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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)
CEO/MD, 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/MD 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.
General Ray also won the Brainfeed Lifetime Achievement Award (2017-18) for his outstanding contribution to the field of education by elevating standards in imparting quality education to the next generation learners.
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.
Lt. General Arjun Ray has been awarded the Education Today Life Time Achievement Award 2018 for his incredible contribution in the field of education. He is an exemplary learner, teacher and leader with a vision and strategies to bring innovation in education.
For more information on General Ray, you may please visit www.generalarjunray.com
Professor Simon Spencer
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.
As Associate Professor and the Quality Enhancement Lead for the School of Education and Social Work, Simon has responsibility for all quality and compliance matters for programmes covering the initial training of teachers and social workers, cross-education professionals, and the continuing professional development of experienced practitioners in education related fields. Simon is a member of the School Executive Group, playing a key strategic leadership role.
Simon has worked in teacher education for 20 years. For much of that time he led the internationally recognised Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme, training teachers to become secondary school teachers in a range of subject areas. Under Simon’s leadership, the programme was ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors. Simon has also been engaged in the training of teachers overseas for a number of years.
Simon is a member of the Management Forum of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), having previously been Chair of the UCET Secondary Committee and a member of the UCET Executive. He is also a member of the Standing Committee for Initial Teacher Education in Drama (SCITED). He has served as an External Examiner at a number of British Universities.
Simon holds a Principal Fellowship from Advance HE, formerly known as the Higher Education Academy. This award is in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning in higher education at regional, national and international levels.
Simon is a Trustee and Vice Chair of Governors for a multi-academy trust in Birmingham. He Chairs the Raising Standards Committee and has a strategic governance role in the running of the schools that are part of the trust. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for two School Centred Initial Teacher Training institutions.
Simon is a drama specialist and makes effective use of drama as both content and method in his teaching. Before joining Birmingham City University, Simon taught drama and theatre studies in secondary schools and further education and was Head of Department and Assistant Head of Year at a large comprehensive school in Birmingham.
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.
Faculty, PGDIE; Programme Leader, CIDTL
Mary Ouseph is a faculty with ITARI for the Post Graduate Diploma in International Education (PGDIE) programme. On this programme she works intensively with pre- service teachers readying them to be expert IB teachers. Additionally, she is the Programme Leader for the Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning (CIDTL) Professional Development Qualification. As a workshop leader with ITARI professional development workshop delivery team, she has designed and conducted workshops in several schools to stimulate innovation in teaching and learning approaches.
Mary has qualifications in both Commerce and Law from Bangalore University. Furthermore, she is a certified teacher with Cambridge certification. Her CELTA certification and the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers (CIDTT) are both awarded high distinction by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK.
As a diplomat’s wife, Mary has travelled extensively and worked in myriad contexts. This has enabled her to bring an international-minded approach in her teaching. Prior to joining ITARI, Mary has been a Cambridge approved trainer and an IB teacher in Zimbabwe, Vienna and Botswana. She has effectively worked with both adults and children.
In addition to being a homeroom teacher, her core responsibilities included developing strategies in collaboration with class and subject teachers to support ESL learners (Upper primary and Middle years) access the curriculum in the mainstream classes successfully. This was effectively achieved by incorporating the ideology of experiential learning.
During her teaching tenure, she has been an effective Primary Years Programme (PYP) Language Coordinator and a Grade Level Coordinator. As a PYP Language Coordinator she has delivered workshops to the PYP faculty on teaching Language in the PYP. These workshops were aligned to facilitate and support newly inducted teachers to expose and build their understanding of 'Language and the PYP'; and 'How Language can be integrated in a concept based Inquiry'; through the theoretical framework of the PYP curriculum. It also included developing understanding and integration of Inquiry from an additional language teacher’s perspective.
Prior to her teaching career, Mary has been a Technical Writer and an Instructor at Gnosis Vector Software Labs. She has also worked as an Online Data and Statistics Analyser for JWT Education, London and Australia.
Her current research interest is in the area of developing creative thinking in preservice teachers.
Dr. Biji Jose
Dr. Biji Jose is a faculty with ITARI for the PGDIE and CIDTL programmes, guiding and mentoring pre-service teachers. At ITARI, she also coordinates research around teacher education focused on creativity and innovation in teaching. She is a part of the ITARI professional development team, that conducts workshops in schools across India.
Biji holds a PhD in Neuroscience from NIMHANS (Bangalore) and a Master of Science (M.Sc), degree in Biochemistry from Bangalore University. She was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC). Her research was primarily in the field of Molecular Neuroscience and Applied Biological Sciences.
