• Advisory Boards

Mr. Anang Lalbhai

Chairman and promoter of the Pelican Group, had been at the helm of the Lalbhai Group flagship Arvind Ltd’s many subsidiaries over 25 years. Lastly, being Chairman and Managing Director at Arvind Products and CEO of Arvind Realty business at Arvind Ltd.

Mr. G. Chandrashekhar

Mr. G. Chandrashekhar (‘The Hindu Business Line’) is an economist and journalist with passion for agriculture, agribusiness and commodity markets (including energy and metals) as well as international trade and developmental issues. He is M.A. (Economics) and LL.M. (Constitution & Administrative Law), Bombay University.

Ms. Chieko Watanabe

Mr. Chieko Watanabe - President Avanti Co., Ltd. Humans created civilization to improve their lives, but now it is that civilization that is leading us astray.Almost everyday it seems that humans are becoming more foolish, yet then we come across some new buds peeking through the melting snow, or see a baby's eyes looking at their mother, or notice some unexpected cherry blossoms. Isn't it time to rediscover how happy we are living here on earth?

Mr. Dhiren N. Sheth

Mr. Dhiren N. Sheth is a recognised and leading cotton expert of India. In addition to his day job as Director of a leading cotton trading firm, he also serves as the honorary President of the Cotton Association of India (CAI), the pivotal cotton trade body in the country which champions the development of the cotton industry across the entire value chain.

Mr. Harold Rosen

In 2004, Harold Rosen founded and led IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative, which spun off into the Grassroots Business Fund in 2008.

Mr. Jaithirth 'Jerry' Rao

Mr. Jaithirth 'Jerry' Rao, is a businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of MphasiS, an I.T. and BPO Company. Rao was born in Bangalore and is an alumnus of Loyola College in Chennai, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and the University of Chicago.

Mr. Kumar Rajagopalan

Mr. Kumar Rajagopalan is the CEO of Retailers Association of India (RAI). In his current role at RAI, Kumar focuses on creating a positive environment to trade for modern retail in India.

Mr. Rahul Mishra

Mr. Rahul Mishra is an Indian fashion designer based in Mumbai and Delhi, He is also the first Indian designer who won the 2014 International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week.

Ms. Raji (Rajeswari D, Sheth)

Ms. Raji (Rajeswari D, Sheth) is an Innovator & Brand Strategy specialist with over 23 years of experience across leading MNCs such as P&G, Kellogg’s, Unilever and Schwarzkopf & Henkel.

Mr. Sasidhar Ravinuthala

Mr. Sasidhar is a strategic planner with proven ability to raise funds both short term and long term, improve operations, impact business growth organically & inorganically and maximize profits through finance management, cost optimizations, internal controls, and productivity and efficiency improvements. He has started his career at Mahindra & Mahindra as Asst. Manager and rose to ranks of being a CFO which is a classic case of “Rags to Riches”.

Ms. Vidya Hariharan

Ms. Vidya Hariharan is a senior professional in the Healthcare, Insurance and Financial Services space in India. She has spent 20 years - with companies such as Swiss Re, Deutsche Bank and KPMG Consulting.

Ms. Yoshiko Wada

Ms. Yoshiko Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Yoshiko is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios.