IC3 Leadership Committees
2022 Annual IC3 Conference Leadership
Mr. Ganesh Kohli — Chair
Founder, IC3 Movement
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher, counselor, entrepreneur, and life-long learner who has founded, nurtured and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 23 years. In his professional journey, Ganesh has visited 450+ universities across the world, personally guiding 4000+ students in making decisions about their higher education. With the vision of "counseling in every school", Ganesh founded the IC3 Movement, which has reached 90+ countries and has 800+ volunteers across the globe. Ganesh also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the IC3 Institute, a non-profit organization, with the audacious goal to train 100,000 school counselors, impacting 175,000 high schools in 15 years. Under his mentorship, KIC UnivAssist has grown to help 250+ universities plan and execute their international engagement with high schools and students in 70+ countries. Ganesh’s endeavor to bring meditation and mindfulness to millions of people in the execution of their work and everyday lives led him to create The Aha Movement, which continues to drive this philosophy through regularly scheduled meditation and mindfulness talks and events. Ganesh is the pioneer of the Counseling Laboratory™ pedagogy, a pathbreaking approach to high school career and college counseling. A gifted orator, Ganesh is a TEDx speaker and has presented at numerous global conferences over the years. To be of service is Ganesh’s highest aspiration. With a belief in the infinite potential of human beings, all the organizations he has founded strive to serve individuals in achieving this potential through training, counseling, mentoring and life-coaching.
Mr. Vir Singh Anand — Co-Chair
Director, University of St Andrews (U.K.) India Office
Vir Anand is the Director of the University of St Andrews India office. He heads the office and strategy in the region and is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate market growth development working closely with schools, Universities, educational bodies and alumni. Alongside his work in India, Vir has worked in the Middle East, Indonesia and parts of South Asia. He is also a Global Ambassador for DotScot Registry, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for the GB Mag, a London based Media firm. Vir himself is a graduate of the University of St Andrews himself, having graduated with an MA(hons) in Management.
Host School Committee
Ms. Seetha Murty — Director Education, Silver Oaks International Schools, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Visakhapatnam, President, Heads Association of IB World Schools, India, Vice Chairperson, CBSE Schools Association, Hyderabad, India
As the Director of Education of Silver Oaks International Schools in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Visakhapatnam, Seetha assumes responsibility for the learning years of 4500 students. With three decades of teaching experience, and as an IB Educator and President of Association for Heads of IB World Schools in India, she blends national and international goals of education in all her endeavors globally. She leads IB workshops across the Asia Pacific region and is also invited to present at four IB Global Conferences. As a prolific speaker with three TEDx events, IIT Delhi, RIE Mysore, CII Education Summit, Linkoping University in Sweden, and as a blogger, she voices her perspectives on bringing a learning revolution. Seetha has developed books in Science, Math, English for Grades 1-8, published and used in Silver Oaks International Schools.
Ms. Iffat Ibrahim — Principal - CBSE Section, CHIREC International School
Ms. Iffat Ibrahim is one of the country’s most prominent and highly regarded educators. In her 30 years as an educator, Ms. Ibrahim has served as a Lecturer, Programme Coordinator, Headmistress, Vice Principal, and Principal. Under her leadership, CHIREC International has received various awards. She has worked in reputed institutions in the Gulf and Hyderabad. She is also the Secretary of the CBSE’s Hyderabad Sahodaya School Complex and a resource person for the CBSE training programmes. At CHIREC International, Iffat Ibrahim has worked with curriculum committees in most academic disciplines and has experience in both student and faculty assessment techniques. She has directed several programs, including the CHIREC MUN, the Online Student Council Elections, Digital Library, initiated class Websites as a means for teachers to upload homework and information about specific class activities. Iffat Ibrahim received a Bachelors Honours and an Masters degree in Zoology from Delhi University. She has been listed in the 50 effective Principals 2021 by Education Today, a prestigious Educational Magazine.
Ms. Sanchita Raha — Principal-International Section, CHIREC International School
Sanchita Raha has over 28 years of experience in the field of education and has been the Principal of CHIREC International, Hyderabad since 2019. Mrs. Raha holds an English Honours Degree from St Xavier's College Kolkata and a Master's degree in English from Calcutta University. She is also a Cambridge accredited Program Leader for the Diploma in Educational Leadership. Mrs Raha's last assignment was as the Director of Access Academy, at the prestigious Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where she supervised the implementation of an academic program that incorporates the best practices from some of the most widely acclaimed and trusted curricula of the world.
