Advisory Board

India Center Foundation

India Center

Hon. Shinzo Abe

H.E. Shinzo Abe

H.E. Shinzo Abe is the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), currently serving as Prime Minister of Japan. He is known for his emotional connect and strong support to the nation and passionately leading various initiatives to develop new socio-economic frameworks. Under his avid leadership,the relationship between India and Japan has achieved new grounds.

Mr Kalikesh N. Singh Deo

Mr. Kalikesh N. Singh Deo

He is an Indian politician from Orissa and a leader of the Biju Janata Dal political party. He hails from the royal family of Bolangir. Currently, he is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha representing Bolangir constituency in Orissa. He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Energy Committee.

Hon. Yukio Hatoyama

Mr. Amir A. Dossal

He is the Founder and Chairman of Global Partnerships Forum, an international platform to address economic and social challenges, through innovative partnerships. He is also a Co-Initiator of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program, promoting transparency and accountability in the Gulf Region. In 2010, he was appointed as Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships. He works globally across all sectors, including Health, Education, Environment, Peace, Security, and Human Rights.

Hon. Yukio Hatoyama

Hon. Yukio Hatoyama

He is a prolific Japanese politician and the 93rd Prime Minister of Japan. During his premiership,he underline the need to shift Japan’s focus to Asia friendly policy and pioneered Japan’s closer ties with its neighbors including China and India. He is a strong supporter of India-Japan Global Partnership since its inception.

Mr Koji Hirao

Mr. Koji Hirao

He is the former Vice Chairman of Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and is currently serving as Research Director of Shinkin Central Bank Research Institute. Mr Hirao is also serving as Advisor, MEITI Entrepreneurship Education Board. In addition to a brilliant academic & professional career, he has published many books on international finance, entrepreneurship and regional economy.

Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar

Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar

He is Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, a non-political, non-sectarian association of the agricultural producers & those interested in the promotion of their welfare. Presently as Director, NAFED he is acknowledged as an expert on agriculture and farmer-related welfare issues.

Mr. Prahlad Kakkar

Mr. Prahlad Kakkar

Founder and director of Genesis Film Productions, one of India’s leading production houses, established in 1977. Through the years, corporations like Nestlé, PepsiCo, Brittania, Levers have continued to communicate their brand stories through Prahlad Kakar. Prahlad has ruled the ad film making business and has won several awards for technical excellence, Innovation and creativity in advertising over the years in India. Genesis won both gold and silver awards including campaign of the year for the Pepsi commercials at AAAI in 1996. The public films for Ceat won awards in the New York festival of Advertising. Commercials directed by Prahlad have also been nominated for Lions at Cannes.

Mr. Shuhei Kishimoto

Mr. Shuhei Kishimoto

He is a young and dynamic member of House of Representatives and represents the Democratic Party of Japan in the Diet. He is also Member of Committee on Cabinet and Committee on Financial Affairs. This former bureaucrat is a strong supporter of Indo-Japan relations.

Dr. Vivek Lall

Dr. Vivek Lall

Dr. Vivek Lall has held various key positions with his last stint being as CEO and President, Reliance New Ventures Ltd. Reliance Industries Limited. Dr. Lall was heading the Boeing (Defence and Space) operations in India from 2007 till April 2011. Dr. Lall has now joined General Atomics as the global Chief Executive for international Commercial Strategic Development for General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems. He has been also recognized as one of the world’s top scientists of the twentieth century by Cambridge. He also has done his PhD in Aerospace and an MBA from US. He then worked with NASA Ames Research Center where he was part of a project undertaking research work. With a fellowship from NASA, he has done his PhD in aerospace engineering.

Dr. Lall is also affiliated with the United Nations in New York to advise on Broadband and Cyber Security issues for unique challenges within the global community and provide services that will help address them.

Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur

He is the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar. A multifaceted personality, Shriji has been preserving a vibrant cultural heritage enshrined in The City Palace Complex, Udaipur in Rajasthan. Shriji is managing a spectrum of philanthropic and charitable activities and seamlessly networking various organizations to exemplify ‘Eternal Mewar’ for global and Indian audiences.

Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda

Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda

He is a political worker and at present, the National General Secretary with the Bhartiya Janta Party. As a former Cabinet Minister with the Government of Himachal Pradesh, he has also held influential position with the department of Forest, Environment, Science and Technology and Parliamentary Affairs. Mr Nadda holds B.A. (Political Honors) from Patna University and LLB from Himachal University. Apart from various honors and accolades, he is also the winner of Best Parliamentarian Award 1993.

Mr. Vivek Nair

Mr. Vivek Nair

He is the dynamic vice-chairman and managing director of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. His passion to excel the luxury quotient of the service and quality for the industry has brought home prestigious laurels for The Leela. Mr Nair completed his Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University in 1984. He is currently also the chairperson of the World Travel and Tourism Council, India (WTTCI) and honorary secretary of executive committee with The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI).

Prof. M. D. Nalapat

Prof. M. D. Nalapat

He is presently the Director of the School of Geopolitics at Manipal University, India. A gold medalist in Economics from Bombay University, Prof. Nalapat holds the prestigious UNESCO Peace Chair. The former Coordinating Editor of the Times of India, he writes extensively on security issues, policy and international affairs.

Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura

Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura

He is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Akashi, Hyogo and graduate of the University of Tokyo he joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1985, attending the University of Maryland while in the ministry. In 2003 he was elected for the first time as an independent. He later joined the LDP.

Mr. K Roy Paul

Mr. K Roy Paul

He is a well-known economist and author of several books. In conjunction with his role (part time) as Senior Fellow, Wadhwani Foundation, he is also at present a Senior Fellow, at the Center for Policy Research, (Delhi). He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in May 2011. He has a D.Phil. in Econom¬ics from Oxford University and a Ph.D from Lucknow University. He is also a Member of the Murdoch Commission, established by the Vice Chancellor of the Murdoch University, Australia mandated to recommend measures for Australia’s deeper integration with Asian economies. He is one of India’s leading columnists, writing in major business dailies.

Dr. Vachara Phanchet

Dr. Vachara Phanchet

He has recently served the Royal Thai Government as Thailand Trade Representative, a special envoy of the Prime Minister responsible for trade negotiations with the rest of the world. He studied engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, followed by M.B.A. from Miami University, Ohio and a Ph.D. (D.B.A.) from Pacific Western University, California. Dr Vachara has served efficiently in various government positions and significant portfolios from Industry, Public Health, etc. to the Office of The Prime Minister. He currently serves as Chairman, Director, and advisor to a number of domestic and international companies. Dr Vachara was awarded the royal decoration of Knight Commander Second Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand and of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.

Dr. Ved Prakash

Dr. Ved Prakash

He is currently working as Distinguished Scientist CSIR-INDIA in the Prime area of Food Science, Food Technology, Food Safety, Food and Nutrition Security, Nutritionals and Nutraceuticals and Biotechnology. He got his Ph.D degree from University of Mysore and Post doctoral fellowship at Texas Medical Centre at Houston and Brandeis University, Boston. Dr Prakash was decorated the Prestigious Award of India PADMA SHRI by the Hon’ble President of India in recognition of his outstanding service to the Nation in the field of Science and Engineering.

Mr. M V Rajasekharan

Mr. M V Rajasekharan

He is the former Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning, Government of India, with specialization in the field of Rural Development. He was awarded “Vishvasharana” for being an outstanding personality in Social Development by the National NGO Council of Sri Lanka in July 2000. Many rural development projects in sericulture development, have gained guidance under his mentorship.

Dr. P S Rana

Dr. P S Rana

He is the former Chairman and Managing Director of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) with an expertise in the field of Urban Transport Management. Dr Rana has over 33 years of experience in research, consultancy, planning and management of multi-modal integrated mass transport systems and urban bus operations.

Mr. Saleem Iqbal Shervani

Mr. Saleem Iqbal Shervani

Mr. Saleem Iqbal Shervani serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Shervani Industrial Syndicate Limited. Mr. Shervani serves as Chairman of Star Hotels Ltd. He serves as a Director of Shervani Sugar Syndicate Ltd., ATB Cargo Pvt Ltd., Al Barr Finance House Ltd., Capon Food Specialities Ltd., Gillette Diversified Operations Pvt. Ltd., LinkQuest Telecom Pvt Ltd., Shervani Hospitalities Ltd., Shervani Food Pvt. Ltd., Tara Snacks & Foods Ltd and iMRP Insurance Services Pvt. Ltd. He served as Non-Executive Director of Elder Pharmaceuticals since September 30, 2003 until December 11, 2014. He serves as an Executive Director of Shervani Industrial Syndicate Ltd. Mr. Shervani served as Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare (Independent Charge) in 1996 in the Union Cabinet. In June 1997 he was appointed as Minister of State for External Affairs. Mr. Shervani was honoured with the “Indira Gandhi National Unity Award” in November 1990 for his outstanding services, achievements and contributions. Mr. Shervani is an Arts Graduate gold medallist in Economics from Aligarh Muslim University.

