- JantaKhoj Advisors Board
Strategic Advisory Board
Dr. Amit Mehra, Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business
Amit Mehra is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Indian School of Business. His research looks at diverse issues such as human capital development through better design of in-company training for software programmers for the IT services industry, planning the development and marketing of software products for the IT product industry, and effectively utilizing the electronic commerce channel for retail businesses. His work has won critical acclaim at top international academic and practice oriented conferences – most recently at the Workshop of Information Systems and Economics (WISE) at Phoenix in December 2009 and the Informs Conference at San Diego in October 2009. He collaborates with faculty members at ISB, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Minnesota and the Wharton School.
Dr. Mehra’s teaching is geared towards bringing cutting edge concepts to the classroom. To this end, he teaches valuation techniques for IT companies. He also teaches Web 2.0 concepts and statistics.
Dr. Mehra’s other achievements include an invited participation at the ICIS Doctoral Consortium in 2005, the Doctoral Fellowship from the W. E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration and a fellowship from the Tata Trust.
Dr. Mehra holds a PhD in Computers and Information Systems and Masters in Management Science from the W. E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester. He also has BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Delhi.
Dr. Nishtha Langer, Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business
Nishtha Langer is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Her research looks at the economics of Human Capital and the business value of Information Technology (IT). Dr. Langer’s research benefits from her rigorous academic training at Carnegie Mellon University combined with over 5 years of IT experience in India and USA.
Dr. Langer is interested in empirically analyzing how firms can use their IT and human assets most effectively. She has partnered with leading Indian IT service providers to research on optimum allocation of project managers to outsourcing projects, and on human capital. She has applied econometric modeling and simulation techniques to evaluate the challenges and value of eCommerce. Her research has been widely presented and acclaimed, most recently at the ICIS 2008 and SCECR 2009.
Prior to joining ISB, Dr. Langer worked as a Systems Analyst at Arbella Insurance, Boston, MA and as a Systems Engineer at Tata Infotech Ltd., India (now part of Tata Consultancy Services). She holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Ravindra Singh Bangari (Retired Lt. Col)
Ravindra Singh Bangari is an ex-military (Parachute Regiment) officer with considerable experience in security and operational domains, including active service both on the nation’s borders and in international environments. He is currently looking after the operations of a new start-up academic KPO, where his leadership responsibilities include hiring and training, as well as organizing the work of PhD- and Masters-qualified assessors.
He earned his MBA and “Fellow” in Business Administration (PhD) from the Indian Institute of Management. Bangalore. He has served in the Indian Army’s elite Parachute Regiment in various command, staff and training appointments. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College at Wellington (Nilgiris), where he earned a Master’s of Defence and Strategic Studies. After sustaining severe injuries in a military adventure expedition, he was released by the Army, whereupon he went back to graduate school to complete higher studies, before moving on to industry.
Dr. Bangari is also a guest faculty at IIM Bangalore, where he has taught courses on Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Understanding Decision Making. He has presented papers at international conferences, and is a regular presenter at the Academy of Management. His research interests are in the areas of leadership, decision making, creativity and innovation, and learning and development.
Vijay Shukla, Serial Entrepreneur
Vijay has over 15 years of industry experience. He is currently Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Eduvisors, a business research and consulting firm dedicated to providing advisory and implementation services to the Indian Education sector. Vijay co-founded a successful mobile data services company, ValueFirst, which raised series-B funding from New Enterprise Associates. Vijay earlier worked with Steel Authority of India, E&Y, and Glaxo SmithKline and he specializes in the areas of business development, consulting and engineering. Vijay’s passions are in the area of innovation, value creation, entrepreneurship and education.
An engineering graduate from IIT-BHU and MBA from XLRI, he has mastered the ‘art’ of evaluating business strategies and organizational processes through his career with working in the domains of public sector, information and mobile technology, FMCG, and education research and education consulting.