Dr. Usha Reddy — CEO of Meridian School and Principal of Meridian School, Banjara Hills
Dr. D. Usha Reddy is the CEO of Meridian Schools and the Principal of Meridian School Banjara Hills and has been instrumental in shaping the educational philosophy of Meridian schools which have witnessed spectacular progress under her able guidance and dynamic leadership. In recognition of her laudable service to education, she has received over 30 national and international awards, including those presented by three former governors and former President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil. She was also conferred the Honorary Professor title at Oxford by Oxford Union where she presented a paper on Indian Education.Innovation in pedagogy is her forte and she drives the changes in implementation in a strategic manner which has led to the academic success of the four schools. True to the Meridian tagline Connecting the Mind and Heart the group has adopted 15 rural schools to bridge the rural and urban divide. Team Meridian touches lives in a simple yet profound manner by delivering quality education with a purpose.
Ms. Hema Chennupaty — Principal, Oakridge International School, Gachibowli
Ms Hema Chennupaty has been with the school for the past 20 years and has donned many roles---from teacher to coordinator to Vice Principal and then finally becoming the Principal for Oakridge Gachibowli in May 2019. She is involved in various aspects of the growth of the school and the organization. Her passion for the subject and for theatre combined led her to create and implement many learning platforms for students. She also believes that effective learning happens outside of the classroom. As a result – it is essential to create avenues for students to experience this and benefit from it. She firmly believes that a school should nurture the emotional and social quotient of a child. She feels that the children are the crux of the social system and the way they evolve is the way society will evolve and develop. If we influence and guide them in the desired direction, they will transform life for themselves and for all those around them. She loves working with students and parents to ensure that we create a wholesome, impactful atmosphere for our students so that they are strong emotionally and socially and go on to make a good life for themselves.
Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy — Founder and Head of School, Manthan International School
Ramakrishna is the founder and head of Manthan International School and is primarily responsible for its strategy, philosophy and value system.Ramakrishna has done his M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. Prior to founding Manthan, Ramakrishna co-founded Fractal, an analytics firm (AI), in 2000 and grew it to a leading position in the global analytics space. He moved back to Hyderabad in 2009 and has since been passionately involved in establishing and running Manthan.Ramakrishna would like to bring about innovative methodologies in teaching to make learning fun, relevant and impactful. He wants to keep the broader social perspective alive while running the school as a professional institution.
Ms. Shalini Reddy — Co-founder, In-charge of Academics, Manthan International School
Shalini is the co-founder of Manthan and leads the curriculum team and is in charge of overall academics at the school. To this end, Shalini ensures that delivery in the classrooms is as per the vision of the school and makes sure that the learning environment is created in the best possible way every day in every class for every child. She works with students across grades motivating them to be engaged with learning.She also dons the role of Teacher Leader for the high school and works closely with teachers to see that the best environment is provided for students to excel across all dimensions. She also oversees a dedicated curriculum team, composed of experienced teachers and subject specialists.Shalini has done her MBA from ICFAI Hyderabad and has worked in various retail formats including Planet M, Bose and FabIndia.
Ms. Ramya Modukuri — Career Counselor, Manthan International School
Ramya's mission as Career Counselor at Manthan is to help high school students make well-informed decisions about colleges and careers using a robust four-year high school curriculum, which includes classroom sessions, panels, workshops, one-on-one counseling and other avenues. A passionate proponent of counseling for every child, Ramya is a longtime volunteer with IC3, where she was Co-Chair for the Outreach & Social Media subcommittee, ran the IC3 Movement Podcasts, and been volunteer faculty at the IC3 Institute since 2019. She was awarded the "IC3 Emerging Counselor of the Year" award in 2020. Ramya is also a member of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). Ramya holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business, a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT Trichy and brings more than a decade of experience in the tech and finance industries.
Dr. T. Lalitha Kumari — Principal, Sister Nivedita School
A postgraduate in English and Sociology with 28 years of teaching experience and 14 years of administrative experience. An ever-ready learner, a good public speaker, an eminent resource person who always strives her best to make her teammates work with enthusiasm and zeal. She is been awarded many prestigious awards and stands unique in the crowd. She is a member of the Inspection Committee, CBSE, the NODAL Coordinator for CBSE monitoring the COVID protocols and other related issues and the city coordinator, NTA. She is the Jack of all trades and ensures that her stakeholders master the arts of life.
