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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

Chief Executive Officer, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.), has wide-ranging experience in matters of defence and conflict management. But he also has a deep-rooted passion for social transformation. He is the CEO of the Indus Trust and provides vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and Institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents, children, and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities. Under his leadership, Indus International became a premier institution, and one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Staff College at Camberley, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. On his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. His success in forestalling insurgency in the region, by winning over alienated communities into the nation's mainstream, has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. Before building one of the top boarding schools in India, as a part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 schools, 11 Women's Empowerment Centers, and 60 Adult Education Centers for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education and pastoral care to 125 Ladakhi girls in Bangalore colleges.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest honour in the armed forces for distinguished service. His success story in ‘change leadership’ has been selected as a case study for business and management schools in India. A dynamic leader, his imminent foresight and intellect, led him to mould Indus into a stellar educational institution and a top ranked international school in Bangalore.

In his second calling – international school education – he is of the firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life; and that teachers must facilitating a nurturing environment, to unravel the potential in every child. Especially in residential schools in India, which is essentially a home away from home.

He deemed this possible by instilling in teachers and children core leadership competencies, such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit and more which equips them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous), vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India. Consequently, equipping them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). A vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India.

To implement this vision, General Ray setup 14 institutions: three International Baccalaureate Schools - all of which are among the top IB schools in India, the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, eight Early Learning Centres and the International Community School (the world’s first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line).

IB World has recently acknowledged General Ray as one of the six IB World School Leaders for rethinking education and making a high-quality education affordable to the underprivileged. Education World has named him one of the 50 game-changers in the education scenario in India. He was also awarded the White Swan Education Award for the ‘Most Influential Leader 2015-16’, in India. With his radical vision, Indus International has become an example for schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.

The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership. His first book, 'Kashmir Diary: The Psychology of Militancy', is a purple primer in understanding the mind and motivation of a terrorist. The second book, 'Peace Is Everybody’s Business: Strategy for Conflict Prevention', is a treatise in conflict-prevention and has just been published by SAGE Publications. This book was inspired by General Ray’s experience in bringing lasting peace in Ladakh.

An exemplary learner, teacher, and leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to grow to innovate, drive, and set new standards for others to follow.

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Professor Jeffrey Thompson

Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Bath

Prof. Jeffrey Thompson is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Bath, where he teaches, supervises, and does research through the Centre for the study of Education in an International Context, in various areas relating to international schools and international education. Prof. Thompson is one of the founding members of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which was instituted in Geneva in 1968. He has worked closely for many years with IB curriculum, evaluation, and assessment systems, both nationally and internationally, and has held several high-level offices in the IBO. He currently chairs the Advisory Board for the International Primary Years Curriculum and International Middle Years Curriculum.

Prof. Thompson is the Chair of the International Advisory Board for the International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) project. He has published widely in the field of international education and was the founding editor of the Journal of Research in International Education. He is a board member of a number of international schools and was a member of the International Council for the United World Colleges. He has published several research papers, authored several books, and is globally acknowledged as a leading authority on international education. He holds three doctorate degrees as well. His tremendous contribution to the field of International Education for almost 60 years has been acknowledged by her Majesty’s government, and he has been conferred the title of ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ or CBE for outstanding contribution in Academics and Higher Education. He is teaching the M.A. in International Education Programme at ITARI.

Professor Kevin Mattinson

Associate Dean and Head of the School of Education, Birmingham City University

Prof. Kevin Mattinson has worked at the Birmingham City University (BCU) since February 2014. He is the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life sciences, Head of the School of Education, and Professor of Teacher Education. He came to BCU from the University of Keele, where he had been the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Partnerships) and Head of Teacher Education for several years.

Kevin has worked in university-based teacher education for more than 20 years, having also worked at the Edge Hill University and the Manchester Metropolitan University. During this time he has held a number of senior roles including Head of Secondary Education, Director of Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and Subject Leader for BA Business Education for Secondary Teaching. Kevin’s specialist subject areas are Economics and Business Studies, but he has also taught aspects of wider education, pedagogy, and professional studies to secondary teachers and students following Education as an academic subject. He has worked as a dissertation tutor on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Kevin is a member of the executive committee of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), UK. He is an auditor/reviewer for the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and has sat on a number of advisory bodies. In 2011, he was invited to give evidence to the Education Select Committee (a select committee in the UK Parliament).

Kevin sits on a number of governing bodies and trust boards for academies and trust schools and has worked as a higher education lead for a number of teaching school alliances. He has worked extensively as an external examiner within the university sector and as a consultant in Great Britain and overseas. He is an adjunct faculty with Indus Training and Research Institute.

