Our Team


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Prof B. Venkatesh Kumar

Chairperson, Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management

Prof B Venkatesh Kumar is the Chairperson of CALEM, TISS. He is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance, and the Director of the National CSR Hub at TISS.  He is also the Chairperson of Higher Education Leadership Academy, TISS and Course Director for the One Week In service Training for All India Services Officers sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. He is also Member, National Project Approval Board, Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), National Coordinator, RUSA Technical Support Group and Visiting Scholar, Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. Prof Venkatesh Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mumbai, and is a recipient of numerous awards.

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Shambhavi Singh

Senior Manager, MA Human Resource Management, BA English Literature

Ms Shambhavi Singh is a Senior Program Manager at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She joined TISS in 2016, and has since worked on higher education and school education reforms. Her research interests include: Leadership, System level policy reforms in K-12 and Higher Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has completed numerous research cum intervention and organizational transformation efforts in national and international not for profits. Ms Shambhavi is involved in various aspects of the organization of school leadership programmes under CALEM, including preparation of content and compilation of resources and pool of resource persons.

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Dr. Keerthi Sampath Kumar

Dr. Keerthi Sampath Kumar completed her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Warsaw in 2016 under the Erasmus Mundus IBIES scholarship. She has previously worked with the UNICEF and the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Her areas of interest include academic research on higher and school education, public policy and governance, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and CSR proposal evaluation. She is involved in CALEM’s activities such as compilation of resources, preparation of content and other aspects of the organization of school and higher education leadership programmes under CALEM.

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Komal H. Mayekar

Administrative Manager, B.Com

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Vaishali Gajbiye

Administrative Manager, B.Com

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Rajisha Vineet

Administrative Manager, B.Com