Board of Directors
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, You are a Leader !
Professor Steyn Heckroodt
Dean of Academic Affairs
Having worked in more than 30 countries in the fields of Strategy and Leadership; Prof Steyn Heckroodt brings a wealth of experience and expertise when interacting with organizational leaders globally. Working with world-class institutions such as Harvard Business School Publishing, Geneva Business School, Swiss Business School and York St. John University (UK) and Leoron Professional Development Institute, he has contributed to the development and execution of programs/degrees in the fields of Leadership, Strategy, Systems Thinking and Supply Chain Management.
His approach and methodology are best known for the focus he places on developing individual greatness, leading people to exceed as team players and to become organizational innovators. His passion is driven by his ability to inspire leaders to think differently about the challenges of the 21st Century and learn through self-reflection and engagement with others. Through the development of the Connected Leadership Framework®™ he challenges leaders to act in an empowered manner with increased confidence in decision making as well as a higher level of responsibility and accountability.
Dealing with the impact of evolving Industrial Revolutions and the Internet of Things, he guides organizations in taking strategic decisions that considers the fusion of people and technology in the world of work. Along with that, he assists organizations in dealing with the change impact of the Industrial Revolutions and enables leaders to take a more long-term view of their future plans with a focused sensitivity on environmental sustainability and next generation employment challenges.
Finally, he is best known amongst his peers as someone who firmly believes in continuous lifelong learning and with this in mind, he publishes widely in the range of topics that he teaches on and is also a practicing consultant.
Harvard Business School Publishing Moderator, Vice-President of a UAE University, Creator of the Connected Leadership Framework®™
Bibin currently heads the organization. His interests lie in the area of business development and is actively involved in HR and Finance operations. The role encompasses identifying and prospecting vital corporate and individual leads of learners.
At a young age, Bibin took up the responsibilities of running multiple ventures involving distribution of items in the building materials industry. He has sat on the board of 4 companies managed under a single umbrella. He has extensive experience in growing businesses from scratch. Bibin has travelled several countries and is passionate about exploring newer places.
He has been in Middle East with his family and has stayed in KSA and UAE for 24 years and has good know how of the cultural sensitivities of the region. He has a very supportive family and would love to see a world without borders.
Director of Academics and Strategic Alliance
The role encompasses studying, identifying and prospecting, vital linkages of the institute to universities and corporates thus covering entire chain of operations. She has completed her Bachelors in commerce and Masters in Marketing Management from University of Mumbai in 2002.
She has been actively employed since her college days. She has been associated with several organizations like Safexpress, H&R Johnson, and Henkel India in business development functions thus realizing that client relations are extremely crucial to any organization.
She joined her family in 2007 and moved to UAE and began her stint in education sector by joining leading business school ranked by FT, SPJain school of Global management where she was working in Academics specialized in Marketing. She secured critical alliances with CIM with the university for delivering level 6 and 7 programs. She also took lead in marketing and promoting the program and securing apt faculty for the course. She contributed in alumni cell, admission department and developing industry interface program for the students. She was instrumental in securing internship opportunities and also guiding on their project work in the area of Marketing. She has also assisted in conducting customized programs for corporates.
She later joined IMT University in Dubai, a leading recognized higher education provider in Middle East as Manager of Career Services and headed the department in 2 years. She was instrumental in fostering relations with corporates to secure internship and full time roles for management students. To ensure maximum placements, she conducted training sessions in personality development, resume building, career guidance and mock interview roles. She conducted various events, guest lectures, industry visits and round table conferences to ensure application based learning for the students. She has initiated faculty-industry partnership so that the tutors get an opportunity to draw live cases from corporate world.
Her passion remains in developing industry specific programs and preparing leaders for corporate world who are happy and responsible citizens in contributing to society at large.
She has a very supportive family and believes in being a ‘human being’ who will be remembered for her deeds.
Director of Admissions and Operations
Management. His interests lie in area of overall operations and marketing.
His current role involves developing strategy, identifying potential programs, researching on learning needs of aspirants in the market.
He has taken up work after completing school and has grown from a field market researcher to a
full-time senior professional in academic operations.
Krunal has completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Geneva Business School,
Switzerland & Masters in Commerce specializing in Business Management from Mumbai University, India. He is currently pursuing PhD from Banasthali University, India and his research area is learner satisfaction in higher education institutes.
He has been actively involved in sports and various events at school and college.
Krunal has over 18 years of experience in education from managing a premier school to private
coaching center to handling marketing and admissions function of international branch campus in
He is a seasoned professional with experience of handling various aspects of administration and
enrollment related functions, preparing various reports & statutory compliance with planning and
organizational skills and has held business development drives through various countries in Middle
East. His passion in business development and human relations clearly defines the ethos of the organization thus promoting transparency and lively environment through the group.
Krunal has a very supportive family and counts on making difference to as many people as he can.
Dr. Pooja Joshi
Associate Professor and Program Chairperson
She has been faculty and student advisor at Graduate and Postgraduate level in the UAE Universities namely; SZABIST & Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University as well as Mumbai University in India.
She has more than eight years of teaching experience in the areas of Business Management &
Commerce. She has supervised several post graduate level thesis and research projects for reputed
American University and has designed and organized academic workshops for various universities.
Her specific area of research is in the field of E-commerce marketing and consumer behaviour.
She believes in constant expansion of knowledge in pursuit of learning. Consequently, she has
undergone training for improvement of teaching-learning process and attended number of seminars.
Apart from presenting conference papers across nations, her research work is published in
International Journal of Research & Technology and European Journals.