IC3 Leadership Committees
2020 IC3 Chairs
Mr. Ganesh Kohli, Chair — Chair
2020 Annual IC3 Conference
Founder, IC3 Movement
Chair, 2020 Annual IC3 Conference
Chair, Board of Trustees, IC3 Institute
Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher and counselor who has founded, nurtured and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 20 years. An engineer by education, Ganesh started his career teaching Mathematics besides helping families find the best-fit education globally. His journey has led him to visit over 450 colleges and universities, present workshops at 300+ high schools, help 4,000+ students with their higher education decisions and present at numerous global conferences. In 2015, Ganesh stepped back from active involvement in his entrepreneurial ventures to drive initiatives that will have social impact. He supports The Aha Movement and Soul Science Foundation to bring meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. He has also simultaneously envisioned the IC3 movement to impact 175,000 high schools over the next 15 years. Serving as the Chair of IC3, Ganesh has helped build a platform that is providing much-needed focus on career and college counselling within high schools. The IC3 movement now attracts leaders from 500+ educational institutions to its annual conference, has 30 regional events across Asia and supports free education for school teachers to become trained career and college counselors.
Mr. Jim McLaughlin, Co-Chair —
2020 Annual IC3 Conference
Jim McLaughlin is an educator and lifelong learner at heart, and has dedicated his career to college counseling and student success. He traveled to more than 30 countries during his 15+ years in international admissions and student services at Chestnut Hill College and Drexel University, located in his hometown of Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection.” Prior to joining the IC3 team full-time in September 2019, Jim most recently directed the Office of International Students and Scholars Services at Drexel University where he led a team of eight professionals serving 5,000+ students and scholars. He has been involved with the IC3 Movement since 2016 and has attended every Annual IC3 Conference. Jim has held several IC3 leadership positions, including Chair of both the Outreach Committee (2016-17) and University Committee (2017-18). Jim resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family and currently serves as Co-Chair of the 2020 Annual IC3 Conference.
2020 IC3 Presidential Forum Committee
Ms. Michelle Whittingham, Committee Chair — Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
University of California, Santa Cruz
Michelle (B.A.: international affairs, minor in Spanish and M.S.: communications, emphasis in educational leadership, Eastern Washington University) has been in Enrollment Management for nearly 25 years. She has served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at UC Santa Cruz for ten years working with administration and faculty to engage students, families, educators and communities in the college search process, providing information, resources, programs and services to help in the decision making and transition process. Her goal is to ensure students attend a campus that will support their success and help them realize their full potential, while at the same time helping to shape the enrollments of future alumni the campus desires.
Mrs. Rupa Chakravarty, Committee Co-Chair — Director
Suncity Schools, Gurugram
Rupa Chakravarty has an enriching and creative job seeing joyful, energetic, mischievous, talented and intelligent children every day. She developed a methodology called ASK (application, skills, knowledge) to ASK-U, which is based on curiosity and develops young minds from latent potential to an ignited mind. Additionally, she created a learning center based on the multiple intelligence concept of Prof. Howard Gardner of Howard University. Rupa is a Master Trainer of CBSE in India and abroad, and she has presented papers at institutions like IIT, IIM-Indore and twice in IIM- Bangalore, as well as abroad in Japan, Turkey, Australia, Sri Lanka, the U.S., Abu Dhabi and Dubai. She describes herself as one of those blessed ones who is in a profession which is her passion.
Ms. Jyoti Agarwal — Director
The Sanskaar Valley School, Bhopal
Ms. Jyoti Agarwal is a visionary who has always been driven to pursue excellence. She has successfully launched and managed many ventures with dexterity and élan. Setting new standards in the field of education, she established The Sanskaar Valley School in 2006 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. With it’s progressive outlook and upholding a very child centric ethos, it is now ranked amongst the top 5 day boarding schools in the country. Propelled to serve the underprivileged, she has spearheaded Sanskaar Vidhya Niketan, a chain of three schools in Bhopal to provide free education to the underprivileged girl child. She also launched a center for art and craft in Bhopal called "Abhivyakti" which has emerged as an epicenter for cultural activities. Overcoming all obstacles, Mrs. Jyoti Agarwal truly believes in giving back to the society that has always cherished her contributions.
