Vijay K. Thadani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of NIIT Ltd, a leading global
skills and Talent Development Corporation. As the co-founder of the NIIT Group, he
has built an organization that is recognised for its visionary role in bringing
the benefits of Information Technology, both as a professional skill and as a learning
tool, to the masses.
Vijay has led the Group's globalization efforts since 1991, taking the NIIT flag to
over 40 countries and has been actively engaged with many Industry Associations. He served as
President of the Indian IT industry association, MAIT and as the Chairman of CII Northern Region
for 2011- 2012. He also served as the Chairman of the National Accreditation Board for Education
and Training (NABET), under the aegis of the Quality Council of India and as the Chairman of Board
of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad.
Vijay is the co-founder of the not-for-profit, NIIT University established in 2009 with a vision of being
the leading center of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society. He is a Founder
Director on the Board of NIIT Technologies Limited, a leading SEI-CMMi Level 5 assessed IT Solutions organization,
servicing customers in the USA, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and India. He chairs the Board of Governors
of MN National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
He also chairs CII's National Committee on Higher Education and serves on the Governing Council of
All India Management Association (AIMA).
A 'Distinguished Alumnus' of the premier Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vijay was honored with the
position of 'Economic Consultant' to Chongqing, world's largest city in the People's Republic of China.
Parappil Rajendran, Joint Managing Director of NIIT Ltd., is a member of the core team that
developed and brought the organization to its present position of global standing,
since its inception in 1981.
He received his degree in Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi,
India in 1974 and joined KELTRON, a nascent electronic products company set up by Govt. of Kerala,
where he worked for eight years. During this period he was involved in marketing,
product management and sales of electronic industrial products. Later he moved into
the domain of electronic automation and control of power stations.
Rajendran also serves on the Board of Management of the not-for-profit NIIT University
set up in Neemrana, Rajasthan with the vision of creating the University of the Future
built on the foundation of Industry-linked, Technology-based, Research-driven and Seamless learning.
He is also actively engaged with NIIT Foundation, which addresses the skilling and employability
needs of youth from the underprivileged segments of the society.
Rajendran has been associated with the apex industry association, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
He has chaired the CII North Region Committees on HR and Information Technology; and later on led
the CII National Committee on Higher Education over three years.
Rahul Keshav Patwardhan is the Chief Executive Officer of NIIT Limited, a global
leader in skills and talent development, offering multi-disciplinary learning management
and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals in
over 40 countries.
Rahul is a Production Engineer and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. After having spent
the first 20 years of his career with NIIT in diverse roles, Rahul returns to the
company with 10 years of extensive Global experience in scaling managed services
operations with Logica. With a proven track record and excellence in strategy, technology
services management, training services & channel management, Rahul will spearhead
the transformation of NIIT's global offerings and brand positioning in the realm
of skills and talent development.
Prior to re-joining NIIT, Rahul was based at the Europe headquarters of Logica as
MD, Global Managed App Services. By 2011, he oversaw a revenue line of USD 1.5B
and a 12000 person globally diverse App Management workforce across all onshore
European locations and offshore locations in India, Morocco, Philippines and Central/Eastern
Europe. He then became the Global Productivity Leader, responsible for design &
execution of a strategic program to improve delivery productivity and gross margins
across the firm, globally. Earlier on at Logica in 2005, Rahul served as the Company's
CEO of the India Offshore unit in Bangalore, as well as the Global Director of Applications
Management delivery across Logica worldwide. He functioned as a key member of the
global leadership team.
During his initial career, Rahul started at NIIT as a key member of the team in
1987 that conceived and implemented NIIT's Training Services Franchise model. He
then led product management of the Individual IT Training business and drove strong
annual growth. He also initiated training services Quality Management on industrial
engineering principles, to ensure NIIT delivered Quality training consistently,
while scaling up. Later, as NIIT's Corporate Planning manager, he developed and
implemented a model for long-term strategic planning and budgeting for the company.
In the early 90's he set up NIIT's operations across Asia Pacific, kicking off the
globalization of Corporate & Individual learning businesses, and was instrumental
in NIIT's start in China; apart from launching the Software & SI business in the
region. He led the acquisition of significant multimedia learning deals in Singapore
and Malaysia. During the last part of his 20-year career with the NIIT group, he
was the President of Europe & APAC Software business in NIIT Technologies Ltd.
Sapnesh Lalla is the CEO Designate of NIIT Ltd and will take over the role of Chief Executive Officer with effect from August 1, 2017.
