Board of Directors
Dr. J. N. Singh, IAS
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. J N Singh, IAS, has done M.A. (International Studies, JNU), MDM (AIM, Manila), Ph.D. from M S University. He has wide experience of working in various Government Departments and Public Sector Undertakings. He has held various key positions like Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Textile Commissioner, Mumbai, Member (Fin), NHAI, Delhi, Managing Director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. He has served largely in Infrastructure and Finance sector having handled Industrial Infrastructure, Power, Telecom, Highways and water. His Ph.D. in Political Economy examined the tripartite relationship of Power sector, ground water resources and Agriculturists in the context of Gujarat. At present, he is Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat. He is also appointed as Chairman of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited.
Shri Raj Gopal, IAS
Shri Raj Gopal, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Gujarat, Energy and Petrochemicals Department , has varied and rich experience of above three decades in administration and governance and has held key positions in district administration, taxation, agriculture and cooperation, civic administration and urban development, rural development , geology and mining, marine and road transport and energy and petrochemicals. He is a senior IAS Officer of Gujarat Cadre of 1987 batch. An MA in German, he has also done LLB, MBA and PG Diploma in Ecology & Environment.
Dr. T. Natarajan, IAS
Dr. T. Natarajan, IAS, holds a B.E. (Mining Engineering) and an MBA (Finance & Marketing). He also holds Doctorate in Management. Dr. T. Natarajan, IAS, served as Joint Managing Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited. He worked in Industrial Finance Corporation for 2 years and has also held distinguished positions in the Government of Gujarat including Commissioner, Technical Education, Commissioner, Geology & Mining as well as Secretary, Economic Affairs, Finance Department. He has served as a Director of Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation Limited, Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited and Bhavnagar Energy Co. Ltd.
Shri Milind Torawane, IAS
Mr. Milind Torawane, IAS is a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic & Telecommunication). He has held various important positions in Government of Gujarat (GoG) like Municipal Commissioner-Surat Municipal Corporation, Secretary-Housing & Nirmal Gujarat, Additional Chief Executive-Gujarat Urban Development Mission, Director-Diamond Research & Mercantile City Limited, etc. Lastly, he was Managing Director-Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited.
Shri Jal Patel
Shri Jal Patel, an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as well as of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, has a professional experience of more than 45 years.
He was associated with the German FAG group of Bearing companies since 1962 where he handled various managerial functions. In 1977, he took over as the Managing Director of the company. Subsequently, he was promoted as the Vice Chairman and Managing Director before retiring in 2000. His areas of expertise include Finance, Accounts and Administration.
He is also actively involved with various social and welfare associations and federations as well as various trusts.
Shri K.D. Chatterjee
Shri Krishna Das Chatterjee has done a B.Sc. from University of Calcutta in 1959 and is a member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI). Shri Chatterjee was awarded the V.Srinivasan Memorial Gold Medal. Shri Chatterjee had worked with Dunlop India Limited and Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited. He was Executive Director (Finance) of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited. He has rich experience in the field of Finance, Human Resources Development, Marketing, Information Systems and Administration functions.
Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff
Independent Women Director
An edupreneur, she is regarded by many as the change agent for schooling in the state of Gujarat.
As CEO of Calorx, she has been instrumental in founding and managing several premier schools. Calorx, since its inceptions in 1995, is a name synonymous to professional and excellence in schooling. It has in its umbrella, the Delhi Public Schools, Calorx Olive International School at Ahmedabad and Calorx Public Schools across the Western Belt of India with 40+ educational Institutions and still growing. Calorx is recognized as a quality conscious group with a focus on Innovation and use of Technology in Learning. The one of its kind, sector specific Calorx Teachers’ University is developing a creed of teachers to fill the quality gap of Human Capital.
She is a postgraduate from York University and executive alumni from London School of Economics. Holding a post-graduate degree from Utkal University and is a Graduate of Management Education Programme IIM, Ahmedabad.
Her concern for the marginalized and those with special learning needs is evident through the projects Visamo Kids and Prerna - a school for dyslexics.
Recipient of several awards, among them, the prestigious Secular India Award from the President of India, Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma & Woman of the year by American Bibliography Society, North Carolina.
Prof. Piyush Kumar Sinha
Professor Piyush Kumar Sinha is a faculty in the area of marketing and retailing. He has more than three decades of academic and industry experience. He has taught at leading management schools of India. Prior to joining IIMA, he was the Dean at MICA. He teaches Retailing and Marketing Management to the post graduate students. He also offers courses on Marketing Management and Consumer Behaviour to the Ph.D. students. He has been the Chairperson of the Centre for Retailing at IIMA.
Dr.Sinha conducts training programmes for senior managers in the area of Marketing, Retailing and Sales. These programmes have been conducted as open as well as company-based customised programme for several companies dealing in service, consumer products and industrial products.
Dr. Sinha has consulted companies in the areas of retail efforts, service management, marketing strategies, and marketing communication. His clients include companies from engineering, software, media, petroleum and retailing. He is working with some of the leading retailing companies in India. The projects include loyalty programmes, enhancing the performance of the outlets and redefining the role of the outlets in the new environments.
Prof. Vishal Gupta
Vishal Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behaviour Area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India. He obtained his doctorate in Human Resource Management from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India, in 2013. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS-Pilani, India. Prior to joining IIMA, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the HRM Group at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. Prof. Gupta has also worked as a Hardware Design Engineer with ST Microlectronics Pvt. Ltd., Greater Noida and with Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany where he was involved in the design of high-performance Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs).
Prof. Gupta’s current areas of teaching and research are leadership development, compensation and performance management, motivation, emotional intelligence, decision-making organizational justice, creativity and innovation management and R&D management. His PhD thesis on ‘Leadership in Public Sector R&D Organizations’ was awarded the ‘Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation’ award in the year 2013-14 in Leadership & Organizational Development category by European Federation for Management Development and the Emerald Group Publishing. He was recognized as an ‘Emerging Psychologist’ by the National Academy of Psychology, India in 2014. In 2016, he was conferred the ‘Young Scientist Award’ in Social Sciences Category by the National Academy of Sciences India and Scopus (Elsevier). His research has been published in international and national journals of repute and has been covered by dailies like Times of India, Business Line, Ahmedabad Mirror, Mint and DNA. He has undertaken consulting and training projects for organizations like SiCOM, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Taj Group of Hotels, Ambuja Cements Limited, Tata Teleservices, L&T, Pepsi, Emerson, DRDO, medium & small scale enterprises, and pubic sector government units.