PRESIDENTIAL FORUM

IC3 Presidential Forum

Presidents and senior educators of educational institutions and business, industry, and governmental leaders from around the world are invited for the 2019 Pre-Conference IC3 Presidential Forum on 27 August 2019 in Mumbai. The IC3 Presidential Forum will feature thought-provoking ideas, with esteemed speakers from research universities, distinguished schools, businesses and industries, covering some of the following areas:

  • Balancing and juggling priorities leading to a world-class school
  • Careers 2040: Learning in the new age
  • Learn to fail, or fail to learn: How failure sets you up for success
The IC3 Presidential Forum is a special event with limited capacity, for senior educators and industry/organization leaders. If you would like to attend the 2019 IC3 Presidential Forum in Mumbai, or nominate your principal/director to attend, please complete the request form.

2019 IC3 Presidential Forum: 27 August 2019

Attendees (by invitation only)

  • Senior Indian and global university leaders including Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors
  • Senior high school principals from India and beyond
  • Senior government and trade organization leaders
  • Media personnel

Hosted by: American School of Bombay

American School of Bombay

Founded in 1981, the American School of Bombay (ASB) is an intentionally international school with 700 students representing over 50 nationalities. As a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school, we provide children of Mumbai’s ex-patriate and Indian families with a transformative educational experience that fosters curiosity and encourages risk-taking. ASB is a non-profit, mission-driven school that inspires all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.

Address: American School of Bombay, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex Road, Bandra East, Mumbai 400098, Maharashtra

2019 IC3 Presidential Forum Sponsored by: NACAC

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is the premier membership organization for university admission and counseling professionals. More than 15,000 college counselors, admission officers, and independent educational consultants from around the world are NACAC members and are dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing higher education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility through the admission process, and offers professional development in the form of textbooks, webinars, e-learning, educational workshops, and an annual conference tailored to the needs of college admission counseling professionals. NACAC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, located in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

2019 Featured Speakers

Dr. Barry Craig —

President, Huron at Western University, Canada

Dr. Barry Craig holds a BA from the University of Kings College, an MA from Dalhousie University and a PhD from the University of Wales. He has extensive experience in curriculum, program and policy development, and has published several books. He was co-chair of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011 and has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research. Dr. Craig has served on numerous government commissions and task forces and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Craig’s new vision for Huron, Leadership with Heart, sets an exciting course for future growth and distinguishes Huron University from other Canadian universities.

Mr. Craig Alan Johnson —

Head of School, American School of Bombay, India

Craig Alan Johnson has spent 40 percent of his life in India. He attended a boarding school in Panchgani (a small hill station south of Pune) for 12 years, and since 2010, has been back in India serving as the Head of the American School of Bombay (ASB). Prior to returning to India, Mr. Johnson, his wife, and his three sons were in Brazil where Mr. Johnson served as the principal and then as headmaster of two different international schools. In his capacity as the head of the school at ASB, Mr. Johnson endeavors to stay engaged with his students and faculty by teaching classes, coaching sports’ teams and leading professional learning communities. Additionally, he is a regular presenter and workshop facilitator around the world, on a variety of leadership and educational topics. Mr. Johnson is a passionate advocate for innovation and relevant education and he is also the author of numerous articles on a variety of subjects, a screenplay set in Mumbai (soon to be made into a movie) and has published a novel titled, Wave Watcher.

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha —

Provost, Anant National University, India

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha is the Provost of the Anant National University. He was the founding dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and is the founder and trustee of Ashoka University. He also started the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women in Delhi, an alternative Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) programme. Dr. Sinha has worked in diverse fields spanning business and strategy, consulting, leadership and academia. He was the Group MD and CEO of ABP Pvt Ltd., one of India’s leading and most diversified media conglomerates. Prior to that, he spent 13 years with McKinsey & Company where he was a partner. In 2013, Thinkers50 listed him in India’s “top 50 management thinkers.” In 2015, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) named him “Personality of the Year.” In 2018, IIT Kanpur conferred upon him the Distinguished Alumnus Award for servicing the society at large. Dr. Sinha is a former academic and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur.

Dr. Barry Craig

President, Huron at Western University, Canada

Dr. Barry Craig holds a BA from the University of Kings College, an MA from Dalh

Mr. Craig Alan Johnson

Head of School, American School of Bombay, India

Craig Alan Johnson has spent 40 percent of his life in India. He attended a boar

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha

Provost, Anant National University, India

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha is the Provost of the Anant National University. He was th


2018 Featured Speakers

Dr. George R. Blumenthal —

Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S.

Dr. George R. Blumenthal is UC Santa Cruz's 10th chancellor. He joined the campus in 1972 as a faculty member in astronomy and astrophysics, and was named chancellor in 2007. UC Santa Cruz is a top-ranked young university and has become a first-choice destination for a growing number of high school graduates. Since the fall of 2007, the number of applicants for undergraduate admission has more than doubled from 24,400 annually to more than 52,000 in 2017.

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta —

Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, India

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University and was previously President, Center for Policy Research. He has been a professor at Harvard, JNU, and the Global Faculty Program at NYU Law School. He is editorial consultant to Indian Express, where he writes a regular column. In addition, he has written for Financial Times, and a number of leading national and international publications. He is on the Editorial Board of American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy.

