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CEO, HCL Corporation
Chairperson, HCL Technologies
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Founder & Trustee, The Habitats Trust


Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO of the $11.2 billion HCL Corporation and is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. She is also the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, a leading global technology organization with a market capitalization of $48 billion, and the Chairperson of its CSR Board Committee.

Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Since its inception, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has invested $988 million in nation building institutions and driving transformational leadership. Roshni is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged, meritorious, rural students of Uttar Pradesh, and has been working towards nurturing future leaders from rural India who can be catalysts of change for their communities, villages and the nation at large.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Roshni established The Habitats Trust in 2018. The Foundation aims to work towards protecting India’s natural habitats and its indigenous species with the core mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, at every level.

Roshni is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering, USA and also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Executive Board for Asia. She serves on the board of directors of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is an independent director on the board of HDFC Asset Management Company.

In recognition of her outstanding work both in business and in philanthropy, Roshni has received several honors and accolades. Some of these include being featured for the fifth consecutive year in ‘The World's 100 Most Powerful Women’ list, compiled and released by Forbes in 2021. In 2020, Forbes also featured her among the ‘25 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Asia’. Roshni was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College in 2017 and was recognized by Horasis, an internationally renowned think tank, as the ‘Indian Business Leader of the Year 2019. She is an alumnus of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL, 2014-19), a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Roshni holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Northwestern University and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

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).
Director, HCL Corporation
Vice Chairman & CEO, HCL Healthcare
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Pro Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
Trustee, The Habitats Trust


Shikhar Malhotra is the Director and Board Member of HCL Corporation, the holdco for HCL’s operating companies. HCL has a distinguished lineage as one of India’s original technology garage start-ups, founded by Shiv Nadar. He is also on the board of HCL Technologies, a $10.8 Billion global technology firm with over 187,000 professionals operating from 50 countries.

Shikhar serves as the Vice Chairman & CEO of HCL Healthcare, one of India’s largest corporate health solutions firms, providing end-to-end healthcare solutions with a vision to make corporate India a healthier place. Today, HCL Healthcare is delivering personalized, sustainable and managed care health solutions to organizations across sectors including technology and banking. It has eight world-class corporate health centers across the country serving over 70,000 families.

As a Trustee, Shikhar plays multiple roles at the Shiv Nadar Foundation including shaping its vision of nation building through transformational leadership. Shikhar is the founding CEO of Shiv Nadar Schools (established in 2012), having led them to become one of the most coveted schools in the National Capital Region of Delhi, and consistently recognized among the top schools in the country. The Shiv Nadar Schools are known to push the benchmarks in education to impart critical life lessons and making students future ready for a complex global environment.

In September 2018, Shikhar took over the role of the Pro Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University, India’s youngest university chosen as an Institution of Eminence by the Government of India. Today, SNU is one of the only eight private universities in the country acknowledged for being on an accelerated path to emerge as a world-class research-based, multidisciplinary institution.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Shikhar co-founded The Habitats Trust in 2018 with his wife Roshni Nadar Malhotra. The Trust is empowering on-ground conservationists to achieve its vision of securing India’s natural habitats and their indigenous species.

Shikhar comes from an entrepreneurial family, raised in Kuwait. His early lessons as an entrepreneur were learnt at his family business and were later sharpened at Babson College in the US, with a specialization in entrepreneurship.

Shikhar is passionate about sports and football in particular. 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.
VidyaGyan Management
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.
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.