Dr. Simon George
Adjunct Professor & Former Dean-Academics, T A PAI Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
Simon George ( MSc, MBA, PhD) after his superannuation on December 24, 2020 from T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) ,Manipal, is now an Adjunct professor at TAPMI. He was the Dean of TAPMI for 9 years till March 2020. Joined TAPMI in 1991. As Dean- Academics, he led the TAPMI team to get the prestigious international accreditation of AACSB, for its academic processes. He was also the architect of the Health care management program of TAPMI – the first full-fledged 2-year Healthcare management program in any b-school.
He is a reviewer of articles for the prestigious American Marketing Association (AMA) conferences. He has written and published several cases. He has attended several national and international conferences and workshops. His book on ‘ Cases in Brand Management and Services Marketing’, which contains 15 real cases of companies, was recently published. He has conducted several Faculty Development programmes in several b-schools on using ‘Cases – as a pedagogy of teaching’. He has attended the Case method of teaching programme at Harvard, Boston.
He regularly conducts training programmmes for practicing managers. He has conducted several Executive Education Programmes in Marketing for companies like Ashok Leyland Ltd, Infosys, Jindal Steel, ECE elevators, Corporation bank, Syndicate bank, ICICI, Oracle, Piaggio etc. He has taught a full Marketing course for a semester in Oakland University, Detroit, Michigan, US. He is also a Professional Member of the American Marketing Association. He has successfully guided 5 candidates for their Ph.D degree and guiding 3 more now. He is also an examiner for Ph. D, at 3 Central Universities of the country. He was awarded as the Best Marketing professor by Dainik Bhaskar National Education Leadership Awards 2013.
Prof. (Dr.) Zakkariya K.A
Professor, School of Management Studies, CUSAT, Director, DDU KAUSHAL KENDR
Dr. Zakkariya K.A is a Professor in Management and Director of DDU KAUSHAL Kendra at Cochin University of Science and Technology with more than 23 years of experience, which includes teaching, research, training, administration and institution building.
Dr.Zakkariya had been nominated thrice to the syndicate of Cochin University of Science and Technology by the Government of Kerala and has also been elected to the senate of the University five times consecutively from the constituency of university teachers. He has occupied several positions such as Director, Aligarh University Centre at Malappuram, Governing Council Member of Kerala State Higher Education Council, General Council Member of Kerala Agricultural University, Executive Council Member of Aligarh Muslim University UP, Director, Students’ Welfare Department CUSAT, Chairman and Secretary of Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) Kochi Chapter, President and General Secretary of Cochin University Teachers’ Organisation. He has been a member in the academic bodies of various universities inside and outside the state of Kerala
Dr. Zakkariya has been instrumental in starting the vocational courses at masters level for the first time in the state of Kerala by establishing DDU KAUSHAL KENDRA in CUSAT as its founder Director, bringing UGC grant to the tune of 40 million rupees. It is because of his initiatives and efforts CUSAT became part of a one million Euro European Union Project for Capacity Building in Higher Education in the year 2019. It is a huge project with 12 partner institutions from six countries and his efforts to establish a Centre for Teaching Excellence in CUSAT as part of the project is in progress. Dr.Zakkariya is a gifted orator, outstanding leader and an inspiring teacher well known for his leadership and institution building skills. He had served in various expert committees of UGC and AICTE.
Dr. Thomas Joseph
Adjunct Professor, Business Policy and Strategy IIM Udaipur, IIT Delhi
Dr. Thomas Joseph is an Adjunct Professor in the area of Business Policy and Strategy at Indian Institute of Management Udaipur and a Visiting Professor of Strategic Management at IIT Delhi. His areas of Research, Teaching and Consulting include Strategy Formulation, Strategy execution, Performance Management, and International business strategy. He is an electrical engineer from Kerala University and also a Ph.D holder in the area of Strategy from IIM Bangalore. He attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School, Ross School Michigan, Max Planck Berlin and WHU Koblenz. Prior to his current role, Dr. Thomas was Director and Principal of Marthoma College of Management and Technology (MCMAT) at Perumbavoor. He was also a full time practitioner heading the global strategy department of UAE Exchange, Abu Dhabi for four years from 2008 to 2012. He was an adjunct faculty of business and management in the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to that, he had worked with Indian Petrochemicals (IPCL), Apollo Tyres Ltd and Binani Zinc Ltd for about 12 years. He has published articles in American Economic Journal-Applied Economics, South Asian Journal of Management, International Journal of Selection and Assessment etc. From 2013 to 2017, he was serving as a member of Kerala State Innovation Council.
