Mr. Ganesh Kohli
Founder, IC3 Movement, India • Chair
Founder, IC3 Movement
Chair, 2020 Annual IC3 Conference
Chair, Board of Trustees, IC3 Institute
Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist
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.
Dr. Barry Craig
President, Huron University, Canada • Vice Chair
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.
Dr. John Wilkerson
Director of International Admissions, Indiana University, U.S. • Secretary
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.
Mr. Milan Gandhi
Management Consultant, U.S. • Treasurer
Milan Gandhi is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of management experience in Asia, Europe and North America. He has held senior positions with public and private corporations as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer and led business transformation processes. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Milan has helped companies grow with profitable operations and established industry best practices. Milan has also earned CISA and played key role in implementation of world class ERP systems, Oracle and SAP. He has worked with few of India's reputed multinationals including Arvind Mills and Welspun. Milan has been active in the NFP world and other social causes. He is a regular donor and currently serves on the board of Alzheimer Association's New York chapter. Milan lives in Forest Hills, NY with his wife and two sons. He is an avid sports fan particularly basketball, tennis, and cricket. Milan enjoys travel, meditation and philosophical debates. A strong believer of “Karma”, Milan loves to spend time with family, friends and entrepreneurs.
Dr. George Blumenthal
Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley and Former Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz, U.S. • Trustee
George Blumenthal is Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education. Previously, Blumenthal was Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, where he increased enrollment of first generation and minority students and improved UCSC’s research profile, culminating in membership in the prestigious American Association of Universities. As an astrophysicist, Blumenthal contributed to our understanding dark matter and the origin of structure in the universe. He co-authored two textbooks, “21st Century Astronomy” and “Understanding Our Universe.” Blumenthal has chaired his department and the UC Academic Senate and was the faculty representative to the UC Regents. Blumenthal serves on several governing boards, including the California Association for Research in Astronomy, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the American University of Armenia.
Ms. Daniela Kaisth
Founder and President, Gratias Partners, U.S. • Trustee
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. Swaraj Nandan
Director and Co-founder, KIC UnivAssist, U.S. • Trustee
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. Sunder Ramaswamy
Vice Chancellor, Krea University
Sunder Ramaswamy is a professional economist, an educator, and an academic administrator with extensive experience both in India and the United States. He is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Krea University, an exciting new university initiative. He is on leave from Middlebury College, one of the top-ranked liberal arts institutions in the US, where he is a Distinguished College Professor of International Economics. From 2009 – 2015, he was the President of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California (MIIS); He has been a faculty & administrator at Middlebury since 1990 and has had sabbaticals at the World Bank, Vanderbilt University, IFMR, & the Madras School of Economics (including 2 stints as Director). He has co-authored and co-edited 4 books, written scores of articles, and delivered over 175 lectures all over the world on Globalization, Economic Development, Indian Economic Reforms, and Economic Literacy; His research has been supported by Ford Foundation, SW Davis Foundation, and USAID. He has also been a consultant to UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNU, and the World Bank. His passion for teaching, his academic work, and his administrative accomplishments have been recognized with numerous honors and awards both in India and in the United States.
Mr. Manit Jain
Co-Founder, The Heritage School
As the co-founder of the Heritage Group of Schools, Manit has championed the cause of experiential learning, launching it successfully in the mainstream environment. He is driven by the cause of real and humane education and continues to advocate and address the need for re-imagining schools. He co- chairs FICCI’s school education arm in India. Manit continues to found new ventures like ‘I am a Teacher’, a Post-graduate diploma in learning and teaching that is changing the paradigm of Teaching in India and it now runs its second center at the American School of Bombay. He holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
Mr. Nilesh Vikamsey
Partner, Khimji Kunverji & Co (KKC) LLP
CA Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey is a Senior Partner of Khimji Kunverji & Co LLP Chartered Accountants since 1985. A firm registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & in practice since 1936, having over 80 years of experience in the areas of Auditing, Taxation, Corporate & Personal Advisory Services, Business & Management Consulting Services, Due diligence, Valuations, Inspections, Investigations, etc. He has also been the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) – 2017-18 & an elected member of the Central Council, the Apex decision making body of the ICAI, the second largest accounting body in the world for three consecutive terms of 2010–2013, 2013-2016 and 2016-2019
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”.