Prior to her position at ITARI, Biji lead the development of pedagogical strategies and online tools for science education at BYJU’S. Her experience around the use of technology in education has engendered her belief in the potential of technology to catalyse the learning and teaching process. Her interest areas are Stem Education, Scientific Creative Thought, and development of strategies to foster 21st century skills of critical thinking and self-system learning.
Professor Liam McGrath
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences Birmingham City University
Liam is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Birmingham City University and since joining the university in 2019 has supported the delivery of teacher education within the Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education and Training Department in the School of Education and Social Work. Based on his experience and expertise in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Liam was elected Chair of the Strategic Leadership Partnership Committee, making recommendations to the School of Education and Social Work for approval matters relating to the quality and standards of PCET awards as well as implementing the University’s strategies and polices throughout PCET partners.
Liam has worked in international education within Surrey University’s International Study Centre as Head of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences. Liam managed the International Foundation Year and Pre-Masters Programmes for students in the department, which act as a pathway year for students before progressing onto their chosen degree or master’s programme at the University.
Before working within Higher Education, Liam spent over 10 years in Further Education initially as a teacher before progressing into various Head of Department and Director of Curriculum roles within a number of different Further Education Institutions. As one of the Senior Leaders within a large General Further Education College, Liam was responsible for learner progress across all 16-19 year old students with over 4,000 student enrolments.
As well as leading and being involved in a number of inspections by the UK Governments’ Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) as an education provider, Liam was appointed as an Ofsted Inspector during his time in Further Education. As an Inspector, Liam is skilled in collecting primary evidence through teaching observations, work scrutiny and student feedback, enabling him to form judgements on the overall effectiveness of an institution. Liam was responsible for making judgements on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in this role, equipping him with extensive knowledge skills and understanding that he brings to his work at Birmingham City University.
Ms. Joanne Hill
Faculty of Heath, Education and Life Sciences Birmingham City University United Kingdom
As Associate Professor and Associate Head of School for Education and Social Work, Joanne has strategic oversight for the quality of the student experience, monitoring the academic content of programmes as well as the pastoral and social aspects offered to students. Joanne works closely with the School Student Representatives within the School and also represents the School at Faculty and University level. Joanne is recognised within the University for her role in investigating sensitive and complex student and staff conduct cases. In addition, Joanne regularly acts as Chair for the School’s Student Progress Committee, Fitness to Practise Panels and, on occasion, the University’s Disciplinary Panel. At a national level Joanne has recently reached the required standard for the Teacher Regulation Agency as a panelmember.
Joanne has been involved in teacher training since the second year of her career when she supported the training of two students in her role as classteacher. That role developed into her being trained as a mentor before becoming a senior school leader who led on teacher training for the school. Joanne has worked as a University-based Teacher Educator for 20 years, in roles such as PGCE Primary Course Director and the Director for Partnership Enterprise.
Joanne worked in primary schools for 11 years, most latterly as Deputy Headteacher and finally as Acting Headteacher. Joanne has continued to maintain close links with primary schools in governing body roles and has recently served as a Chair of Governors to a Primary Academy and Teaching School. Joanne also sits on the strategic board of two other Teaching Schools and the Strategic Education and Inclusion Partnership Board for Walsall Local Authority.
Joanne is currently completing her research as part of a Doctorate of Philosophy, the title of her research is Growing Your Own: The Impact of School Direct on the Training of Primary Teachers. Joanne has presented her research at national conferences such as the Teacher Education Advancement Network and the Forum for Access and Continuing Education and has co-authored a paper published by the Chartered College for Teaching. Joanne is also a Senior Fellow of Advance HE.
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.
Shibani Murlidhar comes with over a decade of classroom experience, having taught both English and Spanish at all grade levels. She has worked as the Early Years as well as Elementary School Principal for a number of years, a role which enabled her to hone her collaborative and creative thinking skills.
In addition to her role as a teacher, Shibani has also organised teacher and leadership workshops and conferences for the international school community in India, a position which has given her a unique vantage point of the education industry.
She herself is a product of an IB education, having studied at the first IB school in India. She is a graduate in Communications and English from Bangalore University and has done her Masters in Spanish and Comparative Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Shibani is a faculty member on the Post Graduate Diploma for International Education (PGDIE), and a mentor for the Cambridge International Diploma for Teaching and Learning (CIDTL).
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.
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.
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. 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
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.
Dr. Kumar Malavalli
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.
Professor Shivram Malavalli
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.
Mr. Sushil Mantri
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.