ABOUT FLAME

Story of the pioneer of Liberal Education in India

Board of Management

Dishan Kamdar

Dishan Kamdar

Professor Dishan Kamdar is the Vice Chancellor of the FLAME University – the pioneer of liberal education in India. He took charge of this position on August 8, 2018. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Dean, Academic Programmes and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Indian School of Business (ISB), the top ranked global business school in India. A leading researcher, senior faculty member, executive coach to CEOs of renowned corporates and family businesses in India, and a favourite professor to all his students- Dishan handles these multifaceted roles with equal ease.

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Dwarika Uniyal

Professor Uniyal comes with rich and varied experience of more than 20 years in premier academic institutions and industry. His last assignment was with IIM Kashipur as Assistant Dean where he headed the Dehradun campus and managed the complete spectrum of Executive Education. He was one of the founding faculty members of IIM Kashipur and was instrumental in scaling up its operations, create the industry and global outreach. In an academic career spanned over two decades, Professor Uniyal taught at premier Business Schools like MICA, Ahmedabad, SPJIMR, Mumbai and SP Jain School of Global Management in Dubai where as the founding faculty and HOD he helped set up the Dubai campus and ran its operations for first two batches.

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Santosh Kudtarkar

Dr. Santosh Kumar Kudtarkar holds a Masters in Physics from IIT-Madras and a PhD from The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (MATSCIENCE), Chennai. A Theoretical Physicist by training, his research interests are in applications of field theory in High energy and Condensed Matter Physics, Dynamical Systems and Mathematical Modeling in the Social and Management Sciences. He is passionate about Quantitative Models and has successfully completed multiple industrial projects.

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Vinod Vidwans

Prof.Vidwans was a Senior Designer (Professor) and an Ex-Vice Chairman (Research) at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He also headed the Departments of New Media and Software Users Interface Design at NID, Ahmedabad. He is a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, D. J Academy of Design, Coimbtore, and Pt. Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. Dr. Vidwans is a cognitive philosopher, a designer and a portrait painter.

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Krutarth Shah

Krutarth Shah is a member of the proprietary investing team of ENAM Holdings Pvt. Ltd. ENAM Holdings is a privately managed principal investment group with a long heritage of investing in the Indian capital markets. He holds a master’s degree from Cass Business School, City University London and a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He has ten years of industry experience. His passion lies in creating and building institutions. Krutarth is an ardent follower of the latest technological trends. His energy, enthusiasm and interpersonal skills help him negotiate the complex enterprise of building a world class university. He is an avid photographer and enjoys singing and travelling.

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Tejas Trivedi

Tejas is in the capital markets since 1993. After getting a rich experience of core research around 5 years at Corporate Database (an equity research based organisation), he has been associated with Anvil group, a broking and wealth management organisation. A chartered accountant and a cost accountant, his core interests lie in research, investments and yoga.

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Tejas Patani

Tejas Patani is a member of the proprietary investing team of ENAM Holdings Pvt. Ltd. ENAM Holdings is a privately managed principal investment group with a long heritage of investing in the Indian capital markets. Prior to ENAM, Tejas worked at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York as a member of their U.S. Large Cap Equity Research Team. He is a CFA charterholder. He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. An avid sportsman, he plays cricket, volleyball and squash regularly. A relentless passion for perfection and an eye for detail are the hallmarks of his organizing abilities.

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Kuntal Shah

Mr. Kuntal Shah is a partner at the Oaklane Capital Management LLP and has an opportunistic inclination towards value-oriented and risk-controlled approach to investments. He has been an extremely successful investor over the past 2 decades and his investing success has come from exploiting the inefficiencies inherent in the markets. In the past he has added value through strategic inputs, networking and competitive intelligence, and board level decision making for the investee companies. He was part of a three member principal team supported by 20 professionals looking after a portfolio of $600 mn across various asset classes for a family office.

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Smita Chaudhry

Prof. Smita Chaudhry is a faculty in the Department of Human Resources. She teaches in the under-graduate and post graduate programmes in the domain of human resource management. The courses taken by her are Leadership, Change Management, Strategic and Global HRM, Team Management and Organizational Development. Prof. Smita is a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

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Poonam Gandhi

Prof.Poonam Gandhi is currently an Associate Professor at FLAME University.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and has a Master’s degree in Sociology from The M.S. University of Baroda. She is a doctorate in Sociology and her doctoral research is in the field of sociology of art. She also holds a diploma in Human Resource Management and a diploma in Foundation Art.

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Niraj Mankad

Prof.Mankad, a dynamic academician and researcher and an Engineer by education, his experience is spread across diverse industries like petrochemicals and plastics, software product and services and consulting. In his corporate career spanning almost a decade, he has worked with companies like Reliance Industries Ltd. and Mind Technologies. It is this diverse experience that makes him bring richness to the classroom besides providing with an inter-disciplinary approach to his research.

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Virender Sharma

Member Secretary

Virender Sharma is a post graduate in English from Panjab University and holds a Ph.D. in Education from University of Pune.

With over three decades’ association with some of the leading and premier educational institutions of the country, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in academic administration. Prior to joining FLAME, he was the Head of Administration of the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune for over ten years. Preceding that, he held the position of Registrar at the National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune.

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