IC3 Leadership Committees
2020 IC3 Chairs
Ganesh Kohli — Founder, IC3 Movement; and Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist, India
IC3 Movement and 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.
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
Capt. Rohit 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 a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Education, Master’s in History and more. In the field of education, he has worked at the Lawrence School Sanawar and Oakridge in Hyderabad.
Ms. 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. 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.