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Rajendra S. Pawar 

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Rajendra S Pawar,
Chairman & Co-Founder, NIIT Group
& Founder, NIIT University

Mr. Rajendra S Pawar is Chairman and Co-Founder of the NIIT Group, comprising NIIT Limited- the leading Global Talent Development Corporation, which pioneered the computer education market in India in the 80’s, and NIIT Technologies Limited- the software and services arm, catering to clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Set up in 1981, NIIT pioneered the computer education market in India, creating a completely new industry segment and taking it to consolidation and maturity. Mr. Pawar has played a leadership role in nurturing NIIT and building it into a leading Global Talent Development Corporation.

By pioneering NIIT’s innovative franchising model, he enabled the company to unleash a wave of entrepreneurship across the globe, providing young people with the opportunity to create viable businesses centered on IT learning.

Mr. Pawar led NIIT’s foray into the software and services market, creating NIIT Technologies, a global IT Solutions organization. Assessed at SEI-CMMi Level 5, NIIT Technologies serves clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Mr. Pawar is a member on the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development and has served on the PM’s National Taskforce (1998), commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower.

Actively involved in India’s key Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Pawar has led several ICT industry fora, including NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies) as its Chairman in 2011-12, giving voice to the sector’s aspirations and goals. He is also Fellow of the Computer Society of India and the Institution of Electronics & Telecom Engineers. A member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Mr. Pawar has been an advisor to the Hunan province of China and a member of PIAC (Presidential International Advisory Council) of the Government of South Africa for IT.

In recognition of his entrepreneurial innovation in education, Mr. Pawar was recognized as ‘Edupreneur Par Excellence’ at the Edupreneurs Awards 2013. He has been honored as the ‘IT Gem of India’ at INFOCOM 2013, India’s largest IT & Telecom event, by the ABP Group. Global Business Intelligence firm, Ernst & Young conferred on Mr. Pawar its prestigious Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999. He has also been named the IT man of the Year by IT industry journal, Dataquest. Mr. Pawar has been awarded ‘The Global India Splendor Award’ on the occasion of 60th year of India’s independence, for his work on developing human resource potential. Mr Pawar has also been honored with the prestigious Nayudamma Award 2012, for his continued contribution to the IT industry in India.

Known for promoting industry-academia alliances, Mr. Pawar has been working closely with the country’s well-known educational institutions. He is on the Board of Governors of India’s premier institutions- IIT Delhi, Country’s first global business school- the Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Udaipur and the Scindia School.

Mr. Pawar studied at the Scindia School, Gwalior and graduated from the country’s prestigious engineering institution, IIT, Delhi in 1972 where he pursued the B. Tech programme in electrical engineering and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT in 1995. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University in 2005.

Having revolutionized the IT Training industry, Mr. Pawar is involved in shaping a new model in Higher Education, the not-for-profit NIIT University. He is currently chairing the Committee on Policy Framework for Technology Based Education, Government of India.

In recognition of his contribution towards changing the IT landscape in India, in 2011, Mr. Pawar was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India.

Vinay K. Thadani

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Vijay K. Thadani
Chief Executive Officer, NIIT Limited
& Co-Founder, NIIT University

Vijay K. Thadani is the Chief Executive Officer of NIIT Ltd, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation. As the co-founder of NIIT Group, he has built an organization that is recognised for its visionary role in bringing the benefits of Information Technology, both as a professional skill and as a learning tool, to the masses.

Vijay led the Group’s globalization efforts since 1991, taking the NIIT flag to over 40 countries. He serves on the Board of NIIT Technologies Limited, a leading SEI-CMMi Level 5 assessed IT Solutions organisation, servicing customers in the USA, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific, and India.

Vijay has been actively engaged with many Industry Associations. He served as President of the Indian IT industry association, MAIT, chaired the Indian Government’s Committee on National Information Infrastructure and has been a member of the Strategy Council of Global Alliance for ICT and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA-GAID). He served as the Chairman of the IT Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in USA, as the Chairman of CII National Committee on Education, India and as the Chairman of CII Northern Region for 2011- 2012.

He also served as the Chairman of the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), under the aegis of the Quality Council of India and as the Chairman of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad.

Vijay is the co-founder of the not-for-profit, NIIT University established in 2009 with a vision of being the leading centre of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society. He is also a member of the India Advisory Board of the Maastricht University, Netherlands, India Advisory Board of Project Management Institute (PMI), USA and the Governing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA).

A ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ of the premier Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vijay was honored with the position of ‘Economic Consultant’ to Chongqing, world’s largest city in the People’s Republic of China.

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P. Rajendran Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of NIIT Ltd, is part of the core team that has developed the organisation and brought it to its present position of international standing, since its inception in 1981. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Today, Rajendran leads the People, Infrastructure & Technology initiatives and the School Solutions Business at NIIT. A people-person and a believer in leveraging Information Technology for Human Resources competitiveness, he has helped NIIT emerge as one of the most exciting places to work. Under his leadership, the Company has received many awards in recognition of its innovative HR practices, including Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in India- 2011, ‘Best Education Company to Work with’ at Indian Education Awards 2011 and ‘India’s Best Companies to Work for 2011’.

Rajendran is actively associated with industry associations like CII and FICCI.

Mr. Rajendran takes keen interest in the area of innovative deployment of ICT for human development and creation of new jobs.

