Governing Council

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Smt. Nita M. Ambani

Founder & Chairperson, Reliance Foundation

Mrs Nita Ambani is a philanthropist, educationist, businesswoman and a noted proponent of sports. Mrs Ambani is the Founder Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Board Member of Reliance Industries and EIH Ltd (The Oberoi Group), Member of the International Olympic Committee, and Honorary Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

Under Mrs Ambani’s leadership, Reliance Foundation has touched the lives of over 39.5 million Indians in areas of rural transformation, healthcare, education, sports, disaster response, arts, culture and heritage, and urban renewal, with a special focus on women and children. She firmly believes that education and sport are the bedrock of any young, modern, and dynamic society.

 

A teacher at heart, Mrs Ambani is passionate about education, and provides leadership to 14 schools, including the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, which has been consistently ranked as the No 1 International School in India for the last eight years. It is also ranked among the top IB Schools in the world. She also heads the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, a state-of-the-art multi-specialty hospital in Mumbai.

 

Mrs Ambani is the owner of Mumbai Indians, the most successful cricket team in the Indian Premier League. She is the Founder Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited, which launched the Indian Super League, revolutionising football in India.

 

Trained in Bharatnatyam, a form of Indian Classical dance, Mrs Ambani is committed to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture, and heritage. She was also honoured by The Met for her philanthropic work in 2017, becoming the first South Asian to receive this honour.

 

Mrs Ambani was awarded the “Best Corporate Promoter of Indian Sports” by the Times of India in 2019 & 2018. She received the prestigious “Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award” by the President of India in 2017, for the outstanding work of Reliance Foundation in the area of sports for development. Forbes listed her among the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia in 2016.

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Sh. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani

Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani is a renowned Indian business magnate and the Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global500 company and the largest private sector corporation in India. He has been pioneer in setting up and successfully running businesses, across Petrochemicals, Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Technology and Retail, which have not just been game changers in their own industries, but have also contributed significantly to the growth and development of the country and its people.

 

By qualifications, Shri Mukesh D. Ambani is a chemical engineer from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (earlier University Department of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai). He pursued MBA from Stanford University, USA.

 

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani has been in the Board of RIL since 1977. He initiated RIL's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going upstream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created multiple new world class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that have raised RIL's petrochemicals manufacturing capacities from less than a million tonnes to about twenty-one million tonnes  per year.

 

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani, in the late nineties, led the creation of the world's largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, India, with a capacity of 660,000 barrels per day (33 million tonnes per year) integrated with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure. Further, he steered the setting up of another 580,000 barrels per day refinery next to the existing one in Jamnagar. With an aggregate refining capacity of 1.24 million barrels of oil per day at any single location in the world has transformed "Jamnagar" as the 'Refining Hub of the World'.

 

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani led RIL's development of infrastructure facilities and implementation of a pan, India organized retail network spanning multiple formats and supply chain infrastructure. Today, Reliance Retail is the largest retail player in the country.

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani created global records in customer acquisition for our digital services initiative- Jio. He led and established one of the most complex 40 broadband wireless services in the world offering end to end solutions that address the entire value chain across various digital services in key domains of national interest such as education, healthcare, security, financial services, government, citizen interfaces and entertainment.

 

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani’ s achievements have been acknowledged at several national and international levels.

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Dr. R. A. Mashelkar

Chancellor - Jio Institute;
 Padma Vibhushan, National Research Professor & Former Director General - CSIR, Government of India

Dr R. A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is known globally for his pioneering research in polymer science and engineering, for his exceptional and transformative leadership of major Indian R&D institutions, his playing a key role in pioneering the intellectual property movement in India and for his being a dominant force in shaping India's SET policies and performance in the post-liberalised India.

He served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and Chairman of National Innovation Foundation.

 

In recognition of his pioneering research contributions he has been honoured as a Fellow of Royal Society, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Science as also Engineering, Foreign Associate of American Academy of Arts and Science & Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors, TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize, Business Week (USA) award of `Stars of Asia’& JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award.

 

44 universities from around the world have honoured him with honorary doctorates.

 Dr. Mashelkar  was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister for over thirty years.

