Prof Somnath Ghosh
Organization Design and Institutional Development specialist. With a Ph. D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he was Visiting Fellow, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (USA) where he worked with Professor William Foote Whyte, the legendary researcher, scholar and author in Cornell’s Program for Employment and Workplace System (PEWS). He has also held regular faculty positions at IIM Lucknow, Bangalore, Indore; International Management Institute and Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. He also does occasional teaching at IIM Ahmedabad, and abroad

His consulting and institutional development experiences both in the for-profit and development sector are wide and many. Among his over twenty assignments, he has consulted in the areas of compensation management, organization design and development, HR systems and work practice changes.

In the arena of institutional development, he was World Bank consultant for two of India’s largest public sector organizations, viz. National Thermal Power Corporation and Coal India on institutional strengthening with respect to resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) of project affected people. He was also Lead Consultant to Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India, for “Improving Delivery System for Artisans’ Livelihoods”. For British Government’s Department for International Development and Public Health Foundation of India, he did separate studies with respect to the design and delivery of public health system in AP. Very recently again, he was World Bank consultant for “Strengthening & Transforming Institutions for Management of R&R” for government of Andhra Pradesh

He also serves on the boards of The Livelihood School, Kriti Industries (India) Limited, and Kriti Nutrients Limited, and had earlier served on the board of Cashpor Micro Credit.

Prof Kampan Mukherjee
Dr Kampan Mukherjee has earned Ph.D from Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics as government sponsored research scholar in 1988 and subsequently was associated with LAMSADE, University Paris Dauphine as Senior Visiting Fellow of Government of France in 1998.

As an established management educator with rich experience of teaching (21 years as Professor) Dr Mukherjee established the Department of Management Studies and became university Dean (Academic) in Indian School of Mines. His accomplishment in teaching is well reflected by overseas Visiting Professorship in European countries (Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Finland, in particular), Australia and Dubai. He was also Visiting Professor for teaching courses in XLRI Jamshedpur and IIM Shillong.

He published research papers in reputed journals like IJPE, EJOR, Omega, CEJOR, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management etc. With Supply Chain Management and Sustainability as current areas of interest, Prof Mukherjee pioneered research activities in India on management of Remanufacturing/ Reverse Logistics. He was conferred Life Time Achievement award in Operations Management by Society of Operations Management in 2012.

He was also extensively involved in industrial consultancies including executive training programs or MDPs, particularly with core sector of Indian economy.

Prof Baharul Islam

Chair, Center for Public Policy & Government

Dr K M Baharul Islam has been teaching and researching in the area of Communication, Development, Information Technology policy and legal issues for more than two decades.A senior expert in Communication for Development (C4D) and ICT for Development (ICT4D), he has also taken keen interest in educational planning and management, e-Government strategies, cyberspace management and telecom regulations. Besides teaching and research, his professional assignments included development of national strategic plans for and evaluation of ICT programmes in Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries.

Much of Dr Islam’s recent research is based on his extensive works with UN agencies. Starting as a Consultant for UNESCO in Cambodia in 1998, he later worked on ICT Policy, Plans and e-Government Strategiesfir Sub-Saharan African countries and regional economic groups under the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) during 2003-2006.  He developed e-Government Strategies and National ICT plans for several countries.  In 2006-2007, Dr Islam served under UNESCAP, Bangkok to conduct an ICT Access Survey in the Asia-Pacific region.  He was working for African Development Bank as their Mid-Term NICTSP Review Consultant in Mauritius (2010-11).

He started his teaching career as a Lecturer at West Silchar College, Cachar, Assam (1992) and continued working as a faculty at various institutions like Gauhati University (1993), Diphu Government College (1993-94) and NIT Silchar (1994-2002). In 2000-2001 he served abroad as a Sr. Lecturer at Kigali Institute of Technology, Rwanda. He became a Reader at NCERT, New Delhi in 2002. He later joined as an Associate Professor of TEFL at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) in 2002. Between 2007 and 2012 Dr Islam served as the Chairman and CEO of the South Asian Regional Gateway set up by the Development Gateway (USA). 

He has published widely with more than eight books and 30+ papers/articles to his credit. He is a public speaker, debater, TV commentator and communication specialist. He participated at the BBC World Debate in 2006 that brought him to international development communication limelight. He has written the chapter on ICT and Poverty Reduction for the first Encyclopaedia of Digital Governance published in 2006.

He holds LLM in Telecom and Information Technology Laws from the University of Strathclyde (UK), MA (English) from AMU, Aligarh. He did his PhD from the Tezpur University (India) and Post-Doctorate from Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) on new technologies in education. Besides he has also done B.Ed. specializing in Educational Planning and Administration.

  • Visiting Scholars

Subimal Bhattacharjee
Mr Bhattacharjee brings with him ample experience in defence business planning and strategy.  He is very familiar with the GD product line across aerospace, naval systems, land platforms and information systems and technology. His knowledge of the Indian defence market and the defence procurement process qualify him to play a key role in promoting General Dynamics interests in India.

