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Our Team Model is geared towards deriving the best of the student talent pool & providing hands-on learning experiences.
We actively pursue outstanding faculty from across the world.
Leading industry, academia & professional practitioners bring their expertise to our innovative academic programs.
Alumni from relevant industries guide students with pursuing their interests. To ensure that diversity remains at the core, we hire qualified teachers from different domains.

School of Design & Innovation

ANANDO DUTTA

Dean School of Design & Innovation

Qualification - Graduate in Communication Design from National Institute of Design, (NID) Ahmedabad
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation
Total Experience - 37 Years


Anando Dutta, is a graduate in Communication Design from the prestigious National Institute of Design, (NID) Ahmedabad. His career as a practicing professional spans over 32 years. He has worked on prestigious projects for the government, in conjunction with diverse ministries. He has also been associated with the design industry and with multinational companies. His association with advertising agencies, publishing and media houses, industry associations, NGOs and design studios has provided him extensive opportunities to express his ideas and talent. He is a visiting faculty for design courses with various leading educational institutions. He shares his knowledge and experience with his students to mould them as successful future entrepreneurs in the design industry.

Ashutosh R. Deshmukh

Qualification- 1) BSc. From Mumbai University
2) Diploma in Civil Engineering from Govt. Polytechnic Khamgaon
Discipline / Expertise - Film & Visual Effects, Gaming
Total Experience - 13 Years


During the last seven years Ashutosh Deshmukh, an expert in 3D effects with Rhythm & Hues Studios, has worked in various departments such as Camera Tracking, Technical Animation, Character effects, Rigging and Dynamics. He has been part of the team that has handled spectacular 3D Visual Effects for Oscar nominated Hollywood blockbusters such as The Incredible HULK, Golden Compass and The Life of Pi among others. After a long and rewarding career in Visual Effects, Ashutosh chose to pursue the Real-Time world of Game Development and Simulation. He infuses his technical expertise from Hollywood VFX into the Real - Time world of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Akash Das

Qualification- Bachelor in Design (Fashion & Apparel - Leather) from NIFT, Delhi
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Fashion Design
Total Experience - 9 Years


Akash Das is a design thinker, lifestyle, consumer & trend researcher and fashion educator with seven years of experience in the fashion apparel, retail, academics & design industry. An alumnus of NIFT, Delhi (he) has worked in the apparel design & development industry for brands like Esprit, Abercrombie & Fitch, Armani Exchange, Roberto Cavalli, Nordstrom, Monsoon UK, Diesel, Marks & Spencer, J.Crew and H&M, consulted & collaborated for retail & visual merchandising ideations, and provided design solutions for fashion products involving Slow Fashion methods instrumental in reducing human-induced climate change. He has worked closely with the fashion education industry where his focus is to generate a unique blend of global & regional perspectives in fashion creation.

Dr. Amit Kundal

Associate Dean - Research & Development

Qualification- 1) PhD in Design from IIT Kanpur
2) Masters in Design from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
3) Bachelor’s Degree in Lifestyle Accessory Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India (NIFT)
4) Product Development Project (PDP) course from Alto Design Factory in Helsinki, Finland and
5) ME310 programme at D School Stanford University, USA
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation
Total Experience - 13 Years


Amit Kundal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Lifestyle Accessory Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. He later joined the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his Masters in Design. As a student at IIT Kanpur, he attended the Product Development Project (PDP) course at Alto Design Factory in Helsinki, Finland and ME310 programme at D School Stanford University, USA which helped him shape his thought process for design and his inclination towards social innovation. After a Master’s degree in Design, he is currently pursuing his PhD in Design from IIT Kanpur. His core domain is research into how ‘design thinking’ can help solve socio technical issues prevalent in a developing country. He is a design mentor and educator for design courses and has orchestrated various design and innovation workshops and lectures.

Amrita Ravimohan

Qualification- 1) MA: Interior Design from University of Westminster, London
2) B.Arch. From Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, University of Mumbai
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 15 Years


Amrita Ravimohan is an architect from the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture who has 12+ years of experience in Interior Design. She simultaneously wears many hats, pursuing her interests in teaching, design, writing and research. After completing her Masters’ in Interior Design from University of Westminster, London she returned to Mumbai & practiced as a freelance designer, while also working as a Senior Writer at the Indian Architect & Builder magazine.

