Advisory Board

Mr K C Mehra

Chief Mentor

Mr K C Mehra began his career at Tata Steel and held several key positions in the Tata group. He was Resident Director of Tata Industries in Delhi and Deputy Managing Director of Tata Steel. He also served as Chairman of Tata Stewarts & Lloyds, Tata Robins Frazer and many other Tata companies. Also, he was Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Forbes Group.

Mr Mehra represented India at ILO meetings on steel and technology and was a member of the joint consultative committee on steel as well as the joint bi-partite committee on coal (JBCCI), besides being Director of the UP State Minerals Development Corporation. In his early years, he was the Hon Council General of Sweden for many years.

He is on the executive committees of ASSOCHAM, CII and several other professional organisations. Apart from his mentioned positions, he has been appointed by the Govt of India on the Government Council of VV Giri, National Labour Institute. Currently, he is an Advisor of Eminence (Corporate Initiatives) American Society for Quality.

Dr P R Datta

Dr Datta has earned his first degree in Plasma Physics from Moscow, Russia, an MBA from England, MSc in marketing from Glamorgan University (UK) and PhD in Marketing from University of Hertfordshire. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK and member of various professional bodies including British Academy of Management, European Marketing Association, Chartered Institute of Marketing and European association for Evolutionary Political Economy.

Currently Dr Datta is holding the position of Executive Chairman of The Academy of Business & Retail Management Research-UK, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Business and Retail Management Research (JBRMR) published from UK and lead consultant of the Centre for Innovative Leadership Navigation, UK; Editorial advisor- International Journal of Technology and Management Research (IJTMR), Ghana; Member of editorial board: Gumbad Business Review (an international Business Journal), and International Journal of Contemporary research in Management & Social Sciences, India.

He has worked as a consultant with a wide range of nationals and international organisations in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania and UK. Dr Datta has published extensively in various international referred journals and conferences.

Dr John Cokley

Initially started as a journalist in Queensland based Courier Mail newspaper, Dr John Cokley taught at various Australian universities including Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology and University of Queensland in the field of Communication and Media. Over the years, he worked as a Small Business Mentor, John Cokley, a nationally-accredited business trainer who has owned and successfully operated small businesses in Australia since 1982.

Dr Cokley has delivered seminars around the world, including the United States, Wales, Ireland, France, China, Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Iran. He published widely, including the much-acclaimed book ‘The Shopping News’. A PhD from Griffith University Dr Cokley currently runs his publishing company and business mentoring program.

Mr David Orford

Served at University of Wales Newport, UK, in the role of Associate Dean of Newport Business School for a long period of time. This work has taken him to an overwhelming number of countries, in a quality assurance role, to ensure parity of standards and experience when students were studying University of Wales degree courses based overseas. Mr David has continued his quality assurance activates as a current QAA Reviewer and a member of the QAA Appeals Committee.

Mr Dipankar Roy

Mr Dipankar Roy has over three decades of experience dealing with policy makers and decision shapers at India’s central and state governments to execute corporate agenda and programs both in areas of public policy development and policy advocacy. He worked closely to plan and facilitate in executing programs as an extended arm of the Gujarat Government when India’s incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the then chief minister of Gujarat State. He was a part of the core team to plan and execute Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor’s Summit.

Roy led some of the key verticals of two of India’s apex industry bodies – served as director, both at CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) — in the areas of operations, policy and regulatory issues. As an alumnus of Bishop Cotton School of Shimla and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata, Roy holds an MA in Economics from Allahabad University as a merit scholar. Well-travelled in Hong Kong and mainland China, Dipankar Roy has an insight into business and economy in China and India. Roy earlier had conceptualised and executed investors summit and industry seminars at the highest level. Dipankar Roy taught at IIM, Ahmedabad, and Management Institute at Nirma University as a visiting faculty.

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