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton —

Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Florida International University, U.S.

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is a leading scholar in forensic chemistry and the founder of FIU's International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI). Dr. Furton served as the dean of FIU’s the College of Arts and Sciences for seven years, where he raised nearly $50 million in philanthropic gifts and garnered $310 million in research grants funding.

Dr. K. Darshan Singh —

Chairman, Welham Boys' School, India

Mr. K. Darshan Singh has acted as CEO/Director of Pan India Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Naharwar Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd., Clipper Tourism Pvt. Ltd., Lanaka Leasing & Finance Pvt. Ltd., and Pan India Holdings Pvt. Ltd. His professional commitments include Founder Chairman, Indo-Canadian Business Chamber; Member of the State Council for Haryana, CII; Member, National Executive – Association of Exploration Geophysicists; Past Chairman, Delhi Chapter – Indian Society of Geomatics.

Professor Brad MacKay —

Vice-Principal, Intl. Strategy and Ext. Relations, Uni. of St. Andrews, SCT.

Brad MacKay is Professor of Strategy in the University of St. Andrews School of Management. Formerly, he held a Chair in Strategic Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where he was also Director of Engagement on the Executive Team, Head of the Strategy and International Business Department and Director of the MBA programs. He also held an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Senior Fellowship in the Future of the UK and Scotland program.

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura —

Vice-Provost Intl., University of Calgary, Canada

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost International at the University of Calgary (UC). He is a Professor of Project Management (PM) and ex-Canada Research Chair in PM in UC’s Schulich School of Engineering. He has led/implemented new international initiatives such as collaborative degree models, Global Research Initiatives and international development projects for UC to get recognized with four internationalization awards in 5 years.

Dr. Randall C. Deike —

Senior VP for Enrollment Mgmt. and Student Success, Drexel Uni., U.S.

Dr. Deike has spent over 35 years in higher education as a university administrator and faculty member. In his current role, Dr. Deike oversees key aspects of the Drexel student experience from the University’s first contact through graduation, which include Admissions, Student Life, Athletics, Advising, and more. Previously, he was vice president for enrollment management at New York University, vice president of enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, and spent 12 years at Penn State University.

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy —

Vice Chancellor, Krea University, India

Sunder Ramaswamy is the Vice Chancellor of Krea University, a new innovative approach to liberal arts and sciences designed to help students prepare for impactful leadership in a dynamic, uncertain, and complex world of the 21st century. He is working in collaboration with other academics, industrialists, and philanthropists to start operations in August 2019 in Sri City, near Chennai, India.

Ms. Abha Adams —

Education Consultant, India

Abha Adams has created an enviable reputation as an innovative educationist. A prolific writer on education and an accomplished orator she has spent over 35 years in education, media and arts management in India and the U.K. As former Director of the Shri Ram Schools and Adviser Education, Step by Step School Noida, she has been instrumental in founding and developing two major educational institutions in the country.

Professor Pankaj Chandra —

Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Mgmt. at Ahmedabad Uni., India

Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. Previously, he was the Director of IIM Bangalore, Professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIM Ahmedabad and at McGill University. Additionally, he was a member of the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education and served as a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He serves on boards of several firms and institutions and has published in areas of manufacturing and technology strategy.

Mr. Ganesh Kohli —

IC3 Conf. Chair, Pres. & Chief Mentor of KIC UnivAssist, Former HS College Counselor, Mumbai, India

Ganesh has established many successful enterprises over the years focused on the engagement/counseling needs of high schools and colleges around the world. Ganesh founded KIC in 1997 as a test preparation and college counseling center for American education. Over the years, he has trained and counseled thousands of students, who have studied at a number of prestigious U.S. institutions. Ganesh is also leading an effort to bring the counseling community together through the IC3 Conference.

Dr. George R. Blumenthal

Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S.

Dr. George R. Blumenthal is UC Santa Cruz's 10th chancellor. He joined the campu

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, India

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University and was previously Pres

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton

Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Florida International University, U.S.

Dr. Kenneth G. Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating

Dr. K. Darshan Singh

Chairman, Welham Boys' School, India

Mr. K. Darshan Singh has acted as CEO/Director of Pan India Consultants Pvt. Ltd

Professor Brad MacKay

Vice-Principal, Intl. Strategy and Ext. Relations, Uni. of St. Andrews, SCT.

Brad MacKay is Professor of Strategy in the University of St. Andrews School of

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura

Vice-Provost Intl., University of Calgary, Canada

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost International at the University o

Dr. Randall C. Deike

Senior VP for Enrollment Mgmt. and Student Success, Drexel Uni., U.S.

Dr. Deike has spent over 35 years in higher education as a university administra

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy

Vice Chancellor, Krea University, India

Sunder Ramaswamy is the Vice Chancellor of Krea University, a new innovative app

Ms. Abha Adams

Education Consultant, India

Abha Adams has created an enviable reputation as an innovative educationist. A p

Professor Pankaj Chandra

Vice Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Mgmt. at Ahmedabad Uni., India

Pankaj Chandra is the Vice Chancellor of Ahmedabad University. Previously, he wa

Mr. Ganesh Kohli

IC3 Conf. Chair, Pres. & Chief Mentor of KIC UnivAssist, Former HS College Counselor, Mumbai, India

Ganesh has established many successful enterprises over the years focused on the

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