Board of Advisors

MAHARANI JUNI OF SARILA

Rani Juni is the Maharani Sahiba of the erstwhile princely state of Sarila which is located in Uttar Pradesh, India. Her late husband, Narendra Singh Sarila, was aides-de-camp to Lord Mountbatten and served as ambassador to several countries around the world. It is due to her efforts that Sarila is a beautiful oasis with avenues and boulevards abundant with tall trees. She now spends her time between Geneva and Sarila. She is extremely well read and travelled and holds connections with some of the top industrial houses of India. She is known for her elegant black tie fund raisers. However, the only charity that she will now associate herself with is the Nana Nani Foundation. She is responsible for introducing brands like Cartier and Barclays Banks in India. She lives between Delhi, Sarila and Montreux Switzerland.

DR. MUKESH KAPILA

Dr. Mukesh Kapila has worked extensively and advised in crisis and conflict management, humanitarian affairs, post-conflict recovery and development, and HIV and AIDS. Mr Kapila was a Special Representative for the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity. He is also the author of a book titled “Against A Tide of Evil” where he reveals for the first time the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution in Darfur’ and why so many good men stood by and did nothing.

Dr. Kapila’s background is in medicine, public health and, subsequently, international development and humanitarian affairs. He has qualifications from the Universities of Oxford and London. He has won several awards for his humanitarian and development work. In 2003, he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II and named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his international service. In 2007 he received the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership.

Dr. Kapila lives between Geneva Switzerland and London.

MS MANJU NICHANI

MA, M Phil, LLB, is the Principal of the reputed K.C. College of Mumbai. She is also the Honorary Director of K. C. College of Management Studies. She has held the position as the Secretary of the Executive committee of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board, which runs twenty-seven institutions in multiple education streams in and around Mumbai. She is a member of the Senate and also the Academic Council of the University of Mumbai.

Her specialisation being in the fields of Law and Sociology, she has been invited as a speaker in various national and international academic forums. She has visited several countries such as UK, US, South Africa, UAE, Australia, and others.  She was also invited as visiting faculty by the Union College, New York. Very recently she attended a workshop on “Multi-disciplinary approach to University Leaders Development” at Harvard University, US.

RATAN J. BATLIBOI

Mr Ratan J. Batliboi is one of the foremost architects in the country having worked on some of the most prominent projects in the country: Marine Drive Redevelopment, GIFT in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to name a few. Mr Batliboi is the Chairman and Founder Director of: Ratan J. Batliboi, Consultants Pvt. Ltd., ARC-CGL Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Eureka Moment Design Company Pvt. Ltd., RVSA Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and Infotrust Digidoc Pvt. Ltd. He holds several other positions as well, such as, Director for Peninsula Studios and Partner of EdEn – Educated Environments.  He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CRY – Child Rights and You.

KRISHNAMURTHY VIJAYAN

Mr Krishnamurthy Vijayan is a veteran of the mutual fund industry in India having served the industry in various capacities for more than 25 years.  He has served as MD & CEO of IDBI Asset Management Ltd., Executive Chairman of JP Morgan Asset management India Private Limited, CEO of JM Financial Mutual Fund.  He has extensive knowledge and experience in the Indian mutual fund industry and has been active member of a number of industry bodies, including the Governing Board of Association of Mutual Funds in India; FICCI Capital Markets Committee: BSE Index Committee: and SEBI Committee on Investor Education (Training Material).  He was a member of the Standing Committee on AMFI Registration and Chairman, AMFI Working Group on Market Information Bureau. He left the industry in 2011 (remains Trustee SBI MF) to begin his “internship” in the social sphere. He was an Advisor to Mr Naveen Jindal’s Political Office, and continues to be on the Board of 4 leading Charitable Trusts. He is an advisor and investor in Aarohana Dairy Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise based in Tanjaore, Tamil Nadu. He was also the Co-Chairman of Mi India Capital Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise focused on enhancing the effectiveness of Micro Finance. He is the Promoter & Managing Director of I4L Fund Management Private Limited, a social impact investment organization.  He has obtained Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Arts degrees from Ravishankar University as well as a certificate in software technology from NCST.

RAVISHANKER RAMAN

Mr. Ravishanker Raman is the Head Infrastructure (Cluster) – IL&FS Financial Services Limited (IFIN) and Director – IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited (IL&FS CDI). Mr. Raman joined IL&FS as Vice President and was deputed to commence the setting up a new business vertical for the group in the field of Cluster Development. Within a period of five years, the venture established a strong foothold in the industry. In recognition of his efforts he has been on the fast track in terms of professional growth and currently on the Board of Directors of the Company. Under his able guidance the IL&FS group has successfully collaborated with several ministries of Central Government, State Governments and industry associations in structuring, developing and implementing infrastructure projects on commercially viable Public Private Partnership formats. Mr. Raman holds a bachelor degree of technology from the Indian Institute of Technology.

PRAHLAD KAKAR

Mr. Prahlad Kakar, Advertising Film Director, for Prahlad Kakar Film Production, one of India’s oldest and foremost Ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. Mr Kakar founded his firm in 1977 and virtually invented a genre of television advertising in India in the years that followed.

Mr Kakar has earned himself a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAAFA in the year 1999 and has got Prahlad Kakar the top Production House for two years in a row for years 2003 and 2004 by the Brand Equity.

He is the co-founder member of Reef Watch Marine Conservation, involved in creating Marine Awareness, education, scientific research and documentation.

Today Mr Kakar is consulting with Companies to provide innovative solutions for promoting and brand building various products and services. Creative workshops, Motivational and Leadership interactive sessions for middle management and top management executives, university students etc to deal with current issues and future challenges specifically designed for every Company’s needs.

MR. DARSHAN DESAI

Mr. Desai is the Chairman of First Euromax Group. He has 35 years of experience in international business, finance, structuring, M&A and joint ventures in innumerable cross-border deal situations. He has been previously associated with highly credible firms like M/s Nanubhai & Co; Ernst & Young and also co-founded Euromax Capital in London with offices in Dubai and Mumbai.

Under Mr. Desai’s leadership, Euromax Capital was uniquely positioned based on the development of the following facets:
• Cross border India & Africa focus and expertise
• Ability to deliver large ticket sizes in a fast, uncomplicated way
• Speed, customization, innovation, value addition & results
• Foundation of credibility, infrastructure & intellectual capital
• Sector agnostic capabilities: Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Energy, Consumer, Telecom, Industrials, Healthcare, Transportation, Media & Entertainment, etc

With an earthy touch, consistently demonstrated leadership abilities & deal execution skills, he has helped numerous companies across the world to achieve their stretched goals.

Mr. Desai is best known among informed circles for his ability to grasp the big picture and solution orientation in uncharted terrain A widely travelled man, he is a frequent speaker and writer on international finance, economics and business forums.

His unique ability of understanding Philanthropy and CSR helps the NNF strategies its growth plans.

VIPIN BATAVIA

Mr. Vipin Batavia is an expert on Financial & Legal Trust structures and policies. Mr Batavia is currently working on a book on trust laws and Practices and is an expert on the subject matter.
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RAJESH KUMAR

Mr. Rajesh Kumar is the Head of Marketing, SAP Indian Sub-continent. Mr. Kumar is the alumnus of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. He was involved with Microsoft Corporation, HCL InfiNet and Perfetti VanMelle prior to joining SAP.