Our Governing Council comprises pioneering leaders of industry and academia whose strategic vision defines the BITSoMian values of imagination, innovation and action. Their rich and diverse experience shapes our approach to your education: grounded in practicality yet soaring in spirit.
The Governing Council is one of the main pillars of BITSoM’s commitment to a multidisciplinary, real-world educational experience that propels our learners into leadership roles.
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla
Chancellor, BITS Pilani
Chairman, Governing Council, BITSoM
Chairman, Aditya Birla Group
MBA, London Business School
In the 25 years that Mr. Birla has been at the helm of the Aditya Birla Group, he has accelerated growth across markets and geographies, and significantly enhanced stakeholder value. In the process, he has raised the Group's turnover by over 20 times to USD 46 Bn. Today, over half of the group's turnover comes from global operations.
He has been the architect of over 40 successful acquisitions in India and globally. Under his stewardship, the Aditya Birla Group enjoys a position of leadership in all the major sectors in which it operates, from cement to chemicals, metals to textiles and fashion retail to financial services. Over the years, Mr. Birla has built a highly successful meritocratic organisation, anchored by an extraordinary force of 120,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities.
Mr. Birla has been a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India in the past, as also the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee on Corporate Governance. In the arena of higher education, in addition to being the Chancellor of BITS Pilani, he Mr. Birla was also the former Chairman of the Board of IIT Delhi. An alumnus of the London Business School, he is an Honorary Fellow of the school.
Chairperson, Hindustan Times Group
Pro Chancellor, BITS Pilani
University of Calcutta
Besides being the first and the youngest woman to become the chief executive of a national newspaper, Shobhana is also a prominent statesperson. She is currently the Chairperson and Editorial Director at HT Media Limited, India’s largest listed media company, part of India’s illustrious Birla group.
In her career spanning more than three decades, she led the process of cultural transformation at HT Media, and converted it into a high quality, forward looking professional media organization. She pioneered the strategy fundamental to the company’s rapid growth and foray into education. Her efforts have contributed to the company winning global awards including the Best Media Company in India to Work For in 2012.
Shobhana has received many awards and recognition including The ABLF Sustainable Leadership Icon Award (2019) ABLF Dubai’s Highest Cadre Award, Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2016) French Republic’s highest civilian award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the world of journalism, Global Leadership Award (2015) by US-India Business Council, Media Person of the Year 2012 by IAA Leadership Awards in recognition of her Leadership, Foresight and Achievement, Businesswoman of the Year 2007 by The Economic Times, Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 by Ernst & Young and Global Leader of Tomorrow 1996 by World Economic Forum, Davos.
After receiving the Padma Shri for Excellence in Journalism, a National Award by the Government of India, she was the Presidential nominee to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament in India from 2006-2012. She is also serving as a Member India Advisory Board at the London School of Economics (LSE), Member, International Advisory Board, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Member – Board of Visitors, Columbia Journalism School, New York and is also the Pro Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. (founded by her grandfather)
She also served as a Member of the Parliamentary Committees on Energy, Women Empowerment, and Human Resource Development. Other leadership positions held by her include chairing the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Press Trust of India. She has held Board level positions at Indian Airlines and Indian educational institutes.
Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani
PhD, Texas A&M University
MS, University of Cincinnati
BME, Jadavpur University
Professor Souvik Bhattacharyya is the Vice Chancellor of BITS Pilani and Professor-on-Lien of IIT Kharagpur. He has been Dean and Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University; he also held faculty position at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
He completed his BME from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, MS from University of Cincinnati, and PhD from Texas A&M University, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Prof Bhattacharyya has over 250 publications in indexed journals and refereed conference proceedings; he is the co-author of the celebrated Heat Transfer text with J P Holman. He has served on various national committees of DST and SERB over the last 25 years and has been on the Research Council of CSIR-CGCRI. Currently he is a member of the Court of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Chairman of TARE, SERB, Member of the Senate, IIT Jodhpur and Member of Expert Advisory Committee of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies of DST, Expert Committee for FIST Program of DST, and Ministry of Education Committee to improve perception and ranking of Indian Higher Education Institutions.