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.
Ms. Shalini Kapoor
IBM Fellow, Chief Technology Officer – IBM AI Applications
Innovator and Technology Strategist with 23 years of work experience. Expertise in developing product strategy to drive business imperatives, leading software product development, and building high performing global teams. A powerful blend of technology vision and business acumen with proven architectural skills in complex solution development across industries. Widely known for incubating and innovating next-gen solutions based on clients’ requirements. Created significant business impact with technological innovations. She is also the creator of IBM Watson Internet of Things and AI Lab in Bangalore- Conceived and launched global products while winning multimillion-dollar deals in the Indian market. Created IoT/AI Strategy and first of its kind innovative projects for large corporate houses in India. Worked closely with CXOs of these companies. Established a Global System Integrator Technology mission in IBM India for TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, HCL leading to multimillion-dollar revenue. Technical Role model - First woman IBM Fellow in India, First woman IBM Distinguished Engineer in India, Emerging Women Achiever's award from CII in 2011, Zinnov Technical Role Model award for 2012, Woman in Technology award from eMERG, India, 2015, nominee for Technical Leader of the Year 2020, Economic Times Prime. Holder of 12 patents and 4 IEEE papers. Prolific speaker at industry, academia, and technology conferences. Advisor to Nasscom IoT CoE and CII IoT Workgroup. Program Advisory Group, IIIT Sri City. Founder- Ankurit Foundation, NGO to promote STEM education in children
Ms. Anna Esaki-Smith
Co-Founder, Education Rethink
Anna Esaki-Smith is Co-Founder of Education Rethink, a global research consultancy that provides advice on international strategies to higher education institutions, private companies, and governmental organizations. Anna specializes in helping universities develop and maximize their global outreach activities including international student recruitment, partnership development, content creation, and global branding. She is also a contributor to Forbes.com, covering education policy and workforce trends. Anna previously worked at UC Berkeley, the British Council and EF Education First, and has been based in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, and currently in New York. She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MSc from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Rajika Bhandari, PhD
President & CEO, IC3 Institute
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the IC3 Institute, leading the Institute’s work in the U.S., India, and globally. Prior to joining IC3, Dr. Bhandari served for over a decade in senior roles with the Institute of International Education (IIE), where she shaped and led IIE’s global and groundbreaking research and impact studies focused on academic mobility, including the flagship Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, Project Atlas, and the ongoing ten-year alumni impact study of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. She also led IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact and helped shape IIE’s thought leadership strategy in the U.S. and globally. Her other roles include ones at MPR Associates (now part of the Research Triangle Institute); at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and serving as an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
A global expert in international higher education, Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and writer, has authored six books and numerous book chapters and reports, and has written for the Guardian, Times Higher Ed, the Huff Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and University World News, with her work covered by NPR, PRI International, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Quartz, Time, Times of India, and the Hindustan Times. In recognition of her contributions to international education, Dr. Bhandari has served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and was one of 100 recipients worldwide to be awarded an IIE Centennial Medal in 2019, marking the Institute's 100th anniversary. A product of global student mobility herself, she holds a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Delhi in India and a Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University.
Director, IC3 Institute
Neha has over 13 years of qualitative experience in the education sector. Having started her career in counselling and student services, she has gradually been trained for leadership roles with a key focus on driving overall business strategy and working with cross-functional teams. She has very closely witnessed the evolving trends in education and career choices, and has significant experience in offering blended learning solutions to learners across the world. She completed her post-graduate diploma in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and believes in lifelong professional development in order to stay ahead of the game.
Program Manager, IC3 Institute
Manasi Rajan is an educational consultant with almost a decade of experience working with several stakeholders in the school ecosystem. Her work at Muktangan, Kotak Education Foundation, India School Leadership Institute and Dasra has focused on developing school curricula, building capacity among schoolteachers and principals, and helping non-profit leaders to scale the impact of programs in the education sector. Manasi believes in creating impact through robust, sustainable programs that empower individuals to drive change in their communities. Manasi holds an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Sussex.