Chief Mentor – MIDAS
Founder Chairman – FLAME

Prof. Parag Shah has completely changed the way entrepreneurship education is done, by combining Strategy, Critical Thought and Innovation in his entrepreneurship program. He has been a keynote speaker in the Vice Chancellors conference and has done path breaking work in the field of education. He has been awarded the “Visionary Leadership Award” by the DNA Group.


Chair Faculty Council ‐ MIDAS
Ex- Chairman, NABARD

Dr. Y. S. P. Thorat who retired as Chairman, NABARD in November 2007, is presently Chairman of the Dry Land Farming Commission of the Government of Maharashtra. His present appointments include Member, Senate and Academic Council, Shivaji University, Kolhapur; Member, Advisory Board, Indian Society of Agricultural Professionals; Director, TATA Chemicals Ltd.; Director, Rall is India Ltd. and Director, Parag Milk Foods Pvt. Ltd.


Managing Director - MIDAS

Ms. Pooja Shah did her B.Com. from Symbiosis University and then did her M. Sc. in Entrepreneurship from the Nottingham University in UK. After finishing her Master’s,she joined Foundation for Liberal And Management Education (FLAME), India’s first and only Liberal Arts University. She created the “Elite Leadership Program”, the one-of-its-kind program at FLAME. She is currently working as Managing Director at MIDAS.


Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University
Ph.D,Performance Studies

Jeffrey Sichel is Establishing Director of The UNESCO – International Theatre Institute Network for Higher Education in The Performing Arts based in Paris, Shanghai and Washington. He is a noted international stage director, author, professor, cultural ambassador and pedagogue, specializing in inter cultural engagement and inter disciplinary practice in the arts and humanities. He is a dedicated (third generation) social and cultural entrepreneur with over twenty years of work in the field.


Master’s in HR Management

Prof. Rajasekharan is a Management Consultant for strategy development & implementation, governance, performance management, communications, leadership development and HR. He has 40 years of international experience in Director-level dealing, with CEOs and Boards of multinational companies. He is an expert in management of startups and handling high–growth, turnaround and major cultural transformations in organizations. He has designed and delivered several senior leadership programs.


Founder and Owner,
Rural Relations

Mr. Pradeep Lokhande has more than 20 years of experience in working in rural India. He has tried to understand rural India’s administrative systems, markets or the bazaarhaat systems and the educational system. He has been instrumental in installing 20,000 computers in rural schools. The success of this initiative inspired him to embark on yet another movement, which was named the NonResident Villager (NRV) Movement.


Business Coach,
Marketing Expert

Vishal Shah is enriched with over 16 years of experience, varied over dynamic industries like Retail, Telecom & IT, with organizations such as Bharti Airtel, Idea (Aditya Birla Group) & Tech Mahindra, assisting them in Marketing, Strategy & Customer Service Delivery functions. As a Business Coach, he assists SMEs & Startups, facilitating development of Marketing Strategies with thorough understanding of consumer behavior, to fuel up entrepreneurial ambitions & dreams.


PG Diploma in Dramatic Arts
(National School of Drama)

V S alias Prasad Vanarase has directed more than 50 plays in Marathi, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and English. He has gained proficiency in various inter-related areas Direction, Teaching and Mentoring, Administration and Management of Arts and Applied Arts. He has worked with Prithvi International Theatre Festival, India, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), UK and Project Phakama, South Africa, to name a few. He is also involved in setting up the new UNITWIN network established by ITI-UNESCO.


Rani of Miraj

An educationist and academician, she has over 30 years of experience in running one of the most successful and respected Montessori schools. Married into the royal family of the erstwhile princely state of Miraj in India, Umaraje is actively involved with a number of educational and cultural organizations and also associated with educational institutes like Sinhagad College of Engineering, Flame, Kalmadi High School & College, to teach communications, etiquettes and soft skills.


B.A.M.S., M.A.
(Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Shirisha Sathe has a Master’s in clinical psychology after 10 years of her medical practice and clinical research. She is a practicing psychologist and a psychotherapist in Pune. She is also a consultant to various NGOs in and around Pune who are working on various issues like domestic violence, addiction, runaway children, schizophrenia etc.