Ms. Ruchira Ghosh — Principal, Sancta Maria International School
Ruchira is the Principal of Sancta Maria International School in Hyderabad. Under her leadership, the school has accomplished some significant milestones like becoming an approved center to offer Cambridge Early Years Programme and Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications; introducing International Award for Young People; formalizing college and career counseling and initiating social and emotional learning. Prior to joining Sancta Maria, Ruchira headed the South Asia region of the Cambridge Assessment International Education as the Regional Director, where she was responsible for the growth of Cambridge International schools in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Ruchira has also worked with the British Council for over 11 years and has a depth of understanding and competencies in international education, building and developing teams, business development, school improvement, teacher development and marketing and communications.
Ms. Saritha Balanagar — College and Career Counselor, Sancta Maria International School
Currently working as College and Career Counselor with Sancta Maria International School, Hyderabad. With a strong belief that ‘making right choices at the right time allows you to design a successful career’, my current work is focused on guiding students with higher education insights and helping them make informed career choices while preparing them for a better future. My previous job experience of recruiting graduates for IT companies has helped me understand the constant change that happens in market trends with demanding skill sets which certainly allows me to do my current job efficiently. Being an IC3 scholar makes you an ever knowledgeable person where the learning never halts.
Mr. Malcolm Nicolson — Head of School, Sreenidhi International School
Malcolm Nicolson is an international educator having worked in schools in the UK, the Bahamas, Thailand and India. He is the Head of School at Sreenidhi International School in Hyderabad, India. Malcolm worked eight years for the IB (International Baccalaureate) in the UK and the Netherlands. As Head of MYP Development, he led the first-ever review and revision of an IB programme, the Middle Years Programme (MYP), incorporating concepts, contexts, skills and eAssessment. During his time as Head of DP Development, he introduced approaches to teaching and learning to the DP and initiated studies on workload and programme flexibility. Malcolm directed his educational consultancy company, Erimus Education, before a dream move to India.
Ms. S.N Lakshmi Rao — Head of University & Career Counseling, Sreenidhi International School
S.N. Lakshmi Rao brings with her a unique blend of professional intelligence & hands-on experience in Student Psychology & Career Counseling coupled with Human Resource Management, both in India and outside. She holds a dual Specialisation in Masters majoring in Education Management & Counseling, is certified by University of California (Extension) LA for Counseling in addition to being a CHRMP Certified, PG Diploma holder in HRM. She has held many leadership roles in her 15+ years of professional journey in the Corporate & Educational Industry Domains. As the Head of University & Career Counseling at the Sreenidhi International School, she aims to help students discover themselves, broaden their perspectives, find their purpose in life and make decisions based on their interests and strengths.
Mrs. Latha Shankar — Principal, AMS P Obul Reddy Public School
Mrs. Latha Shankar is a postgraduate in Mathematics. A gold medallist in Mathematics from Osmania University, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education besides a Diploma in School Management and an MBA in Education Management.A passionate Mathematics teacher and resource person with an experience of over 35 years, she has taught in several schools across the country and in Maru-a-pula International School, Botswana. She has been the head of Army School Babina, UP and briefly the Vice Principal of DPS Nacharam before joining the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet where she served as the Vice Principal besides holding charge as a Principal. She is currently the Principal of P.Obul Reddy Public School, Hyderabad as also the CBSE City Coordinator, Hyderabad.
Dr. Narsimha Reddy — Principal, Hyderabad Public School Ramanthapur
Dr. Narsimha Reddy is a dedicated, resourceful, accomplished educator who has been associated with both The Hyderabad public schools for more than 27 years. He is tech-savvy, loves experimental teaching, experiential learning, strongly believes that every child can learn. He did his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Osmania University and published several comprehensive articles in reputed educational magazines and also published research articles in national and international journals.He is an experienced teacher and has taught a diverse group of students around the world. He joined HPS Ramanthapur as the vice principal in 2009 and took over the school as the principal in 2014. The school has won numerous awards, accolades and has embraced change and technology with open arms. Currently, he is serving as the Chairman of the Hyderabad Sahodaya Schools complex.
Ms. Stuti Verma — Career Counselor, Hyderabad Public School Ramanthapur
A professional with 11 years plus experience, out of which 7 plus years are in career counseling. Currently working as a Career Counselor in HPS Ramanthapur, Stuti has also been involved in counselling quality monitoring and training newbies kick to start their journey as career counselors. Her corporate experiences and interaction with students from various cities – ranging from the metropolitan cities to tier 1 and tier 2 cities has helped her in building a more practical approach towards counselling. Just like five fingers of a hand are not the same, every child has his/her inherent quality. Her endeavor is to recognize these qualities and provide a custom-made career plan accordingly.