Prof Bhattacharyya is an elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science, India and West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology. An adored teacher of fluid-thermal sciences, he is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award (2013) of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).
PhD, University of Minnesota
MBA, IIM Calcutta
BTech, IIT Bombay
Dr. Ranjan Banerjee has worked with leading FMCG companies like Asian Paints, Vadilal and HUL. He has consulted at CXO levels for corporations like BASF, Vodafone, Legrand, Pidilite, Mahindra etc. Prior to joining SPJIMR as a faculty member and dean, he was the Founder-CEO of Renaissance Strategic Consultants. His doctoral thesis won a global award for the best dissertation in B2B Marketing from Penn State University, USA. He has also co-authored a best-selling book ‘The Made in India Manager’. Dr. Banerjee was awarded The IAC award for "Change Maestro and Institution Builder of the Year" in 2019. He has recently been nominated on the global boards of GMAC and UNPRME. He is the only nominee from Indian academia on both these boards.
Group Mentor, Vice Chairman, Hindalco and Chairman, Business Review Council, Aditya Birla Group
B. Tech, IIT Kharagpur, B.Sc., Presidency College, Kolkata
Mr. D. Bhattacharya is the Group Mentor and the Chairman of the Business Review Council (BRC) of the Aditya Birla Group. He is the Vice-Chairman of Hindalco Industries Ltd. and Novelis Inc, and a Director on the Board of Vodafone Idea Ltd. He is a Member of the Board of the Indian Advisory Council, of the Schulich School of Business, Toronto.
Before assuming these Group-wide responsibilities, Mr. Bhattacharya was the Managing Director of Hindalco Industries Limited from 2003 to 2016. Under his visionary leadership, Hindalco transformed from being an India-centric, predominantly Aluminium Company to a global, non-ferrous Metals major, growing at a CAGR of 40% to US$16 billion in turnover.
Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Bhattacharya had a 30-year long career in Unilever, holding senior level positions across its global operations, and was the Chairman of the Chemicals business, Unilever, India (Hind Lever Chemicals Ltd.).
His stellar leadership was recognized by the Aditya Birla Group with the 'Aditya Birla Ratna Award' in 2015, which was preceded by a string of awards and recognition from the external world, such as the 'IIM-JRD Tata Award 2011 for Excellence in Corporate Leadership in Metallurgical Industries'; the 'Fray International Sustainability Award 2011'; the 'Qimpro Gold Standard (Business) Award 2010'; the ‘LEXI Award 2007 for Strategic and Leadership Excellence’; the prestigious 'India Business Leader of the Year Award 2005' and the 'Asia Corporate Citizen of the Year Award 2005', both from CNBC. He is also the recipient of the 'Corporate Excellence Award 2010' for his outstanding leadership and innovative approach in ensuring global excellence of the Indian Aluminium Industry at the 14th International Conference on Non-Ferrous Metals; and the 'Global Leader Award' by CEO Magazine in 2016. IIT Kharagpur conferred upon him the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award - 2012' on the Institute's Foundation Day in its Diamond Jubilee year.
Mr. Bhattacharya earned a B. Tech (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and B. Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata.
Managing Director, Pidilite Industries Ltd.
BCom, Punjab University
MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
Bharat Puri is currently the Managing Director of Pidilite Industries Ltd. Starting his career with Asian Paints in 1982, he rose to eventually heading Sales and Marketing for the company. He moved to Cadbury India as Director of Sales and Marketing in 1998, and was appointed its Managing Director in 2002. In 2006, he was posted to Singapore in a Regional role. He then held senior leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and General Management, at the regional, and global level, culminating in his becoming Global President, Chocolates, Gum & Candy, for Mondelez International. Bharat has been a successful global business leader who has built, energised & led diverse teams across numerous geographies in both developed and developing markets.