Dr. Mary Hayden

Head of the Department of Education, University of Bath

Dr. Mary Hayden is the Head of Department of Education and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath, UK. She leads the department's International Education and Globalization research cluster and acts as the Director of the department's Centre for the study of Education in an International Context. Her research interests focus particularly on international schools and international education prevalent worldwide. She is faculty for the University’s M.A. in Education and Doctor of Education programmes and guides Ph.D. and Ed.D. research scholars from across the world.

Dr. Hayden is the Chief Editor of the Journal of Research in International Education. She is a member of the International Primary Years Curriculum and International Middle Years Curriculum Advisory Board for the IBO and a trustee of the Alliance for International Education. She has published several books, written thought-provoking articles on international schooling, and undertaken various research projects in different parts of the world. She has been engaged in education for over 40 years and sits on a number of advisory bodies and distinguished panels in the United Kingdom.

She is a faculty for the M.A. in International Education Programme at ITARI.

Professor Simon Spencer

Deputy Head, School of Education

Prof. Simon has worked in university-based teacher education for 15 years. For much of that time, he ran the highly successful Postgraduate Certificate in Education, training teachers to work very effectively as professionals in a range of secondary schools. He places great emphasis on the development of subject knowledge and subject pedagogy to enhance the teaching and learning experience for students. Simon’s specialist subject is Drama, but he also teaches aspects of wider education, pedagogy, and professional studies to teachers of all ages. Before joining the Birmingham City University, Simon taught Drama and Theatre Studies in secondary schools and was the Head of Department and Assistant Head of Year at a large comprehensive school in Birmingham.

Simon has been responsible for the management and quality assurance for the work of the School of Education which provides education and training to teachers from all sectors - Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and Post Compulsory. Courses range from undergraduate to doctoral level. Simon is a member of the executive committee of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), UK. He is also involved in the strategic leadership and governance of a multi-academy trust, two teaching school alliances and serves as a consultant for another initial teacher education partnership. He has been appointed as an external examiner in a number of British Universities. He is an adjunct faculty with Indus Training and Research Institute.

Ms. Taniya Khurana

Head of Business Development

Ms. Taniya Khurana is the Head of Business Development at ITARI. Prior to assuming this responsibility, Ms. Khurana worked with reputed brands like Alliance University, Skilltree Global Knowledge Consortium in multiple capacities. She served as the Deputy Director, Public Relations; Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Associate Vice President for Institutional Alliances at a very early stage of her career. Ms. Khurana brings in significant cross-functional experience in brand development, educational marketing, and research. She has consulted with leading institutions in digital marketing research as well as planning, promotions, and hosting outreach programmes advocating international experiential learning.

Ms. Khurana is a graduate in Computer Applications from the University of Rajasthan, a postgraduate in Business Administration from Alliance School of Business, and holds an Executive Post Graduate Diploma from IIM B. She has undertaken numerous research projects on digital analytics with brands like IDEA Cellular, Ogilvy & Mather, CollPoll, and Sheth Leadership Academy. Ms. Taniya Khurana joined Indus Training and Research Institute in April 2017 and is responsible for business development strategies, corporate communications, marketing, admissions, sustaining international partnerships, media liaisons, college campus recruitment, and promoting the vision of ITARI.

Ms. Sunitha Amencherla

Programme Leader, CIDEL; Faculty, and Exams Officer, CIDTL

Ms. Sunitha Amencherla has an M.A. in English from Central University, Hyderabad; and a PGCTE from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. With a certificate program in Philosophy of Education from Digantar, Jaipur, she began a new journey in self and professional growth in teacher education.

She has over 25 years of rich experience as an educationist with school and university level teaching. Her experience comprises in-service teacher training (including with Intel, CBSE), on Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation, developing multi-lingual interactive digital content for reform in elementary school education, planning and implementing interventions for whole school development, and educational research in K-12 segment. She has been a consultant with MHRD for developing the National Policy on ICT in School Education. As a Senior Manager at various NGOs (including Azim Premji Foundation) she has contributed to reforming school education through technology interventions and teacher leadership conferences.

Presently, Ms. Amencherla is Faculty for PGDIE and CIDTL programmes. She is the Programme Leader for Cambridge International Diploma for Educational Leadership (CIDEL) and, the Exams Officer for CIDTL. Her research interests are in the areas of unlocking teacher leadership potential through deep reading, and developing deliberate teaching practice.

