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Board of Advisors

Dr P K Bala

Dean (Academics), Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi Chairperson, Business Analytics Center, Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi

Dr Pradip Kumar Bala is the Dean (Academics) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi. He is also the Chairperson of the “Business Analytics Centre” at IIM Ranchi. Prior to IIM Ranchi, he has worked at Tata Steel, IIT Roorkee, and XIM Bhubaneswar.

Dr Bala holds Ph.D., M. Tech. and B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His doctoral work was on “Designing Inventory Replenishment Policies in Retail Management with the applications of Data Mining techniques”.

Dr Bala’s teaching and research interests include Business Analytics, Logistics & Inventory Management, and Quality & Six Sigma practices.

Dr Bala has published research papers in many reputed national & international journals. He has conducted many Management Development Programs (MDPs), and has offered consultancy to various organizations.

Dr Bala is the recipient of the Best Professor Award in Operations Management at the World Education Congress, 2013.

Dr M J Xavier

Founding Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi Executive Director, Vellore Institute of Technology

Dr M J Xavier is the Founding Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi, and currently holds the position of Executive Director at the Vellore Institute of Technology. He has designed the curriculum for IIM Ranchi based on the motto of “Thought leadership through Erudite Fusion”.

Earlier, Dr Xavier has served as a Research Executive in Mode Research Pvt Ltd, Calcutta, and as a Manager in charge of Management Development & Services with SPIC Ltd, Chennai.

With more than 25 years of professional experience in teaching, research, academic administration and industry, Dr Xavier specialises in Marketing Research and Strategic Marketing. His areas of interest include Marketing Research, Data Mining, e-Governance and Spirituality.

Dr Xavier has held faculty positions at XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM Bangalore, IFMR Chennai, and the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. He has served as a visiting faculty to a number of business schools in India and abroad, including the University of Buckingham (UK), the Texas Christian University (USA), the California Polytechnic State University (USA), and the American University of Armenia (Armenia).

Dr Xavier has conducted a number of training programs for executives, and has also been a consultant to several companies in India and abroad. He has authored three books, and has published over a hundred articles in journals & magazines in India and abroad. His book, “Marketing in the New Millennium”, won the DMA-Escorts Award for the Best Management Book of the Year, 1999.

Dr Xavier is a recipient of the Chanakya Award for Innovative Leadership, 2012, and the Amity Academic Excellence Award, 2012.

Dr Arka Mukherjee

Founder & CEO, Global IDs Inc

Dr Arka Mukherjee is the Founder & CEO of Global IDs Inc, a data-management software company based in Princeton, New Jersey. Under his leadership, the company has developed software products for Enterprise Information Management (EIM), Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Governance, which are used by Fortune 500 companies across the globe.
Prior to starting Global IDs, Dr Mukherjee was a Principal at IBM in the Business Intelligence practice. He has also worked at several consulting firms like Accenture and KPMG.

Dr Mukherjee’s core intellectual focus is the development of software to understand complex data environments. To that end, he has created semi-autonomous software systems that can semantically integrate information from very large data landscapes.

Dr Mukherjee holds an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Computational Chemistry, where he worked on the vibrational analysis of heme.

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