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Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Director - SSN Incubation

Roshni Nadar Malhotra
CEO, HCL Corporation
Chairperson,
HCL Technologies
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Founder & Trustee, The Habitats Trust

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, a leading global technology organization with a market capitalization of $33billion, and the Chairperson of its CSR Board Committee. Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

Roshni is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged, meritorious, rural students of Uttar Pradesh, and has been working towards nurturing future leaders from rural India who can be catalysts of change for their communities, villages and the nation at large.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Roshni established The Habitats Trust in 2018. The Foundation aims to work towards protecting India’s natural habitats and its indigenous species with the core mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, at every level.

Roshni is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering, USA and also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Executive Board for Asia. She serves on the board of directors of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is an independent director on the board of HDFC Asset Management Company.

In recognition of her outstanding work both in business and in philanthropy, Roshni has received several honors and accolades. Some of these include being featured for the fifth consecutive year in ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list, compiled and released by Forbes in 2021.

In 2020, Forbes also featured her among the ‘25 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Asia’. Roshni was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College in 2017 and was recognized by Horasis, an internationally renowned think tank, as the ‘Indian Business Leader of the Year 2019.

She is an alumnus of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL, 2014-19), a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Since 2019, she has been producing a TV series for Animal Planet/Discovery based on the most endangered wildlife species in India – ‘On The Brink’.

In 2022, On The Brink episode on Bats was the recipient of the Best Indian National Film Award in the category of science & technology. In 2018, Roshni also produced a children’s film, ‘Halkaa’, directed by the National Awardee Nila Madhab Panda. The movie is based on the unique journey of a slum child battling the issue of open defecation.

Roshni holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

Shikar Malhotra, Director - SSN Incubation

Shikar Malhotra
Director, HCL Corporation
Vice-Chairman & CEO, HCL Healthcare
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
Trustee, The Habitats Trust

Shikhar Malhotra is the Director and Board Member of HCL Corporation, the holdco for HCL’s operating companies. HCL has a distinguished lineage as one of India’s original technology garage start-ups, founded by Shiv Nadar.

He is also on the board of HCL Technologies, an $11.8 Billion global technology firm with over 211,000 professionals operating from 52 countries.

Shikhar serves as the Vice Chairman & CEO of HCL Healthcare, one of India’s largest corporate health solutions firms, providing end-to-end healthcare solutions with a vision to make corporate India a healthier place.

Today, HCL Healthcare is delivering personalized, sustainable and managed care health solutions to organizations across sectors including technology and banking. It has eight world-class corporate health centers across the country serving over 70,000 families.

As a Trustee, Shikhar plays multiple roles at the Shiv Nadar Foundation including shaping its vision of nation-building through transformational leadership.

Shikhar is the founding CEO of Shiv Nadar Schools (established in 2012), has led them to become one of the most coveted schools in the National Capital Region of Delhi, and consistently recognized among the top schools in the country.

Under his leadership, the Shiv Nadar School is expanding its footprint to Chennai, with the first School being established in the city at the historic and serene campus of Theosophical Society in Besant Garden.

In September 2018, Shikhar took over the role of the Pro-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University, India’s youngest university chosen as an Institution of Eminence by the Government of India.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Shikhar co-founded The Habitats Trust in 2018 with his wife Roshni Nadar Malhotra. The Trust is empowering on-ground conservationists to achieve its vision of securing India’s natural habitats and their indigenous species.

Shikhar comes from an entrepreneurial family, raised in Kuwait. His early lessons as an entrepreneur were learned at his family business and were later sharpened at Babson College in the US, with a specialization in entrepreneurship.

Shikhar is passionate about sports and football in particular. He is married to Roshni Nadar Malhotra and they have two sons.

Kala Vijayakumar, Director - SSN Incubation

Dr. Kala Vijayakumar
President- SSN Institutions
Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University, Chennai

Dr. Kala Vijayakumar played a key role in managing the SSN Institutions (SSN) in Chennai, from its inception in 1996.

With a keen interest in inclusive education, she has made SSN an institution of international repute. Under her leadership, SSN focused on promoting the holistic development of its students. She was instrumental in setting up a special scholarship scheme for the benefit of rural students at SSN.

Dr. Kala Vijayakumar played a pivotal role in establishing unique collaborations with world renowned universities such as the Carnegie Mellon University, USA, a global top 10 engineering institution.

Kala is a university rank holder and has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the Stella Maris College, Madras University. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on bridging economic inequality in India by making higher education accessible to rural, first-generation learners.

Pawan Dhanwar, Director - SSN Incubation

Pawan Dhanwar
CFO – HCL Corporation Ltd.

Pawan Kumar Danwar is a finance professional and serves as Executive Vice President & CFO of HCL Corporation having over 23 years of vast experience in this domain.

He has been with HCL group for last 18 years and has served in different finance profiles such as corporate restructuring and business integration, Treasury, Business finance planning & strategy, commercial, secretarial and corporate compliance along with involvement in negotiations of key arrangements of groups.

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