Anwar Khan

Qualification- 1) Bachelor of Science from Mumbai University,
2) Executive Course in Fashion Business from NIFT Bangalore, Adv. Diploma in Fashion Technology from L.S. Raheja
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Fashion Design
Total Experience - 6 Years

An I.T. graduate moved to Fashion to pursue his passion and completed an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Designing from L. S. Raheja School of Art. While interning with Aditya Designs, his haute couture embroideries, surface texturing and fabric manipulation techniques was featured online for brands such as Chanel and Roberto Cavalli. He was selected as one of the top 11 designers from India for the ‘Designer in Residence’ programme by myntra.com. Here he built his women’s’ wear brand SUO which is currently retailing on myntra.com. Additionally, during the ‘Designer in Residence’ programme he completed a 1-year Executive Course in Global Fashion Business Management from NIFT, Bangalore.

BHARGAVI DESHPANDE

Director of Student Experience

Qualification- 1) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising - 2007 Parsons the New School of Design, New York City
2) Post Graduate Dip in International Trade - Institute of Management Development & research, Pune
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation
Total Experience - 16 Years


Ms. Bhargavi Deshpande graduated in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and pursued her Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from IMDR Pune. After a stint as a garment merchandiser, she qualified as Associate in Applied Science (AAS) at Parsons New York in Fashion Marketing. She has also had the privilege of interning with Versace and thereafter worked as a Brand Manager for Welspun in USA. In 2012, she launched her own brand ‘Bundle of Joy’ that focused on gifting for various occasions. Currently she leads the Student Experience at the School of Design and Innovation, with key responsibilities including inculcating an appropriate student culture, communication with parents, interaction with students and career counsellors for academic, subject specializations, transfers and higher education respectively.

Deepak Singh

Qualification- BTech in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Product Design
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Product Design
Total Experience - 9 Years

Deepak Singh holds a Bachelor’s degree (B. Tech) from CSJM University, Kanpur & a Masters Degree in Product Design from NID, Ahmedabad. He is a Design mentor at National Design Business Incubator. He has been Assistant Professor at A.P.J Kalam Technical University where he Built a new Bachelor's Degree and a new Programme ordinance and evaluation scheme to fit a Design Degree into the framework of a traditional engineering university. He also Established new Studios, Labs and workshops of UG and PG students in a new institute.

Divya Vijaychandran

Qualification- B Arch from Academy of Architecture (Mumbai), Diploma in Interior Design
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 12 Years


Divya Vijaychandran, an Architect and Interior Designer who leads the Interior Design Program as the Associate Programme Director is an alumnus of Academy of Architecture. She has also been professionally associated with architecture and interior design organizations and is a member of the COA. She has over 12 years of valuable experience of working independently on various design projects of different scales in India along with teaching at various design schools. She pursues her interest in design along with her passion for teaching. As a design educator, she aspires to lead, motivate and inspire while ensuring that a quality learning experience for students is central to everything she teaches. She hopes to evolve and learn in this process of facilitating design education and is keen on pursuing research on Design Education

Gaurav Shergill

Qualification- Bachelors in Design from Pune University, winner of German Plus X award for designing a product
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Product Design
Total Experience - 13 Years


Gaurav is a Senior Product Designer with 13+ years of experience working with, Leading Design Studios of the Country, his career has spanned various roles in consulting & teaching. Gaurav has completed B.Des in Industrial & product design for University of Pune. Gaurav brings with him a significant expertise in designing a wide range of products from Home appliances to FMCG, Medical as well as Lifestyle products & Smart devices. He has worked with designers and design teams both at National & International level & has collaborated with design teams from UK & US. Recently one of the products he designed received the prestigious GERMAN PLUS X AWARD, Gaurav has a strong inclination in Product Innovation & Styling. Previous teaching professional experience includes teaching at Pearl Academy, Mumbai, DYPDC School of design, India. His personal passions include Pottery, Ceramics, Motorcycles & Travelling.

Gourav Keswani

Qualification- 1) Masters in Interior and Living Design from Domus Academy, Italy
2) Bachelor of Design (Industrial and Product) from Symbiosis Institute of Design
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 6 Years

Gourav Keswani completed his Masters in Interior and Living Design from Domus Academy, Milan and his Bachelor of Design in Product Design - Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. He is always interested in pushing the boundaries of cross disciplinary learning using his experience in Space Design, Product Design and Design Research. He has previously worked with multiple aspects in the area of Future of Work at Siemens Italia, Milan.