Mr. Swaraj Nandan — Director and Co-founder
As KIC UnivAssist Director and co-founder, Swaraj Nandan leads UnivAssist’s U.S. office and its engagement with 170+ U.S. universities. Over the years, Swaraj's work experience with multinationals has spanned multiple industries and countries and this international experience has helped UnivAssist grow its global footprint to 35+ countries. A familiar face on the conference circuit, Swaraj has presented at NAFSA national conferences, all 11 NAFSA regional conferences, AIEA, International ACAC, NYGAP, SACAC and IC3 conferences. Swaraj also served on the Board of Directors of Lend-A-Hand India, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocational education and training in rural India. Swaraj holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and an M.S. in Business from University of Maryland, College Park.
Mr. K.V. Arjun Rao — Principal
JBCN International School, Oshiwara
Mr. K.V. Arjun Rao is an education enthusiast, novelist, writer and visionary in the field of education. As Principal of JBCN International School, Mr. Rao strives to encourage educators and learners to spread their wings and aim for the horizon. Mr. Rao brings with him nearly two decades of experience as an educator, having worked with some of the finest schools in the country, from The Doon School, Dehradun to Oakridge International School in Bengaluru and later Hyderabad. He believes in education that makes a child learn, try, experience and innovate and it is his constant endeavor to bring the academic excellence and enriching experience with any institution he leads. Mr. Rao ensures that the teachers he works with are trained to develop inquisitiveness and curiosity in the child. The child is asked to question, think and analyze and it is the duty of an educator as a mentor to foster critical thinking. He does so by nurturing talent, mindful of history with an amalgamation of present, thus reaching for a future as bright as the sun. And it is his ideologies that make him stand out as a brilliant educator, principal and leader.
Ms. Rupkatha Sarkar — Principal
La Martiniere for Girls
Mrs. Rupkatha Sarkar serves as the Principal of La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata. It is an internationally renowned school with 184 years of educational excellence. It has been recognized as one of the best girls’ schools in India and the city of Kolkata. Mrs. Sarkar has been in the field of education for the last 27 years. She is a post-graduate of Calcutta University and graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta. She completed her B.Ed. at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, as well as an Educational Management Diploma in Administration. She serves in an advisory capacity for several school and college boards and is the recipient of several awards as an inspiring teacher and educator. Mrs. Sarkar believes that true nation building is possible through education of women and children.
Mr. Siddharth Singh — Director
The Emerald Heights International School
Mr. Singh is the Director at The Emerald Heights International School, Indore. He completed his education from Stony Brook University, U.S., where he pursued a double major in economics and finance and was acknowledged with distinction a cum laude for economics. He later acquired M.B.A. with specialization in marketing and finance. He has done a course on strategic leadership management at IIM Kozhikode and is currently pursuing Educational Leadership course at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was selected by "EducationWorld" magazine as one of the young shining stars of Indian Education in 2017 and is currently serving on the Board of AFS India and Round Square.
Ms. Vanita Uppal — Director
The British School New Delhi
An international educator for over 25 years, Ms. Vanita Uppal is the Director of The British School New Delhi and recipient of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to British education in an international context. She is a member of Visiting Accreditation Teams for CIS (Council of International Schools) to accredit international schools globally. She is also a member of HMC (Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference, U.K.) an IBEN educator and member of executive board of FOBISIA. She has served as honorary secretary to Friends of Round Square, South East Asia and the Gulf Region. In addition, Ms. Uppal chairs the IB and IGCSE heads networks in North India.
Ms. Kate Lotz, Committee Coordinator — Assistant Director, Communications
Kate is Assistant Director of Communications at KIC UnivAssist. She creates and develops marketing/communications, branding and publication strategy, and leads Counselor Tours in the U.S. and undergraduate student recruitment tours in Latin America. Uniquely positioned with backgrounds in higher education and in international relations, Kate has lived and worked abroad in India, China, and the Caribbean, and has also served in student services and university academic resources administration. She earned a Master’s degree from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she also completed her Bachelor’s degree. Kate is based in Washington, D.C.
