Our Board

Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee: Chairman

Kalyan Kumar Banerjee graduated in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and has a Masters in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. He is among the ten co-founders of Mindtree, a Global IT leader company. As part of Mindtree, Kalyan has conceived and explored Knowledge Management, the Culture and Competence Initiative, and its Leadership Development program. Kalyan was instrumental in defining a learning culture, introducing communities to foster a learn and share ecosystem, teaching systematic innovation, and building programs for lifelong learning. Prior to Mindtree, Kalyan worked in Wipro’s R&D for thirteen years, most of it on the UNIX kernel.Having worked in the growth and transformation of the computer industry for 26 years, Kalyan joined Centurion University as Pro -Vice Chancellor in June 2012 to bring changes in the academia of Odisha. He is also the Founder Director of Klorofeel Foundation, an organization having intrinsic focus on delivering effective and inspiring education for the under-served. He is also associated with startups like Reap Benefit, Walnut, Vidya Kshetra, iAccept, Spaneos, Rise High Public School, Posibolt and Showhow2. He thrives to build people through the process of peer learning, making sense of out of diverse signals, systems thinking and with a strong reason to believe that everyone has potential and purpose.

Prof. Haribandhu Panda: Managing Trustee

Prof. Haribandhu Panda, Former Vice Chancellor, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Odisha, has more than 35 years of national and international experience in academics and industry. Prior to Joining Centurion University, Prof. Panda worked in organisations like Human Development Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand; South East Asia Technology Co., Ltd., Bangkok; National Thermal Power Corporation, Ltd, Delhi; and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. He is actively associated with a number of Civil Society Organisations in Odisha and outside. His education includes Ph.D. in Management of Technology and M. Eng. in Energy Technology from the AIT, Bangkok; MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi; and B. Eng. (Mechanical) from NIT, Rourkela. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in the areas of Strategic Management, Management of Technology, Energy Management and Institution Design and Development. Presently he works broadly in the areas of technology-led, market linked, sustainable livelihood security; and high quality education of underprivileged.

Dr. Annapurna Devi Pandey : Trustee

Faculty of Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Pandey holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and was a Post- doctoral fellow in Social Anthropology at Cambridge. Her research interests are women’s activism and leadership in the context of State and Multi-National Corporations, their economic and political empowerment in rural and tribal India; and women’s identity making in the Odia Diaspora in California. She is the author of numerous essays on Indian Women’s activism, agency, entrepreneurship and empowerment in India and Indian diaspora. Currently she is a senior Fulbright U.S. Scholar working in Odisha, India. Her research project focuses on the impact of skill training on everyday life of rural and tribal women in Odisha. She is an accomplished filmmaker (Homeland in the Heart; The Myth of Buddha’s Birthplace (with Prof. James Freeman) and Road to Zuni. She was President of the Orissa Society of the Americas (2011- 2013), the oldest socio-cultural organization of diasporic Odias in North America.

Dr. Nivedita Narain: Trustee

Dr. Nivedita Narain has a PhD in Management Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; a master’s in Professional Studies in International Development Policy from Cornell University in the USA; a Post-graduate Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. She is a certified trainer in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, training of trainers, and entrepreneurial motivation trainer at NIESBUD (National Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development) and is a founder member of the Institute for Group Facilitators. Nivedita has led PRADAN’s Human Resources Development Unit, and Research and Resource Centre and has also led PRADAN’s initiative to institutionalise development practice in the higher education sector, in collaboration with Ambedkar University Delhi.

Nisha Jamvwal: Trustee

Columnist, author, brand consultant, designer -Nisha Jamvwal’s work in branding, luxury, social causes, Interiors Architecture & design blend seamlessly, converting her passion for the creative and visual arts into her work where all synergise seamlessly.
She authors six columns as well and does television shows on design.
In Nisha you find adversity has become an ally where her inspiring story even drew the attention of international best selling author Jeffrey Archer so that he has chronicled her life story in ‘And Thereby Hangs A Tale’ where she is called by her real name.
Nisha is also a craft crusader and works to save our traditional heritage. She has authored two books on traditional Indian craft & is working also with activist Abha Singh to make India Accessible

Prof. D.V.Ramana: Trustee

Dr. Ramana is a Professor of Accounting at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. His teaching interests are in the areas of Financial Accounting, Strategic Management Accounting and Regulatory Accounting and Finance. He has also worked as a senior consultant with the Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC) ltd.He is also associated with many Govt Enterprises as Director.
He is engaged in the action research of making management education relevant for the people doing business on street (BOS). The experiment was to provide support to the mini and micro enterprises operating at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP).

Mr. Rajesh Mahapatra : Trustee

Rajesh Mahapatra has been, at various points over the last 25 years, a journalist, financial writer, policy analyst, newsroom leader and editor.
In a journey that has taken him from Chitrakonda in remote OdIsha to New Delhi and several parts of the world, Mahapatra studied economics at Delhi University and JNU. In his early years of journalism he covered India’s economic transformation for international publications such as the Bridge News and the Associated Press, before an extended stint at Hindustan Times, where he drove organisational change and digital innovation.
He is now a columnist and commentator seeking to contribute to and shape public policy debates in Odisha and India at large.