Mentor & Advisory Panel

Ashish S Kulkarni


Ashish S Kulkarni has been a pioneering force in the development and success of animation production in India. A journey that began in 1995, Ashish was instrumental in cultivating India as the foremost outsourcing platform for animation with industry giants like Disney, Warner Bros., Sony and Dreamworks.

He founded Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd & Screenyug Creations Pvt Ltd, and headed the Reliance Animation & Reliance AIMS as the CEO. In 2015, he was awarded The Creative Entrepreneur of the Year award by Entrepreneur Magazine. For his relentless work in the business of animation and for his effort in building an ecosystem for the animation, gaming, visual effects and comics sector in India, Ashish was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate in Business.

He is known for bringing memorable characters and shows to fruition like, Little Krishna, Big Bees, Krishna Aur Kans (Indian’s first animated stereoscopy 3D feature film), Shaktimaan, The Bad Egg, amongst several others. These ambitious and successful endeavours have brought him several national and international accolades.

Ashish’s efforts have always been firmly rooted in India. Early on, he recognised the gradual deterioration of traditional Indian art forms. To revive it, he journeyed across the country and assembled an ensemble of artists from Tenjavur, Mahabalipurm, Chanapatne, Krishna Nagar, Kolhapur, Udaipur, amongst others, and brought them to his studio to create world class animation. This not only provided a sustainable livelihood to the artists but also enabled them to continue practicing their work and nurturing others in the art form.

On the education front, Ashish has designed curriculums for institutions like Whistling Woods, Manipal University, University of Mumbai, etc., and has also served on the academic council of FTII-Pune & TISS-Mumbai.

Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee


Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee has over 17 years of core operating experience in various leadership roles. She has contributed in key positions at Standard Chartered Bank, ABM Amro, Citi and Kotak Bank, both in India and Singapore. Currently, she leads three Future Learning business verticals–Corporate Capability, Skilling, Employability and Livelihoods, and Education. She is also the creator of Future Learning’s line of signature programs, Bodhi–The Awakening, which aims to explore and revisit ancient wisdom in its various aspects, and runs Durga In the Boardroom–a series of bespoke leadership development retreats for mid and senior level corporate women. Eika also works closely with the State and Central Government departments and agencies on creating various Skill Development Initiatives. Her mission is to redefine learning, be synonymous with quality education and bridge the industry-academic gap.

On the academic front, Eika has an MBA degree from FMS-Delhi, an IAC certified Executive Coach, and holds post-graduate certifications in Comparative Mythology from the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai. Her key focus areas include Women’s Issues and Diversity Agenda. She has a keen interest in Indian history, mythology and yoga, and draws on India’s age-old wisdom for her unique pedagogy. She is the founder and curator of Aakhyaan, India’s first annual mythology festival, a knowledge platform that she conceptualised with the department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai, where her aim was to integrate the corporate world, academia and popular culture.

Astute, passionate and perceptive, Eika derives faith from the ‘power of within’. She believes that one only needs to turn inwards in the relevant context for the right answers at both micro and macro levels–be it individual, organisational, national or global.

Ms. Veenu Seth


A dynamic professional with significant experience in Training, Content Development, HR and diverse corporate functions, she is currently the visiting faculty, training facilitator & consultant to more than 10 educational & corporate enterprises such as MET Life, Max New York Life, National Broadcasting Academy and AFS France to name a few. She has a proven success in establishing training processes, identifying training needs and training delivery and holds in-depth knowledge of establishing learning curriculum and creating modules.

During her career spanning over 39 years she has worked with companies such as Thomas Cook, ITC Welcomegroup Hotels Division, Max India, Tech Books International, Wigan & Leigh College & Angeos Academy (USA) in various capacities. She is a certified soft skills trainer from Carlton Management Institute USA, TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) trainer and a Licensed Insurance Advisor from IRDA.

Dr. Rajesh Arora


Professor (Dr) Rajesh’s career graph advanced from front line sales experience to managerial directions to Academic Leadership in the past 30 years. This includes overseeing the entire educational institutions by crafting varied business strategies for growth and expansion globally. Academically, Rajesh has gained a Masters Degree in Marketing Management (1995) & Doctorate in Business Policy & Administration (2002) from University of Mumbai. (www.mu.ac.in). He is a certified Trainer & Facilitator from Carlton Advanced Management Institute, USA. He is awarded a Fellow Doctorate from Royal institutions, Singapore.

He is the recipient of Contributory Award to Higher Education in the World Chancellor & Vice-Chancellor Congress in June 2014. He is awarded the BHARAT SHIKSHA RATAN AWARD by GAF, New Delhi, He has also received Best Speaker Award, Toastmaster International, US, in Middle East.

He has achieved his vision to be an international business consultant and further wishes to work in different continents to promote the idea of Higher Standards of Professional Education in conjunction with enhancing employability level of graduating students as per industry demands.

Mr. Vijay Kakade


Over the course of his successful career of over 27 years Mr. Vijay has worked in several industries and markets with forte in Automotive & Transportation with particular expertise in value creation strategy, Market Entry & Geographical Expansion, New Business Models, Strategic Planning, Customer Retention Strategy, Pricing Strategy, Partner Identification and has participated in several conferences as a keynote speaker and also contributed as a thought leader providing opinion on the automotive industry in leading newspaper and magazines. He has a Masters of Electronic and a Masters in Management Science from University of Pune.

Currently, Mr. Vijay is the Executive Director at Avanteum Advisors LLP. His role is in the management of Client relationships, primarily addressing and finding out solutions to complex business issues. He will also focus on extending Avanteum’s business across service lines and domains. Prior to being the Executive Director at Avanteum was the Vice President leading the Automotive & Transportation vertical at Frost & Sullivan India Pvt. Ltd. He has also worked in B2B and Consumer Research space with other market research organizations, namely, Nielsen India, Mott MacDonald India, BDB India and Wadia Technical Services. Pvt Ltd.

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