Samar das

Samar Das (President)

Samar is PGP 1983 and Founder & CEO of C3Research, an advanced marketing research company based in Orlando and New York. He has deep experience in enabling brand, business and customer service transformation across the media and entertainment, financial services, healthcare and consumer retail industries. Prior to founding C3Research in 2002, he was an award winning marketing professor at the University of Central Florida, teaching MBA courses on marketing strategy and Ph.D. seminars on Consumer Behavior. Samar began his marketing career with Berger Paints India, where as the national marketing manager he led a team to launch several successful national brands.

Narayan TM (Vice President)

Narayan manages Cognizant’s business with retail consumer goods clients in the midwest. He is 2000 batch graduate of IIMA (Dorm 10) and has worked across multiple geographies (South East Asia, UK and US) during his career span. Narayan is married with 2 children, and lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Vidyanand Krishnan (Secretary)

Vidyanand is PGP-2006 (Dorm 17) and currently based out of San Francisco Bay Area. He is with Walmart’s Online Grocery Business and manages new channel development and expanding these channels to new markets. He is quite passionate about the institute and believe a well-connected alumni network will play a significant role in taking IIMA’s role in management practice around the world

Nirav Kanakia (Treasurer)

Nirav a PGPX 2007, works as Global Market Manager, he focuses on Money Market funds and Global regulatory impact on Cash management for multi nationals. At Citi, Nirav has just published Market Guides for Treasuries, a primer for liquidity management and inhouse banking across 70+ markets. 

some of his hobbies / other activities are

  • Understanding implication of technology and  regulation (such as SEC MMF reform, Basel III) on banking and how would a next generation bank look like with the advent on Fin tech growth
  • Learning and Teach Vedic Math to 3rd and 4th graders, exploring books on Indian history, American history, Upanishads and other Vedic literature


Atul Kumar (EC Member)

Atul Kumar ( is PGP 2001 from Dorm 18 at IIM Ahmedabad. He is CEO &  Co-Founder of A++ Ventures, is a Multipreneur. An Intrapreneur by day, Social activist/intrapreneur by night and aspiring author, keynote speaker by weekend. .He just relocated to San Jose, California after a decade in Greater New York City. He is Co-Founder and Curator of Healthy2050, BEN (Bharat Entrepreneurs Network, Bihar Entrepreneur Network), JEN (Jharkhand Entrepreneur Network) besides corporate roles with GE Capital, Genpact, Accretive Health, Infosys and Virtusa. He is passionate about collecting, connecting, curating ideas, ideals and networks to help serve causes. He cares deeply about Bharat, IIM, SST, Bihar, Jharkhand, New York City, Silicon Valley, Innovation, Freedom & Health. Life time member of SAJA ( South Asian Journalist Association) . He is writing a book on "Network Quotient"

Anil Gupta (EC Member)

Dr. Anil K. Gupta is the Dingman Chair in Strategy at the Smith Business School, University of Maryland. Widely regarded as among the world’s leading experts on strategy and globalization, he is ranked byThinkers50 as “one of the world’s most influential living management thinkers” and named by The Economist as a "superstar" for research on emerging economies.

Nitin Shinde (EC Member)

Nitin Shinde, PGP 2000 (Dorm 5) is a seasoned sales leader, currently driving growth in the Hi-tech industry for Steelwedge, a cloud-based Integrated Business Planning company. A father of two young boys, he is based in San Francisco and enjoys golf, motorcycles and volunteering in the field of primary education.

Nish Kamthan (EC Member)

Nish Kamthan is PGP 2004 and is currently based in the New York area with Atos - a global technology services provider. He is a big believer in the lifelong value of the IIMA experience and would like to see a bigger and better-networked IIMA Alumni community in North America that is an active stakeholder in the success of the institute. 

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