Jai Shailen Ranjit

Qualification- BA (Political Science – Philosophy) from Jai Hind College/Mumbai University
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Drawing & Imaging
Total Experience - 10 Years

Jai Ranjit hold a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. in Philosophy & Political Science) from Jaihind College, Mumbai. He is a self-taught artist and teacher of art & design with over a decade as a full-time artist and 10 years of teaching experience

Kanika Sharma

Qualification- 1) Master of Fine Arts from University of Creative Arts, UK
2) Bachelor of Accessory Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology
3) PG Diploma in Photography Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Communication Design
Total Experience - 9 Years


Kanika is professionally trained as an Accessory Designer with B. Des. from NIFT Hyderabad (2008) and dual degree with MFA in Photography from University of Creative Arts, UK and PG Diploma in Photography Design from National Institute of Design. With an experience of working in various creative fields like jewellery design, social design projects, photography workshops, working as freelance photo - artist and teaching design to school children, Kanika enjoys being with young people the most. Her interest in critical thinking and theory of knowledge helps her in understanding students better and making them realize their potential. Writing and research are something she enjoys doing. An optimist at heart, she believes that as a teacher one can truly make a difference to the world by shaping empathetic future citizens.

Meenal Sutaria

Qualification- 1) M. Arch from College of Architecture Planning Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
2) Bachelors in Architecture – Dr.D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Mumbai University
3) LEED AP (ID+C), IGBC AP, IGBC Assessor, EDGE Auditor
Discipline / Expertise - Design and Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 18 Years


Meenal Sutaria has completed her Bachelors in Architecture from Dr.D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Mumbai University and M. Arch from College of Architecture Planning Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona. She has been the Founder of Green Angle, an award-winning firm that has been providing sustainable design solutions for Master planning, Landscape and Interior Projects. Over her two decades of experience nationally and internationally, Meenal has come to believe that Practice, Research and Education should co-exist, and it is with this passion, she has been engaging with academics as well as intergovernmental design research programmes. She believes that the Design of Interior Environments is One interrelated, interconnected, sustainable Experience that could affect “WHAT we think, HOW we think, as well as HOW WELL we think”.

Mohan Neelakanthan

Qualification- Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Designing from NIFT, Delhi
Discipline / Expertise - Design and Innovation, Art, History & DesignDesign & Innovation, Fashion Communication
Total Experience - 24 Years


Mohan Neelkanthan is a graduate from national institute of fashion technology. He has worked as designer with export houses, domestic labels and brand & fashion director elle India magazine. He has styled many ad campaigns from hsbc, kingfisher calendar, Tanishq, lifestyle, Bangalore central, Wills lifestyle, Puma fashion show, couture shows etc. He was area head for styling and beauty at Pearl academy.

P. Ramakrishnan

Qualification- 1) MA in History from Mumbai University
2) Master of Fine Art from Annamalai University, specializing in Communication Design
3) Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Graphics
4) Diploma in Applied Art and a Diploma in Instructional Designing (ID)
5) An Adobe Certified Instructor
Discipline / Expertise - Media and Communication, Communication Design
Total Experience - 22 Years

Ramakrishnan holds an MA in History from Mumbai University and a Master of Fine Art from Annamalai University, specializing in Communication Design. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Graphics, a Diploma in Applied Art and a Diploma in Instructional Designing (ID). He has more than 17 years’ experience in providing exemplary insight and expertise in the design, development, and implementation of Instructor Led Training (ILT) in the corporate and academic sector. He has worked in various capacities as a design faculty. As an Adobe Certified Trainer, he has conducted various design and Adobe software workshops in the corporate sector. He is also a trained classical singer, violinist and an artist, specializing in traditional paintings of India.

Poonam Mishra

Program Director - Fashion Communication & Fashion Business Management

Qualification- 1) Master’s Degree in Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management-Pune,
2) Diploma in Retail Management from Welingkar’s College- Mumbai
3) Certificate Course in Fashion Designing from NIFT
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Fashion Communication
Total Experience - 22 Years


Poonam Mishra, an alumnus of NIFT, Mumbai holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management-Pune, and a Diploma in Retail Management from Welingkar’s College- Mumbai. She has over 10 years of experience in Fashion Design, Product Development, Fashion Retail Branding and Marketing, having worked with prestigious names such as Giny; Jony, Unisource Worldwide Pvt. Ltd, Esjay - ‘Chemistry’, ‘Zara’ and ‘Debenhams’. She has over 6 years of teaching experience in Fashion Design and Fashion Management while heading the programme at Wigan & Leigh School of Fashion, and at Mod ’Art International, Mumbai. She also retails under her private label ‘Koterie’.

