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Vision & Mission
Grooming & Nurturing
ROSHNI NADAR MALHOTRA
Executive Director & CEO, HCL Corporation
Vice Chairperson, HCL Technologies
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Founder & Trustee, The Habitats Trust
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO and Executive Director of the $8.6 billion global enterprise, HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also a Vice Chairperson on the Board of one of the group companies, HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee.
Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is committed to the process of nation building by driving transformational leadership through education. She is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the meritorious but economically underprivileged, rural students of Uttar Pradesh.
Roshni is also the Founder & Trustee of The Habitats Trust, a foundation working towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species. Passionate about wildlife and nature, Roshni founded the Trust with the mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders at every level.
Roshni is a part of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL), a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She was conferred the prestigious NDTV Young Philanthropist - Indian of the Year award in 2014. In 2015, she was felicitated with The World’s Most Innovative People Award for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), in partnership with the UN. In 2017, she was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College. More recently, in September 2017, Vogue India felicitated her with the 'Philanthropist of the Year' award. She was also featured in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled and released by Forbes, in 2018.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
CEO, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) and
former Principal, Sanskriti School
Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award in the year 2004, Gowri Ishwaran is an innovative educationist with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has brought a paradigm shift on how education needs to be imparted to young students, owing to her clear understanding of the needs of growing children.
She was the founding Principal of Sanskriti School, New Delhi, which is counted among the leading schools of India, achieving the distinction within a short span of 10 years. She has also been instrumental in developing, organizing and conducting training programmes and seminars for students and teachers, and actively disseminating her experiences and learning.
As CEO of The Global Education & Leadership Foundation, Mrs Ishwaran has been instrumental in developing today’s youth to become change makers.
Former Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Atul Gupta has served as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Uttar Pradesh from May, 2008 till superannuation on 31st March, 2011. As head of the state administration he was instrumental in several legal and procedural innovations which enabled highest ever growth rate (23%) for state finances in recent years.
After superannuation as Chief Secretary, he chaired the 4th State Finance Commission of Uttar Pradesh, a Commission set up under the Constitution of India, from Dec 2011 to Dec 2014.
He is married to Usha Gupta who was an officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax).
Executive Director, HCL Corporation
Vice Chairman, HCL Healthcare
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Pro Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
Trustee, The Habitats Trust
Shikhar Malhotra is the Executive Director and Board Member of the $8.6 billion enterprise, HCL Corporation.
Shikhar is also the Vice Chairman of HCL Healthcare. HCL Healthcare began operations in 2014 in Delhi and he has led the organization since inception. HCL Healthcare focuses on making Corporate India a healthier place by providing the continuum of care for chronic and acute diseases across a range of healthcare delivery offerings. It operates out of seven cities across India and serves over 70,000 families.
As a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, Shikhar founded the Shiv Nadar Schools in 2012, the Foundation's first foray into urban education. The Shiv Nadar Schools currently operate out of three campuses located in Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad. In a short period of time, the Shiv Nadar School has gained a reputation for its differentiated curriculum which focuses on academic excellence as well as an emphasis on holistic development making it among the most sought after schools in Delhi NCR.
Shikhar is the Pro Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University and in this role, he provides strategic vision and global outlook to the University.
Shikhar is the trustee of The Habitats Trust, which aims to secure key natural habitats and their indigenous species.
Shikhar is an alumnus of Babson College where he studied Entrepreneurship. He is married to Roshni Nadar Malhotra and they have two sons.
Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Kiran Nadar is a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation and Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.KNMA.in). She is also an acclaimed international bridge player, a philanthropist and an avid art collector.
She is a key driver behind demystifying art to the common man through the KNMA, a philanthropic initiative in art. She has been acknowledged as a ‘hero of philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia Magazine in 2010 for launching India’s first philanthropic private museum.
Kiran is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which among its transformational educational initiatives has established the SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, today among the top private engineering colleges in India, Shiv Nadar University, VidyaGyan schools, Shiv Nadar School and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Drawing from her diverse and rich experience in advertising and communications, Kiran plays a very important role in defining the architecture and the aesthetics of the Foundation’s initiatives.
Kiran is also member of the Rasaja Foundation, an educational, scientific and cultural institution created in 1984 by the late Jaya Appasamy, a renowned artist, art historian and art critic. As a representative of the Foundation, she has also been involved in a joint initiative with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to promote the education of the Dalit and Muslim girl child in some of the most backward districts in the State of Uttar Pradesh in India.
An advertising, communications and brand professional by background, Kiran started her career at MCM. Then came her stint at NIIT - a company that grew out of Shiv Nadar's vision for computer education in India. Kiran was responsible for shaping the NIIT brand in its formative years with Rajendra Pawar and was closely involved in its brand building strategy. She is one of the top Indian players of competitive bridge as a member of the “Formidables” team, and has not only won many laurels at the National level but has also represented India several times in international competitive bridge events.
