Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil
Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil Chairman of the DY Patil Group

An educationist, who founded the group's growing number of international schools and vast Knowledge City campus – a hub for engineering, healthcare, law, film, architecture, auto design and more.

His roles as President and Pro-Chancellor of the group's universities in Pune and Navi Mumbai respectively, reveal a deep personal interest in the educational cause. His appointment as Chairman of the Central Board for Workers Education by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in India gives an indication of the wider contribution he has made in the field of education. Read more about Dr Patil and the DY Patil Group here

Surbhi Shah
Surbhi Shah Delegated on-site board member

Surbhi Shah brings business nous to the board. She understands the intricacies of running a successful organization, which she applies to everyday school life.

Dr. Jaipaul Singh
Dr. Jaipaul Singh Professor of Physiology at University of Central Lancashire, UK

With a teaching and research career spanning 45 years, Dr Singh is highly experienced in recruitment, training, module development and quality assurance.

Michael Thompson Head of School

Michael Thompson was born in Nottingham, U.K. and educated at Leeds University before beginning his teaching career in Oxfordshire. He joined international education at International School Moshi, Tanzania where he served as Head of P.E. and Outdoor Pursuits, Head of Boarding, Head of Secondary and Deputy Head.

He then served as Head of Geography in an inner-city school in Leeds, U.K. before returning to international education as Second Head at International School Eerde, a Secondary boarding school in Eastern Netherland where there was a strong focus on languages and outdoor pursuits. Michael was then promoted to his first headship at the Sandford English Community School in Ethiopia.

He then moved to the Westwood International School, Botswana and to India in 2005 as Director of Mercedes-Benz International School, Pune, where he became an expert on the three academic programmes of the IB.

Michael is a firm believer in school improvement through self-study and the accreditation process and has served for over twenty years, as a CIS and NEASC accreditation team leader and report reader. Recently he served as Director of Schools for JBCN International Schools in Mumbai, India before joining D Y Patil International School Belgium in Aartselaar.

Advisory Board

Dr. Makarand Jawadekar
Dr. Makarand Jawadekar

Dr. Makarand Jawadekar is presently a member of the Board of Advisors of Saama Technologies, Inc., a leading clinical analytics company in California, USA. He is also a Governing Board Member of Ajeenkya DY Patil University, Pune.

He was formerly a Director, Portfolio Management and Analytics, Pfizer, Inc. at Groton-New London, CT. In the recent past, he was responsible for Benchmarking R&D Portfolio for Pfizer, working with Benchmarking Forums (CMR/KMR), Drug Delivery Technology Assessment function involving external "Drug Delivery" technologies. He has extensive experience in creating and cultivating external partnerships and alliances for drug delivery technologies for Pfizer Global R&D. He began his professional career at Pfizer Central Research in early 1982, after having completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota.

With a continuous 28 years of experience in Pfizer, he had been also been engaged in creating new alliances, JVs, partnerships and M&A of companies with Pharmaceutical manufacturing, R&D activities with external partners/service providers. He also serves on the prestigious global "Judging Panel"/ Executive Review Board instituted by IBC/ InformaPharma Group for their Annual Pharmaceutical Annual Achievement Awards, as well as European Outsourcing Awards by Via-Media Ltd. He also is on the Editorial Advisory Board for monthly publication namely, "Pharmaceutical Technology Europe.

He was presented with the "M.L. Khorana Memorial Lecture of the Year Award" at the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress held in New Delhi, India, in December 2001 for his Presentation on "Advances in Drug Development and Delivery Systems with a Focus on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights". In Feb 2011, he received an honorary Doctorate from DYP Mumbai University.

Hrridaysh Deshpande
Hrridaysh Deshpande

Hrridaysh has been in the field of education for over 24 years. Presently, Hrridaysh is the member of Governing Body & Director of Ajeenkya DY Patil University.

He is associated with the India Design Council (IDC) as its consultant advisor. IDC is a national strategic body of Government of India established under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion. Under the aegis of IDC he is spearheading India Design Mark program in cooperation with Good Design Award, Japan. He has been the jury member at Good Design Awards, Japan for 2013, 14,15 and 17 editions. He has been the jury member for world’s largest student design competition – Taiwan International Student Design Competition in 2015 and 2017.

He is the member of CII National Committee on Design. He has authored three India Design Reports published in 2009, 2011 and 2014. He has been curating, planning and executing the CII NID Design Summit for the last 6 years. In the year 2011, he helped CII initiate the CII Design Excellence Awards and has been managing these awards since then. During his work with CII he also helped to initiate the CII Industrial Innovation Awards in 2014. Recently he authored a report on “Future of Design Education in India” published by the British Council in India.

Over the years Hrridaysh has acquired proficiency in business innovation strategy and design driven Innovation. He focuses on structured innovation practices for organizational innovation via appropriate tools, methods and processes. Hrridaysh has worked on several committees on innovation and has been a speaker at many prestigious forums. Through his work, Hrridaysh has assisted leading companies across a range of industries. He edited a compilation of 4 volumes of Indian Innovation Case Studies for Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Hrridaysh is an experienced, enthusiastic, and energetic educator and innovation facilitator. He is passionately committed to education and capable of expanding the limits of traditional pedagogy through the development and realization of a unique integrative and interdisciplinary curriculum.