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Advisory Board

Mr. K C MEHRA

Chief Mentor
He began his career at Tata Steel and held several key positions in the Tata group. He held a position of Resident Director Tata Industries in Delhi and was Deputy Managing Director of Tata Steel. He also served as Chairman of Tata Stewarts & Lloyds, Tata Robins Frazer and many other Tata companies. Mr Mehra was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director for Forbes Group. Mr Mehra represented India at ILO meetings on steel and technology and was a member of the joint consultative committee on steel and the joint bi-partite committee on coal (JBCCI). He was also a Director of the UP State Minerals Development Corporation. In his early years, he was the Hon Council General of Sweden for many years. He is on the executive committees of ASSOCHAM, CII and several other professional organisations. Apart from his mentioned positions he has been appointed by the Govt of India on the Government Council of VV Giri, National Labour Institute. Currently, he is an Advisor of Eminence (Corporate Initiatives) American Society for Quality.

DR. JOHN COKLEY

Initially started as a journalist in Queensland based Courier Mail newspaper, taught at various Australian universities including Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology and University of Queensland in the field of Communication and Media. Over the years, Dr Cokley works as a Small Business Mentor John Cokley, a nationally-accredited business trainer who has owned and successfully operated small businesses in Australia since 1982. Dr Cokley has delivered seminars around the world, including the United States, Wales, Ireland, France, China, Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Iran. He published widely including the much-acclaimed book ‘The Shopping News’. A PhD from Griffith University Dr Cokley currently runs his publishing company and business mentoring program.

MR. DAVID ORFORD

Served at University of Wales Newport, UK, in the role of Associate Dean of Newport Business School for a long period of time. This work has taken him to an overwhelming number of countries, in a quality assurance role, to ensure parity of standards and experience when students were studying University of Wales degree courses based overseas. Mr. David has continued his quality assurance activates as a current QAA Reviewer and a member of the QAA Appeals Committee.

MR ASHISH KRIPAL PANDIT

An alumnus of Indiana State University and University of Delhi Ashish Pandit served as CEO of Zee Corporation, CEO of Thapar Group’s iBilt Technologies, COO of Tata Televiservices and the South Asia head of Alcatel.

DR DABABRATA CHOWDHURY

Is an Associate Professor in the discipline of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of Suffolk, UK. He also serves as Director of the Middle East Research Centre (MERC) and MBM-Programme Leader in the same university. Dr Chowdhury graduated in Computer Science and Engineering (BSc) from Turkey and then proceed to complete his MBA and PhD at the Plymouth University, UK. Dr Chowdhury received a University International Collaboration Research Grant for the year 2010/11 and Vice-Chancellors Community Research Awards 2011/12 from Plymouth University and is also working with Plymouth University to help the community. His principal research interest is in the field of Business and Management particularly in Knowledge Transfer (KT) mechanisms in SMEs and International Business. Dr Chowdhury speaks multiple languages including Turkish, Hindi, English and Bangla.