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Akhil Shahani[edit | edit source]

Akhil Shahani is an Education Entrepreneur and has been in the education sector for the last 3 decades. He is the Managing Director of The Shahani Group, which runs a range of colleges in areas like business, media, real estate, finance and others. His colleges incorporate global industry-oriented education systems that make their graduates truly employable.[1] He is also a Venture Partner in Kaizen Private Equity, which is India's first private equity fund focused solely on the education sector.

Akhil's work in the non-profit space is also extensive, he is on the advisory board of Unltd India & IDOBRO, which are two incubators supporting social entrepreneurs.[2] He is the Director of the SAGE Foundation & Trustee of The Shahani Trust, which both have a range of charitable initiatives in education. Akhil's family sits on the board of 28 iconic colleges in Mumbai.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Akhil Shahani was born in Mumbai, India to Maya & Kishore Shahani. He studied MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago & completed his PhD from the University of Liverpool, where his thesis was in Student Employability.

Akhil’s family has been in the education space for over 100 years, right from the days of the founder of Shahani group, Dr. Thadomal Shahani, who was the Principal of one of the prominent colleges in Sindh before Partition. However, as these colleges were affiliated to the local state University, Akhil found their education system too much driven by rote learning and not effective in giving students the job skills needed by modern corporates. Hence, he founded the Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management (TSCFM) in 2010 to build the careers of management students via industry driven courses affiliated to Universities in the UK.[3]

Akhil is the recipient of many awards for his work in education like the Jamnalal Bajaj Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, PIMR Outstanding Educationist Award, Rex Karamveer Chakra Gold Award, the Bharat Gaurav Award and the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award among others. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has been extensively profiled in the media.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

He started his career by founding Ajax Communications Pvt Ltd, web enabled software company in 1998 and founded Ajax Knowledge System Pvt Ltd, knowledge management software company in 1999. He is the Partner of East India Paper company, Trustee of Shahani Trust, Managing Director of SAGE Foundation, Venture Partner in Kaizen Management which is India's first private equity fund focusing solely on the education sector.[5]

He is also the Managing Director of the Shahani Group[6], Founder and Director of Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management & Thadomal Shahani Centre for Media & Communication and Group CEO of ask.CAREERS.

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Fair Business Practices, Mar 2015

Council for Fair Business Practices Prestigious award given to companies and NGOs that demonstrate ethical practices. Other winners include Mahindra & Mahindra, ONGC, CRY, Tata Chemicals, ONGC, National Association for the Blind etc.

  • Rex Karamveer Gold Chakra, Mar 2015

International Confederation of NGOs Awarded for his contributions in the education sector

  • PIMR Outstanding Educationist Award, Jan 2015

PIMR Awarded at the 9th PIMR International Conference on Quality in Management, for his contributions in Education and Philanthropy.

  • Innovative B School Award for Industry Interface, Aug 2012

DNA Awarded for being one of the most industry focused business schools in India.

  • Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, Nov 2009

All India National Unity Conference Awarded to commemorate the birth anniversary of India's late Prime Minister to people who have promoted the cause of national unity.

  • Bharat Gaurav Award, Aug 2007

India International Society Awarded in recognition to his contributions in education & entrepreneurship.

  • Bharat Shiromani Award for Education, Aug 2006

Bharat Shiromani Trust The Bharat Shiromani Award, given annually to people who have contributed to society. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama & Sachin Tendulkar.

  • Asia's Who's Who - Men & Women of Achievement

Rifacimento International An annual directory of prominent professionals & business people in Asia.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Education in India".
  2. "How to be a smart entrepreneur".
  3. "Emerging B-School".
  4. "Are MBA Graduates welcomed".
  5. "Private Equity in Education".
  6. "Managing Director - Akhil Shahani".

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