Executive Board

India Center Foundation

India Center


Mr. Arvind H. Rajguru

Mr. Rajguru serves as Chief Executive Officer of International Security Solutions and is responsible for ISS business development and training. He has over thirty years of experience in international security, maritime security and the airline industry. International Security Solutions Inc. (ISS) is a U.S. based corporation focused on assisting clients to identify and mitigate security challenges. He has a degree from CDI, Arlington, VA and PG College Largo. He is trained in Japan in “Japanese swordsmanship”, martial strategy and armed/unarmed combat and has taught thousands of students across the globe.

Mr. Girish Bhagat

Mr. Girish Bhagat

He is the Managing Director of India Nivesh Fund Managers Pvt. Ltd. and Vice Chairman of India Nivesh Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. with over 30 years of experience in areas of Investment Management, Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Alternate Investments, IT Services and Urban Infrastructure development. Mr Bhagat has held leadership positions in HSBC, HDFC Securities, IIT InvesTrust, Citibank and Unit Trust of India. He also serves as Secretary (India) to The EuroIndia Centre (EIC).

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee

He was Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission where he was deeply involved with a number of micro and macroeconomic measures. He later joined as Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises. He was also the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development where he was associated with the complete overhaul of the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy of India. Earlier, he functioned as Principal Secretary, Steel and Mines in the State Government of Orissa, where he was part of the core team that negotiated the single biggest Foreign Direct Investment in India with the South Korean Steel Giant, POSCO. He is a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher.

Ms. Payal Chawla

Ms. Payal Chawla

She is the Managing Partner of JusContractus a full service lawfirm based out of New Delhi. She was previously a Partner with HSA Advocates. Ms Chawla began her career with Coca-Cola India as In-house Counsel, where she worked for nine years. Thereafter she served as Head of Legal – South Asia for Reckitt Benckiser. In 2007, she entered private practice in the capacity of a Partner with The Chambers of Law (“TCL”). She is a Rotary Scholar, a Russell Baker Fellow and the recipient of the International House of Chicago Grant. She has an LL.M. from the University of Chicago.

Ms. Rubina Dewan

Ms. Rubina Dewan

She is a Communications Strategist with a passion for New Media. She holds a Master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from the reputed Media School of Bournemouth University. Ms Dewan has worked as a journalist during the tumultuous “People’s War” of Nepal reporting on various political and socio-economic issues such as the Maoist conflict, food security, conservation, environment and development. She has worked as a News Anchor and Producer. She is the founding Chairperson of Media Accountability Foundation (MAF), which aims to promote media literacy and ethics in journalism. She is the Secretary General of India Center Foundation.

Mr. Jay Araki

Mr. Jay Araki

Mr. Jay Araki is currently the Managing Director of Casa Blanka Consulting Pvt. Ltd. based in Gurgaon, NCR. In the past he has also served as the CEO of Asatsu-DK Fortune Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Hiroshi Fujiwara

Mr. Hiroshi Fujiwara

He is an eminent Energy, Internet and Telecom specialist as well as renowned entrepreneur. He is the founder CEO of IRI Group and Nano-Optnics Energy Inc. and holds doctorate in Electronic Information Engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan.

Mr. Danny Gaekwad

Mr. Danny Gaekwad

He is a first generation entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in building diversified businesses across Hospitality, IT and Media. Mr. Gaekwad also serves as a president of MGM Hotels, Pensacola LLC and Indo-American Investment Realty, Inc. and Chief Executive of NDS USA Information Technology & MGM. He is regarded as a distinct professional due to his incredible impact on the Hospitality Sector since 1986. Danny currently lives in Ocala, FL with his wife and two sons.

Mr Hideki Kitamura

Mr Hideki Kitamura

Mr. Hideki Kitamura is the Managing Director of KYOCERA Asia Pacific India Pvt. Ltd., a leading global operations that delivers a diverse range of products, including advanced materials, components, devices, equipment, networks and services.