Prarthana Vinayak Patil

Qualification- 1) Master’s Degree in Ancient Indian Culture & Archaeology from Mumbai University
2) Bachelor’s Degree in Science
3) Diploma in Apparel Manufacture and Design from PVP SNDT
4) Post Graduate Diploma in Modern & Contemporary Indian Arts and Curatorial Strategies from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Discipline / Expertise - Design and Innovation, Art, History & Design
Total Experience - 20 Years


Co-ordinates the Art Design History & Theory (ADHT) program along with teaching the core First Year courses and program electives for Fashion, Product and Communication Design. She is an avid researcher, has written for India’s Premier Art Magazine, Art India, and was contributing archivist at Artist Vivan Sundaram and cultural theorist Ashish Rajadhyaksha’s collaborative artwork displayed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai. With a teaching career spanning over 20 years, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, a diploma in Apparel Manufacture and Design from PVP SNDT, a Master’s Degree in Ancient Indian Culture & Archaeology from Mumbai University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Modern & Contemporary Indian Arts and Curatorial Strategies from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum.

Shamit Shrivastav

Qualification- 1) Post Graduation (Product Design), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2) Graduation (Mechanical Eng.) BE from Pune University)
Discipline / Expertise - Management and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Design Management
Total Experience - 14 Years


Shamit Shrivastav has completed his graduation (Mechanical Eng.) BE from Pune University and Post-Graduation (Product Design) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A designer, innovator and strategist - Shamit comes with over 13 years of rich experience in automobile and consumer goods industry. Prior, Shamit has led the Product Planning and Strategy function in Cummins Technologies and Product Innovation in Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. In Mahindra he was a founder member of Innovation Cell for Auto and Farm Sectors where he primarily worked on projects of strategic importance. He has won several awards including the KC Mahindra Award for Excellence in Automotive Design in 2006 and an honorable mention in the Tea Kettle International Design Competition organized by World Kitchen and endorsed by IDSA (Industrial Designer’s Society of America) in 2009.

Shreyas More

Qualification- 1) Masters in Advanced Architecture from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain
2) BArch from J J college of architecture & Goa college of architecture
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 7 Years


Shreyas More has attained Master in Advanced Architecture MAA01 from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain in 2015. Traditionally trained as an architect, he has lead projects through various phases of design development with awareness to user experience. He is interested in propagating investigative practice of designing with material manipulation, computational design and digital fabrication to create performative environments. Having developed the library of smart materials in collaboration with Material Connexion, New York, he is interested in application of material science in active performance of design.

Solange Suri

Qualification- 1) MA (Sociology) from SNDT Women's University,
2) B. Com from Mumbai University,
3) Diploma in Apparel Manufacture & Design from SNDT Women's University
Discipline / Expertise - Design and Innovation, Fashion Designer
Total Experience - 25 Years


With two decades of teaching experience in a host of reputed fashion design institutes in Mumbai and having taught core and pivotal subjects such as Illustration, Design Concepts and Portfolio Development, Ms. Solange Suri is the Program Director at Indian School of Design and Innovation. Solange holds a Diploma in from SNDT University one of the pioneering institutions in India and was previously invited to serve on the sub-committee, Board of Studies at the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune. She is also the Director for design at Kiara Décor where she is involved in curating collections for the company’s Wall and Glass expressions range and developing the thematic collections and providing design direction for special projects.

Supriya Thakkar

Qualification- 1) Masters (M. Des) in Interior Design from Florence Design Academy, Italy
2) Bachelors Degree (B. Arch) from the prestigious Sir J.J. College of Architecture
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Interior Design
Total Experience - 5 Years


Supriya Thakkar holds a Bachelors Degree (B. Arch) from the prestigious Sir J.J. College of Architecture. She acquired her Masters (M. Des) in Interior Design from Florence Design Academy, Italy. She has been associated with various Architecture and Interior Design firms in the past and has also worked on independent residential interior design projects. She pursues her passion in design simultaneously with her interest in teaching. Besides teaching her interests lie in music, travel, art and culture.

