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Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.)

PVSM, VSM, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management, and the social transformation of those who have been alienated.

As CEO of the Indus Trust, he provides the vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and institutions. He is responsible for long-term perspective planning, leadership training, teacher development programmes, integrating parents, children and community, and implementing the Trust's social responsibilities.

Lt. General Arjun Ray is a graduate from the prestigious Staff College at Camberlay, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. In 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. As part of Operation Sadbhavana (Goodwill), he set up 13 Sadbhavana schools, 11 Women's Empowerment Centres, and 60 Adult Education Centres for non-literate women along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. He provided free education and pastoral care in Bangalore colleges to 125 Ladakhi girls.

In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest award 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.

In his second calling - international school education - he has set up three International Baccalaureate Schools, the Leadership School, the Indus Training and Research institute, and the world's first Equal Opportunity School for children living below the poverty line. The latter is in sync with his belief that schools must have a social objective; they cannot just be centres of academic excellence. IB World has recently acclaimed the General as one of the six IB World School Leaders rethinking education, especially by making high quality education affordable to the poor. Education World has also named him one of the 50 game-changers in education in India.

Lt. General Arjun Ray has been awarded the Education Today Life Time Achievement Award 2018 for his incredible contribution in the field of education. He is an exemplary learner, teacher and leader with a vision and strategies to bring innovation in education.

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Major Deepak Raj (Retd.) - Chief Instructor

Principal Consultant and Coach

Deepak, a founding member of ISL, has straddled the design and delivery of leadership experiential programs spanning from sixth graders to corporate leaders. His real life experience in counter insurgency, jungle warfare coupled with his corporate stint helps him cross-pollinate ideas for insightful interactions. He revels in getting his team together to deliver form and content tailor-made to organizational needs without failing to compel audiences for an enriched living.

Amongst other accreditations, he is a certified executive coach by ICF, a certified NLP practitioner by ABNLP, rope course expert, a mountaineer, an avid biker, and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is a certified trainer on advanced facilitation and experiential education by Project Adventure USA and ACCT, USA.

Capt. Mohit Tomar (Retd.)

Leadership Trainer

An ex-Army officer and an IIM alumnus, with a diverse experience ranging from military to corporate. As a Leadership trainer and an Inspirational speaker, he lives his cause of unlocking human potential by weaving his innovative techniques and vast experience into his training programs. His book, ‘When Journey Becomes the Goal” is one of the bestsellers on

He is Level I certified by ACCT, USA for conducting Challenge Course programs, by Project Adventure, USA, in advanced facilitation for portable adventure, and by MDIS, Singapore in ‘Train the Trainer’ skills. He is an avid mountaineer and qualified in advanced mountaineering techniques. When he is not training, he enjoys reading, running, and speaking assignments.

Major Sunil Dagar (Retd.)

Leadership Trainer

An astute and result oriented professional with over 15 years of demonstrated success both with the Indian Armed forces and corporate. An alumnus of MDI Gurgaon, Symbiosis Pune, and Officers’ Training Academy, he has served in the insurgency and high altitude areas. He is one of the very few expert ammunition technical officers (ATO)   in the country. He has been conferred twice with a gold medal by the Governor of Haryana for overall excellence at school and also awarded a gold medal for the best officer to be commissioned in the Army Ordnance Corps.

Amongst other credentials, he has played soccer at the national level including the prestigious Subroto Mukherjee cup. He is a graduate in economics from Hansraj College (DU).

His sound technical knowledge coupled with rich experience in managing corporate houses brings in a fine blend of adventure, leadership, and management to our programs.

Capt. Supriya Patil (Retd)

Leadership Trainer

Captain Supriya a seasoned trainer with vast experience in leading soldiers in arduous terrain and managing logistics. Having served as a training officer, she effortlessly stitches life skills into her programs. As a recognition for her grit and conviction, she has been revered with the certificate of merit from the Indian Army.

She is certified as “Advance Facilitator” by Project Adventure (USA), certified Master “Train the Trainer” from Bodhih Training Solutions (India), DiSC certified from Strengthscape (India), certified scuba diver (PADI, open water, South Africa) and certified skydiver from South African School for Skydiving. Her adventurous disposition has led her to accomplish numerous treks including the lower Himalayan hiking camps. Among other accreditation, she has successfully completed a course in parasailing and microlight aircraft from the Army Adventure Wing. She is a graduate in commerce from the University of Pune and a college graduation topper.

She thoroughly enjoys wildlife safaris, nature walks and exploring new places and takes pride working as a volunteer with Bhumi (An NGO for underprivileged children)

Mr. Arvind Sherpa

Assistant Leadership Trainer

Mr. Arvind Sherpa is an experienced and tough mountaineer with over a year of experience as an instructor at Tata Steel Foundation, Jamshedpur. He is a qualified skier, mountaineer, expert in rope course, rafting, kayaking and rock climbing. Amongst the many expeditions he has lead, the most notable would include Mt. Island Peak & Lobuche East in Nepal Himalayas with international clientele from Hong Kong, USA, and Korea.

Amongst other accreditations, he is a level I certified trainer for conducting Challenge Coursed Programs by ACCT, USA, Portable adventure & Advanced facilitation by Project Adventure, USA, Mountaineering courses from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling, Advance Mountaineering & Search and Rescue from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering , Skiing Course from Directorate and Mountaineering and Elite sports, Manali, Para Sailing from National Adventure Foundation, Parasailing from Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, Winter Trekking expedition in Dalhousie from the Youth Hostel Association of India Himachal chapter, Jungle Trekking expedition in Satpura Forest Range Panchmarhi from the Youth Hostel Association of India Madhya Pradesh Chapter.

