Leadership Team

Lt. Gen. J S Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd.)

President
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

Lt. Gen. J.S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd.) is President of the 'Institute of Directors' and of the 'World Environment Foundation' (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, he had specialised in engineering support to weapon systems of the Army. He has undergone extensive training in various manufacturing concerns in France, UK, USSR and Japan. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of a large number offoreign and Indian professional engineering and management institutions. He has been Chairman of the 'Institution of Engineers (INDIA)' and President of 'Delhi Management Association'. He is present chairman of 'Safety & Qualityforum' ofthe Institution of Engineers.

Dr. Vivek K. Agnihotri, IAS (Retd)

Director General
Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat

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Professional Background:

Dr. Vivek K. Agnihotri is an IAS officer of 1968 batch. He has Master’s degrees in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Allahabad. He has Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Design from IIT Delhi. Dr.Agnihotri superannuated as Secretary to Government of India. Post retirement, he was Member of CAT and Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha, in the Parliament of India. He is Director, LML, Kanpur; Member of the Technical Advisory Group, ISB; Adviser, UPSC; and Adviser of Eminence (Public Governance), American Society for Quality, New Delhi. He is widely travelled and has several publications to his credit.

Arun Balakrishnan

Chairman-Bangalore Region
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is the founder Chairman of HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. and is currently a memberofthe Board. He was the CMD of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. Currently, Mr.Balakrishnan is on the Boards of a number of companies as Independent Director, besides being a Member of the Board of Governors, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun. He is also the immediate past President of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering. A Chemical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, he is the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award 2008" from his alma-mater. In the recent past, the All India Management Association has conferred a fellowship and the Institute of Engineers (India) has presented a Scroll of Honourfor recognition 'of his outstanding contribution to the profession of Chemical Engineering'.

M. S. Sundara Rajan

Chairman - Chennai Region, former CMD, Indian Bank

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Professional Background:

Mr. M.S. Sundara Rajan served as the Chairman & MD, Indian Bank from June 4, 2007 to March 31, 2010. Mr. Rajan served as an Executive Director of Indian Bank from April 1, 2006 to June 3, 2007. He serves as Honorary Chairman of Institute of Directors, Tamil Nadu. He has core expertise is in investment banking, project finance, corporate restructuring and capital market. He is an Indian Banking Consultant and Economist. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of banking. He has been an Independent and Non-Executive Director of Sharda Cropchem Limited since July 26, 2011. He has been a Non-Executive Independent Director of Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited since May 17, 2014. He serves as Independent Director of Capital First, Sundaram Mutual Fund Trustee Company, AAPL Environmental Solutions Private Limited, The Clearing Corporation of India Limited, BGR Energy Systems Limited and Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Company Limited. He has been Non Executive - Independent Director at GVR Infra Projects Limited since June 1, 2015. He has been Non-Executive Independent Director at Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Ltd. since September 23, 2015. He serves as Director at Sundaram Trustee Company Limited He serves as Nominee Director of Computer Age Management Services. He serves as Trustee of Hand-in-Hand (India). He serves as Director of MSA Holding Private Limited, Capital First Home Finance Private Limited and GVR Projects Limited. He served as Director at United India Insurance Company Limited and Dewan Housing Finance Limited. He is a certified associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He won the Golden Peacock Award on behalf of Indian Bank on October 2009. He was ranked 45th in the Economic Times India Inc’s most powerful CEOs list in 2009. He was ranked No.2 among the CEOs of Nationalized Banks and No.6 among the CEOs of Commercial banks. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Madras University. He is an associate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Suresh Chukkapalli

Chairman, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Region

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Professional Background:

Mr. Suresh Chukkapalli is the Founder Chairman of the Phoenix Group. A technocrat and a visionary who took a strategic leap from being an automobile entrepreneur to independently handling ageless industries like steel, power, cement and realty. His passion for the big enterprise can be gauged from where Phoenix stands today. Mr. Suresh envisions an even brighter future for Phoenix with his in-depth experience and exposure leading the enterprise to higher realms. He is the source of inspiration and the driving force at Phoenix.

Shailesh V. Haribhakti

Chairman-Mumbai Region

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Professional Background:

Mr. Shailesh V. Haribhakti is an inspiring thought leader who defines Haribhakti Group’s future. Over decades of hands-on professional involvement, he has worked through myriad engagements which have defined the next steps at Haribhakti Group. His passion for quality is reflected in the ISO 9000 certification for various processes of the Group’s operations.

