Board of Directors
A well-known filmmaker and film critic, Aruna Vasudev is one of the world's foremost authorities on Asian cinema. With a PhD in film studies from the University of Paris, she is the Founder-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), Founder-Director of Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema and Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly. She is also a Trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India, and Forum for Art Beyond Borders, India.
A recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Letters and the Star of Italian Solidarity, she has authored books on Indian Cinema and has been a jury member in Cannes (Camera d'Or), Locarno, Thessaloniki, Singapore, Fajr (Tehran), Karlovy Vary, Istanbul, Antalya, Hawaii, Jeonju (Korea), Tallinn (Estonia) and many other international events and has been honored with the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award for women.
Mr. Bharathan has 18 years of experience as Executive Producer of films, overseeing many big budget Tamil films such as Roja, Muthu (Dancing Maharaja), Saamy, and Kuselan. He has represented the Indian film industry in several international festivals and conferences such as Cannes, Toronto, Los Angeles and Tokyo International Film Festival. In 1998, he marketed the film Muthu (Dancing Maharaja) in Japan, which became a blockbuster and Bharathan was conferred the Business Ambassador Award forInnovative Marketing of a Film in a Cross-cultural Context.
He is currently a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIMA) teaching a course titled Contemporary Film Industry - A Business Perspective. The course was designed by him and is considered to be an "Innovation in Management Education in India" as it is the first of its kind to be taught in the IIMs. His community contribution includes Trustee of V-Excel Educational Trust, a non-profit foundation that assists children with learning disabilities.
Mr. Shyam Shroff can be rightly called a maverick, for his exceptional work in the film distribution sector. Starting at a very young age he quickly educated himself in the nitty-gritty of the film trade through his stint in his family's film financing company, Isaardas Naoomal, which had financed famous Hindi films likeDushman, Kafila, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Jhumroo, Howrah Bridge, Do Raaste, Guide, Aradhna, and An Evening in Paris among others.
The year 1975 was a turning point in Mr. Shyam Shroff's career because he chose to turn entrepreneur in partnership with his brother Mr. Balkrishna Shroff, to form Shringar Films, with focus solely on film distribution. Mr. Shroff's instinctive understanding of the market and his passion for cinema helped Shringar Films become the largest film distribution house in India. He commands a lot of respect within the film fraternity, for being instrumental in revolutionizing Indian cinema through his support of films like Khamosh Paani, Dance like a Man, Hyderabad Blues, Ardh Satya, Kamasutra, Fire, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Missed call, Bariwali, Kandukondain Kandukondain, and Bhopal Express, to mention a few.
Alfred Arambhan is a first generation serial entrepreneur, with a successful track record of founding and nurturing businesses.
He owns and oversees a diverse set of enterprises ranging from:
- Clearing & Forwarding
- Catering & Housekeeping
- Real Estate Development
- Investment Banking – Advisory Services
- Innovation Management, Facilitation & Development
- Homeland Security
- Technology – Sourcing, Transfer & Project Management
Alfred has been a guest lecturer at some of the premier management institute of India, includingIIM Bangalore &Lucknow, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
Alfred has been honored by some of the internationally acclaimed organizations, including:The United Nations - Global Compact
Alfred has been the Charter President of “Kiwanis Club of Mumbai First” and is the President of the “Antonio Alumni”
Member of the Federateion of Indian Chambers of Commerce &Industry (FICCI) national committee on Science, Technology & Innovation
Rohit Khattar is Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media Limited. This company is part of the $14.4 billion Mahindra Group. Mumbai Mantra evaluates opportunities in content and infrastructure in the domestic as well as international media and entertainment space. Mumbai Mantra's Antaheen, won four National Awards including Best Feature Film in 2009. They have also co-produced the film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by Julie Taymor and several other films are in development.
Mumbai Mantra has also made a commitment towards providing a platform for independent voices in Indian cinema to champion an emerging generation of exciting film makers. The first step in that direction was forging of a partnership with the renowned Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford, for the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra & Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, which is an annual event in India, and the Sundance Institute, Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award that is awarded to four international film makers annually at Park City. Rohit is also CMD and founder of Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. It is India's largest live entertainment organizer and operates 2 performing arts and convention centres, 3 hotels and 34 restaurants including 4 in London.
