Board Members & Advisors

Girish Singhania
Girish comes from a strong operational background having worked in one of the world’s largest FMCG companies – Procter & Gamble. He then moved on to an investment bank in Mumbai where he worked with global financial investors to bring investments into the Indian market. The invaluable combination of financial as well as operations experience led Girish to start EduBridge. An IIM Bangalore graduate, Girish is passionate about developing businesses which are also beneficial to the society. He is a sports fanatic and claims that he would have been a part of the Indian cricket team had it not been for IIM.
Dr. Gopal Naik
Dr Gopal Naik is a distinguished professor at IIM Bangalore spearheading the Doctorate programme at the institute. He was earlier the chairperson of the Center for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore and also served over 15 years as a professor at IIM Ahmedabad. His great interest in serving rural India led him to spearhead several consulting assignments on rural development & education for the Central as well as several state governments. He provides the right vision and direction to EduBridge through his unparalleled passion for rural development & education. Besides EduBridge, Dr. Naik also serves on the Board of Forward Markets Commissions.
Siddharth Tata
Board Member
Siddharth Tata joined EduBridge in November 2014 to further develop the Agriculture Portfolio in India.
In his last role at Acumen, Siddharth developed the Agriculture Portfolio in India. Previously at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Siddharth worked with non-profit organizations to help build programs in the areas of dairy development, watershed management, and creating market linkages to improve incomes of farmers in India. Siddharth has a past experience in management consulting at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office where he advised clients in the retail, IT, and financial services industries. He has also assisted a Mumbai-based investment firm on its agriculture investment strategy and helped launch a turnaround program for coffee washing stations in Rwanda as a volunteer consultant with TechnoServe.
Vijay Kumar Ivatury
Board Advisor
Vijaya Kumar (known as IVK) is Co-Founder and CTO of Crayon Data, a Big data analytics product company at Singapore. He is also an active member of Indian Angel Network, a syndicate for early stage capital to invest in the start-up companies. Prior to this, he was a CTO of Wipro’s IT businesses covering Wipro Technologies, Wipro InfoTech and Wipro BPO. IVK holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering in electronics & communications and did an advanced leadership program for senior executives from McGill University in collaboration with Lancaster University, UK and IIM, Bangalore. He holds certifications in ISO 9000, SEI CMM &Technology forecasting and is an experienced consultant in technology and innovation management areas in ICT industry.