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Faculty List

Course Faculty

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk has worked primarily in the field of education reform for the last 30 years. His work is directly responsible for bringing the percentage of pass grades in the crucial Ladakhi 10th grade examinations up to 75% from 5%.

Gitanjali J B

An entrepreneur turned educator, Gitanjali is passionate about creating an environment that empowers learners and facilitators to become the best versions of themselves.


Course Facilitators

Varada Kulkarni

She has worked in various domains such as consumer electronics, digital user experience, CMF studies, healthcare products, mega-trends – trying to understand people and recommend design directions for clients/ businesses.




Chamba Tsetan

Chuskit Angmo

Currently working as an Assistant Academics Facilitator (Life Skills) and Human Resources Coordinator at HIAL. She is interested in developing deep human relationships in communities or within the organization she works through Safe Listening Space. She is volunteering with Sarthak Mentoring Foundation and  Institute for Faith-based Diplomacy (IFBD) in order to build a compassionate world.

Life Skills Faculty

Gitanjali J B

Chuskit Angmo

HIAL Experiential Leadership Module

Course Design & lead

Gitanjali J B

Internal Faculty

Gitanjali J B

Sonam Wangchuk

Chuskit Angmo

External Faculty

P D Rai

Prem Das Rai, is an Indian politician from the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party. Mr. Rai is credited for introducing IT and Sustainable Eco-tourism to Sikkim. He has played a crucial role in strengthening the network of NGOs and creating an environment for proactive Sikkimese civil society. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship (USA) for his contribution to Sikkim’s development. His authentic perspective on the development of the mountain economy is highly insightful for young leaders.

Shri Satya Pal Malik

Honourable Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik was appointed as 21st Governor of Meghalaya in August 2020. Shri Malik has been a former Union Minister, Parliamentarian and politician serving in many capacities in his long career both at the state and Central Government. He is one of the most humble, knowledgeable and inspiring speakers. His personal insights and practical know-hows are valuable for youth starting their careers as public leaders.




Sri Yaron Barzilay

Yaron Barzilay is a certified specialist of Eastern and Western Philosophy,including History, Symbolism, Moral Philosophy, and Psychology. He has authored several investigative articles related to practical philosophy,exploring timeless and universal concepts as relevant and applicable to daily life in modern times. He is also the Director with IDEX ONLINE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Yaron is a great storyteller and a genuine scholar – making him a great faculty for the course like HELM at HIAL.



Raghava is the Co-founder and the Dean of Rashtram School of Public Leadership. After 17 years of corporate career, he moved into Public Policy to engage directly with India’s governance needs. He is a student of Indian civilisation and is currently pursuing his PHD from Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth. As one of the key collaborators on the HELM course, he and his team’s objective is to enable students with ‘technical’ aspects of Indian politics such as constitution, policy making, political structures, roles of politicians. He takes great pleasure in connecting ancient Indian governance and literature and current political context.

Amitabh Mattoo

Amitabh Mattoo is one of India’s leading thinkers and writers on Modern and Contemporary History, Political science, International relations. He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009. He is a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. He serves as Chairman of the Governing Board of Miranda House, University of Delhi.




Shobhit Mathur

Subhash Kak is Regents Professor of Computer Science Department at Oklahoma State University in the USA. Kak’s research has spanned the fields of information theory, cryptography, neural networks, and quantum information. Kak is also an archaeoastronomer and Vedic scholar. In HELM course, his contribution in ‘Meaning of technological leadership and its overlap with ancient Indian philosophy was unique for the cohort.




Aryan Bhattacharjee

Aryan was the youngest guest speaker in the HELM course. He engaged the cohort in the art of public speaking. A student of Performance studies at NewYork University, Aryan has deep interest in performing arts and liberal arts.

Saugat Biswas

Padmini Nagaraj

Padmini is a Research Associate for Education at Srishti School of Art. She is a design thinker and an educator. What makes her unique is her ability to finely blend diverse fields from phenomenology to education to Eastern philosophy.

Nawang RIgzin Jora

Mr. Jora is an Indian politician and former Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Ladakh, India. He is a charismatic and dynamic political leader, known for his contribution in Ladakh’s political development. He shared practical lessons and constitutional aspects of politics and made session a great success.

Shyam Krishnamurthy

Subhash Kak


Aatishi Marlena

Atishi Singh who is also known as Atishi Marlena is an Indian politician, educator, political activist and MLA from Delhi. She is a member of the Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party. Before entering politics Aatishi developed her legacy as an educator and an activist engaging communities on social and ecological issues. As a Rhodes scholar, a grassroots activist, an educationist, a policy reformer and most recently a popularly elected people’s representative, Atishi has a 360

Raghav Pandey

Paul Dupais

Paul is a multifaceted leader who currently holds the CEO position for Randstad India. From a young backpacker, sleeping on a park bench in Japan, to leading one of the biggest corporate giants in the Asia-Pacific region, Paul Dupuis has built a career through game changing leadership crafted through his own real-life experiences as an athlete, volunteer and CEO. His learnings are written in the book called ‘E5 movement: Leadership through the rule of 5.’ His contribution to the HELM cohort was invaluable where he shared leadership principles recognised by himself.

Vallabh Bhansali

Vallabh Bhanshali is a well-known thought leader and investment banker. He is the Co-founder of ENAM group, a reputed home grown investment banking and long term investor groups of the country. He has keen interest in several subjects outside his core activity such as behavioral science, economic & national development and scientific spirituality. He engaged the HELM cohort on entrepreneurial leadership exchanging his valuable insights gathered through life experience. 

Sopnendu Mohanty

Anshu GUpta

Anshu Gupta is an Indian social entrepreneur who founded Goonj, a non-governmental organisation headquartered in Delhi. Gupta is an Ashoka fellow and was conferred with “Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012 and Magsaysay Award in 2015. He brought profound experience of social entrepreneurship and reformation and inspired young HELM leaders.



An entrepreneur turned educator, Gitanjali is passionate about creating an environment that empowers learners and facilitators to become the best versions of themselves.