BOARD OF DIRECTORS | ADVISORY PANEL | EXECUTIVE TEAM

Meet the team

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AJAY BATRA
Founding Director/CEO

51 YEARS
QUALIFIED CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
MASTERS IN COMMERCE, ST. JOHNS COLLEGE, Agra
A SEASONED ENTREPRENEUR with 25 YEARS experience in EDUCATION and GRAPHICS & PRINT industry.
PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS

Ajay, having an experience of over 25 years, is an entrepreneur who has set up successful businesses and built up strong teams. His ability to form winning teams and setting process oriented structure ensures scalability of the businesses.

Ajay started his career practicing Accounting and Audit in the year 1984 and moved to corporate sector in 1987. His entrepreneurial instinct always encouraged him to do more than just a routine job. He decided to quit corporate sector in year 1989 to pursue his passion in education.

After a modest start of IT Training facility in Agra, he founded Excel Infotech Ltd., an IT Education start up, head quartered at New Delhi. The company started its operations from a small office and worked through franchise network to grow to over 100 locations in North and Central India.

In the year 1998 Ajay moved on to set up a specialized data processing center for Graphic & Printing industry and runs it successfully to date.

Passionate about education, Ajay founded Gabss EduSkill Ltd. in 2011. Gabss EduSkill is working towards "Enhancing Employability" by enabling youth of India to Get Skilled, Get Certified, Get Employed. Gabss EduSkill is establishing a network of partners across India and aims to impact over one million students by
FY 2017-18.

Ajay has a Master's degree in Commerce from St. John's College, Agra and qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1984.

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RAKESH KHANNA
Founding Director

62 YEARS
B.Tech, IIT DELHI, 1971
Certified Executive Coach
Ex CEO of TARAhaat and TARAenviro
35 YEARS of experience in CORPORATE and SOCIAL ENTERPRISE.
PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS

Rakesh, having experience of over 35 years, is currently the Chief Facilitator at YouPlus Life Coaching Services.

In his last assignment, Rakesh was CEO of TARAhaat Information & Marketing Services Limited. He was the founding director of TARAhaat and was its COO during the initial six years of its growth. In addition to his responsibilities at TARAhaat, he was a member of the Corporate Management Branch of the Development Alternatives Group, and also the CEO of TARAenviro (A member of the Development Alternatives Group), which deals with environmentally friendly products and services.

Rakesh was actively involved in conceptualization, planning, on-ground Implementation and training in rural areas that included development, testing and refining of TARAhaat's business model. He directed the Company's relationship with USAID, Microsoft and National Institute of Smart Government, among other activities.

Rakesh spent 25 years in corporate sector and was involved in general management, business development, marketing and sales. He has worked with companies like Eurus Network Services Pvt. Ltd., Green City India, Gadgil Western Group, Thapar HydroConsult, K G Khosla Compressors, Nirlons, Punj and Dunlop.

He was a member of the Environment Committee of the CII and part of the CII mission to Globe 96 in Canada. He visited US based environmental companies and waste management facilities under the US-AEP business exchange program.

As founding member of the Board of Gabss EduSkill, Rakesh brings in varied experiences of corporate management, establishing & operating successful businesses, connecting with Government & Industry bodies and guiding social enterprise.

Rakesh completed his B.Tech (Electrical) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in the year 1971.

SURENDER KUMAR SHARMA
Founding Director

61 YEARS
B.Tech, IIT KANPUR, 1972
LLB, DELHI UNIVERSITY, 2008
Founder of STEPS (an NGO)
33 YEARS of experience in INDUSTRIAL, GOVERNMENT and NGO sector
PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS

Surender brings 33 years of experience having worked in India's largest steel company, Steel Authority of India (SAIL), especially in materials management and inspection. His work has taken him to various industrial centers and industries spread all over India.

He has worked on policy matters in the field of Science, Technology and Environment in the year 1986. In 1989 a path breaking and trend setter study – (Employment pattern –a case study of competence of Indian Engineering Colleges and Universities), was conducted under his guidance and supervision. The project was sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

He was part of the project sponsored by UNDP – Study of effectiveness of UNDP aid to various Research Organization including Central Water and Power Research Station (Pune), Structural Engineering Research Centre (Chennai) and Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminum Research development and Design Centre (Nagpur). The then Finance Secretary was presented with the findings of the research.

He co-authored an article on Pollution in Steel Industry – a case study of SAIL, published in Corporate Trends (A publication of UNI) in the year 1987 and also co-authored article on Golden Handshake (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) in industry – its effects on workers in 1988.

Diversity of interest led him to form an NGO, STEPS – Centre for Science, Technology and Environment Policy Studies. He has been guiding various projects undertaken by STEPS to date.

He has been trained at various research institutes like Forest Research Institute (Dehradun), Central Leather Research Institute (Chennai), Rubber Board (Kottayam), Central Forge Foundry Research Institute (Ranchi) and IIM (Indore). He took voluntary retirement in the year 2008 after serving in Corporate Office of SAIL on framing of policy in the field of Materials management and Inspection for four years.

As founding member of the Board of Gabss EduSkill, Surender brings in experiences with different segments of industries, Government and NGO.

Surender completed B. Tech (Mechanical) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in the year 1972. He has done LLB from Law Faculty, Delhi University in the year 2008.





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