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Global Discovery Schools is powered by a team of individuals from diverse backgrounds who have excelled in their respective fields and include high-responsibility positions in the world's best-managed companies, including HP, Oracle, Cisco, Reliance, L&T and Unilever and are alumni of respected universities such as the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, the IIMs, Kellogg School of Management, and the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)

The India Management team is led by,Mr Pankaj Bindra, Vice Chairman. Mr. Bindra  specialized in Computer Science at MS University and graduated with an MBA  from Kellogg School of Management in the US. He has worked for Oracle, HP and ABN Amro Bank in the US. Mr Bindra  discovered his love for education while establishing a school in  small town of Surendranagar, Gujarat, as part of a Kellogg class project..

To manage the organisation’s vision of scaling GDS's network of schools across the length and breadth of India,the management brought on board Mr. Vinesh Menon as Dy. Chief Executive Officer, leads business services & operations of the organisation along with Finance, HR, Marketing & Corporate Communications. Mr Menon is a veteran senior executive with more than two decades of corporate engagement across Banking, Financial Services & FMCG industries and has held senior management positions with organisations like ABN AMRO Bank, Bajaj Capital and Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd.

Mr Neel Ratna Srivastav, an IIM Kozhikode alumni, is a member of the GDS board and is the Advisor to Dy. CEO’s office on matters related to the Indian Education system. Mr Neel Ratan Srivastav has shared his engineering days with Mr Pankaj Bindra and has had an extensive experience with reputed organisations such as Reliance and L&T.

Our advisory board includes several luminaries including an educationist who headed the CBSE board, a Bharat Shiromani Award winner for his work in education, an IAS officer who’s held the education portfolio and founders of several well-known firms.

 

GDS’s A Team

RAJEEV MINOCHA, CHAIRMAN

  • MBA, IIM Ahmedabad, Stanford Business School
  • 25+ years of global experience: C*Level, franchising & serial ventures
  • Hindustan Lever/Lipton, Perfetti, Parsec, EXL

 



KAPIL KAPOOR, DIRECTOR AND BOARD MEMBER

  • MBA, IIM Ahmadabad
  • 25+ years of global experience
  • Chairman and non-executive Director of Info. Edge India Limited (naukri.com)
  • Former COO for Timex Group USA, Inc. and Chairman TGIL
  • Founder & Trustee member of Ashoka University, a philanthropic initiative founded by eminent scholars and visionaries to provide a liberal education on par with the best universities around the world

 



PANKAJ BINDRA, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN

  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management
  • 18+ years of experience in strategy, finance, marketing & innovation with L&T, ABN Amro, Oracle and HP
  • 10+ years founder education venture

 




VINESH MENON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  • ICWA
  • Former Director , Retail Business at Fullerton India / CEO, Bajaj Capital Investor Services / VP, ABN AMRO Bank/Channel Management at Blow Plast
  • 19 years across FMCG & BFSI

 




G. VANNA VADIVAN, CHIEF PRODUCT & OPERATIONS OFFICER

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  • MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
  • 12+ years of professional experience across IT, ITES and Education Sectors
  • Former COO - Fitkids Education, Former Vice-President (Operations) - Everonn Education
  • Accomplished Operations & Process Management professional )

 



NEEL RATNA SRIVASTAV, DIRECTOR AND BOARD MEMBER

  • MBA, IIM Kozhikode
  • 16+ years of experience in Reliance, L&T
  • 10+ years founder education venture
  • Highly accomplished innovator in higher secondary education

 



RAJ SHAH, DIRECTOR - NEW EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

Raj

  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MD,  Silver group - large fixed income enterprise in Mumbai
  • Experienced in high value Real estate, architecture, supply chain

 




NIKHIL MARATHE, ADVISER ON INNOVATION AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP CURRICULUM FOR GDS

Namit

  • MBA, Kellogg School of Management
  • GDS Founding team, 16+ years Industry experience in Planning, Strategy and Operations
  • Passionate about Economic empowerment, Education, Science & Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Coach; Granted 17 Patents

 



Sonal Bhati, HEAD - BRAND COMMUNICATIONS & CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT

Namit

  • Post Graduate in International Business - IESEG, France
  • Human Resource Management - YMCA, Delhi
  • Worked at firms like Sodexo Click on French (a Project of Embassy of France), Auspice Advertising and Management Consultancy

 

 

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