`Sapnesh Lalla

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Sapnesh Lalla,
Chief Executive, Learning Solutions for Enterprise, NIIT Limited

As Chief Executive, Learning Solutions for Enterprise, NIIT Ltd, Sapnesh Lalla is responsible for continuing the rapid growth and development of every area of NIIT's Learning Solutions for Enterprise business, throughout the geographies of North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Sapnesh has enjoyed a long and accomplished tenure while at the company. Joining in 1992, Sapnesh began his career with NIIT in the technical side of the business. Sapnesh has been a pioneer for NIIT in the US market. Rising through the ranks, Sapnesh relocated to the United States in 1996 as a Group Consultant and in 1999 was promoted to Business Manager.

Hemant Sethi

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Hemant Sethi,
President, School Learning Solutions, NIIT Limited and HiWEL

Mr. Hemant Sethi is the President of NIIT’s School Learning Solutions (SLS) and HiWEL divisions. In this role, he is responsible for driving the growth of schools business, in private and chain schools, as well as Government schools in India. NIIT has deployed NGuru school solutions in around 15,000 schools across the country and trained about 9.8 million students.

Mr. Sethi also looks after the Hole-in-the-wall (HiWEL) initiative which aims to improve elementary education and life-skills of children across the world, through Minimally Invasive Education administered through computer kiosks. HiWEL facilitates computer literacy for the under-served children through unsupervised access to computer kiosks. Children learn through self-exploration and discovery.

Mr. Sethi joined NIIT in 2011. He has a vast experience spanning 25 years in areas such as profit centre management, product management, sales and marketing, and strategy and leadership building. He has worked with various MNCs and Indian corporations including DCM Ltd, Toyota Motors, Arvind Mills Ltd., Spanco Ltd. and Bharti-Airtel. His acumen, experience and understanding of diversified markets and his style of leadership, which blends empowerment with accountability, bring forth fresh ideas and change.

Mr. Sethi’s strengths lie in delivering sustained growth in revenues and profitability in dynamic markets. He has a proven track record in B2B, B2C and B2G domains, in industry verticals such as Automotive, Telecom and networking, IT and software applications. In his last assignment prior to joining NIIT, he was leading the business and P&L for the Enterprise Division (government business) of Bharti Airtel Ltd., as Vice President.

Mr. Sethi holds a B.E. (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani and a Post Graduate diploma in management. He is an active participant in panel discussions related to E-Governance and ICT initiatives in various industry associations such as CII and FICCI.

Sanjay Bahl

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Sanjay Bahl,
President, Skill Building Solutions (SBS) , NIIT Limited

Mr. Sanjay Bahl is the President of NIIT’s Skill Building Solutions (SBS) business, a new initiative launched by the company that focuses on providing Service sectors’ industry specific training and placements to the unemployed youth of India.

As SBS expands Business Operations, Mr. Bahl will lead the roll out of NIIT’s 10-years’ project to over 1000+ “Yuva Jyoti” centre locations, including Tier 2/3 towns and villages, in India. Under his leadership, NIIT will enable youngsters from middle/low income households as well as under employed service sector workers, to get into the mainstream across leading Service sectors, through Job oriented, High quality delivery (technology enabled) and extremely affordable Skill Development courses.

Mr. Bahl comes with over 25 years of experience in diverse and cross functional areas. He has been engaged with several large Organizations and world’s leading Brands like “Crompton Greaves”, “CASIO” and “Airtel” etc. At Casio India, a leading global consumer electronics giant, he headed Marketing, Sales and New Product development for India and SAARC Countries. This was followed by a decade-long stint with the Bharti Airtel Group, managing business operations, Revenue, Profitability, leading a large cross-functional team of over 1000+ people, National Rural Business Alliances and successfully handling the media, Govt. bodies, environmental issues as well as key strategic partners like Ericsson, IBM, IFFCO & several large business partners.

In his last assignment prior to joining NIIT, he was leading the Business for two Northern states including the Delhi Metro, for one of the world’s top 10 mobile business MNCs and a leading Russian Business conglomerate – “Sistema”. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), he was in-charge of the company’s mobile services—including voice and high speed data.

Mr. Bahl’s strengths lie in managing start up projects, where he has shown the highest commitment and integrity, strong business acumen, target orientation and people handling skills. Conceptually sound and analytical, Mr. Bahl has enabled several organisations to embrace a customer-focused approach in both B2C and B2B domains.

Mr. Bahl has several certifications and recognitions to his credit. He is a Certified Six Sigma champion through the IGE process, a Certified Assessor for “People Development Centre,” SHL, UK, and a CCL Singapore/USA “Creative Leadership” certificate holder for top management. He achieved a Top Gallup score of 4.5 plus as a team leader and is a Certified “COPC Standards” coordinator. His work has also been acknowledged with a Best Knowledge Leader Award.

Born on July 5, 1963, Mr. Bahl acquired his B.E.(Hons.) degree in Electrical & Electronics engineering from BITS, Pilani. He is also an MBA, with specialisation in Marketing.

Beyond the workplace, Mr. Bahl pursues interests such as reading, playing billiards, table tennis, chess and visiting new places and coffee bars. His “key mantra” and “4 Ps” of success are......... Passion, Performance, People and Processes.