Board of Advisors - IIT Alumni Trust

Pradeep Gupta
Pradeep Gupta
Chairman & Managing Director, Cyber Media
Pradeep Gupta
Pradeep Gupta
Chairman & Managing Director, Cyber Media

Pradeep Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, South Asia's first and largest specialty media house, with 15 publications, 12 websites, over 150 events and weekly TV programs in the infotech, telecom, consumer electronics & biotech areas. CyberMedia's brands include Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, BioSpectrum, DARE, MIT's Technology Review, CIOL.com and Global Services. The group's media services include market research (CMR India) and content outsourcing (Content Matrix Inc). CyberMedia is a public company.

Pradeep is also an Angel investor and a mentor to a number of entrepreneurs. He is on the TiE Board of Trustees and co-founder, Indian Angel Network. He is also on the Board of UTI Asset Management Company. Pradeep is on the Governing Board of IIT Mandi, on Global Board of PanIIT Alumni Global, President Association of Indian Magazines, Member Executive Committee of Indian Newspaper Society (INS), and Director Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award of IIT Delhi and the Helen Keller award for working in the disability sector. Pradeep is an Engineer from IIT Delhi (1975) and an MBA from IIM Calcutta (1977).

Prof. A. Q. Contractor
Prof. A. Q. Contractor
Former Professor - Dept of
Chemistry, IIT Bombay
Prof. A. Q. Contractor
Prof. A. Q. Contractor
Former Professor - Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

Professor Ali Q Contractor is the former Professor of Chemistry at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has been working actively in bridging the gap between academic research and industry. He has a start-up, Polymeric Sensors P Ltd, being incubated at SINE, IIT Bombay. His technical areas of expertise are Electrochemical and Bio Sensors.

Prof. Ashok Gupta
Prof. Ashok Gupta
Former Dean - Alumni
Affairs, IIT Delhi
Prof. Ashok Gupta
Prof. Ashok Gupta
Former Dean - Alumni Affairs, IIT Delhi

Dr Ashok Gupta is former Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Programmes at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) since 2007. Dr. Gupta obtained his Ph.D. from IIT-D and has been a Professor at the Institute since 1981, currently in the Department of Civil Engineering. His areas of interest include structural ngineering, artificial intelligence, technology enhanced learning and web based courses.

Prof. Dhrubes Biswas
Prof. Dhrubes Biswas
Head, Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Dhrubes Biswas
Prof. Dhrubes Biswas
Head, Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Dhrubes Biswas is a renowned Professor of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Management at Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Kharagpur, India. He is an internationally recognized expert in radio frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) and in technology ventures in Wireless Electronics, Cellular Phone Systems, and communication related RFICs. He is permanently based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, while currently operating out of Kolkata, India. Currently at IIT Kharagpur, he is the Professor of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Head, Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Professor-in-Charge of Incubation and Entrepreneurship.

Selected in Who's Who in Science and Engineering (1997), Who's Who in America (1999) Who's Who in the World (1999), Man of the Year 1999 (in Technology) and 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century, Dr. Biswas has authored numerous technical papers and holds patents. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) & member of honor societies of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Biswas received his B.Tech (EE dept) from IIT, Kharagpur and his M.S and Ph.D. in Engineering (Electronic Devices and Materials) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Satish Kini
Satish Kini
Former COO, PANIIT
Alumni
Nishith Desai
Satish Kini
Former COO, PANIIT Alumni

Satish Kini, a visionary management coach and social entrepreneur, is the former Chief Operating Officer in the PANIIT Alumni movement's Nation Building Projects. He spent his early professional career with IDM Ltd providing IT Consulting & Solutions to Indian corporates. His first entrepreneurial venture was Trust-House that provided Management & IT Consulting to Corporates and SME sector in areas such as Business Transformation, BPR, Application of ICT and people empowerment.

In early 2000, Kini became a pioneer in the Indian healthcare industry by identifying key issues in the sector such as failure and apathy of the state to provide basic & affordable healthcare leading to rampant malpractices and exploitation of poor by the unregulated medical practioners. Addressing this problem, he took up the challenge to to transform Healthcare to be People sensitive, Accessible & Affordable. He founded "21st Century Health" that has benefited 30 million patients in 400+ Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics in India, Middle East & Africa. In 2010, he received Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.

Kini earned his Bachelor or Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a PGDMM at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management and Sciences.

Prof. Manindra Agrawal
Prof.Manindra Agrawal
Dean, Faculty Affairs at
IIT Kanpur
Prof.Manindra Agrawal
Prof.Manindra Agrawal
Dean, Faculty Affairs at IIT Kanpur

Mr. Ashank Desai is the founder and former Chairman of Mastek Limited, a publicly-held IT solutions player with global operations. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable 'Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving'. He is widely recognized as an industry veteran, and is one of the founder members & past Chairman of NASSCOM. He is also a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO). It is an organization founded for the development of IT in the Asia Pacific region, which comprises of 20 IT Countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India etc.

In the last few year, he is actively involved in the field of education, and has been a member of the Governing Boards of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Jodhpur, and the Goa Institute of Management. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay & IIT Hyderabad.

He is involved in Entrepreneurship Management in the country. He is the Vice-Chairman of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay and 'Fellow of the Society' honour by the Computer Society of India (CSI) in recognition of his services to the Indian IT Industry as an entrepreneur and for his contribution to the growth of education. He has also been presented with the Honourable Contributors Award by ASOCIO, the only Indian to receive this recognition twice. He was conferred with the much coveted Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010 India. Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 India is organized by Enterprise Asia - a non-governmental organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region. Mr. Desai studied at IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad.