Advisory Board

Mr. Deepak Parekh

Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC which is India's leading bank with total assets worth Rs 278,904 crore and double-digit growth. He began his career in 1965 with Ernst and Young in New York. In 1978, he gave up a lucrative job at Chase Manhattan to return to India to work for his uncle's company, which sought to help the average Indian buy his own home, taking a 50% salary cut in the process. Today, he is known as a statesman and the voice of corporate India. Many in corporate India joke that he has a permanent seat on every government committee, having led various reform committees for different governments and along with being at the forefront of multiple crises.He is the Non-Executive Chairman in India of Siemens Ltd, Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd and BAE Systems India (Services) Pvt Ltd. He is also on the boards of Indian Hotels Company Ltd and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). Mr Parekh is on the international boards of DP World – UAE, Vedanta Resources plc and Fairfax Financial Holdings Corporation - Canada. He is on the Indian Advisory Boards of Coca-Cola India, Boston Consultancy Group, Accenture India.He is also on the International Advisory Boards of Standard Life Asia, Nomura Holdings Inc, Lafarge International, Warburg Pincus LLC and GIC International. Some of the international organizations which Mr Parekh is associated with in an advisory capacity, include Indo US CEO Forum, City of London - Finance Committee, Indo - German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), India-UK Financial Partnership (IUKFP), etc.Government and Industry impressed by Mr Parekh’s performance and sobriety, have honoured him with several awards. Some of the most important ones are; the Padma Bhushan in 2006, ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit one of the highest distinction by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014, “Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour” one of the highest distinction by the French Republic in 2010, First international recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in 2010.

Dr.Jamshed Bharucha

Dr.Bharucha is an academician par excellence. He has studied, taught and led multiple Ivy League universities in the last 4 decades. He completed his education with a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard University. He is the President Emeritus of The Cooper Union, Trustee at Vassar College and has served as the Provost and Sr. Vice President at Tufts Universityand has been the Dean of Faculty and Deputy Provost at Dartmouth. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at Dartmouth College and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, while also having taught at Stanford University,Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University in the past. Winner of multiple awards and author of various articles and publications all through his academic career , he now joins IIMUN as a Board of Advisor!

Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Bhupathi is a retired Indian professional tennis player. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament. With his win at the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. In December 2016, Bhupathi was appointed as India's next non-playing Davis Cup captain and took over the reins from AnandAmritraj in February 2017.He is also the founder of IPTL - International Premier Tennis League and is responsible for bringing other tennis greats including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to play in India. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours.

Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer

Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer has been an advisor to an Indian Prime Minister. Before advising our former PM, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, he had a diplomatic career of over 21 years which saw him become the first Indian Consul General in Karachi. Having completed his education at The Doon School, St. Stephen's College, Delhi and University of Cambridge, he quit the Indian Foreign Service to start a largely successful and influential political career, having served as a Union Cabinet Minister. Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar is currently a senior member of the Congress Party, a Rajya Sabha member and now an IIMUN Board of Advisor!

Mr.Nadir Godrej

Mr Nadir Godrej is a member on the Forbe's list of India's billionaires. He is the Managing Director of Godrej Industries and Chairman of Godrej Agrovet Limited. He is also a Director of numerous firms including Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Godrej Consumer Products, Indian Hotels Co Ltd(Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces) and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. Currently, he is the President of Alliance Française de Bombay. For his contribution to Indo-French relations, the French Government has honoured him with the awards of "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" and "Chevalier de la Légiond'Honneur". A Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (MIT) and a Master of Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, he completed his MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is the custodian of a 120-year-old business conglomerate.

Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani

A business leader with the desire to rewrite India’s real estate story, Niranjan Hiranandani is India’s 'builder extraordinaire’, the person credited with changing Mumbai’s skyline. A regular figure in the Forbes list of Richest Indians & Global Billionaires, he is a real estate mogul, business leader and a leading educationist.  Some of his past achievements include drafting the State Policy for Slum Rehabilitation in Mumbai, which was designed to improve the well-being of over 6 million slum inhabitants; acting as a trustee of Nathdwara Temple; serving on the board of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), an organization which distributes over US $ 3 billion per annum to help fund building homes for low income families; acting as an adviser to the Government of India on the Housing and Habitat Policy for over a decade; and serving as Chairman of Housing Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Chairman of Real Estate & Infrastructure Committee of Indian Merchant Chambers (IMC), & National President -NAREDCO. Apart from being a Business leader, Mr Hiranandani has invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in ensuring the next generation gets the right guidance. He has been the President of Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (HSNC), which manages 22 educational institutions including secondary and higher secondary school, polytechnics, degree and post-graduate colleges. He is also on board of 17 schools including the Hiranandani Foundation Schools in Mumbai.

Dr. Prakash Shah

Dr. Prakash Shah has been an Advisor to 3 Indian Prime Ministers on matters of External Affairs. In a diplomatic career spanning almost 4 decades, he has played a role in practically every international agenda we discuss in MUNs today. He has been an Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Permanent Representative of India to the UN in both New York and Geneva, Co-Chairman of the UN Working Group on strengthening the UN System, India's Chief Negotiator on Security Council Reforms and an Ambassador to Japan and multiple other countries.

Mr.Justice R. C. Lahoti

Former Hon. Chief Justice of India, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti was born on November 1, 1940 and was enrolled as an Advocate in 1962. He was recruited directly from the Bar to the State Higher Judicial Service in April, 1977 and was appointed the District and Sessions Judge but resigned in May, 1978 and reverted to the Bar for practice mainly in the High Court. He was transferred to the Delhi High Court on February 7, 1994 and was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of India on December 9, 1998. He became the Chief Justice of India on June 1, 2004 and retired on November 1, 2015. Recently, he was arbitrator on the international arbitration between Vodafone and the Indian government under the India-Netherlands bilateral treaty, to decide the validity of the Rs 27,000 crore tax demand from Vodafone.

Mr. Shashi Ruia

Mr Shashi Ruia is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Essar Group, one of India's top business conglomerates with annual revenues crossing $15 billion (97,215 crore+). Awarded the Indian businessman of the year in 2012, Mr Ruia spearheads the Essar group with operations in over 20 countries and 5 continents and employs over 70,000 people, which he joined at the age of 16. In the last 50 years, along with his brother, Mr Ravi Ruia, he has expanded the Essar group to sectors including Shipping, Telecom, Energy, Steel, Oil and Gas and Financial Services to name a few. Mr Ruia has always been a trailblazer and an industry leader, no matter which industry he set his foot in. He started one of India's first cellular service provider in a joint venture called Hutchison Essar which was later sold to Vodafone. He set up the country's first sponge iron plant, an important ingredient in the steel industry. His go-getter attitude and work ethic saw him make the most of India's economic liberalisation.Another reflection of his attitude is the fact that his corporate headquarters was the first in the country to have a helipad! Consistently featuring among India's richest billionaires, he is also one of the country's richest when it comes to knowledge, business acumen and experience!

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently, a second-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade-long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary-General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation. Dr Tharoor is also an award-winning author. Born in London in 1956, Dr Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. While there, he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and also helped found and served as the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 39th year. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a Global Leader of Tomorrow. He is also a recipient of several awards that include a Commonwealth Writers Prize and the PravasiBharatiyaSamman, India's highest honour for overseas nationals. In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III. Among numerous other awards are one for "New Age Politician of the Year" from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.

Mr. Subhash Ghai

He is a National award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter. But more importantly, he is a trendsetter! Mr SubhashGhai has been a leader in innovation in Indian Hindi Cinema and the media industry. His business venture, Mukta Arts, which he currently leads as the Executive Chairman, was one of the first media houses to be made public on the share market. He was also the first producer to initiate bank financing for Indian movies. He is the Chairman of Whistling Woods, the country's first international school for media and filmmaking which stands as one of the best schools worldwide.

Mr. Suresh Prabhu

Mr. Suresh Prabhu was All India 11th (eleventh) rank holder in the Chartered Accountancy exam, considered to be one of the toughest professional examinations. He is considered to be a part of a rare breed of clean and efficient politicians in India. He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee of 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises. As the Union Minister for Power, he won praise for his performance having introduced major reforms in India's power sector. He has been a member of the Lok Sabha 4 times since 1996 and currently is a member of the Rajya Sabha. He was elected a member of the World Bank parliamentary network and chaired the South Asia Water regional group of the World Bank.Until recently, he was the Union Railway Minister of India where he shall be remembered for delivering what no other Union railway minister could – a widened network of rail infrastructure to the people of the Northeast region. He currently serves as the Minister of Commerce and Industry where he continues to bring positive reforms and improve efficiency.

Ms. Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is one of the most known, loved & respected actors in Bollywood today. The recipient of several awards including the National film award, five Filmfare awards,5 screen awards & several others. She's a Padma Shri awardee, one of the highest civilian honours by the government of India. She pioneered a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine and is referred to as the first female hero of modern times.Vidya is credited with ushering in female-centric cinema in Bollywood. She's one of the few actresses to have been able to garner both critical & commercial success for films like The Dirty picture, Paa, Ishqiya and Kahaani. With every film, she breaks the mould & offers us memorable characters like the recent Kahaani 2 &Begumjaan. Besides being known for her path-breaking work in cinema, she's also known for the humanitarian causes she has supported over the years. Her contributions in the area of sanitation, education and women's empowerment have been hugely effective.

Mr. Vishwanathan Anand

Five-time winner of the World Chess Championship, Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Ananddominated the world of chess for six years from 2007 to 2013. The former World Chess Champion is among the only two persons to have won the Classical, Rapid, and Blitz world championships and the only one to have won the world championship playing in Match, Tournament and Knockout formats.Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award.
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