Program advisory board is the most critical part of the PGPM as it takes active part in designing the curriculum, participating in course delivery and mentoring the students. Program Advisory Board ensures that the program inculcates relevant skills required in current business environment. Program Advisory Board includes senior professionals from the Industry and academia. All Program Advisory Board members are contributing in their individual capacities and their involvement may not be considered as endorsement by their respective companies.
Sunil Singh – General Management Professional, Entrepreneur and Investor
Sunil has 25 years of international experience in general management, Strategy, and operations. Sunil Singh is a Venture Advisor for Mayfield India. In addition, he is currently GlobalLogic’s Chief of Asia Pacific, where he is responsible for managing operations and guiding company´s overall business strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
With over 17 years experience managing high-tech product companies, Singh has played a major role in the enterprise software and consumer internet spaces. Singh served as CEO of Informance International, where he led the Company to a successful exit in a private equity transaction. His entrepreneurial career includes Founder of Mokume (acquired by Versant) and Visionworks (acquired by Xansa). He also led UCCNet, a demand-supply synchronization platform, acquired by CommerceOne.
Sunil has also played an active and strategic role in a bevy of new technology start-ups through Citadel Ventures, his venture investment fund. Singh´s most recent ventures include Bunchball (a gaming platform), Kaboodle (a social shopping website), Movoto (internet real estate web site), Egnyte (a cloud-based file server) & several India investments (e.g., Crazy Noodles).
Sunil obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his B.Tech from IIT, Kanpur. He has held faculty positions at several distinguished Universities including Dartmouth and RPI.
Vishwas Mahajan – Co-founder and ex-CEO, Compulink (now exited), President, Charter Member TiE Pune and Chief Mentor Pune at Sunstone Business School
At Compulink, Vishwas conceptualised, grew, funded, attracted VCs and took the company public. Set up product delivery process, set up high performance sales and support team for innovative software products that ‘Orchestrate Performance’. Merged the company with another larger one – Glodyne and completed full cycle.
Post this exit Vishwas has founded Smiles & Trust, a holding company with the name that embodies his basic value system and has interests in technology ( of course!!), performing arts education and real estate development in Konkan area.
Highly networked and effective communicator, Vishwas has been a facilitator of Leadership in Organisations. In continuation of his passion for entrepreneurship, he has taken up the role of President of Pune Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) – a global not-for-profit organisation that fosters entrepreneurship.
Vishwas is an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.
Subinder Khurana – Entrepreneur and Investor
Subinder is currently working on a new venture, after a track record of two strategic exits. He started marketRx India, and helped grow it to one of the largest analytics service providers in the world, before it was acquired by Cognizant in a $135MM transaction in 2007. He served as VP at Cognizant for 4 years.
Prior to marketRx, he was managing investments for India’s first early stage fund – Infinity, a 2000 vintage fund which returned a 100% return to investors and created companies like IndiaBulls, India Games and Avendus.
Before joining the VC industry, he was the founder and CTO of EZPower systems, a Philadelphia based software-products company. EZPower was acquired in 1998 by Docucorp International (now a part of Oracle).
Subinder has a B.Tech from IIT, Delhi and an MBA (Finance) from Tulane University.
Gautam Sinha – Group CTO / Director, Indiatimes and Times Business Solution Limited
Gautam has over 24 years of rich experience in technology innovation and execution which includes a wealth of startup and industry expertise. He is a global executive with rich international experience. He joined TimesGroup in 2007 and is currently Director and Group CTO.
In his capacity, he leads and drives the technology strategy, vision and execution for all the internet and telecommunication properties of the group including timesofindia.com, economictimes.com, indiatimes.com, timesjobs.com, magicbricks.com, simplymarry.com, Indiatimes Shopping, Indiatimes email speakingtree.in, gaana.com, timescity.com, idiva.com, ipl.indiatimes.com, mobile applications and is responsible for driving innovation across the entire value chain.
Most recently, Mr. Sinha was the COO/CTO of CashEdge Inc, where he worked since 2001 building and leading the company from startup to profitability. Prior to CashEdge, he held senior management positions at Sevant, Aspect Communications, Neural Applications Corporation, and at the Ministry of Defense in India (DRDO).
Mr. Sinha has been awarded US patents for his work done in telecommunication and financial services. He holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa (USA) and a BS in Computer Science from BIT Mesra.
Milind Prabhudesai – Chief Operating Officer India, Xpanxion
Milind has a proven management experience with both software services & product companies in setting up & managing complete software operations. In addition to his operational expertise, he has been a very successful sales & account management professional and has been instrumental in growing the business.