2020 IC3 Conference Host School Committee
Ms. Sudha Acharya — Principal
ITL Public School, Dwarka
Ms. Sudha Acharya, Principal of ITL Public School, has more than 29 years of progressive experience in the field of education. She is actively involved in designing CBSE curricula and hosting CBSE workshops as a master trainer. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including CBSE Teacher Award (National), State Teachers Award, International Excellence Award for Service to Disabilities, Global Human Rights Protection Award, National Human Resource Optimisation Award and the Dr. B R Ambedkar National Award for her contributions in the field of education. Ms. Acharya has also spoked on national television channels on subjects such as anti-bullying, cyber bullying, teacher-student relationships, stress management during exams and more.
Dr. Shalini Advani — Director
Pathways School Noida
Dr. Advani is the Founding Director of Pathways School Noida, one of India’s foremost IB schools. Previously she has been Principal of the British School, New Delhi and Director Education of Learn Today where she consulted on the setup of new schools and conducted a variety of teacher training programs. She has been a presenter at various events including Salzburg Global Seminar, IB Asia Pacific Conference 2015, IC3 Conference and at India International Centre on Adult Literacy. Her publications include "Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow, Educating the National Imagination" and “Childhood Sexuality: History, Memory, Mythology in The Dark Room.”
Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj — School Director
Pathways School Gurgaon
Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj is a seasoned and passionate educator, dynamic communicator, effective administrator and a self-motivated individual, with a career spanning over 25 years. As a natural leader, Capt. Bajaj’s vision is to impart holistic education and create a powerful impact on today’s generation. Having served in the Indian Army for five years, Capt. Bajaj has an impeccable sense of commitment, duty and responsibility. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Education, a Master’s degree in History and more. In the field of education, he has worked at the Lawrence School Sanawar and Oakridge in Hyderabad. Capt. Bajaj has been awarded the title of IB Recognition Ambassador and is among the few exclusively selected from India. An authorized IB evaluator for IBDP schools across the world, his skill and expertise enable him to lead and guide curriculum enhancements, as well as incorporating best practices across curricula.
Ms. Rupa Chakravarty — Director
Suncity School, Gurgaon
Ms. Rupa Chakravarty is experienced, with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in secondary education, private schools, education technology, differentiated instruction and curriculum development. Ms. Chakravarty is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts focused in English literature (British and Commonwealth) from Loreto Convent, St. Joseph's Convent, Calcutta University. Her additional training includes ‘Handling of Adolescence’ in Worcester, U.S.; ‘Strategic Leadership for Schools in a Changing Environment’ at IIM Ahmedabad, India; ‘School Management and Leadership (CSML)’ from Harvard University, U.S. She has presented paper across the world, served on CBSE committees internationally, reviewed national education policy, advised USA News on education programs and won awards in various fields of education.
Ms. Nitina Dua — Head of Department, Career Guidance Centre
Shiv Nadar Noida
Ms. Nitina Dua empowers each learner and welcomes students to a non-threatening space to explore their own interests, aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the world. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree and is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Guidance and Counselling. She is also designing the curriculum for Electoral Literacy with the Election Commission of India. During the past eight years in education, with an abiding interest and belief in cross-cultural learning, she forged interschool relationships internationally with schools in Australia, Singapore and the U.S., as well as universities across the globe including the Hwa- Chong Institute School Exchange and Student Leadership Programs, Singapore.
Ms. Sonya Ghandy Mehta — Director
Pathways World School, Aravali
Ms. Sonya Ghandy Mehta holds graduate degrees in Psychology and Educatio, as well as a postgraduate degree in Education from the University of San Diego, U.S. She began teaching in Jamshedpur in 1991, and her 30 years of teaching and administrative experience has spanned several specialties including special education, vocational training courses and mainstream education in ISC, IB and IGCSE curricula. She has been associated with Indus International School, Bangalore, for over eight years and The Assam Valley School for six years. Her experience in international education helped her incorporate new-age teaching methodologies in the schools. She strongly believes that education cannot be limited to the classroom and textbooks; that In our ever-changing world, it is crucial for education to constantly reinvent itself. The three aspects that Ms. Mehta believes are essential in education are (1) relevancy and application: bringing real life issues into the classroom to make learning more applicable, (2) the law of expectation: the more you expect from a child, the more they will rise to meet the challenge and (3) promoting respect: this encompasses respect not only for people around us, but also for the environment and inanimate objects. Ms. Mehta’s personal strengths are being deliberative, restorative, responsible, harmonious and analytical.