He represented India on the Standards Advisory Council (SAC) of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). He worked with PBAS, an affiliate of IFC Washington, to establish Activity-based costing and Strategic Planning Processes in Polish SMEs. He is a staunch believer in Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and promoting a greener environment. He actively promotes these causes through forums like ASSOCHAM, CII and the Indian Merchants’ Chamber by participating in the process of framing regulations and standards.

He is an active speaker at several seminars, conferences and training programmes and has been associated with IIM-Ahmedabad as a visiting faculty member. He frequently contributes to leading newspapers and business magazines.

Dr. Tayeb Kamali

Chairman - UAE Chapter & Ex. Vice Chancellor
Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), UAE

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Professional Background:

Dr. Tayeb Kamali is a leader in organizational change, and has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programmes in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East for more than two decades.In 1989, following doctoral studies in engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he returned to the UAE where he took up senior leadership positions with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) - the UAE's largest institution of higher learning with 17 campuses. Five years later, he founded the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), HCT's entrepreneurial and commercial arm. In 2005, he was appointed HCT Vice Chancellor. Currently he is the chairman,IOD India, UAE Chapter

Ashok Kapur, IAS (Retd)

Director General
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

Ashok Kapur was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (1967 Batch). He has served the Government in various capacities, including Secretary & magistrate of various districts. During 1992- 94, was appointed leader of the Indian Delegation to the UN Conference on Biological Warfare. In September, 1991 was appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Supplies & food & science & technology, Govt. of India. Currently he is the Director General of Institute of Directors, India.

Manoj K. Raut

Chief Executive Officer
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

Manoj K.Raut, is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Institute of Directors, India.

Mr.Raut holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and also a Degree in Law from Govt. Lingaraj College, Berhampur University, India. He has undergone extensive training in India, UK and various other countries for board effectiveness and good governance. He is also on the boards of World Environment Foundation and International Academy of Law. Besides this, he is also the Editor-in-Chief of 'Director Today'-the Monthly Journal of the Institute of Directors.

Wherever an economy is evolving, the IOD has something to offer – whether it is inspiration for the most senior board members or practical skills for middle and senior management. It makes sure that globalisation, business's biggest benefactor, is seen to work for the poor, and creating a better world for tomorrow. Passionately driven, he is on a mission to improve the competitiveness of individual directors and their companies. He joined IOD as Management Trainee in the year 2000 and he was assigned with a wide range of tasks to handle, before gaining all related experiences. He is also an advisory Board member of RIMS (USA), Lincoln Business School (UK), and CII TCM Board.

N.G. Shankar

Director - Training
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

He is a Chartered accountant with 36 years of experience in diverse industry verticals, specializing in Internal Audit. He has been actively involved in several honoraray and advisory positions ,with the Global Institute of Internal Auditors.

Reji Mathew

Director - Operations
Institute of Directors

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Reji Mathew is responsible for Finance & Administration. He is a Graduate in commerce, PGDCA & DCD specializing in Finance & Administration. He has undergone extensive training in India & UK. He is also ‘Sub Editor’ of the "Director Today", a Journal of the Institute of Directors. He looks after all operational activities of IOD nationally and internationally. He joined IOD on 1997.

Vikesh Wallia

Regional Director - West Region
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

A veteran of Sales & Marketing with Print Media and FMCG Industry, a B.Sc., MBA (Mktg) and MMBM (Media & Entertainment), attended MDPs at Cranfield UK, Wharton etc.

His is currently Board Director-Times of India Group-WWM, prior to this he was Sr. Vice President-Circulation and Exports with them. Previous work experience with PZ Cussons, UK and other best known FMCG companies like Shaw Wallace, Balsara and Goodnight etc. He is a visiting faculty with Mumbai University for MMS students. He is on the Advisory Council of TSCFM, Mumbai for Media Management Program. A speaker and panelist at Industry Seminars and Business Schools.

T. V. Shiva Rao

Hon. Secretary
Institute of Directors (Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Region)

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Professional Background

Shiva Rao Tummalapalli is a Management professional with over 25 years of experience in Corporate & Business Management. He holds Master’s degrees in Management, Psychology & Geoscience. Fellow & Certified Director from Institute of Directors, New Delhi, Fellow at Optical Society of India, Kolkata. He has travelled widely in Asia, North America, Europe and Middle-East.