Ms. Tan specializes in intellectual property strategy including procurement, enforcement, licensing, litigation, M&A due diligence, acquiring or selling intellectual property assets, IP backed financing, and patent portfolio management in a variety of technical disciplines. Her background in technology includes social media, cyber content management, cloud computing, clean energy, communications networks and devices, computer architecture, software and Internet applications, semi-conductor devices and global positioning systems.
Before embarking on a career in intellectual property, Ms. Tan was a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. She managed technology transfer agreements for the U.S. Army's research laboratoryAero flight Dynamics Directorate. Ms. Tan is also a partner in Reed Smith's Silicon Valley office. She has a Baccalaureate and Masters Degree in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is Malaysian-Chinese but spent her formative years growing up in the hills of Tamil Nadu. She has a deep appreciation and understanding of the culture of India.
Prashant K. Gulati
Mr. Prashant K. Gulati, President of TiE Dubai, is a serial entrepreneur, international business executive and mentor. A post-graduate in Computer Science and Management, he is the promoter and CEO ofOptimistix Ventures, a venture catalysis and consulting company based in Dubai Internet City, Dubai, U.A.E. The company has successfully promoted ventures in the field of Web Services, Outsourcing, Vending, Hospitality, Medicare, Media, Logistics and ICT. He is an active Angel and Early Stage Investor in startups and younger companies and innovative ideas.
Prashant has been associated with media from a very young age, having worked in Radio and Television. He is part of the team that put together the large number of television studios in India that were the catalysts for the explosive growth of television in India. He has produced, edited and written for more than two hundred documentaries of Doordarshan and spent many hours on live radio. Prashant is a founder of theTiE Chapter in Dubai and has been a part of the managing team of the Chapter since its inception. TiE is the only recognized organization of the Indian Business and Professionals in Dubai. Besides TiE, he is an active member of the Indian community in Dubai and the region and is the Secretary General and the youngest elected Governor of the Indian Business & Professional Council, Dubai. Prashant enjoys traveling around the world and is very proud to carry his Indian Passport.
Jeroninio Almeida is a Management Consultant/ Professional Trainer & Mentor Coach (Leadership, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Enneagram, Performance Coaching, Organisation Development, Developing Human Potential & Personal Effectiveness, CSR, Social Entrepreneurship, Sales , Marketing & Communications) , Motivational Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Business/Marketing Strategist, Curator & Promoter of big ticket Charity Events & Knowledge Forums, Social Development Worker , Writer, Fundraiser, Philanthropist & Just Another Volunteer. He speaks at various forums & coaches senior executives in blue chip companies & bilateral/multilateral organisations like the UN in India and overseas. He is also a board member on the UNV national committee formed by UNDP & the Ministry of sports and youth affairs to promote volunteerism in India and on the advisory panel of NFCH promoted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to promote secularism, peace & communal harmony.
He is the founder of the International Confederation of NGOs (www.icongo.in). He conceptualized & pioneered movements with the UN and other partners like the JOY OF GIVING, RIGHT EVERY WRONG, KARMAVEER awards and KARMAYUGA in India with an intent to create attitudinal & behavioral change in people for encouraging citizen action & social justice.
Mr. Mistry is a permanent invitee to the Board & a Legal Advisor. He works as Independent Counsel in the Supreme Court and in various High Courts all over India. The Reserve Bank of India and the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking have been some of his clients. He also works actively for social causes like the rights of disabled persons, beach safety (Goa Action Plan), the setting up of distinct hawking and non-hawking zones in Mumbai, and Spastics Society of India among others.
Mr. Mistry is a member of the Legal Committee of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the sub-committee of the Planning Commission, which is reviewing the legislation for disabled persons in India. He has had vast experience in dealing with the media and entertainment industry and has been a consultant to several corporate agencies, high profile individual celebrity clients and the Indian Independent Film makers Worldwide (IIFW). He was invited to assist the Goa law Commission for setting up the first institutional International Arbitration Centre in Goa. He is also a member of the Media Information and Communication Centre of India. He has helped establish Entertainment, Media and Information Lawyers Association (E.M.I.L.A) in India. He is member of the Canadian Bar Associationand chief coordinator of the legal committee formed by the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber.