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N Kumar
Davinder Singh Brar
Nitin Rakesh
Amit Dalmia
Srikanth Karra
Dr. Meenu Bhambhani
Manisha Singh
Nipun O S

N Kumar

Chairman-CSR Committee

N Kumar joined the Board of Mphasis on February 15, 2013. He is the Vice Chairman of The Sanmar Group, a fourth-generation, family-owned, business conglomerate. The Group is a multinational US$1 billion conglomerate headquartered in Chennai, India; and has manufacturing facilities in India, United States, Mexico, and Egypt. It is engaged in three key business sectors—chemicals (including specialty chemicals), engineering (products and steel castings), and shipping.

Kumar is also the Honorary Consul General of Greece in Chennai. He is on the board of various public companies and carries with him over four decades of experience in the spheres of technology, management, and finance. In addition, he is also the Chairman of National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies, which is a constituent of Quality Council of India; and is also a member of the Board of Governors of Institute for Financial Management and Research.

As a spokesman of industry and trade, Kumar had been the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and participated in many apex bodies. He presently chairs the CII Institute of Quality, Bengaluru.

Apart from this, Kumar has a wide range of public interests going beyond the confines of corporate management, in the areas of health, social welfare, education, and sports. One special area in which he is involved is the Madhuram Narayanan Center for Exceptional Children.

Davinder Singh Brar

Member-CSR Committee

Davinder Singh Brar, Director, joined the Board of Mphasis in April 2004. He is also a promoter of GVK Biosciences Private Limited, Inogent Laboratories Private Limited, and Davix Management Services Private Limited. In addition, Davinder is also on the board of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Wockhardt Limited, and Mountain Trail Foods (India) Private Limited. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the USA-India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC) and member of the Consultative Group on Exports of Pharmaceutical Products, under the chairmanship of Honorable Minister of Commerce and Industry and Textiles, Government of India. Davinder was also the Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during 2000-2007.

He started his career with Associated Cement Companies (ACC) and later joined Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, where he rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director.

He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala; and a master’s degree in management from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (gold medalist - 1974).

Nitin Rakesh

Member-CSR Committee

A distinguished leader in the IT services industry, Nitin Rakesh joined Mphasis as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director in January 2017.

Prior to joining Mphasis, Nitin was the CEO and President of Syntel (a NASDAQ listed IT services company). He has a proven track record of delivering profitable growth at industry-leading operating margins. Before he was appointed as the CEO of Mphasis, he served as President, Americas for Syntel, where he headed business development and North American operations.

Nitin has deep domain expertise in banking, financial services, and insurance verticals. He has strong customer-orientation, large deal experience, and a track record of delivering transformative digital solutions. He also has an entrepreneurial mindset, focusing on launching innovative new service offerings in automation and beyond.

Nitin served at Syntel in various capacities (most recently as the CEO) between 2012 and 2016 and also before that from 2002 to 2008.

From 2008 to 2012, he served as the CEO and Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company. At the Crisil - S&P Mutual Fund Awards in 2010, the company won the ‘Most Innovative Mutual Fund, India’ and at the 2011 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Awards in New York, the company was named ‘Most Innovative ETF, Asia Pacific.’

He has also worked with The Chatterjee Group (TCG Group), a transnational private equity and investments firm as the Head of Banking and Financial Services and Sales for TCG Software Services, between 1999 to 2002.

Earlier in his career, Nitin worked for Unit Trust of India, setting up offshore mutual funds and secondary market research cell, product development, and risk management divisions.

American Business Awards 2018 recognized Nitin as ‘Executive of the Year - Computer Services,’ felicitating him with Gold Stevie under the management award category.

Nitin holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology, University of Delhi; and received his master’s degree in management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s CEO Workshop.