Shiva Rao currently serves as the Director at Automated Tooling Systems India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad and as Hon. Secretary at Institute of Directors, Hyderabad besides serving as Vice-Chairman (Membership) at Society for Automotive Engineers, Hyderabad Division. Shiva Rao has earlier served as Director & Vice-President in ELICO Group in Hyderabad and has held several Leadership positions, such as President (Hyderabad), District Secretary (Asia-Pacific Countries) and Founding Trustee (Mumbai) at International Society for Automation, Hon. Chairman (Standards Committee) at Confederation of Indian Industry, New Delhi , Joint Secretary, Indian Ceramic Society, Hyderabad, Joint Secretary, Hyderabad Marketing Association, Executive Committee member at National HRD Network, Hyderabad, Technical Committee Member on Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi, Member ASTM Intl, USA and Member on Quality Council of India, New Delhi.

Dr. R. Seetharaman

Chairman-Qatar Chapter
Group CEO, Doha Bank, Qatar

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Professional Background

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities of the world, including a Doctorate in Global Governance by European University and Doctorate of Laws by Washington College. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificates in IT Systems and Corporate Management. He has been named “Best CEO in Middle East” and “World Leader Business Person” and is a recipient of “The Gullands Excellence Award as a Phenomenal Banker”. Recently, he also received the “Life Time Achievement Award” from the Institute of Directors' at the Global Summit 2014 in Chennai. A regular commentator on international finance in global media outfits such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, and Bloomberg, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region.

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas

Director General-UK & Europe
Audit and Risk Committee, United Learning, UK

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Professional Background

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas of the University of Greenwich and Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe Operations, holds board, public and academic appointments, and leads the International Governance Initiative of the Order of St Lazarus. He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council, chair of the council's Education and Registration Standards Committee and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of United Learning. He has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve board and corporate performance. Author of over 60 books and reports, he has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, India and China. Colin was educated at the LSE, London Business School, UNISA and the Universities of Aston, Chicago and Southern California, and is a fellow of seven chartered bodies. He obtained first place prizes in the final examinations of three professions

Dr. George V. Antony

Hon. Regional Director
Kerala Region

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Professional Background

Dr. George V. Antony, the recipient of Educationist of the year in Asia (2016) for revolutionary contribution in education from ASSOCHAM and education post, Fellow of IAAP (UK) and the Institute of Directors has nineteen years of professional exposure in the industry, academia, research and consulting. He is the first Post-Doctoral Fellow in management [Information security governance in banking] from School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science & Technology [CUSAT], holds Doctorate in the unique area of information security management from VMU and MBA from BU at KIT campus. A Certified Corporate Director(CCD) from Institute of Directors, Certified LA for ISMS from IQMS (UK), Certified Trainer Facilitator(CTF) from Calton Advanced Management Institute, Connecticut (USA), Certified Internal Information Security Auditor(CIISA), Certified Internal Software Quality Auditor(CISQA), Certified Information Security Professional(CISP) from STQC-MIT(GOI), Accredited Management Teacher(AMT) in IT from AIMA and Certified Bank Trainer(CBT) from NIBM-IIBF, George also serves as consultant, advisory board member, IB member of learning enterprises in India and abroad. The training programs conducted by George at national and international levels have inspired hundreds of ardent participants including senior executives of NEC Corporation, Japan, IBMC Group, Dubai, Hyogo University, Japan and Punjab National Bank, India. He remains an active enthusiast and resource person in various conferences and seminars including UGC sponsored programs. A member of All India Management Association, Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and Institute of Directors his research interest include information security governance, behavioural issues related to information security and corporate governance. He is a doctoral research supervisor in the area of management and currently serves as the Dean of FISAT Business School, Kochi.

Rohini Kappadath

Director General - Australia
Institute of Directors

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Professional Background:

Rohini is Director of Cross - Border Business and has 25 years’ experience working in Australia, South-East Asia, China, Japan, New Zealand and North America. Rohini established her career with 13 years at SAS Institute Inc, a global leader and multinational in Business Intelligence solutions. This lead to Rohini being appointed the founding Managing Director of the SAS Institute India in 1996. Rohini has worked with numerous companies to help implement their organic international growth as well as assisting with mergers and acquisitions. Her industry expertise includes retail, media and entertainment, information technology, education, logistics, automotive, aerospace and biotechnology. Rohini has close relationships with Government departments in a number of countries and has built a network of government agencies, Chambers of Commerce, law firms, banks and other services providers across Asia. Rohini holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a Bachelor of Arts and is a member of the Victorian Management Committee of the Australia India Business Council and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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