Utkarsha Malkar

Qualification- Diploma in Commercial Arts Nirmala Niketan polytechnic, Mumbai
Discipline / Expertise - Media and Communication, Communication Design
Total Experience - 25 Years


Utkarsha Malkar’s work experience ranges over 20 years, starting with J. Walter Thomson as an Art Director, moving on to Publishing with the launch of “OVERDRIVE” and then Manager - Graphic at Star News Corp. She applied creative thinking in her many roles to various industry sectors, enhancing her abilities as a Communication specialist. Her Interdisciplinary approach helps her to create branded seamless experience across a range of digital and physical touchpoints. She undertakes courses which are multidisciplinary and converge human values, technology and business management. In this context she addresses the new and emerging socio-cultural and economic aspects. She has completed her Diploma in Commercial Arts, Nirmala Niketan polytechnic, Mumbai.

Vaibhav Mohite

Qualification- 1) Master in Designing from NID
2) Graduation (Bachelor of Arch)
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Imaging, sustainable system, Portfolio development
Total Experience - 23 Years


Vaibhav Mohite hold a B. Arch from SPSMBH’s college, Kolhapur and an M. Des from NID, Ahmedabad. Vaibhav has 15+ year of Industrial & teaching experience. He has Designed & supervised construction of India Kawasaki Motors’ Flagship Store at Wakdewadi, Pune. He has also identities and branded Environments for 2 new Ayurveda brands in Satara & Kolhapur. He is a regular Member of jury at MITID Pune for Retail and Exhibition Design Curriculum. He has won an entry for India Design Mark, granted by Indian Design Council and a Winning Entry - Packaging design for energy drink by Glaxosmithkline.

School of Management & Entrepreneurship

Dr. R. Kamatchi

Dean SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Qualification- Ph.D. [Computer Science], M.Phil. [Computer Science], Master of Computer Application [M.C.A.], Bachelor of Science [B.Sc.]
Discipline / Expertise - Digital Technology, IT& Data Analytics
Total Experience - 21 Years


With a teaching experience of 16 years, Dr. R. Kamatchi has been an academic par excellence. Dr. Kamatch has completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Mother Teresa Women’s University (Tamil Nadu), India. She received her M. Phil (Computer Science) from Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu. She has also completed her Masters in Computer Application degree with distinction from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu. She has previously taught at Amity University (Mumbai), S.I.E.S College (Mumbai), K.J. Somaiya College (Mumbai). She was appointed as a member of Technical programme committee for CIS 2014, an International conference on Cryptology and Information Security. She was also a member of Syllabus revision committee - University of Mumbai for B.Sc., and M.Sc., IT. She was also appointed as a Mumbai University Exam Chairperson for B.Sc. IT, Examinations. She is working with Working as a reviewer and Editorial Board member with the reputed International Journals and Conferences. She has published more than 20 journals.

Dipika Bhatia

Qualification– M.Com, B.Com
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Management
Total Experience - 32 Years


A career academic with over 3 decades of experience teaching at the undergraduate levels in H.R. College of Commerce & Economics (Mumbai), Dipika Bhatia is currently the Senior Faculty at School of Management & Entrepreneurship. Dipika Bhatia has been the Vice principle of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics (Mumbai) for over a decade’s time. She is currently the member of IQAC at Bombay Teachers Training College. She has also been a part the panel for the L’Oréal India young women in science scholarships, awarded to the underprivileged girls in Maharashtra.

Aditya Kashyap

Qualification– Master of Economics and Public Policy (University of Queensland, Australia, Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) Christ University, India
Discipline / Expertise - Digital Technology, Economics & Data Analytics
Total Experience - 10 Years


With a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from University of Queensland, Australia, Aditya Kashyap is an experienced Assistant Professor of Economics. He has a demonstrated history of working in the education industry and has gained advanced investigatory microeconomic knowledge of Australian tax reforms through empirical research at university. Aditya is proficient in advanced statistical analysis to determine real time data analytics and predictive modelling and has worked as an Economist with experience in oilseed trading, finance, and industry analysis at Cargill. His expertise also lies in Tax Economics, Analytical Skills, Government, Macroeconomic Analysis, and Microeconomic Analysis. Apart from Economics, Aditya also has keen interest in Political Science and Data Science.

