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Lt. General (Retired) Arjun Ray

PVSM, VSMChief Executive, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in matters of defence and conflict management, but he also deep-rooted passion for social transformation. He is the CEO of the Indus Trust and provides vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and Institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, innovation in education, aligning parents, children, and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities. Under his leadership, Indus International became a premier institution, and one of the top international schools in Pune.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Staff College at Camberley, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. On his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. His success in forestalling insurgency in the region, by winning over alienated communities into the nation's mainstream, has been nationally and internationally acclaimed. Before building one of the top boarding schools in India, as a part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 schools, 11 Women's Empowerment Centers, and 60 Adult Education Centers for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education and pastoral care to 125 Ladakhi girls in Bangalore colleges.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest honour in the armed forces for distinguished service. His success story in ‘change leadership’ has been selected as a case study for business and management schools in India. A dynamic leader, his imminent foresight and intellect, which led him to mould Indus into a stellar educational institution and a top-ranked international school in Pune.

In his second calling – international school education – he is of the firm belief that the purpose of education in the 21st century is to prepare the child for life; and that teachers must facilitate a nurturing environment, to unravel the potential in every child. Especially in residential schools in India, which is essentially a home away from home.

He deemed this possible, by instilling in teachers and child with core leadership competencies, such as innovation, persuasive communication, critical thinking, grit, etc. Consequently, equipping them to design their own future in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). A vision that sets the bar amongst the top International Schools in India.

To implement this vision, General Ray setup 14 institutions: three International Baccalaureate Schools - all of which are among the top IB schools in India, the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, eight Early Learning Centres and the International Community School (the world’s first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line).

IB World has recently acknowledged General Ray to be one of the six IB World School Leaders for rethinking education and making high-quality education affordable to the underprivileged. Education World has named him one of the 50 game-changers in the education scenario in India. Furthermore, he was recently awarded the White Swan Education Award for India’s Most Influential Leader 2015-2016 in education. With his radical vision, Indus International has become exemplary to schools in Bangalore, and throughout the country.

General Ray also won the Brainfeed Lifetime Achievement Award (2017-18) for his outstanding contribution to the field of education by elevating standards in imparting quality education to the next generation learners.

The General has three interests – reading, writing, and speaking on leadership. His first book, The Kashmir Diary: Psychology of Military, is a purple primer in understanding the mind and motivation of a terrorist. The second book, Peace Is Everybody’s Business: Strategy for Conflict Prevention, is a treatise in conflict-prevention and has just been published by SAGE Publications. This book was inspired by General Ray’s experience in bringing lasting peace in Ladakh.

An exemplary learner, teacher, and leader, General Ray’s vision and strategies for schools in India continue to grow to innovate, drive, and set new standards for others to follow.

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Ms Naaz Kirmani

Head of School DP

The IB Diploma Programme at Indus International School, Pune is headed by Ms Naaz Kirmani.

Ms Naaz Kirmani’s portfolio boasts of a diverse range of experience with several prestigious IB schools in India in several roles and leadership positions. She holds a postgraduate degree in history. Her interests center around curriculum development with special emphasis on cultural diversity and international mindedness. She sincerely believes in the IB philosophy and has tirelessly promoted an education that facilitates in bringing out the best in a child’s personality, laying stress on attributes which encourage intercultural understanding and global mindedness.

An avid reader and a dedicated worker, she presented her scholarly work ,”The changing Face of School Library with the Advent of e-content” in the 36th Annual Conference of IASL, held in Taipei, Taiwan from 16 – 20 July 2007. She was highly commended for her work and received IASL “Jean Lowrie Leadership Award 2007” for her research work on implementation strategies for e-Curriculum at PYP level, during the conference. She is the Second Indian to get the coveted award since its inception in 1988.

Naaz also served as a workshop leader for Global Language Convention hosted by CASIE (Centre for the Advancement and Study of international Education) in Atlanta, Georgia from April 17-20, 2008 in cooperation with International Baccalaureate. She presented her work titled,” Pedagogy of Language Immersion Programme in Indian Context: An Analysis and Overview”.

In addition to her role in the school, she works closely with the IB Asia Pacific Head Quarters, Singapore in mentoring the upcoming schools in the Region. She is an IB consultant, a senior examiner for Theory of Knowledge, an IB workshop Leader, IB authorization team leader and Application Reader for Evaluation. She carries over nine years’ experience as DP Coordinator in prestigious schools in India. She has comprehensive experience in Pre-authorization and Authorization process for IB and has led two schools successfully through the DP application and authorization process.

Ashima Shrivastava

IB DP Coordinator

Ashima is a compassionate and inspiring educator who ensures that all students perform to the best of their abilities in alignment with the goal set by them in the beginning of the academic year. As an IB diploma coordinator at Indus International School Pune, she ensures that IB DP standards and practices are implemented in rigour and vigour. She is trying to foster the mentor-mentee system in IISP for all DP students to ensure that customized support and guidance can be provided to the students depending upon their needs. As an academician, she sets high benchmarks in teaching and learning practices in the school and tries to create

Farida Bhaidani

Head of School – PYP and Head of Indus Early Centers Pune

Farida was appointed by Indus International School Pune in the year 2007 and has 16 years of teaching experience. As an educator, Farida is deeply passionate about bringing new discoveries to the classroom, by instilling a love for lifelong learning in the primary years. She is a strong believer in recreating curriculum to suit the needs of students in order to empower children with knowledge and skills.