Amit Dalmia

Mphasis-CSR Committee

Amit Dalmia joined the Board of Mphasis in September 2016. He is also an Executive Director in the Corporate Private Equity group in Blackstone and is based in Mumbai. After joining Blackstone in 2010, he has primarily been involved in creating and driving value-added initiatives across Blackstone portfolio companies in India. Before joining Blackstone, Amit gained diverse operational experience at Hindustan Unilever India (HUL) in various management and business leadership roles ranging from finance and accounts to commercial and supply chain. He has undergone a management training program with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and subsequently worked extensively on in-company training at Unilever.  Amit is a chartered accountant (CA), company secretary (CS), and cost accountant (ICWA) with three gold medals for securing first ranks in the country. He has also completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce (Hons.) from St. Xaviers' College, University of Kolkata, India.

Srikanth Karra

Executive Sponsor – Mphasis F1 Foundation

Srikanth Karra is an industry veteran and seasoned human resources (HR) officer with close to 30 years’ experience in business-focused, innovative, HR systems and processes. He has been instrumental in institutionalizing global benchmarks for large enterprises as well as start-ups. Over the years, Srikanth has strategized, spearheaded, and seamlessly executed numerous people initiatives. His functional experience spans resource strategy, manufacturing operations, industrial relations, HR technology implementation, and process excellence in multiple industries including manufacturing, information technology (IT/ITES), and telecom.

Srikanth started his career with ITC, where he worked for about 10 years across various geographies before moving to a Silicon Valley start-up, Aztec Software, and then to General Electric Capital International Services (GECIS) as their HR Head. He was also the Global HR Head at Syntel Inc., and then the country Head HR for Hewlett-Packard (HP) India. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest and work with technology startups, which he passionately continues. He then took on the role of HR Director at Airtel and later as Head of HR Strategy and Culture for Syntel.

Srikanth holds a master’s degree in personnel management and industrial relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a bachelor’s degree in general law from Mumbai University. He has also attended various executive programs with Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Manila, Wharton, GE Crotonville, and Harvard.

Dr. Meenu Bhambhani

VP, Head - CSR

Dr Meenu Bhambhani is a seasoned CSR and Development Sector Professional with close to 20 years’ of experience in creating inclusive solutions for the underserved and unrepresented communities. At Mphasis she has been leading Corporate Social Responsibility function for over 10 years now. She has played a pivotal role in institutionalizing CSR and aligning it with Mphasis core business and vision. Under her leadership, Mphasis CSR has received wide recognition both nationally and internationally including recognition by the President of India as the Best Inclusive Employer for Persons with Disabilities.

Her background in development sector is multifaceted: She is a person with disability herself, a professional in the area of human development with specialization in disability studies and social policy. Prior to joining Mphasis, Meenu spent 10 years working in diverse fields including teaching English Literature, implementing policies as Assistant Commissioner - Disabilities with Government of Rajasthan, consulting with the World Bank and advocating/spearheading policy advocacy for people with disabilities through a non-profit organization. She has been a researcher of disability studies and has published scholarly articles in renowned journals and publications. She has been widely recognized for her contribution to the field of CSR and disability inclusion. In 2008 and 2009, she was recognized by the CEO for her outstanding contribution to CSR. In 2010 she won the President’s National Award in the category of Best Individuals Promoting Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Meenu holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Rajasthan. She also earned an MS in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago facilitated by a generous fellowship from International Ford Foundation.

Manisha Singh

Lead - Impact Funding

Manisha Singh, has more than 8 years of diverse professional experience in the strategy consulting (development sector), banking and insurance domains.

At Mphasis, she leads the Impact Funding arm of CSR- where she manages funding and mentoring support to social enterprises through government approved social incubators.

In her past roles, she has provided strategy consulting within the Impact Investment space and has headed the India operations of an international social enterprise.

Manisha holds an engineering degree in ECE from NSIT, Delhi and an MBA from IIM Indore. She also completed the Executive Leadership program in JM Katz Business School, University of Pittsburgh, USA, as a part of her executive MBA.

Nipun O S

Program Manager

Nipun has seven years of experience in the aerospace and defense sector. He started his career in Infosys and moved on to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., where he worked on national aircraft programs and handled flight data analytics, simulation software development, among others. He then worked with HCL Technologies Ltd. for their aerospace and defense business unit.

After an undergraduate degree in electronics, Nipun pursued a management degree from Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIMB), followed by a master’s degree in sustainable development from HEC Paris.