Ameya Pravin Ambulkar

Qualification-MMS & MBA from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, NET & SET qualified
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship
Total Experience - 10 Years

Ameya Ambulkar is a NET (India rank 7) & SET (State rank 1) certified professor. He has over half a decade of experience in teaching at institutes like H.R. College of Commerce, Amity global business school, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of technology and united business institute. Social Entrepreneurship is his focal interest and is involved in mentoring students and budding social entrepreneurs. Ameya cofounded Edulab Educational Pvt. Ltd where he worked as an International Alliance manager. He has won several awards like “Outstanding Faculty Award” by Jaro education, “Inspirational Leader Award” by then sheriff of Mumbai, Dr. Indu Shahani, during his academic career. He currently works as a core team member in ‘Leap for Word’ a social enterprise dedicated to improving the English language learning landscape of rural India. Along with active teaching, Ameya has handled managerial positions like Co-Coordinator BMS Programme, Director for international studies & course coordinator at H.R. College of Commerce & Economics. He has led student and faculty delegation to international universities like Babson, NYU Stern, University of California etc. Ameya has over three national & one international research paper to his account. Currently, Amaya’s research revolves around gauging the impact of spirituality on business outcomes.

David Wittenberg

Qualification– 1) MBA-Thunderbird School of Global Management
2) BA - Norwich University
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Management
Total Experience - 40 Years


David has persued MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has worked as CEO – Innovative Workgroup. He delivers corporate training programs and consults projects in Design Thinking, innovation, strategy, and advanced thinking skills. He is actively working on designing leading-edge curricula to prepare the next generation of India's leaders. He was a visiting faculty at Stanford University.

Dr. Malcolm Homavazir

Qualification–Ph.D. from D.Y. Patil Deemed to be University’s School of Management, Masters in Financial Management - Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) – University of Mumbai,
- M.Com – University of Mumbai,
- LL.B from K.C Law College – University of Mumbai
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Management
Total Experience - 10 Years


Malcolm F. Homavazir has more than half a decade of teaching and research experience with premier Management Institutions across South Mumbai. He believes in imparting foundation coupled with practical examples and case studies, thereby honing the student’s skills of application of knowledge in real-life situations. Backed by strong educational qualifications, Mr. Malcolm Homavazir has experience in family business management and has an expertise in more than 15 subjects including Management, Marketing, Strategy, Finance & Law, thereby inspiring students at the graduate & post graduate level through his teaching dynamics. Being an eminent speaker, he has taught at several Management colleges namely HR College of Commerce & Economics, Jai Hind College, Wilson College, Sydenham College and H. Somani College. He has served as a full-time faculty at Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management (LLIM) for 3 years. Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Management from D.Y. Patil University’s School of Management, he has been bestowed with “Award for Outstanding Research Paper” at the International Commerce & Management Conference (2018) organized by Department of Commerce, University of Mumbai.

Meena Desai

Qualification- 1) UK Mcom- University of Mumbai
2) PG Dip Education Management - NMIMS University
3) PG Dip HRM – NMIMS
4) MA HRM- University of Westminster
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Management
Total Experience - 17 Years


With a teaching experience of over 15 years, Meena is widely loved by her students and is a passionate teacher at heart. Her areas of teaching include Business Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship. In 2016, Meena was awarded the “Emerging Woman Leader” by the Higher Education Forum. Meena has been the recipient of a fully paid Capacity Building Scholarship for a Masters in Human Resource Management at the University of Westminster, London (2007-2008). She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management from NMIMS University, Mumbai. Currently she is pursuing her PhD from the University of Mumbai in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. Meena was a full-time faculty and Coordinator of the Unaided Programs at the prestigious H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai.

Minakshi Todi

Qualification–Masters in Finance from CASS Business School, City University, London; CISI Diploma at MSCI level from CISI, UK; Integrated Professional Competence Course from ICAI, India
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Finance / Accounts
Total Experience - 7 Years


Minakshi has completed her B. Com from H.R. college of Commerce & Economics & holds a Masters (M.Sc. Finance) from Cass Business School. She is a strong finance professional focused in Concentration in Asset Management, Financial Reporting, Valuation & Restructuring and Risk from Cass Business School. She is an experienced Risk Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry. Skilled in Microsoft Office, Client Management and Risk Management.

