Industry & Academic Mentors

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Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General

Ph.D. (Psychology)

Presently Director General of EDII, Dr. Shukla is one of the pioneers of entrepreneurship in the country, with education, research, training and institution-building being his key domains. Acclaimed as a distinguished entrepreneurship proponent, Dr. Shukla’s ingenious work has not just led to notable policy advocacy but has also been successfully adapted in the form of replicable models, programmes and development interventions to ensure sustainable results across sectors and sections. Dr. Shukla institutionalized ‘entrepreneurship education’ at a time when there were more skeptics than believers and went on to launch an application-oriented, award winning post graduate, full-time education programme in entrepreneurship. An avid researcher, he has also ably extended the frontiers of entrepreneurship, nationally and globally through empirical research and dissemination. He has also been instrumental in evolving models to bolster employee efficiency, and thus the overall performance, of corporates and top-notch organizations. Dr. Shukla has extensively worked on international arena as well. His work in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, Asia, Africa, East Europe, America, Iran, Uzbekistan and CLMV nations has ensured that the entrepreneurial potential of these areas is unleashed. As a team leader of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India, Dr Shukla also represented the national team in GEM Annual Conferences in San Francisco and Santiago. Widely travelled, he has been well recognized for highlighting the dimensions of entrepreneurship, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Sanjay Pal

Ph.D. (Commerce),MBA (Marketing); M.Sc. (Economics)

Specialises in Cluster Development, Business Development Services Market Development, Value Chain and Rural Marketing. Presently managing activities pertaining to Sustainable Development of MSMEs in the country. He is also engaged in providing strategic and technical services to the cluster development organisations within and outside India. Conducted a series of cluster development executive programmes, capacity-building programmes for Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) and Business Development Service Providers. Managing establishment of Entrepreneurship Development Centres (EDCs) overseas. Carried out research on rural marketing, cluster, value chain, BDS market and presented papers in national and international conferences. Authored a book titled ‘Supply Chain Management-Strategies & Evaluation’.

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Dr. Raman Gujral

Ph.D. (Commerce)

Has over 30 years of experience in the field of Entrepreneurship Development. He has expertise in new enterprise creation and in extending support to existing entrepreneurs. He has developed curriculum, modules, and structures for various entrepreneurship development activities. Specialises in the areas of business opportunity identification and guidance, project report preparation and entrepreneurship. Worked on various entrepreneurship development models through CSR initiatives of corporates like HSBC,Facebook, Accenture, Walmart, HP and ITC in India. Has also handled the task of networking and catalysing vital linkages. He has travelled for entrepreneurship related assignments to places such as Lao PDR, Iran, Philippines, Comoros and Malaysia.

Dr. Sanjeev Chaturvedi

Ph.D. (Economics),M.Phil (International Business),MBA (Marketing)

Possesses 31 years of experience in industry and academics. He has been a visiting faculty at California State University, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, USA and Birkbeck University, London, UK. His rich academic experience includes working as Chief Academic Officer at Narsee Monjee University, Mumbai and establishing 2 biggest on-Line universities in India -Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) having 100,000 students and NGASCE having more than 15000 students in less than 3 years. He was also instrumental in launching India’s first Skill based University of Symbiosis Group, Pune. He closely works with Government Agencies and Corporates for developing and expanding Academic/Executive Programmes and E- Learning Courses.

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Dr. Satya Ranjan Acharya

Ph.D. (Economics),MBA, MFC

A business management professional with 20 years of teaching and consultancy experience in the areas of Financial Management, Idea Generation and Business Plan Formulation. Trained in entrepreneurship teaching at Stanford Technology Venture Programmes and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Startup Accelerators in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Israel. Involved in entrepreneurship teaching and startup growth. Worked as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad. Trained in Application of Simulation for Entrepreneurship Teaching at the University of Tennessee, USA.