Prior to his appointment as CEO designate, Sapnesh served as the President of NIIT’s Global Corporate Business, which constitutes nearly seventy percent of NIIT’s total business. He led critical initiatives for the expansion of the company in North America and Europe including significant acquisitions like Cognitive Arts and Element K. Under his leadership, NIIT has grown to become a leading global learning outsourcing solutions provider with its Managed Training Services offering.
Sapnesh is now in his 25th year at NIIT and has served in India and USA. He started his career as a Project Lead in the Learning Content Development team in 1992. Over time, he has held various management and leadership roles in product management, customer support, channel development, sales, and support functions. In 2006, Sapnesh was appointed the President of NIIT (USA), Inc. and has since been an integral part of the CEO's leadership team.
Sapnesh is an Electronics and Communications Engineer from Bangalore University and received his Executive Education at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He was selected into the prestigious Managing Director’s Quality Club and has the distinction of receiving the coveted Global Leadership Award twice in 2001 and 2010.
Amit Roy is the CFO of NIIT Ltd, a leading Global Skills and Talent Development Corporation. He has a long and varied Industry experience of over 37 years with some of the leading corporate houses.
Amit’s expertise lies in various fields of Corporate Finance, Accounts, Audit & Assurance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Affairs and Enterprise Risks management with specialization in Corporate Finance, Audit, Processes and Risks Management to name a few. He is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Science Graduate.
Prior to joining NIIT in 2004, Amit has worked in senior positions with Titagarh Industries Limited, JCT Fibers & JCT Electronics Limited (Thapar Group) and Escorts Tractors Ltd. During his current tenure with NIIT, Amit has also held the key portfolio of CFO for NIIT Technologies Ltd. in the year 2010 and 2015. In his long tenure in the industry, he has handled critical functions like merger, demerger, acquisition, amalgamation, fund raising activities for expansion, project finance (new project and enhanced Capacity), working capital management arrangement, raising fund through equity, preference issues from public &private placement including GDR/ADR/ECB/FCCB and more.
Amit has also held offices in industry bodies, chambers and Regulatory bodies like Audit and Assurance Standard Board of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He was a nominee of CII. At present, he is a member of National Committee of “Accounting Standard & Company Law” in CII.
Prakash Menon is the President of Global Retail Business, NIIT Ltd. He is responsible for NIIT’s Retail business globally, which includes India B2C Business, Emerging Markets and China and the Online Retail Business (under Training.com).
Prakash began his career with NIIT in Chennai in 1985, and played many roles including being the head of Bangalore region and head of marketing and sales in India for the education business. Later he moved to China in 1997 to establish NIIT's operations in the country. In fact, NIIT was the first Indian IT company to do so.
Prakash brings with him, a rich international experience and is responsible for digitally transforming NIIT's Retail business in the country. He spearheads NIIT’s latest offering in the digital space which include Training.com and NIIT.tv. His charter also involves revamping NIIT's curriculum offerings in India to serve the urgent skilling needs for a Digital Workforce.
In his last role before taking on the current assignment, Prakash was responsible for NIIT's retail Skills & Career business outside India, which included China, Africa and South East Asia. He drove it to become the fastest growing and most profitable business unit of NIIT.
Having seen various facets of the organization as a veteran NIITian, and with a global experience in the fast moving Chinese market, Prakash has been instrumental in driving new models of Educational Technology to enable successful digital transformation of the China business.
Under Prakash's leadership, NIIT has been acknowledged by the Chinese government as the 'Most influential IT Training Brand' in China and has also been awarded as the 'Best Innovation Brand' in the Education sector in India by the ASSOCHAM National Brand Summit & Excellence Awards 2016. Further, he has been personally felicitated by the Chinese government, for influencing the development of the Training industry in China.
Gavin Dabreo is the Chief Executive Officer of MindChampion Learning Systems Limited
(MLSL)- NIIT's K-12 school learning subsidiary. An MBA from the Manchester Business
School, UK, Gavin has extensive work experience of 25 years across - education,
transportation, telecom and consumer product industries. He began his career in
1991, in advertising with FCB Ulka in Mumbai. He moved out of advertising by joining
a pioneering venture called Sterling Resorts in the mid 90s. Subsequently in 1998,
Gavin was part of the original team that launched Tata's telecom venture, Tata Teleservices.
In 2008 he joined Meru Cabs, as one of the founding members of the management committee,
helping the team build Meru Cabs into India's largest and favourite taxi company.
