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Our Advisory Council

Ravi Sreedharan

An IIM Ahmedabad Alumni and B.Tech from IIT-BHU, Mr. Ravi has worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. At HSBC, Ravi has worked as the Regional Marketing Head for Middle East and Africa, Head of Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, Consumer Banking Head of Indonesia, CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector in 2011 and joined Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management. Ravi Sreedharan is the Founder and Director of Indian school of Development Management.

Jacob Parambi

Mr. Jacob worked with some of the large multi-nationals such as EY, IBM, GE , Coca-Cola, Unilever etc. in various senior executive roles including starting the Business Process outsourcing organization in India and Central and Eastern Europe. In addition he also had successful stints starting and managing Shared Services Operations, IT services and Human Resources functions across India, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East. He also mentors Non Profit organizations in his spare time and helps first time entrepreneurs in shaping their thoughts and ideas and enjoys spending time with students sharing his experiences.

Dr. Ajanta Phatowali

Dr. Ajanta Phatowali is a Masters in Management and a Phd in Financial Inclusion. She possesses 21 years of experience in serving a number of organisations viz., North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd and IDBI Bank Ltd. She is presently posted in Mumbai as Deputy General Manager and heading the Govt. Business operations for IDBI Bank. She has been involved with various voluntary organisations over the years. Dr. Ajanta has earlier served as a Board Member of SeSTA for two terms since its inception and also served as Chairperson. Her interest areas are Livelihood Development and Financial Literacy.


Studied Engineering and Science in Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani and Rural Management in Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Mr. R.K Anil has worked in the rural / community development sector for the past two decades in various organisations including grassroots NGOs in Rajasthan and Telangana, World Bank supported poverty alleviation programs in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh, and with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) across the country. Had also worked as an Engineer with SAIL and taught at Development Management Institute. Presently he is working as the CEO of National Mineral Development Corporation CSR Foundation.

Prof. Sanjeeb Kakoty

Currently working as associate professor at IIM-Shillong he is also a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. His areas of interest apart from history are Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Communications and Governance. He has also worked as a lecturer in St. Anthony’s College, Christ King College and St. Edmunds College, Shillong. He has a number of start ups to his credit and was also associated with the founding of the North East Data Bank, the first news agency of the region founded in 1988, for supplying well researched news, features and documentaries for the print and electronic media of the country and abroad. He has written over two hundred newspaper and magazine articles and also researched, scripted and directed some 40 documentary films. A writer, an academician and a documentary film maker, his latest book entitled Science, Technology and Social Formation in Medieval Assam, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. His other books include Tawang :The Abode of Prayers and Technology, Production and Social Formation in the Evolution of the Ahom State, as well as a number of edited volumes.