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 Sponsors

FLAME University is the pioneer of liberal education in India. The university’s main objective is to offer an interdisciplinary platform of education that provides both breadth and depth in diverse areas of knowledge. Liberal education at FLAME University aims to go beyond the familiar structure and narrowly encapsulated forms of knowledge. Our programs teach skills and impart education with practical relevance. Our students undergo a unique confluence of academic excellence and experiential learning methods that inculcate leadership and risk-taking abilities. We offer undergraduate programs and postgraduate through four schools. The student-centric learning is delivered by esteemed faculty scholars from various prestigious national and international institutes in a world-class campus setting.
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. Pankaj Chandra —

Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University, India

Professor Chandra was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (2007-2013) and Professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore before joining Ahmedabad University. He has also held tenured appointment at McGill University in Montreal and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva, International University of Japan, Cornell University, and Renmin University, Beijing. He was the Chairperson of the Doctoral Programme at IIM Ahmedabad and the first Associate Dean (Academic) at ISB, Hyderabad. He was part of the founding team at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIMA and its first Chairperson. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Banaras Hindu University and a PhD from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Chandra was a member of the Government of India Committee on Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) that relooked at the Indian Higher Education system as well as the Committee on the Autonomy of Central Institutions. He has been a member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Professor Chandra’s research and teaching interests include manufacturing management, supply chain coordination, building technological capabilities, higher education policy, and hi-tech entrepreneurship. His recent book titled “Building Universities that Matter” studies issues of governance, change and institution building in Indian universities. He serves on boards of several firms and institutions and has been involved with startups.

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.

Professor Elizabeth Croft —

Professor and Dean Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia

Professor Elizabeth A. Croft is the Dean of Engineering at Monash University and Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering. Her research in industrial robotics and human-robot interaction advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner. She held the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon) from 2010-2015 and the Marshall Bauder Professorship in Engineering Economics, Business and Management Training from 2015-2017. Her recognitions include a Peter Wall Early Career Scholar award, an NSERC Accelerator award, WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada and the RA McLachlan Award for Professional Engineering in the Province of British Columbia. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Canadian Academy of Engineers, Engineers Canada and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

John Fry —

President, Drexel University, U.S.

After becoming Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, John Fry set out to transform Drexel into a private research university with a strong public purpose — an institution that harnesses its strengths in cooperative education, translational research, online education and entrepreneurship to serve students, its neighborhood, the city and nation. Under Fry, Drexel has helped lead the continuous revitalization of West Philadelphia, spearheading the designation of this area as a federal Promise Zone, and initiating Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre innovation district at 30th Street Station. In addition to leading Drexel, Fry served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, concluding his tenure in October 2018.

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.

Karthik Krishnan —

Global Chief Executive Officer, Britannica Group, U.S.

Karthik grew up in a home (both his parents were educators) that was a center of knowledge and transformation. From his parents, he developed early on a love for learning and happiness in enabling and seeing people succeed. He firmly believes in the transformative power of education and the need to transform education globally to meet the needs of the new world. He is currently the Global CEO of Britannica Group (Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Britannica Knowledge Systems and Melingo) and an adjunct Professor at New York University — Stern Business School. He serves on the board of Urban Upbound, an organization focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing in New York City through job training, financial fitness and college access programs. He has been involved in a number of transformative initiatives, including doubling India’s agricultural production, transforming Harlem (New York City) into a vibrant business community and tourist destination, and establishing New York University — Stern Business School as the pioneer and top destination for entertainment, media and technology specialization.

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy —

Vice Chancellor, Krea University, India

Sunder Ramaswamy is the Vice Chancellor of KREA University (www.krea.edu.in), a new private non-profit university based on a liberal arts and sciences platform, backed by a galaxy of eminent academicians and corporate leaders in Sri City, near Chennai. He is also on leave from Middlebury College (Vermont), where he is a distinguished College Professor of International Economics. From 2009 to 2015, he was the President of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California (MIIS). He has also been a faculty and administrator at Middlebury College since 1990, as well as has taken sabbaticals at the World Bank, Vanderbilt University, IFMR and the Madras School of Economics (including two stints as director). He has co-authored and co-edited four books, written scores of articles and delivered over 160 lectures on Globalization, Economic Development, Indian Economic Reforms and Economic Literacy.

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. Pankaj Chandra

Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University, India

Professor Chandra was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalo

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

Professor Elizabeth Croft

Professor and Dean Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Australia

Professor Elizabeth A. Croft is the Dean of Engineering at Monash University and

John Fry

President, Drexel University, U.S.

After becoming Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, John Fry set out t

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

Karthik Krishnan

Global Chief Executive Officer, Britannica Group, U.S.

Karthik grew up in a home (both his parents were educators) that was a center of

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy

Vice Chancellor, Krea University, India

Sunder Ramaswamy is the Vice Chancellor of KREA University (www.krea.edu.in), a

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha

Provost, Anant National University, India

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

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