Ms. Anuradha Ghulati

Programme Leader, CIDTL and Faculty

Ms. Anuradha Ghulati has been a respected senior educator with the Indus International School and ITARI. She has a M.B.A. from Bharathiar University (affiliated to the Madras University), and a B.Ed. in English and Social Sciences from Annamalai University. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She has deep understanding of both national and international school curricula. Additionally, she has the experience of corporate training with leading MNCs.

Ms. Ghulati has served in the Indus International School, Bangalore, in varying capacities including being the PYP grade-level coordinator, and the principal of the Indus International Community School (IICS). As principal, IICS, she employed innovation and creativity in curriculum development, teacher training, and community engagement.

Currently, Ms. Ghulati is the Programme Leader and faculty for the Cambridge Diploma in Teaching and Learning (CIDTL). Alongside she teaches on the pre-service teacher-training programme, PGDIE. She strongly believes in the continuing professional development for in-service teachers. Her research interests include: Emotional Intelligence training for teachers; and exploring the role of emotionally intelligent teachers in promoting cognitively and affectively engaged learners.

Dr. Anita Rao Mysore

Senior Faculty, and PGDIE Academic Coordinator

Dr. Anita Rao Mysore is a senior faculty with ITARI since 2011 and has taught pre-service and in-service teachers. She is the Academic Coordinator for the Post Graduate Diploma in International Education (PGDIE) programme.

Dr. Mysore has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Multicultural Education from the University of Arkansas, USA. Her M.Ed. (Educational Technology) and B.Ed. degrees are from the Regional Institute of Education, (NCERT), Mysore.

Prior to joining ITARI, Dr. Mysore was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, USA, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teachers. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas, she taught postgraduate and undergraduate pre-service teachers in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Mysore was Research Assistant-Curriculum at the University of Arkansas Libraries and developed instructional resource materials for schools, in association with teachers and students in the Northwest Arkansas region. She has also worked with K-12 students as a Research Assistant for over a decade in Mysore city for studies in cultural psychology of US universities, University of Michigan and Yale University respectively. Social justice education is at the core of Dr. Mysore’s teaching, research, and service activities. Her current research interest lies in preparing teachers for the Linkster generation in P-12 classes.

Ms. Marina Basu

Faculty, ITARI

Ms. Marina Basu has a wide range of experiences related to teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, and research. She has a master’s degree from Delhi School of Economics, India, and postgraduate degrees in Education and Philosophy from Louisiana State University (LSU), United States. Recently, Marina was at the Indiana University, USA, as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher where she explored the nuances of teaching and learning mathematics through English for English Language Learners. Her passion lies in understanding Mathematics as a language and in creating larger connections to its historical and cultural contexts.

Marina taught at the primary and middle school level for several years, using non-traditional teaching methods. She has taught a range of subjects including English, mathematics, science, and social studies in institutional and non-formal settings, an example of the latter being after school programs for underprivileged children. Her pedagogical interests encompass theme and project based learning, collaborative learning, and teaching through storytelling, theatre and art. She also developed curriculum at the primary and middle school level; her focus areas were mathematics, along with the integration of curriculum across subject areas.

At the College of Education, LSU, United States, Marina taught foundational courses for pre-service teachers, as well as assisted in editing and research. She has authored journal articles, book chapters and stories for children. She has conducted workshops in India on a range of topics, some examples being creative writing for children, and math pedagogy for teachers. At ITARI, Marina has guided candidates in the CIDTL programme and has developed new courses for the PGDIE and PDCIE programmes. Interdisciplinary learning and teaching, Developing 21st Century Competencies, and Collaborative Learning are her major interests at present.

Ms. Mala Palani

Director, and Faculty

Ms. Mala Palani is a senior teacher trainer with rich experience in teaching pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, and Assessment Practices. She has research masters qualification from University of Warwick, UK; PGCTE, and M.Phil. from English and Foreign Languages University; and TKT, CIDTT and DELTA from University of Cambridge, UK. She has an additional Masters in English from the University of Pune, and B.A.Ed. from the Regional College of Education, Mysore (NCERT). She has been the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship; Hornby Scholarship; Pearson Assessments (UK) funding for her research in the area of Testing and Assessing Foreign Languages; Gillian Porter Ladousse Scholarship, to name a few.

Prior to working with ITARI, Ms. Palani has worked with reputed IB and progressive schools across the country. She is an accredited teacher trainer, and examiner with British Council; Oxford Teachers’ Academy, UK; CIE, and International Olympiads. Alongside educating teachers, she enjoys writing. She has authored popular school textbooks and teacher training materials published internationally.

