The Sampark Foundation's Advisory Board comprises visionary leaders in technology and social innovation, including educators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. They guide our tech-driven educational initiatives, leveraging their expertise to transform rural education in India and create equitable, tech-empowered learning environments.
Harvard Business School Professor
Linda A. Hill, Harvard Business School Professor and Leadership Initiative chair, is a renowned leadership expert, recognized globally by Thinkers50. She's authored influential books like "Collective Genius," co-founded Paradox Strategies, and serves on multiple boards, focusing on leadership, innovation, and diversity. Hill holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology.
Former advisor to PMO
Amarjeet Sinha was posted on re-employment, as Advisor to the Prime Minister, in the rank of Secretary to Government of India, till 31 July 2021. He is an IAS officer of the 1983 Bihar cadre, retired as Secretary of Rural Development in December 2019. With 38 years in government, largely in rural and social sectors, he significantly contributed to India’s education and health missions. He's authored books on public policy and trained IAS trainees, visiting over 90% of India's districts for human development initiatives. He's an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, holding prestigious scholarships like the Rhodes Scholarship.
Managing Director, Indraprastha Schools
Dr. Rajesh Hassija, author of over fifty books on mathematics and computer science, is a renowned educationist and a "Pedagogical Grandmaster." He's a member of key education committees like CBSE, NCERT, and the National Accreditation Board. Honored with the National Teacher's Award 2003 by President APJ Abdul Kalam, he's also received a Lifetime Achievement Award among others in his four-decade educational career.
Former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra
An expert in Demography with studies at LSE and post-doctoral research in smallpox and vaccination history in India, he specializes in Vital Statistics and Civil Registration Systems. He chairs a MoHFW committee and co-chairs an ICMR committee on health data. His interests include girl child issues, Data-Driven Governance, public health, and infrastructure projects with MMRDA. He's contributed to censuses in countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Myanmar, and is currently on the Technical Committee for the Census of India 2021.
Former Chief Secretary Of Uttarakhand
N.Ravi Shanker, an IAS officer (1980-2015), has served in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and various Indian government sectors. His roles included Secretary (Basic Education) in UP, Secretary (Education) in Uttarakhand, and key positions in the Departments of IT, Telecom, and Administrative Reforms. He was Uttarakhand's Chief Secretary (2014-15) and is currently the Chancellor of DIT University, Dehradun (since Oct 2018).
Former Central Vigilance Commissioner
K. V. Chowdary, a 1978 batch Indian Revenue Service officer, retired as Chairman of the CBDT in 2014. He served as Central Vigilance Commissioner from June 2015 for four years. Currently, he is an independent director in various large companies and involved with multiple charitable organizations.
Chief Investment Officer, IIFL Wealth
Niraj Murarka, with over 20 years of experience in finance sectors like structured, corporate, and project finance, heads the credit business at IIFL Wealth. Previously, he held leadership roles at HCL Tech and worked in project finance at Indian Oil Corporation. He's a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, and holds an MBA in Finance from Delhi University's Faculty of Management Studies.
Mentor and former senior executive at HCL
J V Ramamurthy, a seasoned business strategist and leader, is known for developing initiatives that created unique business verticals, driving growth and transformation. He has extensive experience in corporate turnarounds and served as a board member at HCL from 1998 to 2016.
Former Senior Vice President People - S&P Global
With a 28-year career, Reema has led HR functions across diverse sectors and organizations like Nokia, BlackRock, IHS Markit, and S&P Global, covering multiple regions. She's skilled in Mergers & Acquisitions, focusing on culture, talent, leadership development, HR transformations, and CEO transitions. Reema has significant experience in global leadership and managing international teams and projects.