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India Board

Arpan Sheth

Arpan

Arpan Sheth is a partner in Bain & Company's Bengaluru office. He leads Bain's Asia Pacific Information Technology practice as well as Bain India's Private Equity practice. Arpan has been a part of the leadership team in Bain's New York, Sydney, and India offices during his career at Bain. He serves as office head for the firm's Bengaluru office. Arpan has nearly 20 years of consulting experience in the IT industry working with both CIOs and providers of enterprise technology products and services. He has led large-scale transformation efforts in the IT organizations of leading companies across financials services, technology and telecommunications. Arpan received an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Deval Sanghavi

Deval Sanghavi

Deval has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over INR 100 crores into the Indian social sector over the past 14 years. He incubated the Indian Philanthropy Forum mobilising over 250 members who are driving the philanthropy agenda in India. He also initiated India’s largest collaborative giving a platform, Dasra Giving Circles, which combines in-depth research, funding and managerial support enabling 15 – 30x scale. Deval has also written articles for esteemed publications such as Business India and Alliance Magazine and has been quoted in media channels like Times of India, The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Mint, Bloomberg TV and NDTV. 

Before founding Dasra, Deval was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, which has equipped him to develop a unique philanthropic investment model that brings rigor and discipline to the sector. Deval’s experience in the social sector enabled him to play a vital role in the inception of the Times of India Social-Impact Awards 2011. He is engaged with both philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and has spoken about this unique investment model at leading events such as the Global Philanthropy Forum, Unconvention and Maidan Summit, among others. He has been instrumental in building partnerships with top leaders from the sector such as Omidyar Network (ON), Vodafone Foundation and ICICI Foundation to name a few. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, completing his Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honours Degree in Business and Finance and a minor in Asian Studies.

"Magic Bus has the strongest youth development programme in India today. The children enrolled in the programme have a school attendance rate of 80%. Magic Bus has spent the past 19 years refining its model and has invested heavily in programme development and impact assessment to ensure they are consistently changing lives. With the 240 million new joiners to the job market in India over the next twenty years, Magic Bus focuses on providing those in its programme a strong foundation, not only for technical training but, more importantly, preparing them for the workforce with the necessary soft skills and motivation. Dasra directs funding into the social sector and we are proud that Magic Bus was our first funding recipient and one of our most successful to date."

Jaideep Khanna

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Jaideep Khanna is the CEO & Country Head of Barclays India. He is a member of Barclays’ Asia Pacific Executive Committee and has been instrumental in building Barclays India franchise over the last decade. From 1991 till 2001, Jaideep has had intensive and diverse experience in merchant banking, debt origination, and debt capital market at renowned banks such as ANZ Grindlays, ABN Amro, and Deutsche Bank. Jaideep has a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, New York.

Rajeev Dubey

Rajeev Dubey

Rajeev Dubey is the President (Group HR, Corporate Services & After-Market) & Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He is Chairman of Mahindra Insurance Brokers and First Choice Services and serves on the Boards of several Group companies. He is the Chairman of the CSR Council also.

Rajeev joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in January 2004 after a career spanning 29 years in the Tata Group. He studied Economics at Delhi University, and at the Delhi School of Economics, and then went on to do his MBA at the Yale School of Management, USA, as a J N Tata scholar, where he was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School.

In addition to his other responsibilities, Rajeev is also the President of the Employers’ Federation of India (EFI), and a member of the National Executive Committee of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Along with Magic Bus, Rajeev also serves on the Boards of Walchand Talent First, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and Technology (LBSIMT) and the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL).

“It is an honour and a privilege for me to have been associated with Magic Bus for the past few years as a Member of the Board. Being involved with the work being done by Magic Bus for Human capital formation in the most socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the Society is something which adds meaning and purpose to my life. Skill development, employability, and employment are key areas for the stability and growth of the nation, and I have every reason to believe that Magic Bus will make significant contributions in this space in the years to come.”