Dr. Amit Kumar Dwivedi

Ph.D. (Commerce)

Has over 15 years of teaching and research experience. Currently, he is a National Team Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India Consortium and has co-authored four GEM reports. He is associated with reputed national and international journals as a reviewer, editor and editorial board member. Dr. Dwivedi has authored research papers, book reviews, and a textbook. Dr. Dwivedi has presented his research at national and international conferences in India and abroad. He participated in a Training of Trainers’ programme for teaching ‘Business Simulation’, organized by ILS, held at the University of Tennessee, Texas, USA.

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Dr. Pankaj Bharti

Ph.D. (Psychology)

Has over 20 years of teaching and research experience. Specialises in Social Psychology, Organisational Behaviour and Research Methods. He is trained in conceptualising and developing measurement tools for social science research. He has published nine papers and a book – Dehumanisation of Urban and Rural Poor. Core competency lies in psychometric assessment administration and reporting. He is associated with over 20 national as well as international research projects. He is also a National Team Member of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), India and has co-authored four GEM India Reports.

Dr. Saji Kumar

Ph.D. (Economics)

Has 25 years of experience in various branches of economics – International Trade, International Business, International Marketing, Economic Development and Growth Models, Micro and Macro Economics, Business and Social Accounting, Managerial Economics, Business Environment and Indian Economy. Recipient of the Best Teachers Award for the year 2007-08 at IBS, Ahmedabad. Featured in Ahmedabad Times as the “coolest mentor” of Shanti Business School, Ahmedabad. He has published two books, edited by him, four research papers and 14 articles. He has presented papers at many national and international conferences.

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Dr. Lalit Sharma

Ph.D. (Youth Entrepreneurship)

Specialises in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, research on youth entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, Entrepreneurial Lab, Creativity & Innovations, New Venture Creation and Effective Entrepreneurship. Actively engaged in the national research projects of the Government of India on entrepreneurship development, he is also well-recognized as a corporate trainer by various industrial associations. His research articles on entrepreneurship have been widely published in reputed international journals.

Dr. Rajesh Gupta

Ph.D. (Management)

A business management professional with more than 2 decades of work experience in industry and development sector. Has worked extensively in the areas of creative co-creation in livelihoods, has promoted rural micro-enterprises in various sectors and worked in various handloom and handicraft clusters. Currently he is involved in promoting nano-enterprises in rural areas spread across 61 blocks in 14 states across the country under Ministry of Rural Development’s Start up Village Entrepreneurship (SVEP) program. He is also involved in providing technical support to various handicraft clusters. His thematic areas of interest include development studies, sub-sector analysis, livelihoods, institutional innovations in informal sector, value chain, new product & design development and social entrepreneurship

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Dr. Kavita Saxena

Ph.D. - Retail Management,PGDBM (Marketing)

An educator in the area of marketing and entrepreneurship with over 15 years of experience in academia and industry. She teaches courses related to Entrepreneurial Marketing, Small Business Promotion, Design Thinking and New Product Development. She has co-authored a book on “Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurship Research – Review of The Journal of Entrepreneurship” and has published many research papers and articles in journals and magazines of national and international repute. She has participated in the Visiting Program on “Digital Transformation: ICT Centric Innovation” in Germany sponsored by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and has also been selected for AICTE-UKIERI Leadership Development Program.

Dr. Baishali Mitra

Ph.D. (English),M.A. (English), M.A. (Linguistics),BEC (Business English Certificate) Trainer

An educator in the area of Business Communication and Organisational Communication for Entrepreneurs, with over 17 years of experience in academia. With specialization in Entrepreneurial Communication, Business Communication for Entrepreneurial Success, Effective Persuasion and Negotiation skills in Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mitra holds expertise in training post-graduate students, and grooming budding entrepreneurs. Presently, she is engaged in research in the areas of women entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. She has presented research papers in various conferences and her papers are published in National and International journals. Her research in mobile enabled language learning under the UGC Grant has helped students in anytime, anywhere learning. She is also well-recognised as a corporate trainer and conducts MDP for PSU and corporates.