Ms. Sudha Goyal — School Director/School Principal/DPC
Scottish High International School Gurgaon
Ms. Sudha Goyal, a pioneer in revelatory education, who through her consistent guidance and understanding, has provided wings to soar to numerous students. Her capacity as a leader is beyond ordinary measure. As the School Director for Scottish High International School, she has transformed the educational experience. She has presented papers internationally on various subjects, proudly received several awards, including The Derozio Award for Excellence for Outstanding Services in the field of Education and Human Enrichment from the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, the Education Leader Award from Education Worldwide India, the Certificate of Appreciation from the Special Olympics, the Certificate of Recognition as a Progressive Principal of India from Rethink India, and more. Ms. Goyal also heads a panel of inspectors for institutions affiliated with IB, ICSE and IGCSE curricula and is on the advisory panel for both IGCSE and IB. Her wisdom and pleasant disposition, along with her impeccable articulation of thought and action, makes her approachable for students and staff alike. She ensures not only a positive working environment, but also nurtures positive outlook and channels ideas in the right direction.
Dr. Jyoti Gupta — Principal
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad
National awardee Dr. Jyoti Gupta is an eminent educationist and has gained a prominent position in the educational arena due to her exemplary work. She embarked on her professional voyage nearly 30 years ago as a member of the DPS fraternity and in the last decade took the reins of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad. She has been awarded with numerous prestigious awards like the State Award for Teachers and the Dr. Radha Krishnan National Award for Teachers, to name a few. In 2018, the MHRD and CBSE reposed their trust in Dr. Gupta as an educationalist by appointing her as the Member of the Governing Body of CBSE. She has also been recently appointed as a member of the first Standing Committee on Academics in NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education). In tandem with her philosophy of creating leaders, she has trained future principals by attending empowerment conferences around the country. Her passion for excellence and all-encompassing vision has imbued students and teachers alike with courage and confidence to reach for the skies.
Ms. Anuradha Handa — Principal
G D Goenka Public School, Gurugram
Ms. Anuradha Handa, the founding Principal of G D Goenka Public School, Gurugram, holds a postgraduate in Physics from University of Delhi with a professional degree in Education. Her career spans over three decades, with enriching experiences as Principal of Amity International School Gurugram, Vice Principal at Amity International School Noida, Vice Principal at and at Apeejay School Saket, New Delhi and Head of the Physics Department at Modern School Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. Ms. Anuradha believes that each child is unique and that the educational system should facilitate and address the uniqueness and individuality of each child. GDGPS, Gurugram has grown exponentially over the last seven years and reached the senior secondary level with students showing outstanding results. Through innovative initiatives under the dynamic leadership of Ms. Anuradha Handa, the school is endowing students with the 21st century skills, thereby making them future ready.
Ms. Neena Kaul — Principal/Director
The Heritage Schools New Delhi
Neena Kaul truly believes that education is the only medium that can create human beings with goodness that arises out of harmony between the mind and the heart, where there is craving to learn and grow with objectivity, and an urge to seek a balanced and contended life. Children if educated well can transform the society. With this vision at its core, Neena has served as an educator for the past 26 years in several roles starting from that of a Teacher, Principal and a Director. Her passion for teaching and her love for children got her to work “with” children and not just “for” them. She became a Principal at the early age of 26 and has established four top quality schools as the founding Principal. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Science.
Ms. Rekha Krishnan — Principal
Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
Ms. Rekha Krishnan has been at Vasant Valley School since 1994. From a History teacher to the Head of Senior School, she has been in the education sector for over 30 years. She became the Head of Senior School in 2001. She has not only played the role of a Head, but she has been in multiple roles throughout her tenure. She works closely with students to help them bridge the gap between school and college. Her experiences help the students look at the bigger picture and make decisions about themselves.
Ms. Manisha Malhotra — Principal
The Shri Ram School, Moulsari
Ms. Manisha Malhotra holds a Master’s in Life Sciences with a specialization in Biotechnology and has over five years of research experience and 25 years of teaching experience. She has helped establish and implement the IB and the Cambridge International programs at the Moulsari Campus of the Shri Ram School. Currently, Ms. Malhotra is the principal of the senior school at The Shri Ram School, Moulsari Campus. She loves inspiring students and guides them to discover the “aha” of life. She is passionate about her subject and guides students to think critically become lifelong learners.
