Board of Advisors
V. “Paddy” Padmanabhan
V. “Paddy” Padmanabhan is the Unilever Professor of Marketing, INSEAD-Singapore and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD, he was the John K. and Ellen A. Wallace Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Olin School of Business, Washington University (1998-2002) and Associate Professor of Marketing and Fletcher Jones Faculty Fellow at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (1990-1998). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and INSEAD-France.
His current research focuses on Business Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Economies, Economic Crises and their implications, Pricing and Supply Chain Management. He is among the top 250 most highly cited scholars in the world in Economics and Business. His research has generated numerous honors including recognition as among the Top 10 Most Influential Papers published in the 50 years of publication of Management Science (1954-2004). He has consulting, executive teaching and expert witness experience with companies ranging from multinationals (e.g., Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Syngenta, Coca Cola, Lufthansa, Monsanto, Target, Japan Tobacco, Westpac, OCBC, Old Mutual, Voith, etc.) to start-ups across Asia, N. America, S. America and Europe.
Mr. Arun Bhatia is a highly reputed, recognized and successful businessman. He has a deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets across the world and has successfully built and established a large diversified business portfolio across India and the UK.
His first professional assignment was as a trainee with SIEMENS at Berlin, Germany while he was pursuing his Engineering from UK. After finishing his education, he started an Iron & Steel manufacturing plant and in the last few decades, he has diversified his business empire into multiple verticals.
Today, he owns ‘Hindustan Aero Systems’ a precision part manufacturing unit for the Aircraft and Defense, Telestra Tradeplace an Investment company which provides Capital and Operational expertise to companies and it has invested in various companies including ‘Air Asia’. He is also an active Real Estate player and has constructed and / or owned multiple strategic real estate properties in India and UK. Apart from this, he also owns a Cement Manufacturing plant in the UK.
Mr. Bhatia lives in New Delhi with his wife Renu Bhatia and has two sons Aneesh Bhatia and Amit Bhatia and a daughter Ayesha. Aneesh works with Mr. Bhatia and Amit runs a Private Equity fund ‘Swordfish Investments’ in the UK.
He is an avid traveller, enjoys reading, playing snooker and is also keen Investor in multiple arenas.
Mr Rajiv Vij has been involved with automobile and travel industry through his professional and entrepreneurial career. He can be credited with contributing to the growth and expanded reach of global car rental concepts across India and helping build and consolidate the industry to attract global players and marquee investors in this space. His experience of partnering with global players in automobile and ground transportation industry and setting up and achieving market leadership in mobility solutions business in a short period of time against tough competition from established Indian and international players speaks volumes about his strengths and abilities as a successful entrepreneur. His focus on social issues and contributions to improving the living conditions of “Drivers” and helping them become “Entrepreneurs” has resulted in his earning a lot of accolades from the Government, Industry bodies and other stakeholders.
A travel enthusiast, he enjoys his trips to various parts of the world with his family. He is married to Mrs. Jaishree Vij and they have one daughter Ms. Sakshi Vij who has promoted and is building up the Myles Self-drive car sharing business across India. They live in New Delhi.
Dr. Jahar Saha
Dr. Jahar Saha a former Professor, Dean and Director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is on the Board of many Government & Corporate entities and has been nominated by the President of India as a part of the Faculty Selection Committee of Central Universities of Bihar, Sikkim, Hyderabad, and Delhi University. He has published papers in professional journals and co-authored few books. Academic interests include structuring of complex managerial problems and their solution using tools of Statistics and OR.
Presently he is acting as Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Administration, University of New Brunswick Canada. Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay. He is a member of Governing Body of Institute of Business Management set up by the National Council of Bengal, Advisory Board of American Institute of Indian subjects. Member Corporate Boards Tega India, GTFS and Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood: An Initiative of TATA Trust.
He was formerly a Member, Board of LIC and Bank America (local board), Member, Governing Body of IIMA, IIM Indore and IRMA, Anand. He was also a former, Member on several committees appointed by Ministry of Defense, Ministry of HRD and Reserve Bank of India. Member of Indian delegation to India-UK Round Table Meetings
Mr. Saha is Ph.D.from Case Western Reserve University, USA and Ph D and M S Degrees are in Operations Research. Received B Stat and M Stat Degrees in Statistics and Post Graduate Diploma in SQC and OR from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
Daljit S. Sethi
Mr. Daljit S. Sethi is an ardent fan and lover of Art, always eager to promote artists. Invested significant amount of time and energy in the study of art, in all its manifestations over past 3 decades.
He is a fine example of the spirit of Entrepreneurship at one end and social dynamism at the other. He has taken upon himself to promote artists of caliber - both senior and emerging and provide the right platform to highlight their work. Took a very active and keen interest in setting up facilities, aiding heart patients and in the eradication of leprosy.
Mr. Sethi is awarded with various awards like "Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award" for outstanding services, "Lok Seva Award" for service to Heart Patients, "Outstanding Service Award", "Significant Achievement Award" and "Exceptional Project Award"- Rotary International.
Currently Mr. Sethi is holding various positions like, Chairman of Aura Art, Director at Aura Art eConnect and Aura Art Development Pvt Ltd., Member of ICCR - Advisory Committee, Mumbai (MEA, Govt of India), Founder & Chairman of Noble Heart Foundation, Founder Member of School for Deaf, Dumb and Blind, Kota and Founder and Ex VP of Badhit Bal Vikas Kendra