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Dr. Jayanta Kumar Mohapatra

Ph.D. (Strategic Management),MBA (Finance & Strategy)

A faculty and trainer in the area of strategic management with 15 years of experience in academics. He has directed several Management Development Programmes and trained more than 1000 professionals in the area of business strategy. He was actively involved in management consultancy to PSUs like ECIL, CVPPPL, CPCL etc. Currently he is involved in the execution of ‘Art based Entrepreneurship’ sponsored by SIDBI.

Dr. Dinesh Jain

FPM/Ph.D. (Management- Institutional Economics and Agriculture),Masters in Agribusiness Management,Bachelors in Agricultural Engineering

Possesses experience of over 11 years as a researcher at IIMA and later as a faculty at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) Pune. Has been visiting faculty to IIM Shillong and IIM Indore. His research and publications span various topics including institutional design and behaviour in water management, food & agriculture policy, biotechnology in agriculture, rural banking, agricultural and social entrepreneurship, and the impact of development programmes. His areas of specialization include Rural Finance, Banking, Agricultural Entrepreneurship, and other development areas.

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Dr. Ishwar Kumar

Ph.D. (Management),M.A. (Criminology),PGDBA (Marketing),PGDHR (Human Rights)

Teaching and research interests include innovation and new product development, brand management, strategic design management, positive deviance and social sciences related to management. Presently attached with the Centre for Cluster Competitiveness, Growth and Technology at EDII and also engaged in managing CSR-related projects at various locations in India. Awarded with the Highly-Commended Emerald/AIMA Indian Management Research Fund Award in 2010.

TA Nikita

C.A,M.Phil (Commerce)

A teacher in the areas of Accounting, Costing, Management Accounting, Taxation and Finance, she possesses over 17 years of experience in academia and industry. Currently pursuing Ph.D. on the topic ‘To Study the Acceptance level of Technology in Personal Finance with reference to different Demographics and Social – economic factors of Investors in Selected Cities of Gujarat’. At EDII, she is involved in teaching Post Graduate students and in coordinating key National level programmes & mentoring research work of PGDM-BE students, also coordinated TOT Mizoram ED Programme.

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Shri. Mayank Upadhyay


Specialises in the areas of finance, management accounting, project planning and strategic management, with extensive experience in development banking, commercial banking, management consulting and NGO management. Involved in conceptualising and conducting of a number of national and international programmes in corporate financial strategic planning and management, project formulation and appraisal, microfinance and management control systems.

Shri. JB Patel

B.Sc. (Chemistry),B.Sc.(Chemical Technology)

Over three decades of experience in the areas of business opportunity identification, project formulation, project appraisal, counselling and guiding entrepreneurs. Conducted more than 10 international programmes and worked as an expert in a number of developing countries in the above-mentioned fields. He is also the Local Representative for the Netherlands Senior Experts Organisation.

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Shri. Bhasker Jani

B.E. (Electronics and Communication)

A practitioner with over 36 years of experience in initiating and successfully managing various industries, including manufacturing of mechanical and electro-mechanical components and sub-assemblies, industrial valves, fabrication shop, foundry, etc. He is also involved in mentoring potential and existing entrepreneurs. He was Director and CEO of M/S. Odhav Estate Infrastructure Development Ltd., an SPV for development and upkeeping of the Odhav estate.

Dr. Bala Bhaskaran

Ph.D. (Management) B.Tech, PGDM, CFA

Prof Bala Bhaskaran is a management professional with active interest in teaching and institution building. Prior to his engagement with EDII, he was Provost of Swarnim Startup & Innovation University, Gandhinagar.

An Alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore, he possesses rich experience in industry and academia. His areas of interest are finance, strategy, entrepreneurship, knowledge management etc. He has published numerous papers and cases in national and international journals. He is a reviewer for cases for few international journals. He has been conducting workshops on case method of teaching and case writing. He has founded two journals – Oakbrook Business Review for Oakbrook Business School and The Fountainhead for Shanti Business School. Widely travelled, Prof. Bhaskaran is on the board of prominent corporates and educational institutions.

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