Mr. Dangi Shailendra Singh

Administrator and Trainer

Mr. Dangi, with seventeen years of experience in the Indian Navy is an avid observer of group dynamics and team-building. He is a graduate in science and a post graduate in Health and Safety.

He is among the founding members of the school and is a certified trainer (ACCT, USA and Project Adventure USA). He has more than 1500 hours of extensive training experience. He is responsible for all the facilities at Indus School of Leadership.

Mr. Praveen Singh Rana

Assistant Leadership Trainer

Praveen is a qualified mountaineer and holds certification in Basic Mountaineering and Advance Mountaineering Course, Method of Instruction, and artificial wall climbing course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Uttarkashi.

With over 4 years with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, He has hands on experience in outdoor leadership programs with varied corporate and B school clients. With experience from Inme, Altitude Expedition Pvt. Ltd. in school programs and at NIM as a guest instructor. He is a passionate experiential trainer.

Amongst other credentials, Mr. Rana is a post graduate in Management from UTU Dehradun and is certified by IL& FS skills school, Dehradun in MASTERY Generic training skills program

Mr. Mitesh Singh

Assistant Leadership Trainer

Mr Mitesh Singh, a graduate in commerce,has a wide range of experience in corporate and adventure. Having worked with Genpact for seven years in Risk Management and CAT modelling. He has varied experience in training and other aspects of individual and team development.

His unmatched passion for travelling and outdoors inspired him transition into the field of adventure based training. He has been instrumental in setting up a company involved in eco tourism in Uttarakhand. He has also organized and conducted trekking expeditions for schools and corporations in Uttarakhand.

He is a qualified mountaineer, certified in basic mountaineering course from NIM, Uttarkashi and also a green belt certified six sigma quality. He is an avid traveler, having travelled extensively the length and breadth of the country he brings a fine blend cultural heritage, sense of belonging and oneness in the programmes.

Ms Rama Thakur

Assisstant Leadership Trainer

Ms. Rama is an experienced mountaineer and ropes course expert. She is certified in outdoor leadership certification in Basic and Advance Mountaineering, Method of Instruction & Grass Skiing Course from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali. She was awarded Best Trainee in Basic and Advance Mountaineering Courses.

She has over 4 years of experience as a Visiting Instructor at ABVIMAS Manali, 3 years of experience as Outdoor Instructor at INME. She also participated in Golden Jubilee Expedition organized by ABVIMAS to Mt. Leo Pargial (6791 M.), Second Highest Peak in Himachal Pradesh, Zaskar Range, Kinnaur, (H.P). Among other peaks scaled by her are Mt. Friendship (5290 M) at Manali (H.P) and Mt. Yunam (6111 M) at Lahaul and Spiti Valley (H.P).

Amongst other credentials, she has also worked as a consultant for 4 years with D2 Consult ICT JV, engaged with “Border Road Organization” for the construction of Rohtang Pass Highway Tunnel (8.8KM) the longest tunnel at an altitude above 3000M.

Colonel Sathya Rao (Retd.)

Director, Senior Consultant and Coach

He is a silver medalist from the Officers' Training Academy with vast experience in counter-insurgency and peace-keeping operations. He has great organizational skills and is known for his multi-tasking capabilities. He is also the Director Special Projects at Indus Trust and has a decade of experience in setting up International Schools and monitoring the operations of all Indus Educational Institutions

He is a certified trainer from Project Adventure, USA and a certified executive coach from International Coaching Federation. He has excelled in sports and has represented the country in badminton.

He has been instrumental in establishing the Indus School of Leadership at Yellagiri in 2010 and relocating the school to Kanakpura in 2018.

Mr. H.B. Jairaj


Mr. H B Jairaj is the Chairman of HRB Group of companies, he has an MBA (Finance) from Case Western Reserve University, USA, and is one of the most successful industrialists in the State of Karnataka. Some of his companies are, Orchid Greens, Orchid Suites, Indra Hotels and Gemini distilleries. He is an active member and trustee of several associations and clubs. He is responsible for the strategic and financial planning of the School.

Dr. Kumar Malavalli


Kumar Malavalli is an entrepreneur, renowned philanthropist and visionary in the field of storage networks. He is the co-author and the driving force behind Fibre Channel, an evolutionary technology that enabled the development of production-class storage area networks. In 1995, he co-founded Brocade Communications, a leading provider of storage area networking infrastructure, and served as its CTO for many years. Currently, Dr Malavalli is the CEO of InMage Systems, a data protection company which he co-founded, and he is currently Chairman of the Board. As a trustee, he contributes significantly in promoting the Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Wellness philosophy of the school.

Dr. Malavalli is the first Indian to be inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

Professor Shivram Malavalli


Professor Malavalli is the Chairman of Indian Institute of Production Engineers; Senior Advisor to World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, and General Secretary of Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks Association. Mr. Shivaram guides all the IT and communication programmes of the School. He has been recently honoured with recognition in China for his contribution towards the growth of small and medium enterprises - nationally and internationally, by the World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (WASME).

Mr. Sushil Mantri


Mr. Sushil Mantri the Chairman and Managing Director of Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. is an outstanding personage in the field of real estate development. He is a visionary with an astute sense of enterprise. Mr Mantri advises on all matters concerning governance, infrastructure, and business development and budgeting.