In addition to his work in the defence sector, Mr. Bhattacharjee is a widely recognized expert on cyber security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also been a member of key governmental advisory panels and industry task forces. He is a well-known columnist and writes and speaks on issues related to security and technology policy issues and has more than 200 published articles and papers on the subject.  Mr. Bhattacharjee is in the Advisory Board of the US renewable company Astonfield and a Director in the Board of Centrum Capital Limited.

He holds a post-graduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi. He is widely travelled and has keen interest in community matters and sports.

Dr Athiqul H Laskar
Dr Laskar studied at University of Kansas and did his PhD in Communication from Pacific Western University, Honolulu, Hawaii campus, USA. He was training at US Army Military schools and served in US army around USA, Europe, Korea, and Japan. He served the US Army Service as NATO Commander (Neighmagan, Holland Sector), Europe and was a recipient of US Army Shadow box from President Clinton. He worked as a faculty of sports psychology and communication at Bergen County Community College, Paramus, New Jersey, USA, Paterson Community college, New Jersey, USA. He worked with Noble Laureate Mother Theresa on humanitarian projects (Leper colony at Nongpoh, Shillong, India) in 1975-1981. He wrote several books and published widely in America. Some of his books include: My Dear Pixy, Writers Club Press. Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 2001; Jokes They Told Me, Writers Club Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2001; The Sensation Seeking Tendency in Mountain Climbers,  WPP, Nebraska, USA, 2000.

Ms Nandita Roy
Ms Roy has worked with National Geographic Channel, India supervising a team comprising of three production houses in Calcutta and one in Bombay. She handled content editing of shows telecast in National Geographic Channel and Fox Televison and creative head of dubbing operations in West Bengal. She also taught at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India. She is doing a joint PhD at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leuphana, Germany and the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She worked on a project entitled ‘The Gender Implications of the National Knowledge Commission Recommendations’. She worked with UNICEF on policy documents and reports on Education

Ms Roy directed, cinematographed and edited, ‘Voices of Women from Mizoram’, a documentary on women’s empowerment in Mizoram, India, 2011. The documentary was screened at the National Workshop of a collaborative project on Women’s Empowerment and Education conducted by McGill University, Canada and Jadavpur University. She was the Editorial Consultant for the documentary on the story of Santhi Soundarajan, India titled ‘Y can’t I run?’ The documentary was screened at Dialogues, the 5th Annual Calcutta LGBT Film & Video Festival in December 2011 and at Mumbai Queer Film Festival in May 2012. Also a part of the documentary was screened at Jadavpur University, India in 2012, and at University of Minnesota, USA, BABA Retreat, Japan and MGAHV, India in 2011 and at University of Bath, UK and the International Sport Law & Business Conference in Istanbul University, Turkey in 2010.

Sarwar Raza, FCS & LL.B
Mr Sawrwar Raza is a Fellow of Institute of Company Secretaries of India and he practiced as a Company Secretary (PCS) from 2002 to 2010. He was admitted as an Advocate by the Bar Council of Delhi in 2010 and since then he is practicing as Corporate Lawyer. As a company secretary he has handled various matters relating to Companies Act, Income Tax Act, Service Tax, FEMA, FCRA and various other corporate matters including incorporation and post-incorporation compliances of many Limited and Private Limited Companies including LIC Cards Services Limited.

Presently practicing as Corporate Lawyer he has developed reputation in areas of Corporate and Commercial Laws, Companies Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), Taxation Laws, Trademarks, Civil Laws. He represented various cases in Company Law Board, Taxation Tribunals and the High Court. He is an advisor to Ministry of Finance and advising Specified Undertaking of UTI and UTI group. I also advises Government of India on effective Corporate Social responsibility. He has recently incorporated National Financial Holdings Company Limited, a company wholly owned by Government of India under Ministry of Finance.

In the area of corporate law, his clientele includes major companies like Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Religare Group, Millenium Energy, FMIT Systems, Elan Greentech Energy, Pamposh Constructions, Lotus Group, Sobell Finance, Hilltop Rubbers, Saras Ispat, Habitat Hotels Group, Ishwar Industries Limited, etc. His multinational practice covered portfolios like Universal System, Indra Sistemas, Medfin, Macawber, Watchnet, Durlum Group GMBH, Intergen Energy, Carinex etc.

Mr Raza taught parts of Legal Aspects of Business course at IIM Kashipur as a Guest Faculty and presently working on a joint text-book project on Corporate Law with the Institute.

Syed Nitas Iftekhar

Academic Associate

Mr. Syed Nitas has been associated with development sector in India as well as China for more than 5 years and has experience in working on issues such Women Empowerment, Education, Environment, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation etc. He extensively worked for over 3 years with NGO / Civil Societies at ground level in India, focusing on the marginalized population on various sensitive issues. He has also conducted teacher training, curriculum development and capacity building workshops at institutions in China, Turkey and India. He worked at UNESCO Beijing office in 2013, and has extended his consultancy to UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education.

Mr. Syed is a frequent speaker at Education and Public Policy conferences worldwide. His international publications comprise of papers on topics such as Post-2015 Development Agenda, ICT in Education, Education for All etc. His research work has extended in the form of contributions to some important international publications such as China Ten Year EFA Report (UNICEF-UNESCO), Education and Training for Rural Transformation (INRULED). He was awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship for his Masters Degree and Outstanding International Student award from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.