Advisory Board

Arvind Goel, President and Head Business Group B, Tata Autocomp Systems
Arvind Goel holds 29 years of experience in managing projects, manufacturing, vendor development, materials, marketing, exports, etc. He has developed diesel engines, gear box, axle and cab for heavy and light commercial vehicles. Prior to joining TACO, Arvind Goel worked with Force Motors Ltd as President and COO of Man Force Trucks.

Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM Bangalore

Prof. Pankaj Chandra, is the Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and a Professor in Production and Operation Management.  Before joining IIM Bangalore, Prof Chandra was a Professor of IIM Ahmedabad. His area of specialization is Supply Chain Coordination, Manufacturing Management, Technology Networks and Building Technological Capabilities in Manufacturing.

Manfred Haebig, Director- Private Sector Development, GIZ

Manfred Haebig is currently working as the Director- Private Sector Development at GIZ based in New Delhi. Under his leadership in 2011, GIZ's efforts in the Indian Textile and Apparel Sector have been highly appreciated at multiple places and he was recognized with the OGTC PATH Breaker Award.  

Dr. J.V. Rao, Director, North Indian Textile Research Association

Before joining NITRA, Dr. Rao had been a professor and research scientist for 30 years at Anna University, Chennai and headed Department of Textile Technology. Under his guidance, NITRA was instrumental in setting up the Centre of Excellence (Protech) at NITRA in order to familiarize technical textiles to the Indian entrepreneurs.

Vidhu Shekhar, Vice President, National Stock Exchange

Vidhu Shekhar is Vice President, New Products for the National Stock Exchange of India. In this role, he is responsible for leading new initiatives for the exchange. Prior to joining the National Stock Exchange, he worked with IDBI Capital Markets as Senior Vice President and ETrade Systems India Limited as Managing Director. Mr. Shekhar completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from IIM Ahmedabad in 1987 and has worked in various organizations in India and abroad. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute, USA.

Prof. P.B.Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technical University

Prof. Sharma is a renowned academician who has steered DCE for the last two decades and has introduced innovations in diverse areas to transform DCE into a research and innovation hub. Recipient of many awards and recognitions, Prof. Sharma is also a fellow of World Academy of Productivity Sciences, fellow of Aeronautical Society of India, fellow of Institution of Engineers and elected fellow of Indian Society of Technical Education.

Rita Roy, Director, FICCI

Rita Roy Choudhary is currently serving as the Director - Environment, Climate Change & Renewable Energy at FICCI. She has been working with FICCI on multiple environment related issues for more than a decade.

Rajiv Tikoo, Director & Editor-in-Chief, OneWorld South Asia

Rajiv Tikoo is the Representative head of OneWorld network in South Asia and leads and manages key OneWorld initiatives and stakeholder engagements in the region. Having worked in senior management positions in reputed organizations for more than two decades, he has a proven track record as a development communication professional.

Padu S. Padmanaban, Program Director, USAID South Asia Regional Energy Initiative
Padu S. Padmanaban has worked with USAID/India for over a decade, and is the program director of the South Asia Regional Energy Initiative. His career spans 35 years of service as an energy specialist with multilateral, bilateral, and quasi-governmental organizations in Asia and North America. He has specialized in the energy sector, leading environment and energy policy reform programs with host governments in India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Padmanaban teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Anuradha Bhavnani, Regional Director, Shell Foundation
Anuradha Bhavnani is currently the Regional Director at the Shell Foundation. She has worked with leading Global Multinationals across more than 12 countries. She is also an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation on the Asian Climate Change and Resilience Program Network (ACCCRN) and a Chairperson on the Board of CottonConnect South Asia- a business with a social purpose: to work with retailers and brands to make the world’s cotton supply chains more sustainable.