Mr. Thomas Kuruvilla
Managing Partner Middle East & Global Board Member of Arthur D. Little
Thomas Kuruvilla is a member of the Global Board of Arthur D. Little and responsible for Arthur D. Little’s operations in the Middle East. Thomas is also the Head of the Strategy and Organization practice in South Asia and the Middle East. Thomas has been with Arthur D. Little since 1998 and was responsible for Arthur D. Little’s Singapore operations
Thomas has led many public sector transformational engagements on economic development and digital transformation, across industries: transport, telecoms, health care and real estate/smart city. Thomas has also supported various family conglomerates in the Middle East in developing and executing their strategy. Thomas is on the board of a few family conglomerates in the Middle East.
Thomas is a part-time faculty at many Indian Institutes of Management (IIM - Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Udaipur), India – for programmes covering International Business Strategy; Family Conglomerate Strategy & Governance; Strategy/Management Consulting. Thomas is a member of the Industry Advisory Panel of S P Jain School of Global Management. Thomas is also a speaker in conferences in the areas of Corporate Governance, International Business Strategy, Turnaround Management, and Corporate Venturing.
Mr Kuruvilla has a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kerala University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Australia/Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. Before joining Arthur D. Little, he worked with Larsen and Toubro, the largest engineering company in India.
Mr. Suresh R Prabhu
Chief Delivery Officer – Industry Verticals, Persistent Systems Ltd
Suresh Prabhu has joined Persistent Systems (BSE and NSE: Persistent) as Chief Delivery Officer for Industry verticals 3 months back. In this role, he will be responsible for the delivery organization across Software & Hi-Tech, Banking Financial Services and Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences, and Emerging verticals.
Suresh joins Persistent with over 30 years of experience in digital transformational projects: new product engineering, product modernization and enterprise solutions delivery. He joins Persistent from Epicor Software, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of on-premise and SaaS solutions across multiple industries including manufacturing, distribution and retail. In previous roles, Suresh worked in retail banking, online banking, bill payments and trade finance domains and across various high growth product and services firms. Suresh will be a member of Persistent’s executive team and will be based out of Bengaluru, India.
He has done EGPMP – General Management from IIM-B in 2006, PGDST from National Centre for Software Development, Mumbai in 1992-93, B.Tech in EEE from Kerala University in 1989.
Mr. Nobin Thomas
Former Chairperson, Post-graduate Programme in Human Resource Management, IIM Indore.
Dr. Nobin is a senior faculty member in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management area at IIM Indore. He was the Chairperson of the Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management (PGP-HRM) at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore. He has also served as the Chair of the Hostel and Student Affairs. He is also a member of the International Accreditation Team instrumental in achieving the Triple Crown status for IIM Indore. He is currently the Executive Committee member of the Doctoral and Executive Doctoral Programme in Management, and Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management at IIM Indore.
His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering degree from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, a Master of Arts degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai (where he was awarded the Institute Gold Medal for Best Student and Best Research Project), and a Ph.D. in Management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
Prior to his doctoral studies at IIM Ahmedabad, Professor Nobin had a short stint with the United Nations Head Quarters New York as a global intern.
He has been trained in participant-centred learning at Harvard Business School, and in social network analysis at University of Kentucky, USA.
Professor Nobin’s research and case writing examines social networks, entrepreneurial ecosystem, and organizational learning. His research and cases have appeared in prestigious academic journals such as the Management Decision, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Knowledge and Process Management, and Ivey Publishing. He has presented his research at leading international conferences including the Academy of Management and EGOS colloquium.
He teaches core and elective courses in the flagship PGP and EPGP programme and doctoral programmes. He also teaches to executives in the Management Development Programme and has conducted and coordinated training programmes for many companies including ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, DRDO, National Informatics Centre, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Idea, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Life Insurance Corporation, Indian Army, Border Security Force, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, TATA-AIA Life Insurance, ACC-ACL, ICICI Prudential, BEL, NHPC, NTPC, SJVNL, CWC, CG Power and Industrial Solutions, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, MP Police, Star Union Daiichi Life Insurance, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance, Indian Railways, Power Grid Corporation of India to name a few.