Kiran lives in Delhi, India with her husband Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL and Chairman, Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Project Director & Chief Admission Officer
S. K. Maheshwari retired from Public Service as Regulatory, Social Welfare and Developmental Civil Servant after a distinguished career spanning 34 years of service. After various stints as Sub Divisional Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate and Chief Development Officer in different districts of Uttar Pradesh in addition to being District Magistrate of Champawat, Uttar Kashi and Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand. S. K. Maheshwari was awarded international license for “Training of Trainers” by Thames Valley University, London in 1992. He was appointed as Joint Director (Training) in the prestigious U.P. Academy of Administration, Nainital. As Additional Director Social Welfare, he provided successful leadership to various Social Welfare activities in the state of UttaraKhand. He remained Additional Secretary, Secondary Education and Higher Education to the Government of Uttarakhand before elevation to the posts of Secretary, School Education and Director, School Education to the Government of Uttarakhand.
He has been associated with the VidyaGyan Leadership Academy for more than eight years. Mr. Maheshwari has been instrumental in creating the VidyaGyan admission selection process which is magnitude and scale the largest admission process at school level in the country encompassing public and private partnership. Through fruitful interaction with State and District Administration and educational institutions, Mr. Maheshwari has successfully nurtured a spirit of ‘healthy competition amongst students competing for admission in the coveted Vidyagyan Leadership Academies.
Principal, VidyaGyan Bulandshahr
A postgraduate in Physics, Bishwajit Banerjee started his professional career as a teacher in 1988.
In 1992 he joined Delhi Public School, Noida as a Physics Teacher and later became the Head of the Department. He was instrumental in setting up the Career Counselling Cell in Delhi Public School and also prepared test material for aptitude test used in Career Counselling workshops. He has conducted many workshops on Career Counselling, setting a question paper, how to prepare for exams, time management and motivation.
He joined the Shiv Nadar Foundation in 2008 and is the founding Principal of the first VidyaGyan Leadership Academy in Bulandshahr.
In 2002 he took over as Principal of DPS, Lucknow, served for three years and then joined DPS Jalandhar as Principal. He has been recognized for his social work by NGOs like HelpAge India, CRY, Cancer Aid Society etc. For his contribution in the field of education he was felicitated with Dr Radhakrishnan Samman.
SHIKLE JOHN DAVID
Principal, VidyaGyan Sitapur
Shikle John David is an effective catalyst in Planning and Executing multi-dimensional development of institutions. Vast experience in mentoring, building effective teams to bring about optimum performance, energizing and honing the stakeholders’ potential for selfdiscovery, promoting professional development and successfully driving strategies on empowering systems and individuals.
John David began his career as a teacher, he taught Science and English to middle school children and grew to senior school. He holds Master’s degree in Education and English from Osmania University and two decades of experience in teaching, administration, and training at various levels with school leaders, teachers, students and parents. He worked in several prestigious institutions in the country. His last assignment was at RUMI Education (RF Chandler Cooperation - Singapore) as Academic Head Training and Curriculum implementation. Prior to Rumi he was Principal for Aga Khan School (Aga Khan Foundation). He broke away from conventional learning structures and successfully designed and launched challenging child-centered curricula, integrating all disciplines. During his tenure, he led a team for SIP Conference organized by Aga Khan Education Services, at Tanzania and presented the action research on ‘Impact of School Improvement Program on AKES, I’.
A strong background of administration, people relations, coordination and counselling that gives him a clear perspective in understanding the needs of the students and teachers. His expertise lies in fostering a positive environment for children, and investigating causes leading to mediocre performances in students. As a very grounded and committed person, he has well-disciplined and organized work habits and takes a holistic approach to professional challenges. It is his belief that every child is very good at something and is waiting to be ‘discovered’.
Vice-principal, VidyaGyan Sitapur
Nutan is an academician having over 21 years of teaching and administrative experience in reputed residential and non-residential schools in India covering both ICSE, CBSE and CIE curriculum. Besides teaching her core competencies also include communications, people skills and creative thinking. Before joining VidyaGyan Nutan was the Headmistress of Birla Public School, Pilani. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from MS University, Baroda and her Master’s in English from Marathwada University, Aurangabad. Later she completed her B.Ed.in English from Lucknow University. Nutan is an avid reader, enjoys writing and the company of children.
Vice Principal, VidyaGyan, Bulandshahr
Before joining VidyaGyan, Ms. Madhu was working as a Vice Principal in Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar. She is having 20 years of rich experience of working in both day and residential schools. In her career, She handled various responsibilities as HOD, Academic Coordinator and House Mistress. She started her career as PGT Biology. She was a member of the core team who worked towards the school(VDJS) in achieving the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj IMC Award for excellence performance in school. She was also involved in the British Council and generation Global Programmes. She loves reading and travelling and is a firm believer in following the middle path as advocated in Buddhism.