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Prof. Anand Nandkumar

Anand Nandkumar, Associate Professor of Strategy at the ISB is also the Academic Director at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ISB. His research explores industry and firm level phenomena that influence innovation – the generation of new ideas and entrepreneurship – commercialization of new ideas. His research focuses on high technology industries such as Information and Communication Technologies, pharmaceuticals and bio-technology, and it falls in between industrial organization (IO), economics of technological change and strategy.

Professor Nandkumar current work in the innovation stream broadly fall under the area of Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Management. He examines the how digitization across industries influences innovation and competitive advantage, how stronger IPR influence firm strategies, long run incentives for innovation, consumer welfare the ability of firms to source technology externally using of Markets for Technology (MFT). In the entrepreneurship stream, his current work examines the influence of venture capitalists on entrepreneurial performance, the geography of entrepreneurship in India and the co-evolution of the Venture Capital industry and the startup ecosystem in India.

Professor Nandkumar graduated with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his PhD, he was with a startup in the Silicon Valley and prior to that in New York City with one of the world’s largest financial services firm. True to his expertise, at the ISB, Professor Nandkumar teaches Strategic Innovation Management and Strategic Challenges for Innovation based startups.

Prof. Deepa Mani

Prof. Deepa Mani is a faculty in the Information Systems area, and Research Fellow at the Indian School of Business. She is also the Executive Director of the Srini Raju Centre for Technology and the Networked Economy at ISB. Prof. Mani’s research interests are at the intersection of technology, organisation, and society.

She is interested in studying the organization of IT and IT-enabled business functions in firms, and assessment of the business value of a broad class of IT decisions and interventions. Her research articles have been published in leading academic journals and extensively featured in refereed conference proceedings, edited book chapters, and popular media outlets.

Prof. Mani works closely with industry to drive innovation and strategies for the digital economy. She also works closely with the central and state governments to explore the impact of technology interventions in areas such as education, healthcare and urbanization.

She serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science and Information Systems Research. Deepa completed her undergraduate education from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and her graduate education from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

D N V Kumara Guru

Kumara Guru is Director – External Relations at Indian School of Business (ISB). In his current role at the ISB, Guru focuses on building partnerships for the school with key external stakeholders. An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, he started his career at the Jain Group of Institutions, Bangalore. Guru is an alumnus of the Indo-Canada Youth Exchange Programme (1994), the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (2009), Australia India Youth Dialogue (2013) and the British High Commission, India’s Young Leaders Forum (2013).

Guru led the Young Indians as National Chair for the year 2014-15, on the theme ‘Building Youth Leadership’ and worked closely with chapters across 36 cities in India towards this. Guru follows Indian politics and gets restless if he cannot lay his hands on a newspaper in the morning. He enjoys travelling, reading and is an aspiring long distance runner. You can find him on Twitter at @kumaraguru

Gaurav Vasishta

An investor in himself and his abilities, Gaurav is the Founder and CEO of three companies in India, the flagship being Pindersson Investment Management. Electronics Engineer with an MBA in Finance from Umea University Sweden, he worked his way through College and University. Formed his first company in Sweden, called Homework – a home cleaning and repair service while studying.

Worked for 12 stable years with Nordea Bank Sweden as an Investment Banker but kept his palate for entrepreneurship alive, part time, with his second company called Swadee – selling Thai food online. Gaurav manages an investment fund which invests in small cap companies and now invests in startups at early stage. He has a particular passion for traveling and has been lucky enough to travel to 42 countries. He speaks 5 languages! He is an entrepreneur and an investor at heart!

Jashinder Bir Singh

He has 30 years of professional experience in Field of IT Services and Software Projects. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Access Infotech P Limited. He is also a Founder President of TECSPA - An association of technology service providers in Chandigarh. Previously he has also been a President of TIE Chandigarh. He has completed Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Instrumentation) from Thapar Institute, Patiala in 1988.

Kunal Nandwani

Kunal is a startup entrepreneur, the Founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions, and Hashcove, Fintech firms. Earlier, Kunal had worked in Capital Markets in Lehman Brothers, Nomura and BNP Paribas in London. He holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from PEC, Chandigarh, India, and an MBA from Essec, Paris, France

Nandkishore Doreswamy

Inspirational leader. Develop People & Organizations. Board Director. Venture Capitalist. Outstanding Communicator. Marketing & Strategy Guru. Global C suite Executive with over 34 years of global experience in Leadership roles across a diverse set of environments in both emerging and developed markets, including as Executive Board Director for NESTLE in Asia, Oceania & Africa and also as Global CEO for Nestlé Nutrition in charge of markets all over the world including US, Europe & Latam.

Key areas:

  • Turnaround situations and Crisis Management.
  • Transformation of Old Economy Businesses with "Tech based" inputs & Innovation.
  • Leadership and Coaching in the new "Tech led" and "Sharing Economy".
  • Emerging Markets, Globalization and Cross Cultural operations, Sales & Distribution.
  • Consumer Engagement through Experiential Marketing, Neuro-marketing and digital.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Creating Shared Value through Social engagement.

Nandu is actively involved in using his expertise and experience to help guide companies through this fast-changing world.

Robin David

Robin David is resident editor of The Times of India Chandigarh edition. He combines his love for the Tricity with an interest in books and cricket. His first book, City of Fear, was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2007. TOI’s It’s Chandigarh Times initiative is part of his contribution to taking one of India’s finest cities closer to realizing its potential.

Vineet Khurana

Vineet Khurana is a venture capital enabler and entrepreneur with a strong belief in Lean Startup methodology of building Startups. Currently building Chandigarh Angels Network (CAN) with an objective to invest in Startups working on to solve the real-life problems and have the potential to grow globally. His 10+ years of industry experience expands through building Startups from ground zero.