Farida completed her B.A. with a Major in World History, and further pursued a Teacher Training Course with a specialization in Early Childhood, along with a Post-Graduate Diploma in education. She has attended various International Baccalaureate workshops to gain perspective on changing trends in pedagogy, community service and leadership. Farida believes that; creating a culture of collaboration and fostering positive relationships between students, staff and parents will help build a sound foundation in the PYP at IISP.

Ann Wenger

Director Placements

Ann Wenger is the Consultant Director of University Placements at Indus International School Pune. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, and a Master’s Plus 30 degree in Adolescent Counseling and Clinical Psychology. She has a rich and lengthy background in international education including teaching, personal and academic counseling both in adult education and K-12. She has an extensive experience in university placements counseling and has worked as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Psychology in several universities. She has worked most of her life in international schools and has been a part of International Baccalaureate Programs for the last 25 years of her numerous years of working as an educator. It is with great enthusiasm that she approaches her work of helping families decide what the best country and program is for each student within the criteria of personal abilities, career goals, and family interests. She is proud to be a part of IISP and looks forward to seeing 140 students in the Class of 2018 placed in universities in India and around the world.

Capt. Rahul Bharti

Director Administration

Winner of the coveted “Sword of Honour” and the “President's Gold Medal” from the Military Academy, Capt. Rahul Bharti has served the Indian Armed Force with extensive experience in Team Management, Training and Development, Operations, Logistics, General Administration and Security.

He has worked with Mahindra Special Services Group as a Senior Security Consultant and provided consultancy services on corporate risk and homeland security. He has also handled projects on Physical Security Engineering, Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation, Asset Protection, Crisis Management and Change Management.

Ms Preeti G Prabhu


A gold medallist in Econometrics (honours) and a Bangalore University rank holder, Ms Preeti G Prabhu completed her post-graduation in Financial and Business Economics from the United Kingdom.

Ms Prabhu has eleven years teaching experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme [IB-DP] and thirteen years in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education [IGCSE] teaching both Economics and Business Management. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Ms Prabhu has been the Vice Principal, Head of Department, IGCSE Programme Coordinator and more recently the Head of Middle School [Grades 6-10] of Indus International School Bangalore.

Ms Prabhu loves working with the Indus students, faculty, staff, parents and community and is committed to ensuring that the school works towards unlocking every student’s potential. She believes in the concept of being a ‘warm demander’- setting high expectations while providing a nurturing, structured and enriched environment that supports students in achieving these expectations. Ms Prabhu also believes that parents/guardians are important partners in every child’s education and in their journey to success in every aspect of school life.

Outside of work, Ms Prabhu enjoys reading, photography, backpacking across different parts of the country, spending time with her family and their three pet dogs. 

Mr. Sushil Mantri


Mr. Sushil Mantri, the Chairman & Managing Director of Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd, is an outstanding personality in the world of realty, housing, & construction. He is a visionary with an astute and resolute sense of enterprise, who has transitioned from being an entrepreneur to an industry trendsetter. As the sole leader of his company, Mr. Mantri motivates and advises his committed team on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, business development & budgeting. His social initiatives reach out to schools in India, especially for those those that cater to less privileged. His initiatives also include improving aesthetics of public properties.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli


Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist, and visionary in the field of storage networks. He is the co-author and driving force behind Fibre Channel, an evolutionary technology that enabled the development of production-class Storage Area Networks (SAN’s). He is also the Co-founder and former CTO of Brocade Communications; Co-founder, Chairman and CSO of InMage Systems; and the CSO of LeadFormix. In February 2003, Malavalli was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council’s Hall of Fame, for his significant contributions towards technology. Kumar’s philanthropy in the field of education extends from digital learning centers in rural India to American institutions of higher education. He also established the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair in Storage Systems Research, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-founded Indus Scholastic Management Services. Furthermore, he also serves as a trustee to Indus International Schools. His contributions towards promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness philosophy of the school are rather significant and make Indus one of the top international schools in Pune.

Professor Shivram Malavalli


He is currently Chairman, Indian Institute of Production Engineers; Senior Advisor at World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises, and General Secretary of the Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association. Professor Shivram Malavalli guides all the ICT and Telecommunication initiatives at Indus, shaping it into one of the best international schools in Bangalore, with remarkable technological capability. He was honoured in China for his contribution towards the growth of small & medium enterprises – both in India and abroad, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME) in China.

H. B. Jairaj


Mr. H B Jairaj, the Chairman of HRB Group of companies, has an MBA (Finance) from Case Western Reserve University, USA, and is a prominent industrialist from Karnataka. Mr. Jairaj has guided his group of organizations into successful ventures across diverse enterprises. His group’s various interests include real estate, hotels/serviced apartments, restaurants, and healthcare facilities. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to many aspiring entrepreneurs; he instills in them, a commitment to excellence while sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the lot. He is an active member and trustee of many prestigious associations, including the Karnataka State Cricket Association, the Bangalore Turf Club, and the Indian Red Cross Society. At Indus, he is at the helm of strategic and financial planning, paving our way up on the list of best schools in Pune.