The Leadership Team at SOIL Institute of Management

Mr Anil Sachdev has been appointed as the chairman of the board by School of Inspired Leadership’s board of directors. The appointment was confirmed in the meeting of board of directors held in Gurgaon on 16th October 2019. School of Inspired Leadership is a unit of Grow Talent Company Limited.

The erstwhile chairman, Mr Kewal Nohria will continue to be a board member with the designation of Chairman-Emeritus. Mr Kewal Nohria is a well-known business leader of India and has served as the chairman of Crompton Greaves in the past. He also happens to be the father of current Dean of Harvard Business School, Dr Nitin Nohria. The exceptional leadership of Mr Nohria was duly acknowledged by the board of directors, and it was placed on record that Mr Kewal Nohria has been an inspiring figure who has had a profound impact of all stakeholders since the inception of School of Inspired Leadership in 2008.

A decision was also taken by the board to run the operations of the school through the SOIL Leadership Team, which was also constituted simultaneously in the meeting. Three members of the SOIL Leadership Team include Mr Ramanathan Hariharan, President, Executive Education and Consulting, Dr Neetika Batra, Dean of the Gurgaon Campus, and Mr Sahil Sachdev, President and Head of the Manesar Campus.

  • Dr Neetika Batra has a work experience of over 25 years in investment baking as well as an academician. She is a proud alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and has been a key member of the SOIL family since last 8 years. She has also been at the helm of research in the field of investment banking for last several years.

  • Mr Ramanathan Hariharan has over three decades of experience in key leadership positions in the field of executive education. He has been at the helm of executive education in Indian School of Business, Hyderabad for a period of 8 years. He joined the SOIL family in the month of February 2019. He is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and is an MBA.

  • Mr Sahil Sachdev has the experience of working for reputed companies like “The Limited” which owns globally famous brands like Bath and Body Works as well as the Victoria’s Secret. He later went on to finding “Great Retail Brands” that was behind the creation of Flip Bistro, the revolutionary QSR chain that quickly went on to open seven stores. He has been working as the Chief Growth Officer and Head of Marketing at SOIL since 2016. He has completed his MBA from Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, USA.

On this momentous occasion, Mr Nohria said that “It has been a privilege to co-found and Chair the School. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see the inner transformation brought about by our unique education model in thousands of the alumni from our Full Time and Executive Education Programs, who are working all over the World. I am sure that Anil and the SOIL Leadership Team will set new standards in higher education in the years to come.” Subsequently, Mr Anil Sachdev added that “Mr. Nohria’s Presence and energy has been a high light of my life, and it is gratifying to have his continued association with the Board. The movement of SOIL has impacted thousands of lives all over the world, and I thank the Universe for the opportunity that we have been given to serve the well-being of all to make our world better.”

Then, Dr Neetika Batra quoted that “It is an honor for me to be chosen as the Dean to lead our Campus at Gurgaon! This unique Institution has given all of us the platform to channel our love for students and the joy of teaching, research and learning into tangible learning outcomes for our students and value to Industry and the community.”

Mr Ramanathan Hariharan said that “After spending many years in the space of Executive Education in schools such as ISB, I feel excited about my role of scaling up the excellent legacy created by SOIL in building the capability of our clients that comprise of some of the best known local and global corporations.”

Mr Sahil Sachdev added that “It has been my dream to create a higher education model that combines the best of liberal arts, Design Thinking and Management Education. I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to lead the SOIL campus at Manesar- the SOIL School of Business Design to build on the outstanding legacy created by SOIL.”

In the end, Mr Anil Sachdev said that “As I celebrate the 65th Birthday of my body, this is an important moment for me to thank all the people in my life including my parents, my spiritual teachers and mentors and colleagues who have made me an instrument to serve ‘Higher Purpose’. I will continue to teach, consult and coach even as the SOIL Leadership Team takes on the responsibility for running the operations of our School.”