Samantha Nayar

Samantha Nayar

Samantha has been a member of the Magic Bus India Board for 15 years. She has been involved with shaping the strategy and focus of the organisation as well as spearheading fundraising activities in India and the UK. Prior to living in India, Samantha spent her professional life living in Australia, HK, and the US. She worked in advertising, leading global, regional and local teams in crafting strategy and communication for blue-chip companies such as; Coca Cola, Nestle, Bayer, Gillette, Esso, Lufthansa and Johnson and Johnson.

During her time in India, Samantha has worked with various Indian and international companies on a consultancy/project basis and was also part of the founding team of India’s second largest travel aggregator, Cleartrip, leading strategy and branding from 2005 – 2011.

Now based between London and Mumbai, Samantha chairs the Magic Bus UK Board and is developing a coaching business while studying for her MSc.

Sandeep Murthy

Sandeep Murthy

Sandeep Murthy is a Partner at Lightbox and as an early investor in InMobi and InfoEdge, two of India's billion-dollar technology unicorns, Sandeep Murthy is one of the builders of India's Internet economy. And he hasn't just seen the highs and lows play out as an investor but has actually roughed it out in operational roles including one as the CEO of Cleartrip in 2006 for two years. Today he's a co-founder and partner at Lightbox, a venture capital firm based in Mumbai that works closely with entrepreneurs from across India to build world class teams and consumer technology products.

Sandeep did his undergrad in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MBA from Wharton.

“By applying business principles and metrics, Magic Bus is tackling the challenge of creating opportunity and changing behaviour in the less privileged corners of our country on a massive scale. I am proud to support this effort and believe that it is only through these type of innovative and scalable efforts will we be able to make a tangible impact on poverty.”

Shaneen Parikh

Shaneen Parikh

Shaneen Parikh is a Partner with the law Firm of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, one of India's foremost law firms. Her main areas of practice are alternate dispute resolution and corporate and commercial litigation and general advisory work. She has acted for several multinational and domestic companies in arbitrations, regulatory forums, and courts across the country.

"Having been a keen sportswoman (a competitive equestrienne and dancer), I recognise the value of sport in personal development and discipline and believe entirely in the value of the Magic Bus programmes and mission."

India Advisor

Vishakha Mulye

Vishakha Mulye

Vishakha Mulye joined the ICICI Group in 1993 and has vast experience in the areas of strategy, treasury & markets, proprietary equity investing and management of long-term equity investments, structured finance and corporate & project finance. She led the team that planned and executed the merger of ICICI and ICICI Bank in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, she was responsible for the Bank’s structured finance and global markets businesses, and its financial institutions' relationships.

From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Mulye was the Chief Financial Officer of ICICI Bank. In 2009, she assumed leadership of ICICI Venture Funds Management Company as its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer where she heads the different business verticals and chairs the Investment Committee of all funds. At ICICI Venture, Ms. Mulye has led the firm’s private equity investments into the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy such as insurance, consumer services, banking, and education, etc. During this period, the firm has successfully concluded exits of over US$ 500 million using a diverse range of exit strategies. In addition to her responsibility as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Venture, she serves on the Board of Directors of leading Indian companies in the media, IT and financial services sectors.

"It is heartening to see the commitment of Magic Bus to the cause of upliftment of children and young people living in poverty so they can find a way of traversing the path from childhood to livelihood".

UK Board

Bernard Horn

Bernard Horn

Bernard is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and has had a successful career in financial services, spanning 30 years, including six years as a Main Board Director of the NatWest Group. His roles include five years as Chief Executive Officer of the International Businesses, and a similar period as Operations Director, responsible for Operations, IT and Risk. 

Since leaving NatWest, Bernard has developed a portfolio of activities acting both as Chairman and non-executive director, concentrating on smaller, entrepreneurial companies in consulting and software development. Bernard is also a member of the Magic Bus Global Council.

"Magic Bus is very special and different to anything else I do. It is the expressions on the faces of the children and young people together with the many life-changing stories for them, their families and their communities. Truly magical." 

Jonathan Rawes

Jonathan Rawes

Jonathan joined the Magic Bus UK Board in February 2010. He has professionally worked as a corporate in-house lawyer and company secretary. He worked for many years in senior legal and managerial roles with Reuters, the leading provider of online information. This included three years living in Hong Kong, providing legal advice and support to local management throughout the Asia Pacific region. 

