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Amarnath C  
Amarnath C
Department of Mechanical Engineering & PI, SINE Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Prof. Amarnath graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1968. He earned his PhD in the area of Mechanism Synthesis & Design in 1976 and joined IIT Bombay as a faculty member soon after. He has held several senior positions like Head of Dept and Dean at IITB. He is presently heading SINE, the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Centre at IIT Bombay. He was instrumental in establishing, and is the current President of the Association for Machines and Mechanisms. He is a member of several Govt. of India organizations like DST, TIFAC and chairs some of their committees.

Prof. Arya Kumar  
Arya Kumar
Professor of Management, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani

Professor Arya Kumar has over two decades of diversified experience in educational institutions, research organizations, banks and financial institutions. His expertise extends to project financing, investment banking, reconstruction of ailing units, and training and development of various management programs. Presently, he is actively involved with the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at BITS. Prof. Arya received his PhD from BITS Pilani.

B.V. Phani  
B.V. Phani
Coordinator, SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Prof. Phani holds a PhD from IIM Calcutta in Finance and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently with IIT Kanpur as a faculty and also heads the SIDBI incubation centre at IIT Kanpur. Having been an entrepreneur himself, he has a strong interest in mentoring entrepreneurial firms and is on the board of a few. He is actively involved in NEN activities and provides his support as and when required in promoting entrepreneurship in the Indian sub continent. Dr. Phani is also involved in intellectual property management and spearheads the patenting and technology transfer activity at IIT Kanpur.

Edward Rubesch  
Edward Rubesch
Lecturer, Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University, Thailand

Dr. Rubesch’s experience combines a mixture of practical and academic entrepreneurial experience. Dr. Rubesch has founded four companies in Thailand, all of which he still heads as President. In 2002, he started the New Ventures Program at Mahidol University’s College of Management to give business professionals the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start and succeed in new businesses. He received his PhD from Thammasat University.

Dr. Gayatri Saberwal  
Gayatri Saberwal
Chief Co-ordinator, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore

As part of the senior founding team of the institute, Dr. Saberwal has led the entrepreneurship initiatives at IBAB. Mentoring students and research in entrepreneurship and life sciences remains her focus. Prior to IBAB, Dr. Saberwal ran the Institute Development Office of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bangalore. Dr. Saberwal holds a post doctorate from Cornell University and a PhD from JNU, New Delhi through the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Prof. John W.Mullins  
John W. Mullins
Associate Professor of Management Practice in Entrepreneurship and Chair,
Entrepreneurship Faculty, London Business School

Professor Mullins brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth firms. He founded two ventures, one of which he took public. His research has won national and international awards from the Marketing Science Institute, the American Marketing Association, and the Richard D. Irwin Foundation. Professor Mullins earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his PhD in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Murray B. Low  
Murray B. Low
Associate Professor and Director, Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbia Business School

As the founder of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Program, Prof. Low has worked to make entrepreneurship a viable career option for MBA graduates. He is an experienced entrepreneur having started business in several industries. His current research examines the dynamics of entrepreneurial careers. Prof. Low consults to both small and large companies, family businesses and not-for-profits. He teaches executive seminars in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management and has published widely in academic and practitioner journals. Prof. Low holds a Ph.D from University of Pennsylvania.

Poyni Bhatt  
Poyni Bhatt
Chief Administrative Officer of SINE (Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), IIT Bombay

Ms. Bhatt has been the Chief Administrative Officer of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT Bombay, since January 2004. She worked on the formation of SINE, and has implemented the incubation program. She has been continuously associated with NEN from the very beginning as a representative of IIT B, a founder member of NEN.

Prof. Rakesh Basant  
Rakesh Basant
Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Professor Basant is an accomplished economist. He specializes in science and technology issues, including patents. He has been a consultant to the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), London, UN University Institute of New Technologies, Maastricht, UNCTAD, the World Bank, IDRC, Canada, and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), Jaipur. He was a visiting fellow, at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. He received his PhD from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.

Suresh Rao  
Suresh Rao
Chairperson, Center for Entrepreneurship, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai

Professor Rao has three decades of professional management experience in family-managed, Indian and joint venture corporates, like Godrej and Boyce, Maxworth Orchards and Easycall Paging (India). His areas of expertise include revamping business strategies, professional management practices, developing new products and services and restructuring. In 1998 he was invited by IBC Singapore to give a presentation on ‘Creating a Market for Call Centers in Emerging Market’. Professor Rao is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad.

Tina Seelig  
Tina Seelig
Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
 

Dr. Seelig is also Director, Stanford Entrepreneurship Network and the co-Director of the Mayfield Fellows Program. She teaches a course in the Department of Management Science & Engineering on Creativity and Innovation in Organizations. Tina has experience as an entrepreneur, management consultant, author, and scientist. Dr. Seelig’s book, Incredible Edible Science, won many awards, including the International Children’s Choice Award. She received her PhD from Stanford University Medical School in the field of Neuroscience.