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Advisory committee

Professor Margaret Noble

Professor Margaret Noble, Chief Executive, Waiariki Institute of Technology holds a Doctorate in Geography, from the University of Hull. Prior to joining Waiariki Institute of Technology in 2012, Margaret was the Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich from 2005 to 2009. She has held a range of senior management posts in UK higher education including at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside as Head of Humanities and Head of Educational Development, the University of Teesside as Director of Lifelong Learning, and at the University of Greenwich as Director of External and Combined Studies. Her publications are mainly in the area of in urban and regional studies, higher education policy and widening participation. Her current research interests include access and inclusion in tertiary education, work-based learning and partnership and collaboration.

Shri V.P. Nandakumar

Shri V.P. Nandakumar is the Managing Director and CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd. based at Valapad (Thrissur District), Kerala. Manappuram Finance Ltd. was the first listed corporate entity in India to enter the field of gold loans and it went on to transform this traditional business. Thanks to the vision and drive of Shri Nandakumar, and the team of professionals he has assembled around him, Manappuram Finance Ltd. is a pan-India presence with about 3,300 branches across 26 Indian states and UTs, and about 17,000 employees on its rolls. The company has Assets under Management (AUM) of about Rs.9,000 crores. Shri Nandakumar’s achievements in business have earned recognition at the national level. The magazine Business Today listed him among India’s Top 100 CEOs in its issue dated January 5, 2014. Earlier, Business World had featured him in the list of India’s Most Valuable CEOs in its issue dated December 2, 2013. He is ranked at 42 among CEOs of mid-sized companies with revenues of between Rs.1,500 to Rs.6,000 crores. Shri. Nandakumar is a Philanthropist and the major initiative of the Foundation is an original scheme, “Janaraksha Manappuram” extending health insurance to 20,000 below poverty line (BPL) families in the seven Panchayats of the Nattika/ Valapad area.

Ms. Parveen Hafeez

Ms. Parveen Hafeez, managing director of Sunrise Hospitals, is one of three business women selected from Indiato attend the Fortune/U.S. State Department Women Leaders Mentoring programme. She was mentored by Kim Kadlec, vice president Johnson & Johnson (USA). Ms. Parveen Hafeez had been nominated by the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation. Besides being the founder chairperson of the Ladies Forum of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she is an executive committee member of the Kerala Management Association and is also on the advisory board of the Kerala Financial Corporation. She is also the managing partner of Medlace Disposables, a surgical company, and Iware Solutions, a software development company based at Infopark. Parveen is the backbone of the Sunrise hospital project with her constant focus on maintaining the highest standards of service and attention to detail. She now heads a multi-crore business venture which is on an expansion mode. Her various business ventures have all proved very successful. Her ‘hands-on’ management style involves interacting daily with her dedicated team of medical professionals on a one on one basis. To the patients at Sunrise Hospitals, her familiar smiling face and personal touch, instills confidence and reinforces the fact that their health is in capable hands. Parveen also heads the finance department, a key role within the organization.

Dr. George Sleeba

Dr. George Sleeba is the Former Chairman and Managing Director of FACT Ltd, the biggest Central Public Sector Undertaking in the State of Kerala. He has four decades of industrial experience in Public and private sectors and was a Consultant to the government of Kerala for revival of sick units in the Public Sector.His academic career includes Mechanical Engineering from Kerala University, M.Tech in Industrial Engineering from IIT, Madras, and PGDM from AIMA and Ph.D. from CUSAT. He underwent Management training in UK as a Colombo Plan Scholar and holds a Certificate in T&D from the Institute of T&D, UK.He is a Fellow of various Professional bodies such as All India Management Association (AIMA), National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM), and the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE). He is presently the chairman of the IIIE (Kerala Chapter). Dr. George Sleeba has also served as the Joint Managing Director of V-Guard Industries Ltd from June 1, 2010 to June 1, 2013. Dr. George Sleeba, Director (Production and HR), V-Guard Industries, has been selected for the Ramaswamy Cup instituted by the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), National Council for 2013. The award is given every year to an industrial engineering professional who has contributed significantly to the growth of the industrial engineering profession in their organization.

Mr. S. Gopakumar

Mr. S. Gopakumar, Principal Architect Kumar Group Total Designers is engaged in the profession of Architectural and Interior Design. Established in 1976 has two offices in Kochi and Trivandrum, Kerala. The firm has done many prestigious projects like Taj Hotel at Calicut, Tall trees Munnar, HDFC Office, IMA House in addition many housing projects for major builders, Skyline, S.F.S., Sahara, Herra, Kent etc. Kumar Group has also done interior works for many hotels, Offices, I.T. buildings etc. Kumar Group Handles Architecture, Interior landscape and Engineering as one comprehensive service.

Mr. P.Ravindranath

Mr. P.Ravindranath is a senior marketing professional with three decades of experience in brand consultancy. He has worked with FCB Ulka, MAA Bozell and R K SWAMY BBDO – 3 leading advertising & brand consulting companies having worldwide network – in many senior positions viz. Branch Head, Regional Head, Vice President, Principal Consultant and Director on the Board. He also had a short stint with one of the leading Media Houses in the country, the Business India Group. During his long career he has handled many national and international assignments for his clients, and this helped him in gaining deep knowledge on various product categories and brands.Ravindranath holds M.Sc. from Kerala University and MBA from Cochin University of Science & Technology. While working he has also done graduation in Law. He is an Accredited Management Teacher of All India Management Association (AIMA), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) of The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, UK and an International Graduate & Certified Corporate Trainer of JCI Training Institute, USA.
A former President of Kerala Management Association (KMA) and Chairman of KMA Management Education Trust he has been in the forefront of mentoring next generation managers by sharing his knowledge and experience with peers and students of management in various Business Schools. Other than AIMA and KMA, he is intimately connected with a dozen prominent professional bodies. He was awarded the prestigious “Fellowship in Management” by All India Management Association in 2012 for his outstanding contributions to professional management outside his profession.He has presented papers in national as well as international seminars on strategic brand management, brand promotion, integrated marketing communication, media trends, retail strategies, creativity and other contemporary management topics, and also contributed research papers and articles in business journals and magazines.

Prof.(Dr.) P.K.Aravindan

Prof.(Dr.) P.K.Aravindan is a retired Professor in Structural Engineering Division, IIT Madras. He is a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT, Madras and he is also a Doctorate in Structural Engineering, IIT Madras. He has a M.Sc. (Structural Engineering) from University of Madras. He has handled subjects like Design, Advanced Theory and Design of Concrete Structures, Design of Plates and Shells, Pre-stressed Concrete, Bridges. He has produced large number of M.S. and M.Tech. thesis in the area of reinforced concrete, shell structures and bridges. He is a consultant to Government of India and statutory agencies like Atomic Energy Commission, Defense, Indian Railways, ISRO, HAL, IOC, and National Highways Authority of India. He is now Principal Consultant in a private engineering consultant firm, Sree Giri Consultants, Chennai and technical advisor to a leading German construction company, viz. M/s. Dorma India Pvt. Ltd. He has involved in large number of consultancy projects in Private sector like Reliance, L&T, Essar, and Nagarjuna Construction. He has received an award from Institution of Bridge Engineers for the Design of 41.0 m span Bow String Girder Bridge across Kattpadi Railway Station, Tamil Nadu. Moreover he was also involved in the design of 323 m tall communication transmission tower for Doordarshan at Bhuj, Gujarat which withstood the recent earthquake, and designed the 75 m high Tower at Kabul, Afghanistan for M/s. Shree Constructions.

Prof. T.J.Abraham

Prof. T.J.Abraham, Retd. General Manager, Fertilizers & Chemicals,Travancore Ltd.,Kochi is a proven veteran in Plant Management,Plant Maintenance,Construction, Design,ProjectManagementand Plant Operations.He was the head of the task force in the building of the Caprolactum project the biggest chemical manufacturing facility in Kerala. He was also the former Director of Berchman’s Institute of Management,S.B.Collegein Changanassery. He was also a visiting faculty in for SCMS and in the Directors board of KSINC.

Cheeran Varghese

Cheeran Varghese is a Professional Chartered Accountant and a Senior Partner of M/S Cheeran Varghese&Co. He was the Past Chairman of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India,Thrissur branch. He has held several leadership positions like, the Past President of the Rotary Club of Thrissur West, Past President, Chancellors Club, Past Vice President of YMCA, Thrissur, President of Thrissur Tennis Trust, Chairman of M/S Invest Inn (P) Ltd., member of Member of Thrissur Management Association and Red Cross, Thrissur Chamber of Commerceand member of the committee on chits constituted byKerala Govt. He is also a visiting faculty of Dr. John Mathai Center, Thrissur