He then had an entrepreneurial stint in the education K12 space, which he subsequently
sold. In 2014 as CEO at Varsity Education Management, he executed one of India's
largest digital education program in Sri Chaitanya Schools and established India's
first edu-cloud network in partnership with Microsoft Corporation.
Rajan Venkataraman, Chief Technology Officer, NIIT Ltd., provides technology thought
leadership to NIIT globally. His focus is to improve productivity, enable process
excellence and create new business lines through innovative use of Technology. He
has worked towards initiating a technology transformation at NIIT powered by a strong
EduTech team. Under his leadership continuous technical experiments and innovations
are undertaken to arrive at new and unique solutions for customers.
He has spearheaded, multiple technology driven business products and solutions,
with NIIT.tv being one of the latest additions, his other initiatives include -
multi-lingual Learning Management System, Cloud Campus, ComputerDrome, etc. The
phenomenal response generated with the launch of NIIT.tv, signals the emergence
of NIIT as India's strongest and largest 'EduTech' company.
Rajan is an IT security expert with a zeal for perfection - First time right is
his motto. He has been recognized with multiple awards for his significant contributions
globally. He started his journey as a Post-Grad student from NIIT Chennai in 1988
and moved to USA to establish the NIIT Global Technology Arm in 1996. He leads the
NIIT Technology footprint across 40+ countries and 500+ locations.
Arjun Shankar, Chief - Corporate Management Services NIIT Ltd.,
looks after the Human Resources function, Commercial Services portfolio
and also oversees the Skills Training business of NIIT Ltd. He has
been with the NIIT group for over 25 years, having worked in different roles
and business verticals like BFSI Education and Training, IT Education and Training,
Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) business and the Knowledge Solutions Business (KSB).
Having worked at various locations in India and Asia Pacific, Arjun has held
key roles in Operations, Profit Centre management, Alliance management, Training
function, Quality function, Process Management, KPO Transition, Franchise Management and Technical functions.
Arjun has been responsible for implementation of network based education
administration systems and has also worked towards achieving the first ISO
certification for the Education Business. He has been a part of the team that
won the Smart Schools project of the Malaysian Multimedia Super-Corridor Initiative.
As a core member of IFBI (Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance) he played a
key role in training and placing over 35,000 students in the Banking sector in India.
A Management post graduate from BITS Pilani, Arjun is passionate about people, teaching-learning
and process management and leads key capability building initiatives at NIIT.
Udai Singh is the Chief Strategy Officer of NIIT Limited. Additionally, he drives
strategic change initiatives for the organization and also oversees the Global Government
Business of NIIT and in this capacity is responsible for the path-breaking Chiphen
Rigpel Project in Bhutan.
Udai has been part of both the Software Services & Learning businesses of the NIIT
Group. As a technology evangelist in the early 90's, Udai toured India extensively
- teaching Object Oriented Programming & C++ to a variety of audiences. In turn
he helped spread NIIT Corporate Training to various countries in the APAC region.
In the mid-90's, Udai turned to Networking, Data communications & IT Infrastructure
management. He designed & implemented a new generation of capital efficient off-shore
software development centres for NIIT and then implemented India's largest network
connecting over 17,000 nodes at NIIT retail centres distributed across India. The
Global IP scheme designed for NIIT's intranet has withstood the test of time and
is still in use.
Udai has been involved in the conceptualization & implementation of numerous technology
enabled learning innovations at NIIT over the years. He helped setup NetVarsity.Com
one of the world's earliest online learning portals in 1996, and subsequently evolved
this into a Brick-and-Portal model of Blended Education delivery as the Chief Operating
Officer of NIIT Online Learning Limited. In 2003 he was asked to lead the newly
created Global Design, Development & Information Systems Group. Over the next 3
years he led the development of an integrated portfolio of products and systems
for NIIT's Retail Education Businesses in India, China and Emerging markets. Additionally
he managed strategic alliances with global technology partners such as Microsoft,
Oracle, Intel, Cisco amongst others. In 2006, as NIIT transformed into a Global
Talent Development organization and ventured into domains beyond IT, he helped setup
NIIT Imperia and brought Executive Management Education from Premier institutes
such as IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta to working professionals across India through
a unique Synchronous Learning Technology platform. He also conceptualized & deployed
India's first Cloud CampusTM featuring NIIT's unique Cloud & Collaborative Learning
Model. Amongst the latest initiatives that he is currently incubating are StackRoute
Udai did his B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and M.E. in Electronics
& Control from BITS Pilani. He became one of the youngest Lecturers at the age of
21 and taught Computer Science courses for a year before joining NIIT in 1990.