BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Pradeep Poddar - Chairperson
Former MD and CEO, Mount Everest Mineral Water Ltd.
Pradeep Poddar is a Chemical Engineer from UDCT Mumbai and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. A veteran of the consumer goods industry, he groomed himself as a fast track executive in Glaxo foods, Heinz and now Tata. He became the first Managing Director of Heinz for India and South Asia in January 1996 at the age 41. In 2000, he was ranked in the top 5 percentile of North American Executives by Personnel Decisions International, New York. Pradeep led Heinz successfully for nearly a decade by creating a robust and sustainable business platform. He established the Heinz Nutrition Foundation India and built the concept of 'wellness' in India. He was awarded the prestigious Udyog Ratna award by the Karnataka Government and Wisitex Foundation in 2001 for his distinguished contribution to the food industry.
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Karuna Bhatia – Vice Chairperson
Head of Sustainability India & SA, Standard Chartered Bank
Karuna Bhatia has been the Head of Sustainability India & SA since March 2009. She has moved to provide strategic business direction to the Bank's Sustainability agenda. Standard Chartered Bank is the world's truly International Bank having a footprint in over 50 countries. The Bank is ranked among the Top 25 in the FTSE 100 and employs over 85000 employees representing 100 nationalities. Prior to this role, she was the Business Head Microfinance, Standard Chartered Bank since 2008.
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Surojit Shome, Treasurer
CEO, DBS Bank
Surojit has been the CEO of DBS Bank, India since April 2015. He has more than 34 years of experience since graduating from XLRI in 1986. Before joining DBS, he was the CEO of Rabobank in India (2009-2015). Prior to that, he worked for Lehman Brothers/Nomura (2007-2009) and Citibank (1988-2006). He started his career with Asian Paints where he had the opportunity to work across several locations within India. Surojit holds a post-graduate management degree in Marketing & Finance from Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Mathematics & Statistics from Presidency College, Kolkata. He has also had the opportunity to attend the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School in 2004 and the Rabobank Senior Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School (2011).
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Sunit Mehra, Secretary
Managing Partner, Hunt Partners
Sunit heads Hunts' Private Equity practice across Asia, and is a Founder Managing Partner of the firm. Sunit started his search career with Horton International, a high-end executive search firm in the US in 1996 and later moved to India to head Horton's India operations. Sunit has worked with a large number of corporate boards and is an advisor to several Indian business houses on Corporate Governance. He has co-authored the India Board Report, India's foremost research paper on Corporate Governance, in conjunction with the CII. He was previously the Managing Director of Omni Business Machines Ltd, a telecommunications product manufacturing and distribution company.
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Arun Kumar Malhotra, Board Member
Auto Industry Expert/Visiting Faculty / Former MD Nissan India
Arun completed his MBA from IIM-Calcutta in 1983 and joined the automobile industry when it was at a nascent stage in India. For over the last three decades has been a part of the growth of the Indian auto industry having worked with Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra and Nissan India. His last corporate assignment was as Managing Director, Nissan Motors India (2014-2018). In his corporate journey, he has travelled extensively through the length and breadth of India. He has been deeply involved in areas of brand building, strategic marketing, retail network expansion, training, rural marketing, customer-centric initiatives, industry policies and formulating group-level strategies. He has attended Executive Management programs in Kellogs School of Management, Chicago (2009) and Harvard Business School, Boston (2011) and served as an Executive Council member of SIAM, the apex body of the Auto Industry and was the Chairman of Auto Expo’18 held in Delhi. Presently Arun is a strategic consultant and advisor in the auto industry domain. He is an independent director on the board of Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd., Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. and NBS International Ltd (Mahindra Group Company).
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Gayatri Yadav - Board Member
Chief Marketing Officer, Sequoia Capital India LLP
As Chief Marketing Officer, Sequoia Capital for India & SEA, Gayatri leads the firm’s marketing mandate and also work closely with Sequoia’s portfolio companies to help them scale and create legendary brands from the region. Prior to joining Sequoia, Gayatri led Marketing and also served as President, Consumer Strategy & Innovation for Star India (now a part of Disney), where she led a series of high impact marketing moves, including the network’s launch of Star Sports, Hotstar and the "Nayi Soch" brand plan on Star Plus, which aimed to drive women’s empowerment. Before Star India, Gayatri was the CMO for General Mills where she launched and scaled the Pillsbury brand in India. She started her marketing career with Procter & Gamble.
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Radhika Kaji
Board Member
Radhika Kaji is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, with a passion for and knowledge of varied subjects, from technology to business strategy. Her experience ranges from being a member of the Advisory Board at Cloud Income Properties, to being a Founder Board member at RAS Propack Lamipack Limited, during the initial project implementation / stability stage where she was actively involved in the setting up of a 150,000 sq.ft. facility on a 10 acre land, at Chakan near Pune. Her experience helped her understand not only the dynamics of being associated with a Public limited company's board, but also the manufacturing, financial and statutory compliance necessary for such an endeavour. In addition, she saw a gap in the customer artefacts space and decided to launch 'Au Glaise' an entrepreneurial venture, manufacturing ceramic artefacts for the hospitality industry with customers such as, ITC Hotels, Indian Hotels and The Oberoi Group.
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Raman Madhok, Board Member
Managing Director, Kahani Designworks Pvt. Ltd.
Raman Madhok is the Managing Director of Kahani Designworks Pvt. Ltd. He is a business strategist, master negotiator, prolific networker, executive coach and mentor and a role model leader with over 40 years of experience in Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Project Management and as a CEO since 2001. In early 2020 he superannuated from CMI FPE Limited, a John Cockerill Group Company, Belgium as Managing Director and Group Head of South Asia. He has held several leadership positions including those at Al Ghurair Iron and Steel in UAE, JSW Steel, Cyanamid, Parke Davis, Pfizer, Voltas and Taj Group of Hotels. He is one of the very few HR professionals who has managed a large manufacturing company and turned around successfully more than once.
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S.K. Mitra, Board Member
Chairman, QSK Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
S.K. Mitra is currently on the Board of several reputed companies in diverse industries as an independent Director. He is actively associated with several international NGOs, Committees and Chambers in India. Mitra was instrumental in setting up the Merchant Banking Divisions of Bank of India in 1977 and then in 1978 for Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai. In 1985 joined American Express Bank as the Head of Corporate Banking and Investment Banking in India. In 1990, he set up the GIC Mutual Fund, sponsored by the Government owned General Insurance Corporation of India.
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Sunil Mehta, Board Member
Chairman & MD, SPM Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Sunil Mehta has over thirty-seven years of proven leadership experience in banking, financial services, insurance and investments with leading global and domestic financial institutions namely Citibank, AIG, SBI, PNB and YES Bank amongst others. In 2013, he left AIG where he was the Country Head & CEO for AIG India since 2000. Subsequently, he started SPM Capital Advisers Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of SPM Capital Advisers Pvt. Ltd., a leading boutique business advisory and consulting firm in India. As Country Head & CEO for AIG in India, Mr. Mehta was responsible for all AIG businesses in India covering Insurance, Financial Services, Real Estate and Investments amongst other businesses. He set up AIG’s insurance JVs with Tatas and was also responsible for expanding AIG’s presence across ten businesses in India which included Life & Non-Life Insurance, Private Equity, Asset Management, Real Estate, Home Finance, Consumer Finance, Software Development, Mortgage Guaranty and Aircraft Leasing. He was on the Board of all AIG Companies in India and on the Board of IDFC Ltd. for several years.
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