Rajiv Indimath

Qualification-Executive Management Programme in Business Management from IIM, Kolkata, Alumni of University of Mumbai & CFI (Corporate Finance Institute) & NMIMS
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship
Total Experience - 14 Years

Rajiv has experience in International market entry, M&A strategy & execution, new venture creation & crank-up, business planning, product commercialization, early & pre-revenue investing, business development execution, growth investing. He has exposure to Brazil, US, EU & India geographies across automotive components, hospitality real estate & revenue management, specialty chemicals & adhesives, financial services, information technology, out-sourcing & off-shoring, bioenergy & environmental sciences, power, light manufacturing. He has worked intimately on a cross cultural team of Brazilians, Germans, Japanese, Turkish, Dutch, Indians, Italians and Americans. Rajiv is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship; panellist and case author on business strategy & global markets at events of leading technical and business schools

Vipul Pancholi

Qualification-B.Com & M.Com - Mumbai University; ACA-ICAI, ACS-ICSI, CMA-ICWAI
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Finance/ Accounting
Total Experience - 33 Years

Mr. Vipul Pancholi is a full time Faculty for Finance and Accounting and comes with a very rich academic background. He is a certified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and a qualified NET-SET faculty. He is also authored course books on Financial Management for SYBBI course under Sheth Publisher. Good part of Vipul’s career is spent in teaching and related vocation. Vipul had his own venture in the area of online transaction of Financial Products. Vipul was lecturer in H R College from 1988 to 1999. Then later on he had industry experience of finance fields. He has managed franchise for stocks with Iifl Ltd and managed franchise for commodities with Nirmal Bang Ltd. Franchise with J.M. Financial for fixed income securities and life insurance with LIC of India. He has total finance industry experience of 16 years.

Dr. Yukti Khajanchi

Qualification-PhD Commerce & Management. MBA- Solapur University; BE-Shivaji University
Discipline / Expertise - Management & Entrepreneurship, Management
Total Experience - 14 Years

Yukti comes from a diverse background with a Bachelors’ Degree in Computers and an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing. She is currently pursuing a PhD. in Management. She has published 3 research papers on the topics as Global HR transformation and Changing work culture with special reference to Service industry in Mumbai, Surat and Pune. She is an author for Sheth Publications, Mumbai. The name of the books published are “Business Environment” and “Principles of Marketing” for the year 2014-15 till date for self-financed courses, Mumbai University. She is also into social work and associated with Vidyawadi Mahila Shikshan Sangh (Girls School at Rajasthan). She is the part of Core Working committee towards nurturing and mentoring the students and institute at large in Rajasthan.

School of Media & Communication

Dr. Shafalika Narain

Dean SCHOOL OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATION

Qualification – 1) PhD, University of Ranchi, in Political Science in field of Changing Patterns of Indo-Bhutan Relations,
2) Masters in Political Science
Discipline / Expertise - Digital Technology, Research & Data Analytics
Total Experience - 19 Years


Dr. Shefalika has been the Head of Department of Journalism at Mt. Carmel College Bangalore for 6 years. Dr. Shefalika Narain has a wide teaching experience having served as Asst. Professor, Bachelor of Mass Media, Jai Hind College, Mumbai and Masters of Public Policy, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she has handled various subjects in the Social Sciences. She has been a visiting faculty for Bachelor of Mass Media programme at various colleges like K.C. College, Sophia College, Khalsa College and many more. Some of her research projects were on ‘Impact Assessment of Eureka Forbes Intervention in Rafiq Nagar’ (2016) where Eureka Forbes installed a water purifying plant at Rafiq Nagar, an urban slum near Mumbai. It also conducted impact assessment of the intervention on parameters such as health, school attendance, spending trends etc. As director of IRIS, this project involved supervision of field visits, analysis of data and preparation of an impact assessment report. The report prepared by her was then presented at the United Nations for Rotary Day in 2016. Eureka Forbes was honored with the ‘Rotary Responsible Business Award’ at the UN for the same. Some of her publications were on ‘Higher Education Policy: Gender and Social Mobility,’ Higher Education Foundation, (Upcoming). ‘Questioning the Legitimacy of Public Interest Litigation in India,’ Carmelite, Volume 13, Issue 1.

Isha Patel

Qualification- MA in Design and Brand Strategy from Brunel University, London, Bachelors in Graphic Designing from MIT Institute of Design
Discipline / Expertise - Media & Communication, Communication Design
Total Experience - 4 Years

Isha has a rich experience in graphic communication, experiential design and strategic branding. She graduated with a Distinction MA in Design and Branding Strategy from Brunel University, London. Prior to her MA, Isha pursued a 5-year intense Graphic Design course from MIT Institute of Design, Pune, India.

