M. K. Padmanabhan, Strategic Advisor – Education, Research and Innovation

M.K Padmanabhan has over 33 years of blended experience in R&D, techno marketing, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, educational services etc. He is a PhD in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. His previous assignments were with Mahindra Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd, Mahindra Aerospace Pvt. Ltd.(USA,Europe,Jordan,Australia), DSQ Software Ltd, BOS Calleo-a Swiss Company in Financial / Banking Services, Plexion technologies, subsidiary of JP Morgan, Aeronautical Development Agency, Government of India, ISRO etc. M.K Padmanabhan was also a Vice Chancellor for Dr.MGR Educational & Research Institute, Deemed University, Chennai. During his tenure as VC he has been honored with many awards which includes 'Distinguished Achievement Award' from ISRO; He has been selected for the distinguished 'Aerospace Entrepreneur Award', Karnataka, He has multiple publications on various national and international Journals to his credit


P.K.SRIDHARAN , Strategic Advisor – Education, Research and Innovation

P.K Sridharan is a techno-commercial business leader with 35 years of experience. He is an from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. P.K Sridharan has expertise in Global Service Delivery, Operations Efficiency Improvement, Integrated Business processes & Automation, Product Development Management, Change Management, Business Process Improvement, Risk Management of IT Projects, Large Program Management etc. His previous assignments were with Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), ORG Systems, Baroda, Philips India, DSQ Software Ltd etc. In his last assignment he was designated as Executive Director & Chief Mentor with Hexaware Technologies Ltd.


Prasanna, President and Founder - Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music

Prasanna is one of the most acclaimed guitarists/composers in the world today. He is an engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology and Magna-Cum-Laude graduate from Berklee College of Music. He pioneered performing Carnatic music on the guitar; He also composed for an Oscar winning film. Besides being an internationally acclaimed guitarist in contemporary Jazz, Rock and Blues, he is an entrepreneurial visionary in the business of creative music and education.


Prof. Jaffer AA Khan - Director, MIDAS

Prof. Jaffer AA Khan has more than 25 years of experience in architectural practices. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning UCL in 1985, specialising in Environmental Design.

Achievements and distinctions:

  • Gold medallist in architecture from the University of Madras
  • Recipient of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award, New Delhi (1983)
  • Scholarships from the Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva and Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett Scholarship (1984)
  • Chartered member of several prestigious institutions like - The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), Australia, and Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), London
  • Delivered lectures in field of architecture at various prestigious universities in India and abroad

Dr N. Saraswathi, Correspondent - MARG NAVAJYOTI VIDYALAYA

Dr Saraswathi is one of the most well-known exponents of geography in India. She is an M.Sc., in geography, M.A. in English, M.Ed., M.Phil and PhD in geography from the University of Madras.

In her long distinguished career, she has co-authored several geography text books for the Tamil Nadu Text Book Society (from 2003) for Std XI, and Stds VI & VIII for matriculation schools (2007 and 2009). As a member of the NCERT committee, New Delhi, she has also been instrumental in framing the subject's evaluation techniques.

She has rich experience in managing International Exchange Programs .From 2007-2008, she headed the program to the Warden Park School in West Sussex, UK. In 2010 she visited the Oathall community college in Middle Sussex as part of the Global curriculum grant by the British Council.

She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards like 'the long service award' from the Rotary Club of Madras in 2001-02 , 'the Vocation Excellence Award' from the Rotary Club of Pallava in 2008, 'Radhakrishnan Award' for the best teacher in 2006 from the Government of Tamil Nadu, 'Vidhya Ratna award' from the Lions Club of T.Nagar, Chennai in 2007 and 'Vidya Jothi Award' from Padma Sarangapani School, Chennai also in 2007.