Mr. Jagdeep S. Rikhy

Mr. Jagdeep S. Rikhy

He is Managing Director of Blaze Luxel Resorts Pvt. Ltd. and is former Vice President- All India Travel Agents Association of India, Former member Tourism Committee- PHD Chamber of Commerce, Advisor to Australian Immigration and United Airlines. Mr. Jagdeep Rikhy is a graduate in Economics from Delhi University and has completed articles of apprenticeship with M/s A. F. Ferguson and Co. – (KPMG) a leading Indian Accounting firm.

Ms. Moumita Sen Sharma

Ms. Moumita Sen Sharma

Moumita Sen Sarma, A Chartered Accountant by training, has served the Financial Services sector for the last 21 years in several capacities. Till March 2010, she served as the Vice President & Head of Microfinance and Sustainable Development at ABN AMRO Bank in India as well as a Board Member of ABN AMRO Foundation and prior to that, worked at American Express Bank and SRF Finance. Ms Sen Sarma currently serves the not-for-profit sector as a Board Member of Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (USA).She has been a frequent speaker at conferences on both Microfinance and Sustainable Development in India and abroad (EU: World Bank/IFC, Tallberg, WEC, Ethical Corporation, Women’s World Banking among others). Ms Sen Sarma trained at Price Waterhouse Coopers for her CA and is a Graduate in Physics from the Presidency College, Chennai.

Ms. Michiko Sugita

Ms. Michiko Sugita

Michiko Sugita is a graduate of the Waseda University School of Commerce. She spent her elementary school years in New York in the United States, and relocated to Beijing, China after graduation from university. She worked in in-house English/Chinese interpretation and international project development for fields as diverse as sports entertainment, real estate, and academia, before founding a company to provide multilingual business support services to Japanese businesses breaking into foreign markets. She is currently the President of La Cle Global Services K.K.

Mr. Vikram Kant Upadhyay

Mr. Vikram Kant Upadhyay

He is a visionary and an entrepreneur with extensive experience and understanding of India-Japan Market. He is a technocrat turned serial entrepreneur and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Mr Upadhyay is an alumnus of the famous TRON laboratory headed by Prof. Ken Sakamura (www.t-engine.org), who is known as the father of Ubiquitous Computing.

Ms. Akiko Yamanaka

Ms. Akiko Yamanaka

Professor Akiko Yamanaka is the former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan and former Member of the House of Representatives. She is also visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University (International Negotiation Strategy), and visiting scholar at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Mr. Vipul Kant Upadhyay

Mr. Vipul Kant Upadhyay

He is a serial entrepreneur and business incubator with diverse experience in the field of setting up and rolling out ventures and building midsized organizations. He is the founder of India’s first participatory journalism news portal, www.merinews.com which introduced the concept of open source media and citizen journalism. He is also the founder and CEO of IAP Co., Pvt. Ltd – an ICT services and solutions company. He has served as Vice Chairman of Turbolinux India Pvt. Ltd.

Ms. Yukiko Kato

Ms. Yukiko Kato

Entrepreneur, International Business Development Expert, with rich experiences in fashion, art and cutting-edge technologies. She is president at Lynx Business Development and lecturer at Sophia University. Holds MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, BA in economics and philosophy from Keio University, attended Centre d’études diplomatiques et stratégiques for further study of international relations.

Mr. Diego Massimiliano De Giorgi

HRH Prince. Diego Massimiliano De Giorgi

Diego Massimiliano De Giorgi is an expert in public affairs, strategy consulting, and public diplomacy and has served in a variety of positions working with clients from a wide range of industries.

Diego Massimiliano is an advisor to the FDR Center for Global Engagement at Harvard College and to the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard Kennedy School. Working across the public and private sectors, Diego Massimiliano has managed highly sensitive and strategic consulting engagements for multinational companies and governments. He has been a strategic advisor providing business intelligence and political risk analysis at Glencore International, Dewey LeBoeuf, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Denton Wilde Sapte. He was also a public affairs assistant at Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.