFFICE BEARERS

Anirudh Suri

President

Anirudh Suri is currently the President of the Harvard Club of India(HCI).

In his life outside the HCI, Anirudh is the Managing Director of India Internet Fund, a U.S. and India based early stage technology focused  venture capital fund. IIF and its partners have invested in over 75 startups in India and the U.S.

Anirudh previously served as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of State for Communications and Technology in the Government of India. Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company in New York and Goldman Sachs in London.

Anirudh earned his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

As President of the HCI since 2017 and Secretary of the Club for the preceding two years, he conceptualised and led the organisation of several successful events such as the 1st Annual Harvard India Entrepreneurship Summit and a joint conference in Mumbai with FICCI with Mr. Jayant Sinha (then Hon’ble MoS for Finance) as the Keynote Speaker.

Shobhana Rana

Vice-President

Shobhana Rana is Vice-President of the Harvard Club of India. In addition to advising on key areas of Indo-US cooperation, she is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kareri Group, an international consulting firm that advises governments and the private sector on conflict management and governance. Her organisation is also active in setting up a foreign affairs think tank in India. Her firm channels some of its profits toward rural communities in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, setting up small businesses for rural women and improving the quality of education throughout the state.

She has worked for over two decades in conflict resolution and crisis management, working with the United Nations, European Union and the International Civilian Office in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Kosovo and also at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Shobhana earned her Bachelor of Arts(A.B.) degree and Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Government from Harvard. As Vice-President, she is in-charge of events, fund-raising and working with the team to nurture talent and help craft a future direction for the Club and its activities.

Shadan Farasat

Secretary

Shadan Farasat  is the Secretary of the HCI. He is a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court of India and his practice encompasses a wide range of areas such as constitutional law, commercial law, civil law, criminal law and arbitrations.

Shadan earned his Masters of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School.

At the HCI, he has been active for the past few years in different capacities. He strongly believes that the HCI should be a forum for debate and discussion within the Harvard Alumni network in India but also beyond it.  Towards this end, he has been working towards organising events under the HCI banner with public  intellectuals from all walks of life.

Adwait Vikram Singh

Treasurer

Adwait Vikram Singh is the Treasurer of the HCI. He is Co-Founder of Stealth Innovations, an analytics company which helps analyse data for political campaigns and other organisations. Adwait has worked in the 2017 UP election campaign and is currently pursuing engagements with many other upcoming campaigns in India. His work was covered by The Gaurdian, Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times and other major newspapers.

Adwait has been actively involved with the startup community and helped draft Uttar Pradesh startup policy. He has also been involved in student politics and worked on various developmental projects with the Central Government and various reputed NGOs in India.

Adwait earned his Master of  Laws (LLM ) degree from Harvard Law School.

As Treasurer, Adwait manages all financial details of the HCI and is also active in fund-raising initiatives as well as developing and planning the launch of the upcoming Mentor-Menthe programme.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Prama Bhandari

Prama Bhandari is a short story writer and HRD expert, and was the first woman to break male domination at the Haryana Labour Department and Industry. She also teaches courses in Reiki and the Art of Living

Prama was a member of the team that organised the World Cultural Festival in 2016 where 3.5 million people attended from all over the globe. She has been an active member of the Women’s International Club, Trustee of Opendharmar, Member of the Board of Governors of Prajna Vihar School and the Toshiba Centre. She has also been a past Board member of the Sri Sri University.

She earned her Harvard Radcliffe Program of Business Administration (HRPBA) from Harvard University.

Prama has been a past President of the Harvard Club of India. As an Executive Committee member she provides advice and guidance on all the activities of the Club and encourages Committee members to seek a balance between policy-oriented events and fun activities. She opens her beautiful home often for Club members and visiting guests to meet.

Ms. Meenakshi Datta Ghosh

Meenakshi Datta Ghosh is an Indian career civil servant, and currently, Chairman, Government of India, High Level Committee on Disciplinary Cases in Professional Institutes; Government Nominee, Institute of Company Secretaries, India, Disciplinary Committee; Chairman Jan Elaaj (a health start up); Board Member, Consumer Online Foundation and Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India initiative; Charter Member Institute of Health Systems Hyderabad, Advisor, Bolpur Manav Sewa Sanstha, an NGO, in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.

She writes regularly on health and local government related policy and programme initiatives.

She earned her Masters in Public Administration(MPA)degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Meenakshi has been a past President of the HCI. She organises the Club’s annual policy debate that brings a cross section policy-makers, intellectuals and other members of civil society together to debate the burning issues facing India.

Manish Arora

Manish Arora is a practising advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He wears a number of other professional hats: Director, Universal Law publishing Company, Senior Consultant, LexisNexis, President, Universal Institute of Legal Studies and Director, India Centre for Fast Arbitration.

Manish has been a Visiting Course Faculty at the Harvard Law School, Deputy Director, Amity Law School, Visiting Faculty with the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, Indian Law Institute New Delhi and the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

He received his training in Intellectual Property at the Harvard Law School.

He has been a past President of the Harvard Club of India (2008-10). As a current Executive Committee member, he provides invaluable guidance to the Committee on event planning and policy issues.

Ms. Meera Bhatia

Meera Bhatia is a practising Senior Counsel for the Central Government in the High Court and Supreme Court of India. She has been Standing Counsel for the state of Haryana and an Executive Member of the High Court and Supreme Court Bar Associations.