In 2008, he was awarded the ICSA Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from London South Bank University.

"Children have no choice over the conditions in which they are born and brought up, that can shape their whole lives. Millions of children in India exist in desperate poverty and deprivation; yet, if offered the right support and guidance, they can take control and radically transform their lives. I believe that we have a responsibility to give them this chance and that Magic Bus is the ideal medium to achieve this".

Ruby Parmar

Ruby Parmar

Ruby is a Senior Partner at professional services firm, PwC. Among her various roles, Ruby heads their UK Private Business practice with her main focus on providing advice on her specialist area of corporate and personal taxation.

Ruby has been a Magic Bus Ambassador since 2011 and has made several visits to the Magic Bus programme in Mumbai. Ruby also sits on the Magic Bus Gala Dinner committee.

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall

Jim, a Chartered Accountant, is also a Group Tax Director of Pearson plc, the world’s leading learning company. Prior to Pearson, Jim held a number of senior roles in tax in the UK and US, working at Diageo and Cadbury where he was a Group Tax Director. He acts as a Trustee to the Pearson Pension Trust.

Jim joined the board of Magic Bus after visiting one of the Magic Bus India programmes in Delhi.

"From the moment I visited a Magic Bus programme in Delhi, I realised that this was a charity that was making a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in India; young people who without this intervention face a life of poverty and abuse in slums, on the streets or in deprived rural areas. There is so much more to do and by raising funds from the UK we are making an important contribution."

Hans Porsche

Hans Porsche

Hans Porsche is an agronomist with a specific interest in the sustainable production of agricultural goods and services and with a particular emphasis on aquaculture production. As a co-founder and director of HP-Capital Partners, he is in charge of identifying and managing the HP-Capital Partners resources related portfolio.

His educational background comprises of an MBA in Agri-Food Business following his BSc. in Agriculture with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Guelph in Canada.

Hans has been successful in fundraising and initiating project activities in various countries and is a member of the Magic Bus Global Council.

"Life is not fair; what makes women and men noble is the continuous effort to overcome this law of nature. Magic Bus empowers those children, who have had the most unfair start to their lives, to become masters of their own future by engaging them in sporting activities that teach them the most important cornerstones for that game of life."

Germany Board

Barbara Müller

Barbara Muller

Barbara is the Head of Communications & Media at BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt (BMW Foundation). Barbara studied sinology and economics at the University of Hamburg and the Chinese People's University in Beijing. During her studies, she worked as a freelancer for a German daily newspaper and subsequently at the Institute of Asian Studies of today's German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. Later, Barbara Müller headed the China office of the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the German-Chinese Association. In 2002, she joined the BMW Foundation to advance the expansion of the Foundation's Asia programmes. Since September 2011, she began to build up and develop a new communications department within the BMW Foundation

Barbara Scharrer

Barbara Scharrer

Barbara is Attorney-at-law, Of Counsel GSK Stockmann + Kollegen, Munich. She has more than 15 years of professional experience advising European companies in the Asia-Pacific region on strategic and legal issues related to the development and expansion of production, purchase, and sales, investment and corporate laws, relocation of research and development, HR-management, M&A, IP-protection, restructuring and corporate compliance.

Barbara also advises Asian enterprises with regard to their outbound investments in Europe. She has long-standing experience as Managing Director, Supervisor and Advisory board member and performs her own entrepreneurial activities through ownership of shares in enterprises in Asia.

Barbara serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Würzburg as well as at the Erding's University of Applied Management where she gives lectures on strategies for internationalisation and corporate management in Asia.

Jens Neitzel

Jens Neitzel

Jens studied Law and Economics in Osnabrueck and Leiden and also holds a degree in European Telecommunications and Antitrust Law. In the past, he has worked with Deutsche Telekom AG and VIAG Interkom GmbH & Co and has extensive experience in the telecoms and converging communications industry. As part of his specialisation, he advises national and international clients in relation to communications regulation, policy, and transactions, as well as in competition and media law.

