Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman of the Ampersand Group, is driven by the purpose to put quality education within the reach of all, which will help young minds to grow and develop into progressive thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.
His passion to build high quality education ecosystem led to the foundation of the Group, whose advantage lies in the ability to standardize quality delivery across all the aspects of the education chain be it strong curriculum development, teacher and staff training or assessment and audit services. The Group leverages Digital Technology to democratise education and brings it to the reach of everyone – across classes through government and the private sector education institutions.
With more than 25 years of experience, passion for creating the best and a strong focus towards a greater goal, Mr. Kerawalla has built one of the most renowned brands in the education sector – VIBGYOR Group of Schools – spread over 33 schools across India.
Mr Kerawalla, a well-known edupreneur, is regarded for his visionary leadership which has turned the Group into a multi-faceted, end-to-end solutions provider for the education sector. He is always acknowledged as a person who is a champion of “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds”.
A born leader and motivator, Mr. Kerawalla is an inspiration to all as he spearheads the Group’s management and operations, strategising and directing it through its next phase of growth.
His business leadership has been recognised by several corporate and community organisations and he has received numerous awards, including:
- Extraordinaire Award by Brand Vision
- India’s Most Admired Business Leader Award by White Page International
- Edupreneur Award by World Education Summit 2017
- Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education by World HRD Congress
- Innovative Education Award by DNA
- ET Best Education Brands 2018 by Economic Times
VICE – CHAIRPERSON
(Vice Chairperson) holds a Masters degree in Economics. She has also completed her B.Ed. followed by a PGDEdM from the prestigious NMIMS institute in Mumbai.
With an experience of more than two decades in the field of education, Ms Sahay has held various positions ranging from a teacher to a coordinator in prominent schools.
She has been associated with the VIBGYOR Group since its inception and was entrusted with the position of Director – School Operations and Academics. Not one to rest on her laurels, she continued her efforts to raise the educational excellence of VIBGYOR.
Sensitive to the needs of today’s learners, her prime focus is on ensuring that they are well equipped to become the future citizens of the world. For this, she leaves no stone unturned and incorporates the best practices and educational pedagogy from all over the world to enable the learners to enhance their overall development.
Ms Sahay currently holds the position of Vice Chairperson and perseveres in her endeavours to maintain the position of the VIBGYOR Group in the highest echelon of educational institutions.
Mr. VINESH MENON
CEO – EDUCATION, CONSULTING & SKILLING SERVICES
Vinesh Menon is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of value delivery to diverse industries behind him. He has served organizations in the BFSI Sector such as ABN AMRO Bank, Bajaj Capital and Fullerton India across the spectrum of the consumer finance products in various senior management capacities before shifting to the Education Sector.
The tryst with the education sector began around 7 years back and Vinesh has since then been involved extensively in various aspects that add value to the K12 Ecosystem. After having established and grown a professionally managed a K12 chain called global discovery academy, Vinesh now works with Rustom Kerawala promoted Ampersand group that has built the well known “VIBGYOR” chain of schools as their Chief Executive Officer for Education, Skilling & Consulting for the Government services vertical with a focus on enhancing K12 Education & vocational training services in line with the state and central government initiatives in these domains.
Vinesh is also an avid speaker and continues to add value to edu-conferences & seminars and conferences as a panelist. He has also moderated many thought provoking panel discussions amongst eminent industry thought leaders. His thoughts, views and opinions have featured in many leading print, digital and visual media platforms whenever time permits, he advises young entrepreneurs pro bono looks for opportunities to foster and enable mutually beneficial strategic alliances between synergy aligned firms & professionals.
Mr. SANDEEP BANERJEE
Sandeep Banerjee believes in creating enduring businesses through sensitive leadership that are team driven rather than individual driven. He is the Group President of Ampersand Group that offers end-to-end solutions for educational institutions across the country ranging from Preschools to K-12 Schools.He is a business architect, a transformer and a firm believer of building purpose-led, values driven, and enduring organisations at scale.
An Honors degree in Science, followed by the Master of Business Administration and an Advanced Management programme on Global Leadership from ISB- Kellogg, Sandeep has had successful stints in large organisations in India and overseas, spanning over twenty five years. Prior to joining the Ampersand Group, Sandeep was the Managing Director (India) of Compass Group, the world’s largest in contract Food and Support Services. His earlier stints have been with Thomas Cook, Blow Plast, IFB Bosch and Bata.
Sandeep is an angel investor and active with the start-up community. He is also a national council member of the Akshayapatra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO providing Mid-Day Meals to the Government and Government-aided schools in the country.
Mr. RAJENDRA CHAUDHARI
COO – HUBBLE INNOVATIONS
Rajendra brings 29 years of experience in multiple domains such as Manufacturing, PLM, Information technology, Insurance and Education technology in diverse roles including products, services, operations, strategy, pre-sales, entrepreneurship and transformation consulting globally. With his mechanical engineering and business administration background, Rajendra loves to work at the cross section of technology and business.
He is an alumnus of College of Engineering Pune, IIT Mumbai and IIM Ahmedabad. Rajendra has prior associations with Tata Motors, Geometric Software, Mastek, and Siemens, including 7+ years of experience working in North America. Rajendra has driven the product strategy, development and operations at Knowledge Podium over the past two years to bring in technology transformation into Knowledge Management.