Kanika Sharma

Qualification- 1) Master of Fine Arts from University of Creative Arts, UK
2) Bachelor of Accessory Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology
3) PG Diploma in Photography Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Discipline / Expertise - Design & Innovation, Communication Design
Total Experience - 9 Years


Kanika is professionally trained as an Accessory Designer with B. Des. from NIFT Hyderabad (2008) and dual degree with MFA in Photography from University of Creative Arts, UK and PG Diploma in Photography Design from National Institute of Design. With an experience of working in various creative fields like jewellery design, social design projects, photography workshops, working as freelance photo - artist and teaching design to school children, Kanika enjoys being with young people the most. Her interest in critical thinking and theory of knowledge helps her in understanding students better and making them realize their potential. Writing and research are something she enjoys doing. An optimist at heart, she believes that as a teacher one can truly make a difference to the world by shaping empathetic future citizens.

P. Ramakrishnan

Qualification- 1) MA in History from Mumbai University
2) Master of Fine Art from Annamalai University, specializing in Communication Design
3) Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Graphics
4) Diploma in Applied Art and a Diploma in Instructional Designing (ID)
5) An Adobe Certified Instructor
Discipline / Expertise - Media and Communication, Communication Design
Total Experience - 22 Years

Ramakrishnan holds an MA in History from Mumbai University and a Master of Fine Art from Annamalai University, specializing in Communication Design. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Graphics, a Diploma in Applied Art and a Diploma in Instructional Designing (ID). He has more than 17 years’ experience in providing exemplary insight and expertise in the design, development, and implementation of Instructor Led Training (ILT) in the corporate and academic sector. He has worked in various capacities as a design faculty. As an Adobe Certified Trainer, he has conducted various design and Adobe software workshops in the corporate sector. He is also a trained classical singer, violinist and an artist, specializing in traditional paintings of India.

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Jitendra Arora

Dean SCHOOL OF FILM AND ANIMATION

Qualification- 1) Master of Arts in Museum Studies, New York University (Fulbright Fellow) 2) B.Arch. From Lucknow University
Discipline / Expertise - Film & Visual Effects, Film
Total Experience - 20 Years


Jitendra Arora has over 20 years of experience in design practice and design education, which includes a 7-year stint at NID, Ahmedabad; 3 years at Maeer’s MITID, Pune; and 7 years at DSK International Campus, Pune. Jitendra holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies. He has trained in content and concept development for exhibitions and has worked on developing museums like the RBI Monetary Museum, Mumbai and Virasat-E-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib. He has also contributed to the modernization masterplan of Victoria Memorial Hall Museum, Kolkata, and to the curatorial guidelines for the 2008 CY Twombly retrospective at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. He’s the recipient of Nehru-Fulbright Fellowship for Leadership Development, 2006-2008.

Ashutosh R. Deshmukh

Qualification- 1) BSc. From Mumbai University
2) Diploma in Civil Engineering from Govt. Polytechnic Khamgaon
Discipline / Expertise - Film & Visual Effects, Gaming
Total Experience - 13 Years


During the last seven years Ashutosh Deshmukh, an expert in 3D effects with Rhythm & Hues Studios, has worked in various departments such as Camera Tracking, Technical Animation, Character effects, Rigging and Dynamics. He has been part of the team that has handled spectacular 3D Visual Effects for Oscar nominated Hollywood blockbusters such as The Incredible HULK, Golden Compass and The Life of Pi among others. After a long and rewarding career in Visual Effects, Ashutosh chose to pursue the Real-Time world of Game Development and Simulation. He infuses his technical expertise from Hollywood VFX into the Real - Time world of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Mahee Pal

Qualification- Bachelors in Fine Arts from Sir JJ College of Arts
Discipline / Expertise - Film & Visual Effects, Animation
Total Experience - 19 Years

Mahee joined Crest Animation Studios, India's premium animation studio is 2000 as a 3D generalist working with Emmy award winning TV shows & films. From 2006 to 2009 he served as head of pre-production & character setup at Bellpepper animation working with commercials & serials. As a Director at Digitalclay, he is currently involved in the production of ChuChu 11/13 3D animation series that he is writing & directing. He has received many awards like Silver-Cannes lion, Screenwriting Fellow, Mumbai Mantra Cinerise, Official Selection- Anima Mundi Brazil, Best Ad Film - FICCI etc.