Yogesh Shukla

Yogesh Shukla

Yogesh Shukla is a social activist and a National Executive Member of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a socio-economic organisation. He is a national co-convener of Intellectual Cell of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and is involved in various national development projects as well. He contested Allahabad Loksabha Constituency of Uttar Pradesh as a BJP candidate in 2009. Of the late he has been actively involved in the efforts to highlight the cultural potential of the heritage city of Allahabad and make it an international socio-economic as well as educational hub.

Dr. Mohan Kaul

Dr. Mohan Kaul

Dr. Mohan Kaul awarded with the honorary Doctorate of Letters by Cape Breton University Canada is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council and Investment Corporation. Dr. Kaul was the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Business Council. He has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Councils of Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, and other countries. He also addressed a special session of the UN Assembly. He was part of the board in World Bank’s Africa Virtual University; UK-India Business Council, Royal Over-Seas League and Commonwealth etc.He served as a Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat & Dean at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and an advisor to the Planning Commission, Electronics Commission and Department of Foreign Trade.

Mr. Sai Narayan Subramanian

Mr. Sai Narayan Subramanian

He is a global Indian with extensive experience in Strategy and Business Development across the world. He is based in Chicago, USA. Mr Subramanian is in-charge of Global Affairs and leads the Global India Initiative at India Center Foundation. His role includes active participation in the activities of the India Center Foundation including IJGPS and working closely with the Chairman in conceptualizing and executing various strategic initiatives.

Mr. Haruo Shimada

Mr. Haruo Shimada

He is currently posted as President of Chiba University of Commerce is also visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ESSEC, France. He also served as chairman of Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute and has been involved in the formulation of government policies as a special advisor to the Cabinet Office from 2001 to 2006. He is the author of numerous books on Japanese economy, international management and labor problems.

Mr. Kan Suzuki

Mr. Kan Suzuki

He is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Councilors in the national legislature. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1986. He was elected to the House of Councilors for the first time in 2001.

Mr. Yuichiro Tamaki

Mr. Yuichiro Tamaki

He is a young and dynamic member of House of Representatives and represents the Democratic Party of Japan in the Diet. He is also Member, Special Committee on Anti-Piracy Measures, Prevention of International Terrorism, and Japan’s Cooperation and Support. He is a strong supporter of India-Japan Global Partnership.

Mr. Shotaro Yachi

Mr. Shotaro Yachi

He is a former Special Envoy of Government of Japan and has served at various eminent positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Vice Foreign Minister under three Prime Ministers- Hon. Junichiro Koizumi, Hon. Shinzo Abe and Hon. Yasuo Fukuda- between January 2005 and January 2008 and as a government representative on diplomacy under Taro Aso.

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Mr. Imam Umer Ahmed Illyasi

Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi is the Chief Imam of the All India Imam Organization (AIIO). AIIO is voice of the half a million Imams of India, the religious and spiritual guide of two hundred ten Million Indian Muslims. Imam Ilyasi is actively engaged in interfaith peacebuilding as the head of AIIO, and his commitment to peace, interfaith harmony and dialogue between civilizations is made evident in his every endeavor.

Ms. Rebecca Trythall Patulli

HRH Princess. Rebecca Trythall Patulli

Rebecca Trythall Patulli is an expert in public relations, crisis management, and public diplomacy. She was a research assistant at the University of Kent, an educator at St. Stephen’s International School, and a summer program coordinator at Brown University. She studied mathematics and education at the universities of Kent and Strathclyde.Rebecca, following her passion for gastronomy, attended the professional chef training course at Johnson & Wales University after which she founded Be Sweet Desserts, where she currently serves as Chief Executive Officer.