He has been honoured with Padmashri,  Padmabhushan, and  Padma Vibhushan, three of the highest civilian honours.

 

His association with the educational system in India and abroad is intimate and influential.

In India, he has been a Chancellor of Assam University, Silcher (2003-2005), Chancellor of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (2013-2016) and presently the Chancellor of Institute of Chemical Technology (2010- till date).

He has been the Chairman of Research Advisory Council, IITB-Monash Research Academy, Mumbai (2014- till date), Chairman, Board of Governors of IISER, Kolkata (2010-2014), IISER, Mohali (2010-2014), IIT, Gandhinagar, (2011-2014) and National Institute of Pharmaceuticals Education and Research,Mohali (2001-2005).

At a national educational policy level, he has played a key role. He chaired the High Powered Review Committee to review the Regional Engineering Collages (RECs) in 1998, where the Committee recommendations were fully accepted by Government of India to create NITs.

Dr, Mashelkar's connections with international academic education and research community are deep and wide. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University (2007-2012), at Delaware University (1976, 1988), and at Technology University of Denmark (1982), He has been Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University for thirteen years (2007- 2019), a record for this most prestigious professorship

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Dr. Dipak C. Jain

Vice-Chancellor, Jio Institute; Former Dean, Kellogg School of Management & INSEAD

Dipak C. Jain is a globally recognized marketing and innovation expert whose insights have inspired a generation of business leaders to pursue success with significance.

 

Dr. Jain's influential career spans nearly three decades as an educator, a senior business school administrator, and a consultant to corporations, governments, and world· renowned figures. His inclusive leadership style, rooted in a framework that embraces diversity and respects the unique value of each person, encourages others to achieve their full potential while contributing to organizational excellence. Dr. Jain has worked tirelessly to champion management schools as cross disciplinary intellectual hubs. Throughout his career, he has furthered a pedagogical model that combines academic excellence and business relevance to produce high impact results with social significance.

 

He served as Director of the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkom University in Bangkok from 2014·2017.

Prior to Sasin, he served from 2011 to 2013 as Dean of INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Before joining INSEAD, Dr. Jain was Dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management from 2001 to 2009. Before that appointment, he served as the Kellogg School's Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 1996 to 2001, working closely with Dean Donald P. Jacobs to set the school's agenda for curriculum design and faculty research initiatives. In recognition of his many scholarly achievements and outstanding teaching, he also was named in 1994 the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing at Kellogg, whose Marketing Department he joined as a faculty member in 1986.

 

An award-winning scholar in his own right, Dr. Jain's areas of research expertise include the marketing of high-tech products; market segmentation and competitive market structure analysis; cross-cultural issues in global product diffusion; new product innovation; and forecasting models. He has published more than 60 articles in leading academic journals and has earned the prestigious John D.C. Little Best Paper Award. He has taught courses on marketing research, new products and services, and statistical models in marketing. Among the many distinctions for his teaching and service, Dr. Jain received the Outstanding Educator Award from the State of Assam in India. He also has received the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from the Prime Minister of India, an award that recognizes exceptional leadership contributions.

 

Dipak Jain has served aboard member and as consultant to many global companies.

As an academic innovator with decades of leadership experience in Asia, the Americas, and Europe, Dr. Jain continuously explores new ways of anticipating and meeting global market demand.

 

Education

 

  • Ph.D. in Management Science (Marketing), University of Texas at Dallas, USA, 1987

 

  • M.S. in Management Science, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, 1986

 

  • Diploma  in  Business  Management   (International  Teacher's  Program,  ITP) Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, 1982

 

  • M.S. in Mathematical Statistics, Guwahati University, INDIA, 1978

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Smt. Isha Ambani

Vice Chairman, Reliance Foundation

Isha Ambani is part of the executive leadership teams at Reliance Retail, Reliance Jio, Reliance Foundation, and Dhirubhai Ambani International School.

She played a pivotal role in conceptualising and launching Jio in India in 2016. A game changer in the Indian telecom and digital landscape, Jio is the world’s largest mobile data network.

Isha leads the online and offline business for Reliance Retail which is India's largest retailer by revenue, profits, reach and scale with presence in grocery, consumer electronics and fashion retail. Under her leadership Reliance Retail has attained the distinction of being the fastest growing retailer in the world in 2019 and to be the only Indian retailer in the list of global top 100 retailers.

