Management Board

Pankaj Chandra

Dr. Pankaj Chandra

He is the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Ahmedabad University. Formerly, he was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and a Professor of Operations and Technology Management at IIMB. He has taught at various institutions such as McGill University in Montreal, University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan, Cornell University, Renmin University, Beijing, and IIM Ahmedabad (IIM A). He has worked briefly with The World Bank in Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Program at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA and its first Chairperson.Professor Chandra has served as member of the Government of India Committee on Clusters for Development of the Informal Sector. He was a member of the two High Powered Committees – the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that re-looked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He was a member of two Steering Committees constituted by the Planning Commission of India for 12th Plan Development, one on Higher and Technical Education (Where he also chaired the Sub-Committee on Student Financial Aid), and the other on Industry. He was a member of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) subcommittee on Teacher Education. Until recently, he was also a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He was a member of RUSA (the higher education regulator) of the Ministry of HRD, GOI..Professor Chandra has been involved in several startups, has also been a consultant to large Indian and multi-national firms and serves on the Boards of several firms and institutions.

Praful Anubhai

Prafull Anubhai

Prafull Anubhai He is an educationist and a Corporate Advisor. He is associated with educational and research institutions like Indian Institute of Management (IIMA), Ahmedabad Education Society (AES), Ahmedabad University, CSTEP (Centre for Science Technology and Policy), ATIRA etc. He is the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Ahmedabad University. He is the member of the Governing Board of IIMA, CSTEP and Ahmedabad Education Society. He is also the Hon. Director of Saptak Archives, an institution dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical Music. He has done his B.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics and attended PMD at Harvard Business School.He has 30 years of experience as a Chief Executive of Textile Manufacturing Operations and presently he is a Director in companies like Unichem Laboratories Ltd., Vardhman Textiles Ltd., Birla Sun Life Trustee Co.Pvt.Ltd, GRUH Finance Ltd. (a subsidiary of HDFC Ltd), EMSAF (Emerging Markets South Asia Fund), Torrent Cables Ltd etc.

B M Shah

Bhupendra Shah


He is a Registrar of Ahmedabad University. Advisor to AES. Member of Finance Committee, CEPT University. Member of the Fee Regulatory Committee set up under the directive of Supreme Court. Worked in various capacities in the committees of WIRC Ahmedabad branch. Was member of Expert Advisory Committee of ICAI, New Delhi during 2005-06 and member of Financial Reporting Review Group (Ahmedabad) for 2008-09. He is educated as a charted accountant.

Paresh Vora

He is Chief Operating Officer at VentureStudio.He has over 28 year experience in diverse technology industries, including IT systems & peripherals, telecom, software and engineering industries with over 15 years in leadership roles. Before moving to education, Paresh was Managing Director of the Indian subsidiary of Dover Corporation, a US Fortune 500 Publicly listed Engineering conglomerate, with a global R&D center at Bangalore and manufacturing unit at Chennai. Other previous senior roles include being Managing Director of India subsidiary of Bridgeline (a US software company), Country Manager for Epson India, a unit of Seiko Epson Corporation, Japan and GM, Business Development, Sasken Communications Tech Ltd.Paresh moved to education before 4 years and headed the project for setting up TeamLease Skills University, Gujarat. He is currently working with Ahmedabad University, heading VentureStudio, its startup incubator and also heads the quality assurance function for the university.Paresh has a B.Tech (EE) from IIT Bombay and PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad. He is active in alumni activities for both and is on board of the IIT Bombay Alumni Association.  He has received Distinguished Service Award from IIT Bombay.

Ravin Sanghvi

He is the Head Coach at VentureStudio.He did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from L.D.College of Engineering & Post Graduation in Management from B.K.School of Business Management, both from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.For over 28 years Ravin worked with Reputed Indian & Multinational Companies in Diverse Engineering Sectors in various functional areas covering Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Product Development ,Strategic Planning, Turn Key Projects,Sourcing,Quality Systems ,Distribution Channel management, Customer Relationship etc.During his career Ravin progressed from Graduate Trainee Engineer to President-Sales,Marketing,Business Development & has worked across India from Cities like Ahmedabad, New Delhi,  Mumbai, Vadodara & Belgaum, encompassing Diverse work culture. He has travelled extensively within India & abroad to deal with Local & Global customers & has attended several International Trade Fairs & Seminars.Ravin has been building teams & businesses, especially for new/diversifying businesses & enjoys doing that. He likes to travel, meet people, build relationships, understand diverse cultures & encourage budding entrepreneurs & start-ups with his network & experience.