Co-founder and CEO, BigBasket.com
MSc (Tech), BITS Pilani
Hari Menon is the Co-founder & CEO of BigBasket.com, a company he co-founded in December 2011 with a vision of setting up India’s finest online food and grocery company. Hari started his career with ORG Systems, subsequently moving on to work with many of the best and most respected names in the country, including TVS Electronics, Wipro Infotech, Planetasia.com and Integrated Data Systems. He was CEO of ‘Indiaskills’ as well. Hari’s entrepreneurial journey began in 1999 when he co-founded Fabmart, one of the pioneers in e-commerce in India and its physical extension – Fabmall. Hari was awarded 'The Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017 by his Alma Mater - BITS Pilani in recognition of his outstanding contribution to society as an Entrepreneur.
Former Chairman & MD, HPCL
MBA, IIM Calcutta
BA, Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Nishi Vasudeva, an Indian business executive, served as Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, a Fortune 500 company till March 2016. She is the first woman in India to head an organization in the Energy sector and among the very few globally to head an Oil company. Ms Vasudeva is the first Indian to be awarded the Platts “Global CEO of the year" in the Energy sector and has several other awards & recognitions to her credit. She was presented the SCOPE award in the Individual Leadership category by the President of India for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Public Sector Management. She has an Honours degree in Economics from Delhi University and is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta, with almost four decades of experience in the petroleum industry.
Co-founder and Partner, Cervin Partners
MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
MS, University of Southern California
BS, BITS Pilani
Preetish Nijhawan is a co-founder and partner at Cervin Ventures. He has worked in numerous companies including McKinsey & Company, Neon, and BMC Software. Preetish was also a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, after various roles at Intel Corporation in engineering and programme management.
Preetish earned a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India, an MS in Computer Engineering from USC, and an MBA from MIT Sloan. He serves as a member of the Americas Executive Board at MIT Sloan and as a member of the Advisory Board to the Ming Hsieh School of Electrical Engineering at USC.
Professor of Business
University of Texas Austin
MBA, IIM Calcutta
PhD, NYU Stern School of Business
BE, BITS Pilani
Raghunathan Rajagopal is Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. He is interested in how people’s judgments and decisions impact their happiness and fulfilment. Raj’s work has appeared in top journals such as The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Marketing Research, and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.
Chief Executive Officer, Flex
MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management
BTech, BITS Pilani
Revathi Advaithi is Chief Executive Officer of Flex, the global manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world. Ms. Advaithi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Uber and Catalyst.org. She is also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative. Ms. Advaithi was recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list for two consecutive years (2020, 2019) and named one of Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in India (2020). Ms. Advaithi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
MD, Blue Dart Aviation
MBA, International Aviation, Concordia University, Montreal
Tulsi Mirchandaney Nowlakha is the Managing Director and Accountable Manager for Blue Dart Aviation, India’s only domestic cargo airline and South Asia’s largest, with a fleet of six Boeing 757 freighters. Blue Dart Aviation is the only cargo airline that has sustained its operations in India for the past twenty two years. During her tenure, the company expanded its capacity with the induction of 4 additional, more fuel-efficient freighters. Her responsibility spans the organisation’s flight and ground operations, inhouse airframe line and heavy maintenance, and ground handling activities, with a workforce of over 1100 committed professionals. Tulsi has an MBA degree in International Aviation from Concordia University, Montreal, and has been felicitated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for her contribution to Civil Aviation in the country.
Dean,University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
PhD and MA, Duke University
BA, The Australian National University
Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration, and Professor of Management and Organization at the USC Marshall School of Business. Previously he was Dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for six years. His previous administrative appointments also include service as dean of the business schools at both the University of Sydney (where he was also founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre) and UNSW Australia, and as founding dean of the International Institute as well as Vice Provost of International Studies at UCLA. Earlier in his career, he held academic appoints at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a winner of the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the Advance Global Australian Award. He is also on the board of Park Hotels and Resorts and has served on the advisory boards for the Indian School of Business, the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
Professor of Accounting and Finance
MIT Sloan School of Management
PhD, University of Iowa
MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
BE, BITS Pilani
S P Kothari is the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Sloan School of Management. Previously, he served as global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors. He was named the Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis in March 2019. In this role, he oversees economists, data scientists, and other professionals who provide financial economics and data science in support of the SEC’s mission. Dr. Kothari joined the SEC from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a professor of accounting and finance and a former Deputy Dean. Kothari served on the Board of VVisions from 1998-2004 and is currently on the Board of FIA Global.