Prakash Nanda

Group Advisor

Prof Prakash Nanda has always combined journalism and academics throughout his career. Having studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University at MA, M.Phil and PhD levels, he has done specialised courses from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston) and Seoul National University. He has been a visiting Professor at FMSH (Paris) and Yonsei University (Seoul), and a National Fellow at the Indian Council of Historical Research. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow at Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, and a Member of Governing Board, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi.He began his career in journalism as an Assistant Editor at the Times of India, New Delhi, where he worked for 11 years and held several key positions, including the portfolio of Indian foreign policy and international affairs. Prior to this, Dr Nanda had served as Political advisor to Ambassador of Japan to India.Until recently, he was the Editor of Geopolitics, a niche monthly journal on defence and strategic affairs. He is a regular columnist at Firstpost and Lindro (Italy)and has authored several books, special articles and monographs.

Sarat Das

Director, DIIS

Sarat C. Das has well over two-and-a-half decade of working career behind him, spanning television broadcasting, print and new media, publishing and teaching in Australia, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, UAE and UK’s higher and further education sector. A large part of his career has been in key positions involving overseeing delivery of UK university programmes such as University of Wales MBA programme and post graduate programmes of Anglia Ruskin University at its London outcentre, corporate training at University of Brighton at Hastings campus in UK, and managing editorial production of newspaper, new media and broadcasting. Prior to his involvement in higher and further education, Das looked after some of the busiest  news room and content production of big-ticket media organisations including Hindustan Times (a newspaper launched by MK Gandhi currently owned by KK Birla group in India), Ariana Radio and Television (Kabul, Afghanistan), India’s public broadcaster DD, Economic Times (Asia’s highest circulated financial daily and sister company of Time of India, world’s largest selling English-language broadsheet owned by Bennett Coleman), etc. 

Das also provided extensive management and media services consultation focussing on e-learning (content management to strategic partnership), consolidation of new media, structuring deals with credit rating agencies as a representation under Kleiner Perkin’s funded B2B portal. These media and IT companies were assisted on their planning, content, and audiovisual production — Tehelka, Platinum Edu Ltd (HFCL Group),Yahoo!, IANS, UBICS (UB Group), etc.

Das also taught liberal arts and management programs in UK for more than seven years at various levels including Level 8 research students.  Das regularly got invited to deliver lectures at seminars and other forums and particularly have a commitment towards the London based International Conference organized by Academy of Business & Retail Management (ABRM) in multiple cities. His recent years research papers and lectures at these events focused on cross- disciplining social science and philosophy with management. Das presented a series of papers including topics such as ‘Globalisation and Cosmopolitanism’, ‘Free Will and Consumer Choice’, ‘Relationship Marketing replicates Small-World’ and ‘An Investigation into the morality of Peter Drucker’s knowledge worker’, etc.

Das holds two first degrees including an honours degree in sociology, a post-graduate diploma in journalism, and two master’s degrees – MA in film and television studies from Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) and an MBA from Plymouth Marjon University, UK(earlier known as St Mark and St John University). Das has also earned Level 4 (75 credits) through a series of on-campus credit-based courses at Oxford University between 2012 and 2016 after spending four years researching on truth theories (post-modernism perspective) in the University of Greenwich, UK. His primary research areas include interdisciplinary study of management-philosophy, stereotypes, cultural myths, postmodernism, cultural anthropology, surrealism and both colonial and post-colonial literature.