Board of Advisors

Our esteemed Board has always guided us towards meaningful growth and helped us expand our outreach throughout the world.

Board of Advisors - Leadership

Ambassador Aftab Seth
Ambassador Aftab Seth
President,
Global Schools Foundation

Ambassador Seth has had a long and distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service.

He has formerly served as an Ambassador of India in countries like Japan, Vietnam, Greece and the Federal States of Micronesia. His contributions also include cities like Beirut, Cairo, Hamburg, Jakarta and Karachi. He is currently based in Tokyo and has been conferred the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Services” - a top award in their country. Amb. Seth is active in providing timely guidance and newer strategies to GSF to help it grow. 

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Tan Sri Dato Mohd Hussin bin Abdul Hamid
Tan Sri Datuk Seri Mohd Hussin bin Abdul Hamid
Vice-President,
Global Schools Foundation

Tan Sri Mohd Hussin has rich experience in finance and banking and brings financial prudence to the Foundation’s functioning.

Having served as an executive in Standard Chartered Bank for over 30 years before becoming the Chairman of MIMB Investment Bank Berhad and Chairman of EONCAP Islamic Banking Berhad, he currently serves as an Independent Director in thirteen companies within the Naza/TTDI Group.

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Ambassador K Kesavapany
Ambassador K Kesavapany
Vice-President,
Global Schools Foundation

Ambassador Kesavapany has been a career diplomat, having served in Singapore’s foreign service at length.

He served as the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for ten years. Prior to that, he was Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and also served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva while concurrently serving as Ambassador to Italy and Turkey. 

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Atul Temurnikar
Atul Temurnikar
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Global Schools Foundation

Mr Temurnikar is the Executive Chairman of GSF, who oversees the functioning of its 26 campuses.

Before co-founding the Foundation, Mr Temurnikar was the former Country Manager of IBM Singapore and has had an illustrious career in the IT industry. Currently, he also serves as a Director for several IT companies in Singapore and India.

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Board of Patrons

Dr N R Narayana Murthy
Dr N R Narayana Murthy

Dr Murthy is the founder of Infosys, an entrepreneur par excellence and a jewel in the crown of India’s IT sector.

Dr Murthy contributes to the education industry in a big way and is on the Governing and Membership Board of many educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Cornell University Board of Trustees and Singapore Management University’s Board of Trustees. 

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Chandrakant Borde
Chandu Borde

Mr Borde, a former President of Global Schools Foundation, Singapore, was a former captain and manager of the Indian Cricket Team. He brings this knowledge of sport to enhance the Foundation’s 9GEMS framework.

After a brilliant career from 1958 to 1970 in Test Cricket, Mr Borde served as a Manager of the Indian Cricket Team as well as Chairman of the National Selection Committee. He is the winner of India’s civilian and sports awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Arjuna. The Chandu Borde Global Cricket Academy was launched under his mentorship at Global Indian International School campuses in India.

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Dr Karan Singh
Dr Karan Singh

Dr Singh is a member of the Indian Upper House of Parliament and India’s representative to the UNESCO Executive Board. He is a strong proponent of education.

He is the former Chancellor of Jammu and Kashmir University and Banaras Hindu University. He has also served as Chairman of the Central Sanskrit Board, President of the Commonwealth Society of India, The Delhi Music Society, former President of the India International Centre, Chairman of the Auroville Foundation etc. His input brings immense depth to the school’s pedagogical offerings.

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Basdeo Panday
Basdeo Panday

Mr Basdeo Panday was the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2001 and has also served as Leader of the Opposition.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 as the Member for Couva North and is the Chairman and interim party leader of the Opposition United National Congress. In 2006, he was awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the Government of India.

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Board of Advisors

(International)
Arjun Malhotra
Arjun Malhotra

Mr Arjun Malhotra serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Headstrong’s Board of Directors.

Prior to Headstrong, he was the Vice-Chairman of HCL Technologies. He co-founded and built HCL Technologies from a six-person “garage operation” in 1975 to one of the largest information technology companies in the world.

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Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi

Ms Azmi is a National Award-winning actress of Indian cinema and a committed social activist for women’s rights.

Prior to Headstrong, he was the Vice-Chairman of HCL Technologies. He co-founded and built HCL Technologies from a six-person “garage operation” in 1975 to one of the largest information technology companies in the world.

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Ambassador Karan Singh Thakral
Ambassador Karan Singh Thakral

Mr Thakral is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Denmark.

Prior to Headstrong, he was the Vice-Chairman of HCL Technologies. He co-founded and built HCL Technologies from a six-person “garage operation” in 1975 to one of the largest information technology companies in the world.

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Ashok Soota
Ashok Soota

Ashok Soota is an IT entrepreneur and currently serves as a promoter and Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds.

Which had a very successful IPO. Prior to this, Mr Soota founded MindTree, which he took to the IPO stage as well and is the former President of Wipro Infotech.