Ms. Monica Sagar — Principal
Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram
Ms. Monica Sagar, the Principal at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, is zealous towards the cause of “Education for Life,” the motto of the school, and believes that education is not just the development of the academic potential, but the development of the humane, social, emotional, aesthetic, physical and spiritual potential of each student. She has a gold medal from the Punjab University for her Master’s in Economics and has completed training from IIM-Ahmedabad for School Leadership in a Changing Environment. Previously, she was the Vice Principal at The Shri Ram School (Moulsari Campus) where she worked for 16 years. She received the Principal of the Year Award from Indian Education Awards in February 2018. Her students and ex-students seek her out because of her empathetic, fair and approachable mentorship.
Ms. Sudha Sahay — Principal
The Shri Ram School, Aravali
Ms. Sudha Sahay has been in the teaching profession for over two decades. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Zoology. Ms. Sahay enjoys teaching high school students, and more importantly, being their mentor. As principal of the senior school at The Shri Ram School – Aravali, she enjoys the challenges that come with dealing with teenagers. She loves being among children, as they keep her abreast of the latest and on her toes.
Ms. Manika Sharma — Director
The Shri Ram Schools, New Delhi
Ms. Manika Sharma has completed over three decades in the field of education. Ms. Sharma joined The Shri Ram School in 1989. During her tenure, she has been involved in the school's growth and has meaningfully contributed in formulating its policies. From awards and recognitions as a teacher, constantly in the learning mode, she has worn many hats. “A growth mindset” is how she can be best described. She has been a teacher trainer and visited schools pan India to lead and motivate educators. She comes with a sound knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects like personal effectiveness, instructional leadership, systems thinking, team learning etc. A passionate educator, she continues to impact the lives of students across! Presently, she is the Director of The Shri Ram Schools, Delhi NCR.
Ms. Vanita Uppal — Director
The British School New Delhi
An international educator for over 25 years, Ms. Vanita Uppal, OBE is the Director of The British School New Delhi. She is the proud recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to British education in an international context, becoming the only serving Indian principal to receive this honor. Under her leadership, the school has won many prestigious awards including the TOP British International School in the world in January 2018. Ms. Uppal sits on the executive board of FOBISIA (Federation of British Schools of Asia ), is a member of Visiting Accreditation Teams for CIS (Council of International Schools) to accredit international schools globally, is a British Council ambassador and a member of HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference, U.K.). Ms. Uppal chairs the IB and IGCSE networks in North India, is an IBEN educator, an IB workshop leader and has served as Honorary Secretary to Friends of Round Square, South East Asia and the Gulf Region for five years.
Ms. Anju Wal — Principal
Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad
Anju Wal, the founding Principal of Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad, is an educator with 27 years of experience. As a passionate teacher, she started her career in Study Hall School, Lucknow, where she spent 10 years as a founding teacher, touching a wide spectrum of grades from KG to Grade XI. She introduced innovative pedagogy for the teaching of English and later moved to City Montessori School, Department of English, teaching grades XI and XII. In 2006, she became the Principal of Riverside School, where she worked for four years. In her last assignment, she was the principal of a reputed educational institution, the Jaipuria School, Lucknow, for five years, 2010-15. The Board results and SAT scores went up appreciably in her tenure and some of her students attained a 100% scholarship to Harvard and other universities abroad for undergraduate studies. Anju Wal studied at Mater Dei School, Delhi. A postgraduate in English Literature, she studied at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and dabbled in theatre, debating, and writing. She plunged into advertising and journalism right after college and worked in different cities with Business India Magazine, before finding her calling in education. Her intrinsic love for children is the pivotal reason for her continued engagement in school.
Ms. Paridhi Thakore, Committee Coordinator — Events Manager
Paridhi Thakore is an Events Manager at IC3. She and her team play an important role in event planning and management for all IC3 events. She has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and has completed her diploma in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel and Tourism from Frankfinn. Paridhi comes with 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked with Ananda in the Himalayas, Hyatt and Westin. Apart from organizing two weddings for the Ambani family, she has also handled international brands like Lakme, NASSCOM, NAPCON, Sunpharma, Future Group, Cello, and Avon Cycles. She loves to travel, drive and explore new destinations.