Isha is actively involved in spearheading the work done by Reliance Foundation. An art enthusiast, she leads the art and culture initiatives undertaken by Reliance Foundation in India and internationally. She is passionate about education and anchors the Reliance Foundation’s work with children and women. She also leads the Diversity and Inclusion programme at RIL.

Isha graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a double major in Psychology and South Asian Studies and completed her MBA from Stanford University in 2018.

Sh. Jalaj Dani

Co-Promoter, Asian Paints; Chairman, IIM Trichy

Co-Promoter Asian Paints Limited, the largest Paint Company in India and the market leader for the past 5 decades.

 

  1. Board Positions – Corporations: 

Independent Director – HDFC Limited and Havells India Limited.

 

  1. Board Positions - Educational Institutions:

  • Chairman, Board of Governors for Indian Institute of Management (Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu); and

  • Board of Governors of Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar.

 

  1. Investor - Start-up Venture:

Chairman & Board Member - Addverb Technologies Limited, a start-up technology company in the space of Warehouse automation and Robotics.

 

  1. Board Positions - Charitable Foundations:

  • Piramal Foundation.

  • Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership.

  • Pratham Education Foundation.

  • Reliance Foundation

  • Reliance Foundation Institution of Education and Research.

 

  1. Board Positions – Government Institutions:

  • Member of Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) Steering Committee

  • Member of Advisory Committee of ‘Fit India’ Chaired by the Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

  1. Role in Sports Sector:

  • President, Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure Skills Council (SPEFLSC).

  • President, Sportscom Industry Confederation.

 

  1. Promoters – Charitable Foundations:

  • Promoter - ELMS Sports Foundation to improve physical literacy and high-performance sports in association with Pullela Gopichand and Abhinav Bindra.

  • Promoter - Dani Foundation to contribute to various social causes including medical assistance, education, sports initiatives etc.

 

  1. Financial Contributor and Management Role - Charitable Foundation:

President - Kapadwanj Kelavani Mandal, which undertakes to provide education, healthcare, intensive sports training and skill building amongst the people in Gujarat.

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Dr. Bimal Patel

President, CEPT University, Ahmedabad

Bimal Patel (born 31 August 1961) is an architect from Gujarat, India, with over 35 years of professional, research and teaching experience in architecture, urban design and urban planning. He is the President of CEPT University in Ahmedabad and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. Dr. Patel leads HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., an architecture, planning and project management firm. He also founded Environmental Planning Collaborative, a not-for-profit, planning research and advocacy organization.

Patel’s practice has focused on transforming urban design and planning practice to make them more effective in improving Indian cities. His research interests are in Land Use Planning, Real Estate Markets, Building Regulations, Land Management and Urban Planning History. He received the Padma Shri Award for his contributions in the fields of Architecture and Planning in 2019.

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Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla

Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

Pradeep K. Khosla became UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on August 1, 2012. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, he leads a campus with more than 39,000 students, seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and six graduate and professional schools. UC San Diego is also home to the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UC San Diego Health System. With annual revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2019, UC San Diego is an academic and research powerhouse, with faculty, researchers and staff attracting more than $1.45 billion in sponsored research funding a year. UC San Diego is recognized as one of the top 15 research universities in the world and is the largest civilian employer based in San Diego County.

Khosla initiated and led UC San Diego’s first-ever Strategic Plan and the ambitious $2 billion Campaign for UC San Diego. The Campaign, which is aimed at transforming the university physically and intellectually, has raised $2.31 billion in eight years. Khosla has significantly expanded college access and affordability for underserved populations, initiated interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and solve societal challenges, and strengthened university and community relationships and partnerships. The campus is currently in the midst of a $2 billion-construction plan aimed at expanding classroom and research space and doubling the number of on-campus housing units.

An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, Khosla previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent the majority of his career at Carnegie Mellon, rising through the ranks from his first position as Assistant Professor in 1986 to his appointment as Dean in 2004. From 1994 to 1996, he also served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office, Defense Sciences Office and Tactical Technology Office, where he managed advanced research and development programs.

