Board of Directors

Dr. M P Narayanan - Chairman

Dr. Narayanan is a mining professional with over 40 years of experience and retired from public service as Chairman, Coal India Ltd. He served as Chairman, Neyvelli Lignite Corporation Ltd. and Chairman, Environmental Appraisal Committee for Industries, Ministry Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Dr. Narayanan is recognized worldwide as a dynamic leader and highly successful CEO handling the most challenging and difficult assignments. He turned around the Indian Coal industry during his tenure as Chairman of Coal India Ltd. and is widely recognized for leading the rescue effort for 65 miners after a massive mine collapse. He was named among the 40 most influential CEOs by Fortune. Dr. Narayanan has been a leader and pioneer in the field of mapping and mapping policy working closely with the Government of India in the growth of the sector. He has also been in the fore-front of movement towards e-governance and bringing the benefits of ICT technology for the public good and thereby bridging the Digital Divide.

  • Vice Chairman, World Mining Congress
  • Chairman, GIS Development
  • Former Chairman, Coal India Ltd., Neyveli Lignite Co.
  • Former Chairman, Ministry of Environment, Environmental Appraisal Committee
  • President, All Indian Movement for SEVA
  • President, Centre for Science Development & Media Studies

Javed Yunus - Director

Mr. Yunus started his career with Rockfeller Foundation where he was a Research Fellow until recently he was the Executive Director of IFCI Ltd. Some of his past and current positions include:

  • Chairman - IFCI Venture Capital Funds, MPCON Ltd., HIMCON Ltd. and HARDICON Ltd.
  • Director - Uflex Ltd., Tourism Finance Corp of India Ltd., GIC Housing Finance Ltd., Heidelberg Cement Ltd.
  • Non-Executive Independent Director - Oswal Spinning & Weaving Mills Ltd.

Vikram Khurana - President, Americas

Mr. Khurana is the founder and CEO of Prudential Consulting Inc. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked with Toronto Dominion Bank in Commercial Credit. Since then, he has founded many India-centric businesses. He has been an advisor, consultant and served on the board of numerous multinational companies and community organizations.

Mr. Khurana is an active participant in a variety of community fundraising activities for worthy causes such as schools for underprivileged children, and long term aid initiatives for Haiti. In 2011, Mr. Khurana Co-Chaired the first Diwali gala to raise friends and funds for the Emergency Department at Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospital. Recently, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and work in the community. Among other community involvements, he is an honorary Ambassador of the Province of New Brunswick, and the Regional Convenor of the Canada-India Foundation, a stakeholder group that provides policy perspectives on Canada-India relations. He also serves on the Board of the Museum of Hindu Civilization.

  • Founder & CEO, Prudential Consulting, Inc.
  • Board member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC)
  • Advisory Board member of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member of India Research and Policy Institute at University of Waterloo
  • Honorary Board member at Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation, Toronto
  • Board member of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

Madhukar Nilmani - Director

Dr. Madhukar Nilmani - Director

Dr. Nilmani is well known to Minerals & Metals Industry worldwide for his contributions. Following his doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from University of London, UK, he held senior positions with British Steel Corporation UK, Energy Mines & Resources, Canada and was invited as visiting Professors to Trondheim University Norway & McGill University, Montreal. Almost for two decades, he held senior faculty positions at the University of Melbourne Australia where he widely published in international journals & received 2 patents. Dr. Nilmani founded two well known industry based international conferences & Trade Shows series for aluminium Industry "ACHT" in Australia & "ALCASTEK" in India jointly with Reed Elsevier, UK. He received many coveted awards and is a fellow of Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) and Sr Fellow of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

As philanthropist, Dr. Nilmani established a foundation "AAS Centre for Human Hope". In recent years its focus is on solar energy to light up rural India not connected to grid to help kids to study and households to extend working hours after sunset. In the past foundation has carried out extensive work as part of Mahindra & Mahindra CSR project on HIV-AIDS, and NACO & Avert projects funded by World Bank. So far foundation has produced 5 educational films.

R Ramakrishnan - Director

Ram is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Cost &Management Accountant and founder of a’XYKno, a nichecompany focused in sectors like Natural Resources, Energy, Clean Energy, Infrastructureand Railways. a’XYKno has been responsible in bringing policy levelintervention in competitive bidding in certain key sectors of India and moreparticularly in the coal sector.

Ram takes lot of interest in entrepreneurship development and is an active Charter Member & Governing Council Member with TiE, (The IndusEntrepreneur) world’s largest ‘not for profit’ entrepreneurshiporganization founded in Silicon Valley. He is also a passionate mentor and fundraiser for Foundations working on education for the deserving and less-privileged,and currently funding and actively working on a frugal innovative model for reducingInfant and Mother mortality in backward regions of India.

Faisal Syed - Director

  • Chairman – FJS Holdings, Pvt. Ltd.
  • Board Member – i3 Carbon, LLC., Silver Bullet Corporation.
  • Founder & Co –Founder – UCA Group of Companies – UCA Computer Systems, Inc, UCA Services, Inc, UCA Systems, Inc.