At ITARI, Ms. Palani has been faculty, the Head of Curriculum Development, and the Academic Coordinator for the PGDIE programme before her current assignment. She is passionate about creating mindful educational leaders. She constantly researches strategies to build in teachers: growth mindset, innovation-mindedness, and the ability to identify potential.

Mrs. Sarojini Rao

Principal, Indus International School, Bangalore

Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore, since July 2005, has excellent academic credentials. She was ranked first in B.A. Economics in the University of Pune and holds postgraduate degrees in Economics, Education, and Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh.

Trained in all the three IB programs (PYP, MYP, and DP), Mrs. Rao is also a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre for International School Leadership, USA.

She is the Managing Trustee of Indus International Community School, Bangalore, one of India’s best international schools that offer quality education to the underprivileged.

Mrs. Rao has been instrumental in planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. She has played a pivotal role in making Indus the yardstick for residential schools in India. Her role includes formulating the Leadership Curriculum, the Instructional Supervision and Evaluation model for the school. With specialized knowledge of the Balanced Scorecard, she has implemented standards that set challenging and exacting benchmarks, which have rendered the all-around success of Indus as a top international school, in delivering holistic education with academic rigor as the highest priority.

Under her leadership, students are geared up to take on the challenges that lay ahead as flagbearers and makers of the future. Her emphasis on holistic education (without compromising academic excellence) has been the highlight of her conviction and has resulted in Indus being ranked the best international school in India for five successive years.

The structured leadership curriculum that involves every child has instilled confidence among students and has enabled them to set realistic goals and devise plans to achieve them.

Mrs. Rao represents the core values of the school: love, empathy, discipline, and respect. This is reflected in our students' sensitivity to the needs of the less privileged in the society, and their vigour to contribute through service. With her example, guidance, advice, and ideas, Mrs. Sarojini Rao has built a strong team, and together they work to maintain the standards of the best Indian international school, bringing recognition and acclamation to Indus every day. Both teachers and student leaders are committed to excelling in many fields of endeavour which translate into passion and purpose, service and spirituality, respect for diversity and global understanding.

Mr. H.B. Jairaj

Trustee

Mr. H. B. Jairaj, the Chairman of HRB Group of companies, has an MBA (Finance) from Case Western Reserve University, USA, and is a prominent industrialist from Karnataka. Mr. Jairaj has guided his group of organizations into successful ventures across diverse enterprises. His group’s various interests include real estate, hotels/serviced apartments, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to many aspiring entrepreneurs. He instils in them a commitment to excellence while sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience. He is an active member and trustee of many prestigious associations, including the Karnataka State Cricket Association, Bangalore Turf Club, and Indian Red Cross Society. At Indus, he is at the helm of strategic and financial planning, paving our way up on the list of best schools in Bangalore.

Professor Shivram Malavalli

Trustee

Prof. Shivram Malavalli is currently the Chairman of Indian Institute of Production Engineers, Senior Advisor at World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises, and General Secretary of the Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association. He guides all the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives at Indus, shaping it into one of the best international schools in Bangalore, with remarkable technological capability. He was honoured for his contribution towards the growth of small & medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) in China.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli

Trustee

Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist, and visionary in the field of storage networks. He is the co-author and driving force behind Fibre Channel, an evolutionary technology that enabled the development of production-class Storage Area Networks (SAN’s). He is also the Co-founder and former CTO of Brocade Communications; Co-founder, Chairman and CSO of InMage Systems; and the CSO of LeadFormix. In February 2003, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s Hall of Fame for his significant contributions towards technology. Kumar’s philanthropy in the field of education extends from digital learning centres in rural India to American institutions for higher education. He also established the 'Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair' in Storage Systems Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-founded Indus Scholastic Management Services. Furthermore, he also serves as a trustee to Indus International Schools. His contributions towards promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness Philosophy of the school are rather significant and have been instrumental in making Indus one of the top international schools in Bangalore.

Mr. Sushil Mantri

Trustee

Mr. Sushil Mantri, the Chairman & Managing Director of Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd., is an outstanding personality in the world of realty, housing, and construction. He is a visionary with an astute and resolute sense of enterprise, who has transitioned from being an entrepreneur to an industry trendsetter. As the sole leader of his company, Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, business development, and budgeting. His social initiatives reach out to schools in India, especially those that cater to the less privileged. His efforts also include improving the aesthetics of public properties.