Jens is currently a Partner with CMS Hasche Sigle.

US Board

Ram Shriram

Ram Shriram

A technology industry insider for over 25 years, Ram has worked in companies large and small from Netscape to Amazon. He is a Board Member for Google and started Sherpalo Venture Capital in 2000 with the goal of applying his wealth of operating and company building experience to promising early stage ventures.

Ram's knowledge of and advice on issues ranging from raising venture capital, key management hiring, making the right product choices and defining and adapting the business model to changing market conditions can help you to secure early customer wins, build momentum from a standing start, and generate international growth. Ram also sits on the board of Naukri.com, a leading Indian job-seeker website.

"Magic Bus with its passionate volunteers and mentors have changed the trajectory and lives of countless young children growing up in poverty by providing them with livelihoods and a sense of purpose."

Amit Bhandari

Amit Bhandari

A serial entrepreneur, Amit has been building start-ups for almost 20 years. His most substantial successes have been in the fuel commodity supply sector, with the establishment of BioUrja Trading, LLC, and LogiBo, LLC, along with grains commodities via West Plains, LLC. 

Overall, the BioUrja Group has grown in just seven years to be a leading fuel supplier globally, achieving annual revenues over USD$5 Billion and supplying over 1 billion gallons of fuel to its customers. For these achievements, Amit was recognised as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2013.

Amit is also an active philanthropist. He has been active in supporting the Houston community as well as charitable organisations across the United States, with a particular focus on education and children’s causes.

“When I visited a Magic Bus sporting activity in the slums of Mumbai with my wife and kids, we were struck by the tremendous joy and hope that the organisation brings to underprivileged children. Words just can’t capture what they do – it truly is magical.”

Singapore Board

Ramanan Raghavendran

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Ramanan is currently the managing partner of Kubera Partners, a firm which makes cross-border private equity investments. Ramanan has been in the private equity industry since 1992 and was formerly at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, and General Atlantic. He co-founded and co-managed Impact Partners, the first venture philanthropy fund for India. Impact provided seed and expansion funds to nine non-profit organisations, including Magic Bus.

Ramanan has served on several non-profit boards in India and the U.S. over the last twenty years.

"In 2000, a venture philanthropy fund that I co-founded and co-managed was the original seed funder of Magic Bus. For the first few years, the Magic Bus team worked out of my office in Mumbai. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a supporter in Magic Bus' early years -- and incredibly lucky to have maintained the bond and be once again in a position to serve Magic Bus in its expansion to Singapore and the South East Asian region."

Deepak Shahdadpuri

Deepak Shahdadpuri

Deepak is currently Founder and Director of DSG Partners Asia Pte Ltd. Formerly he was the Founder and Managing Director of Beacon India Private Equity Fund, as well as GEM India. Deepak is an FCA (ICAEW) and qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London. He currently serves on the board of Baker's Circle, Bhayana Builders, Impresario, Indostar Capital Finance, Sula Wines, Remy Sula, Saffronart, Trak Ltd and Vatika Group and on the advisory board at Dawn Capital, a UK-focused Venture Capital Fund.

Deepak has an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD, and an LLB (Hons) from King's College London.

Amee Parikh

Amee Parikh

With a background in corporate law and finance, Amee has worked with Pfizer and has established her own propriety firm in Mumbai, Amee Parikh & Co., a proprietary firm specialising in corporate law and finance. Currently, she is the Director at Amansa Capital Pte Ltd in Singapore, a Fund Management Company.

Jai Pathak

Jai Pathak

Jai is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson Dunn's Singapore office and the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Pathak has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, dispositions, privatizations, joint ventures, licensing, infrastructure development, as well as private equity, and structured finance transactions. He has significant experience in the telecommunications, IT, banking, hospitality, oil/gas, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Chambers & Partners Global and Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2012 editions ranked Mr. Pathak as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A in Singapore and in the same category in India, where he is noted as an 'expert based abroad'. Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2012 identified him as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in General Corporate Practice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Pathak graduated from law school at Oxford University in 1984 (M.A., 1989) and received his LL.M from the University of Virginia in 1985. He previously earned his B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. degrees from the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

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