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Board of Advisors

Mr. Rajeev Gautam

Assistant Director General, Dept. of Telecom, Govt. of India.

An engineer with more than 10 years of experience of administration, policy formulation, and implementation with the Govt. of India Mr. Rajeev Gautam is an IES of 2010 batch. He has extensive experience of design, enforcement and analysis of key projects of Govt. of India, in the Dept. of Telecom as well as Power Grid. He also holds a PGP from IIM-Bangalore.

Mr. Rajen Padukone

Group President of the Manipal Education & Medical Group (Manipal Group)

Mr Rajen Padukone's varied experience of over 30 years, includes appointments at ANZ Grindlays Bank, Crompton Greaves Limited and Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltdand covers the healthcare, education, investment banking, international finance, retail financial services and manufacturing sectors.


Mr Padukone joined the Manipal Group in 1998 and over the past 14 years has worked in both their health and education verticals. Manipal Group’s healthcare network comprises of primary, secondary and tertiary facilities and encompasses both corporate and teaching hospitals. It has 17 hospitals covering 5,700 beds, in India and overseas. His healthcare experience includes establishing start-ups, operations and building & linking healthcare networks across the spectrum of primary to tertiary care. His experience is the area of education includes managing various initiatives covering the entire spectrum of university education - from campus based education to distance and distributed learning and corporate & continuing education.


He has done his Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and a Masters in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

Retired IFS officer/Ambassador/Diplomat

Entrepreneurship development, Strategic planning and industry-government liasoning.

Mr. Topden is a retired Indian Foreign Services Officer and a former diplomat. He has been Consul General in Frankfurt, Ambassador to Vientiane (Laos), High Commissioner in Windhoek (Namibia), Ambassador in Athens (Greece) among other postings across the world. As the Indian Ambassador in Laos and he helped the government there to set up the Indo -Lao Entrepreneurship Centre, which was a great success. As an Ambassador in other places and diplomat, he has assisted many Indian companies to set up business in the countries where he was posted and also help companies from those countries to set up business in India and to invest.