Khosla is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the Indian Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science. Khosla is also the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership, teaching, and research, including the 2012 Light of India Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the George Westinghouse Award for contributions to improve engineering teaching. In 2012, he was named one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans by SiliconIndia.
 

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Sh. Vikram Singh Mehta

Chairman - Brookings India

Vikram Singh Mehta was the Executive Chairman of Brookings India and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution from 2012 to 2020. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies In India (1994-2012); Chief Executive of Shell Markets and Shell Chemicals, Egypt (1992-1993); Advisor, Strategic Planning to the state-owned company, Oil India (1984-1988). He started his career by joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1978. He resigned from the service in 1980.

Vikram is an independent, non-executive, director of Larsen and Toubro Ltd, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Colgate Palmolive India Ltd, Apollo Tyres, Hindustan Times and  Jubilant Foods. He is also on the Board of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company.

Vikram is on the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; the Global Advisory Board of Macro Advisory partners; and the Board of Governors of the Deen Dayal University of Petroleum.

Vikram was the recipient of Asia House’s “Businessmen of the year” award for 2010. He also received Asia Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability‘s Award for “Best Independent Director”  in India for 2016.

Current Positions

  • Distinguished Fellow, CSEP

  • Member, National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Chairman, Hydrocarbons Committee

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mahindra & Mahindra

  • Board Member, Colgate Palmolive India Limited, Hindustan Times, Larsen & Toubro

  • Member, Board of Governors, Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, Gujarat, India

  • Member, Board of Overseers, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Columnist, the Indian Express

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Sh. R. Venkataramanan

Social Sector Expert

R Venkataramanan is Founder and CEO of Karkinos Healthcare, a purpose driven technology led cancer care start-up and an advisor to the Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company.

Prior to his association with Reliance, Mr. R Venkataramanan spent more than a decade and a half with the Tata Group in various capacities. His last assignment with the Tata Group was as Managing Trustee of the Tata Trusts wherein he was responsible for the operations and oversight of, and co-ordination between, the various Tata Trusts.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Tata Trusts, Mr. R Venkataramanan was engaged in redefining the Tata Trusts’ strategic approach with a view to making it relevant and responsive to the current needs of society while remaining within the mandate established by the Settlors. He was directly overseeing several large initiatives within the Trusts viz “Lakhpati Kisan – a program that aims to significantly enhance rural prosperity in under privileged and deprived communities, redefining Cancer Care across the country, technology enabled education initiatives in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the sanitation and nutrition projects in collaboration with Govt., of India.

He has over two decades of business and operations experience in the areas of finance, business support and strategy. From early 2007 to end 2012, he was Executive Assistant to Mr. Ratan N. Tata, the former Chairman of the Tata Group. During his stint in the Chairman’s office of Tata Sons, Mr. R Venkataramanan was part of several significant projects including the Tata Motors acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover, launch of the small car Nano, creation of several joint ventures, responses in operating companies during the 2008 financial crisis etc., and was also privy to several senior leadership transitions and change management processes in the Tata Group. On behalf of the Chairman, he was the key point person to several entities in India and abroad.

Prior to his stint with Mr. Tata’s office, Mr. R Venkataramanan was associated as Head of Business Support at the Qatar Foundation, a not for profit entity engaged in Education, Science and Community development based in Doha, wherein he played a key role in establishing partnerships with a number of leading U.S. universities.

 

Mr. R Venkataramanan is a science graduate and has done his MBA (in Finance) from the Sri Satya Sai University, Puttaparthi. He is also a Law Graduate from Mumbai University and has completed his Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School. He is currently pursuing his EngD from the University of Warwick, UK on role of Technology in Health Care Systems.

Over the past several years, Mr. R Venkataramanan has, in his personal capacity, actively supported Mr. Ratan N. Tata in his investments in the technology, digital and e-commerce space that have now begun to attract significant attention in India and abroad. He was also the CEO of UC-RNT Fund, a USD 250 million VC fund that Mr. Tata established in collaboration with the University of California. A key proponent of societal platforms, he is the midst of incubating alternative business and investment vehicles that work in the intersection of business, philanthropy, non-profits and governments on the notion of sustainable shared value creation forsocietal benefit. Karkinos Healthcare is part of that endeavor.