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Siddharth Singh

Chairperson, AFS India Board 

Siddharth Singh is the Vice Chair on the AFS India Board. He is the Director of The Emerald Heights International School, Indore and is also a part of Round Square.

Siddharth completed his education from the Stony Brook University, United States, where he pursued a double major in Economics and Finance and was acknowledged with a cum laude for Economics. He later acquired an MBA with specialization in Marketing and Finance. He has been involved with a project in China based on the industrial streamlining of the working system and has also done a course on strategic leadership management from IIM Kozhikode. Further, he pursued an Educational Leadership course at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He was selected by Education World magazine as one of the “Young Shining Stars of Indian Education” in 2017 and was felicitated at the ASMA India’s ‘Top 40 Under 40 Awards 2021’ for his contribution in the field of education. He is among the top 40 brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game-changers under the age of 40 in the education field.

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Ranjana Iyer

Ranjana Iyer is a practising lawyer. She has over three decades of experience and expertise as a senior litigator. She has handled a vast variety of commercial disputes. She  has appeared before courts and tribunals in matters relating to intellectual property laws, immigration laws and arbitrations. In addition, she has also  worked as a legal advisor to a group of companies in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

She is a  Member of the Board, School of Law, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

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Jayant Hari Har Lal

Jayant Hari Har Lal, an alumnus of The Doon School and  IIT at Kanpur, started his career as a Marketing Engineer and moved on to become an entrepreneur. He set up a very successful engineering unit at Dehra Dun and gradually moved towards his passion – teaching. He has been a Housemaster and Deputy Headmaster at The Doon School. He was the Founder Principal at Sanskaar Valley School in Bhopal. 

Currently, he works as an Education Consultant. In his consultancy career, he has been an advisor to the Sehwag International School, helping with the modification and restructuring of their academic programs. He has been an advisor and Senior Executive Director, Shri Ram Education Trust. 

In addition to this, he is assisting a few organisations in greenfield school projects and has recently started advising a new premium school in Kathmandu. Jayant is an Honorary Member of Round Square International which is an organisation of over 100 schools worldwide. He is also a member of Global Connections which has senior school leaders from around the world as members. 

Jayant is the Chairperson of the AFS India Member Schools Committee.

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Jayant Krishna

Jayant Krishna led key initiatives of the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission as CEO, executive director and COO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). He became the first Indian to be appointed group CEO of the UK India Business Council which he led in strengthening bilateral economic ties between India and the UK. Mr Krishna is also a reputed coach and mentor for organizations requiring a breakthrough in their performance.
As Founding CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology (FAST India), he set up the organisation from scratch. He is also senior fellow in US-India Policy with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and served as executive director of public policy at Silicon Valley philanthropic donor WF.
A British Chevening scholar, he received the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance. He is a fellow of the All India Management Association and the Computer Society of India. He also taught at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, and serves on various Boards. He has represented industry, and the Indian government, while leading delegations abroad, has published many OpEds and is a frequent panellist on TV channels.

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Deve Banerjee

Deve Banerjee has been in the advertising and marketing industry for over 30 years. He started his career with J. Walter Thompson in Calcutta and later moved to Ogilvy and Lowe in Bangalore. In 1997 he moved to New York and started two agencies – Banerjee & Partners and 1947 Communications. Over the years he has worked with clients such as Levi’s, Remy Martin, Wells Fargo, Volvo, MetLife, DKNY, Chase Manhattan and J&J among many others. 

He has been a speaker at Forrester Research Executive Strategy Forum, Chicago University and various other industry forums across continents. He has been featured in CNN, Forbes, CBS, Washington Post, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and various other media across the globe for his contribution towards creative outsourcing. He also represented India in CII’s Design Contingent to The Netherlands. 

Deve holds a certified undergraduate degree from Columbia University, New York. He is currently serving on the Board of Fisheye Creative Solutions, a premier marketing solutions company, and Proyog Yoga Wear, a sustainable yoga-wear brand targeting the global consumer market. 

He is a travel buff and an ardent follower of Burning Man, a global cultural movement that takes place in Black Rock City, Nevada.

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Ravi Pandit

Ravi Pandit has donned leadership roles across the management spectrum in his distinguished career spanning over 3 decades. He gained useful experience about the industry and business practices while overseeing the Accounting and Finance functions in large Indian conglomerates, such as, the Tatas, Bajaj, Essar, Walchand and Global Group. 

As a Company Secretary, he played a crucial role not only in the smooth conduct of Board meetings and AGMs, but also in dealing with independent Directors and Institutional investors. His last assignment was with GTL Infra in Mumbai. 

Ravi’s exemplary manners, soft speech and his ability and willingness to find solutions to vexing problems endeared him to colleagues and people around him. He is consulted by the Chairmen/Directors/CEOs in all matters of strategic importance. 

Some of his major achievements: 

  •  He has handled 5 large IPOs and raised Equity, Debentures and Term Loans exceeding Rs.500 crores in aggregate. 
  • He has had hands-on experience Merging GECS with GTL
  • Formed and monitored a JV between Tatas and AT & T
  • He won the Golden Peacock Award for CG from the Institute of Directors.