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Subodh Gore
Subodh Gore

Mr Gore is a management professional with global experience in engineering and manufacturing with core experience in finance.

He comes with more than 25 years of experience in Chartered Accountancy and in the role of Company Secretary. His core experience in finance in multinational companies brings valuable depth to the board. He currently serves as the Group Head of Controlling at Hoerbiger, Switzerland and has held important positions in controlling and M&A activities. 

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Maneesh Tripathi
Maneesh Tripathi

Mr Tripathi has an illustrious career of over 22 years with corporations like Philips, Wipro, TCPL and IBM.

He comes with more than 25 years of experience in Chartered Accountancy and in the role of Company Secretary. His core experience in finance in multinational companies brings valuable depth to the board. He currently serves as the Group Head of Controlling at Hoerbiger, Switzerland and has held important positions in controlling and M&A activities. 

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Sudan Wargantiwar
Sudan Wargantiwar

Mr Wargantiwar has over 31 years of experience in project management in the oil and gas industry.

He has worked with some of the big names in the industry, including Exxon Mobil, Shell Eastern etc., and has tonnes of experience in managing grass root infrastructure and revamping and turn-around work. He is an IIT (Kanpur) alumnus and an MBA graduate.

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Board of Advisors

(Singapore)
Kirtida Mekani
Kirtida Mekani

Ms Mekani is a dedicated environmentalist and currently serves as the Director of CIS Agrifest Pte Ltd.

She was the founding Executive Director of the National Council on the Environment (renamed during her tenure to Singapore Environment Council) from 1993 to 1996. She also started the “Plant-A-Tree” initiative, which has seen more than 12,000 trees being planted since its inception. 

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Boon Yoon Chiang
Boon Yoon Chiang

Mr Boon Yoon Chiang served as the Deputy Chairman of the Jardine Cycle & Carriage Group till his retirement in 2019.

He currently serves as the Country Chairman of Jardine Matheson Group in Singapore and a director of Food Empire Holdings. He also serves on the Board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Competition Appeal Board.

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Board of Advisors

(Japan)
Mr Kotaro Tamura
Mr Kotaro Tamura

Mr Tamura was a Senator and Parliamentary Secretary for Economic and Fiscal Policy in Japan during the first Shinzo Abe administration in 2006-2007.

During his public service tenure, he was also chairman of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,Transport and Tourism. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to theChina Europe International Business School and is an HonoraryAssociate at the National University of Singapore.

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Board of Advisors

(Malaysia)
Dato’ Sri Abdul Hamidy Abdul Hafiz

Dato’ Sri Abdul Hamidy has over 30 years of banking experience spanning verticals such as financing, commercial, investment and Islamic banking.

In his previous leadership positions, he served as CEO/MD of Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad, Affin Bank Berhad and Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad. Dato' Sri Abdul Hamidy currently sits on the Board of AmBank (M) Berhad and AmBank Islamic Berhad.

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Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria

Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria holds a PhD in Sociology from Oxford Brookes University, the United Kingdom.

He is currently the Head of the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia on Sustainable Development Goals (APPGM-SDG). He has also been a member of the Ministry of Economic Affairs since 2016. In October 2017, the United Nations Office in Malaysia awarded him the UN Award for his notable contributions to the promotion of SDGs.

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(India)
R Sundar

Mr Sundar is the former CEO of Times Business Solutions (a Times of India group enterprise).

He also holds the position of Director at the Times School of Management (TSM) and the Times Centre for Media Studies (TCMS). Mr Sundar was formerly the Director at Bennett Coleman and Company Limited and held the Trusteeship for Times School of Journalism (TSJ). 

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Lt Gen (Retd) Sudhir Sharma

During his career, he has seen active service in Sri Lanka and Jammu and Kashmir.

He has held critical and challenging appointments in the higher echelons of defence management, including a diplomatic assignment in London as the Defence Attaché of India.

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Board of Advisors

(Academics)
Prof. Ralph Tabberer
Prof. Ralph Tabberer

Prof Tabberer is an expert educator with more than 40 years of experience in the field.

He was Director-General of Schools in England and was responsible for the development and performance of more than 23,000 schools in the UK. In addition, he has worked with government education reform programmes in the UAE, Libya, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In 2012, Ralph established BBD Education in the UK and GCC, which provides consultancy, solutions, management and HR support for local and international school chains. In the last three years, he has co-authored reports on low-cost schools in Africa and Asia and the expansion of international schools and school chains globally. In the New Years Honours list of 2009, Her Majesty The Queen invested Ralph as a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in recognition of his services to teacher training and schools.  

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Prof Marmar Mukhopadhyay
Prof Marmar Mukhopadhyay

Prof Mukhopadhyay has 54 years of experience at all levels of education as a teacher, professor, leader and institution builder, policy-maker and planner at the highest level.

He has served as a consultant to the British Council, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, Commonwealth of Learning, ISRO, NIIT, Intel, IBM and Microsoft.

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