About the IC3 Institute
Board of Trustees
Dr. Barry Craig
President, Huron University, Canada
Dr. Barry Craig holds a BA from the University of Kings College, an MA from Dalhousie University and a PhD from the University of Wales. He has extensive experience in curriculum, program and policy development, and has published several books. He was co-chair of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011 and has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research. Dr. Craig has served on numerous government commissions and task forces and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Craig’s new vision for Huron, Leadership with Heart, sets an exciting course for future growth and distinguishes Huron University from other Canadian universities.
Ms. Daniela Kaisth
Founder and President, Gratias Partners
Daniela Kaisth is Founder and President of Gratias Partners, a philanthropy advisory firm that enables donors to give more effectively and non-profits to launch new initiatives through collaboration and high-impact philanthropy. She has over 25 years of experience launching programs globally, raising over $100 million in philanthropic funds and $1 billion in program funds. She currently manages a family foundation in New York, a funders collaborative in the British Virgin Islands, and a public-private partnership to rescue threatened scholars in Germany. She also consults for higher education institutions, foundations, and non-profits in Benin, Bhutan, India, the Netherlands, and the United States. From 2005 to 2015, Daniela was a Vice President at the Institute of International Education (IIE), leading development, communications, and programs to assist threatened scholars and artists and refugee students. She has an M.A. from Carleton University, a Diploma from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She serves on the boards or advisory councils of Princeton in Africa, The Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Ben’s Lighthouse, and EngageAsia.
Mr. Ganesh Kohli
Founder, IC3 Movement; and Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist, India
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher and counselor who has founded, nurtured and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 20 years. An engineer by education, Ganesh started his career teaching Mathematics besides helping families find the best-fit education globally. His journey has led him to visit over 450 colleges and universities, present workshops at 300+ high schools, help 4,000+ students with their higher education decisions and present at numerous global conferences. In 2015, Ganesh stepped back from active involvement in his entrepreneurial ventures to drive initiatives that will have social impact. He supports The Aha Movement and Soul Science Foundation to bring meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. He has also simultaneously envisioned the IC3 movement to impact 175,000 high schools over the next 15 years. Serving as the Chair of IC3, Ganesh has helped build a platform that is providing much-needed focus on career and college counselling within high schools. The IC3 movement now attracts leaders from 500+ educational institutions to its annual conference, has 30 regional events across Asia and supports free education for school teachers to become trained career and college counselors.
Mr. Swaraj Nandan
Director and Co-founder, KIC UnivAssist, U.S.
As KIC UnivAssist Director and co-founder, Swaraj Nandan leads UnivAssist’s U.S. office and its engagement with 170+ U.S. universities. Over the years, Swaraj's work experience with multinationals has spanned multiple industries and countries and this international experience has helped UnivAssist grow its global footprint to 35+ countries. A familiar face on the conference circuit, Swaraj has presented at NAFSA national conferences, all 11 NAFSA regional conferences, AIEA, International ACAC, NYGAP, SACAC and IC3 conferences. Swaraj also served on the Board of Directors of Lend-A-Hand India, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocational education and training in rural India. Swaraj holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and an M.S. in Business from University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. John Wilkerson
Director of International Admissions, Indiana University, U.S.
John Wilkerson is Director International Admissions at Indiana University. He has previously held the same position at the University of Missouri, and served as Director of Admissions for Columbia College in Missouri. Wilkerson holds degrees in counseling psychology and education and is pursuing doctoral studies in global education policy. He serves in various leadership roles with NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, the International Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the Council of International Schools.
Dr. Shalini Advani
School Director, Pathways School, Noida
Shalini Advani is founding Director of Pathways School Noida, one of India’s most highly ranked IB schools. Previously she has been Principal of the British School, New Delhi and Director Education of Learn Today. She has advised on the setup of new schools and conducted multiple teacher trainings. She has been a presenter at the Salzburg Global Seminar, the IB Asia Pacific Conference 2015, the IC3 Conference on Career Counselling and the EdTech Review 2016. Her publications include “Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow,” “Educating the National Imagination” and the essay “Childhood Sexuality: History, Memory, Mythology”.
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D.
International higher education expert and author
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is a global expert in international higher education with extensive experience in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors. For over a decade Dr. Bhandari shaped and guided the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) research, evaluation and thought leadership activities, including the flagship Open Doors and Project Atlas projects on global student mobility. Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and widely published author, including of six books, and has written for the Guardian, Times Higher Ed, the Huff Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and University World News, with her work cited by global media. She has also previously worked at MPR Associates (now part of RTI International), the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Columbia University.
Mr. Vineet Gupta
Founder, Ashoka University - Chair, IC3 Institute Task Force
Vineet Gupta graduated from IIT Delhi in 1991 in Mechanical Engineering and is a first-generation entrepreneur. Vineet is a Founder and Trustee of Ashoka University. Vineet has been involved with the Ashoka effort since 2007 when a few friends came together with the idea of setting up a high-quality university in India. Vineet was the Founding Pro Vice Chancellor of the University from 2014 to August, 2017. Vineet continues to play an active role to help build different aspects of the institution. Ashoka University is a philanthropic initiative founded by eminent business leaders and scholars and offers a liberal education at par with the best in the world. Ashoka has been hailed as one of the most exciting initiatives in higher education in India today.
Mr. Karthik Krishnan
Global Chief Executive Officer, Britannica Group, U.S.
Karthik grew up in a home (both his parents were educators) that was a center of knowledge and transformation. From his parents he developed early on a love for learning, and happiness in enabling and seeing people succeed. He firmly believes in the transformative power of education and the need to transform education globally to meet the needs of the new world. He is currently the Global CEO of Britannica Group of companies (Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Britannica Knowledge Systems, and Melingo) and an adjunct Professor at New York University — Stern Business School. He serves on the board of Urban Upbound, an organization focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing in New York City through job training, financial fitness, and college access programs. He has been involved in a number of transformative initiatives including Doubling India’s agricultural production, Transforming Harlem (New York City) into a vibrant business community and tourist destination, and Establishing New York University (Stern Business School) as the pioneer and top destination for Entertainment, Media and Technology specialization.