Milind is also on the advisory board of software startups. Prior to joining Xpanxion, Milind was the Director of India Operations for mValent, a Boston-based software product company. He has also held position of the Director of India-Services and Solutions for eGain Communications, a California based software product company. He spent extensive time as a manager for Ernst & Young in their Chicago office working on global engagements with clients like Motorola and Sony.
Milind has worked with Wipro Systems, as an account coordinator and technical consultant for the GE Aircraft Engines account in Cincinnati, USA. Milind started his career as a software professional with the IT division of Telco ( Tata Engineering ).
Milind holds a BE in Electronics and Telecommunications from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India and an MBA from IIM Bangalore, India.
Sandeep Lodha – Executive Director, The Walt Disney Company
Sandeep is currently an Executive Director at The Walt Disney Co, India in their consumer products division. In this role, he heads their licensing business. Prior to Walt Disney, Sandeep has worked at Bain & Co’s New Delhi, Boston and Sydney offices.
In his last role as Principal at New Delhi office, his responsibilities included advising clients in Technology & Telecom, Consumer Products and Private Equity focused around India Market Entry, Business Strategy, Performance Improvement and Due Diligence.
Prior to Bain, he worked at Intel Capital where he looked at Wimax investments in India, and at Riverstone Networks, where he lead new product development and helped set up Riverstone’s India operations.
Sandeep is a graduate from IIT Delhi, MS from University of Cincinnati and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vipul Bansal – Founder and CEO at SunHill/RoomCircle
Vipul is currenlty Founder and CEO at SunHill / RoomCircle, which is an emerging player in Digital Marketing and Internet commerce. The objective is to enable businesses to build their online brand and use Internet, Social and Mobile Media to fuel their growth. Vipul has been one of the pioneers in product management in the Indian IT Industry.
Prior to starting his own venture, he was the Director, Product Management at Adobe Systems. His position involved innovating and building new products and businesses grounds up and taking them to success in the marketplace, besides driving the next generation strategy for a number of existing Adobe products.
He has also worked in business development, marketing and R&D roles as well as in developing and nurturing seed projects. Prior to joining Adobe he has worked with IBM Research and ICICI Bank. He has filed several patents in e-learning and e-commerce domain in US and has publications in renowned US Journals and Conferences in Operations Research, Economics and Computer Science.
Vipul has done his B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi and PGP (Gold Medalist) from IIM Ahmedabad.
Nishant Pandey – Senior VP, Product Management & Development, Naukri.com
Nishant has multiple years of experience in Internet Product Management. He is currently Senior VP, Product Management & Development at Naukri.com. His role requires working with Technology, Marketing, Design, Sales and Analytics to create superior products for consumers, improve user-engagement and positively impact the bottom line.
Nishant’s main areas of interest are Search Algorithms, Document Matching and Consumer Behavior. Before working in Naukri.com, he worked for Schlumberger Oilfield Services for 8 years in the US, Australia and India.
Nishant has done his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and PGP from the Indian School of Business.
Aseem Dokania – Senior Product Manager at Amazon
Aseem has extensive experience in Analytics, Internet, Mobile, Social and Gaming industry; managing and creating new products, solutions and revenue streams. He has a proven track record of building new products and teams to leverage emerging business opportunities.
Aseem is currently Senior Product Manager at Amazaon. Prior to this, he has held leadership positions at Playup, ibibo.com,Adobe and Microsoft.
Aseem is a graduate from IIT Delhi, and MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Sameer Maheshwari – President and Founder, HealthKart
Sameer is the President and Founder of HealthKart, India’s premier e-health store. Prior to founding HealthKart in 2009, Sameer worked at UBS investment bank in San Francisco for 2 years, where he provided M&A and capital markets advice to internet and software companies.
Before investment banking, Sameer worked for eight years developing and selling information technology solutions. He managed technology consulting projects for Fortune 500 clients while working at Deloitte Consulting for three years and subsequently sold enterprise reporting software at MicroStrategy for five years.
Sameer holds a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Delhi and is MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mukul Jain – CEO, Mtree Software
Mukul has spent over 30 years in the technology industry in various business roles. Mukul has deep interest in technology business and is passionate about learning and education. He is currently CEO at Mtree Software, a network simulation and computer vision company.
Earlier, Mukul was the COO at GlobalLogic, during the period when the company was scaling its product engineering capacity globally to become a leading pure play product engineering services company. Mukul started his career with HCL group and led several product R&D teams in the initial period and later on helped build the technology services business of HCL Technologies.
Mukul is a graduate from IIT Kanpur.