Meera has been a legal correspondent for the Indian Express and Statesman newspaper and an Associate Editor of the Taxman. She has been a mediator with the Mediation Centre. She has presented numerous papers at international conferences and was instrumental as Amicus Curie before the High Court in ensuring the installation of closed circuit cameras in police stations and high crime areas.

Meera trained in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at Harvard.

She has been Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Harvard Club of India. As a current Executive Committee member she is part of the team organising events of social and legal relevance to India.

Darpan Kalra

Darpan Kalra has vast experience in executive recruitment across telecom, high-tech, services, and  industri’als. Based in New Delhi, he leads Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications and Legal Practices in India. Darpan is also active in the firm’s Services and Industrial Practices. His clients include small, mid-size and large organizations in a range of sectors spanning telecom, mobile, IT services, internet/digital, BPO, software, professional services, education, and real estate.

Darpan provides executive search, non-executive director search, advisory board search, and leadership team assessments. He is a trusted advisor in digital leadership, digital transformation, leadership development, board effectiveness, corporate governance, and CEO succession.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Darpan was a Senior Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in India, and a Senior Analyst with AT. Kearney in the US and India, working with Indian and international B2C and 828 clients on a range of challenges including globalisation, organisational effectiveness, restructuring, growth, and efficiency.

Darpan earned his Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree in Economics from Harvard College.

As a member of the Executive Committee, Darpan organises events in the areas of digital space and corporate governance. He is a keen mentor to young professionals as they start their executive careers.

Prerna Makkar

Prerna Makkar works in social sector policy and implementation issues across various organisations.

Over the last decade, she has seen policy view from the vantage point of the UN Secretary General’s Executive office to large scale grassroots impact through the design and roll-out of deworming programs in India. Prior to that, she worked in mainstream management consulting, advising clients on strategy, operations and organisation.

Prerna earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. At the school, she was a marketing director for the Social Enterprise Conference, A Dean’s Ambassador for outreach and Planning and a Planning Committee member for the first University-wide Day of Service.

In the Executive Committee, Prerna works on external relations and liaison with a cross-section of the Club’s partners including embassies, universities, think tanks, international organisations as well as the private sector.

Sandeep Chopra

Sandeep Chopra has been Strategy and Supply Chain Management Head at Azure Power India Private Limited since May 2013. He serves as Head of Strategy and Supply Chain Management at Azure Power Global Limited.

He has fifteen years of global experience ranging from process re- engineering, project management and finance. He worked with HSBC performing different roles in change management for the finance function, ranging from managing large- scale change projects and service delivery teams and setting up a finance offshoring centre in India from 2005 to 2013. He also worked at Arthur Andersen, S.R. Batliboi and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in their assurance practices.

Sandeep completed his general management program from Harvard Business School. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.

As part of the Executive Committee, he focuses on organising business events and connecting Club members from within the business community to ensure continued learning of best practices, and also linking recent graduates of the Harvard Business School with leaders in the business community based in India.

Mr. Alok Sangwan

Alok Sangwan is a practicing lawyer in Supreme Court of India. He started his career as a lawyer in the office of Mr. M.N. Krishnamani, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India in August, 2000. Presently he is Additional Advocate General for State of Haryana in Supreme Court. Mr. Sangwan is trained as Negotiator from Harvard Law School.

He is legal consultant to some of the reputed IT Companies based out of Silicon Valley, California. He also advises several law firms having ton their international operations. He is also associated with few charity organisations, which are working for the upliftment of rural India in the field of Environment, Health, Education and empowerment of women.

Alok received his negotiation training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute..

Vishnu Karthik

Vishnu Kartik s currently the Chief Executive Officer of Enlearn Education and Associate-Director of The Heritage Group of Schools. Apart from being on the board of the Heritage Schools, Vishnu is also responsible for the new school initiatives and strategic projects  for the group.

In his prior role, he was the head of the Senior School of the Gurgaon Campus. He has also been a grade IX and X economics teacher and a trekking instructor. Vishnu is keenly interested in building instructional leadership capabilities, college placement, student leadership development, adolescent coaching, authentic assessments and deeper learning curriculum. Prior to his work in schools, he was a management consultant, having worked with companies like Accenture and Right Management.

Vishnu earned his Master of Education (MEd) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He is a passionate educator and contributes to the educational portfolio of the Club’s activities, organising conferences and other activities related to education.

Ghanshyam Tiwari

Ghanshyam Tiwari is an education entrepreneur, public policy advisor, socialist politician, and a ready mentor to children and youth.

Over the past seventeen years. he has worked in engineering roles at companies such as Intel Corp and consulting and advisory roles for McKinsey and Co., London School of Economics, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has helped develop non-profits such as Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation. Progressive Foundation, and Leadership Projects for Bihar. He has worked closely with the Chief Ministers of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and is currently the National  Spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party (SP). He runs an education programme building a large network of teachers to train them in high-school teaching.

Ghanshyam earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He brings invaluable political insight on national issues for the Executive Committee and organises events with political leaders from various corners of the country. He is also an integral member of the team currently planning the Harvard India Conference in the fall of 2018.

Susmit Pushkar

Susmit Pushkar has been practicing law for the past thirteen years and is a partner with the law firm of Khaitan and Company. He is also and Advocate-on-Record at the Supreme Court of India and has practiced law at various courts and tribunals.

His practice areas include corporate and commercial dispute resolution, white collar crimes defence work and anti-trust enforcement actions. He also does some pro-bono work, within the overall constrains of his practice.

Submit earned his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School.

As an Executive Committee member, Susmit has been working on developing the Club’s soon to be launched newsletter and also works on fund-raising initiatives.

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