Key Speakers: Higher education and employability

The key speakers from UK and South Asia especially India for the Global Education Dialogue: South Asia series in Mumbai on Higher Education and Employability    

Key Speakers

Manish Sabharwal

Manish Sabharwal is Co-Founder and Chairman of TeamLease Services Private Ltd. Mr. Sabharwal is Co-Founder at Hewitt Outsourcing Services India, Ltd and IndiaLife Hewitt. He serves as Venture Partner at The View Group, L.P. Mr. Sabharwal is an Operating Partner at Gaja Capital Partners. He also co-founded ICap India and India Insure Risk Management. He is a successful serial entrepreneur and experienced operating manager. Mr. Sabharwal has been an Additional Director of Pennar Industries Limited since April 22, 2011. He serves as a Director of ICAP India Private Limited and of India Insure Risk Management & Insurance Broking Services Private Limited. Mr. Sabharwal holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Varun Aggarwal

Varun Aggarwal is Chief Technical Officer and Chief Operating officer at Aspiring Minds. He set up Aspiring Minds which offers customised recruitment assessment and solutions, after completing his Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007. He is also the co-founder of CURE, an organization which works against ragging (hazing) in India. His awards include the HUMIES award in 2006 to develop algorithms which mimic human intelligence and the AWA award for his article on Bose's contribution to invention of radio. He has been a speaker and panellist at various institutions including Harvard University, MIT, INSEAD and IBM Research Center (NYC). He enjoys writing about education and about the history of science.

Professor Chris Rudd

Professor Chris Rudd is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Pro‑Vice‑Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer. Chris began his career in Marine Engineering as a seagoing engineer, and later worked in the automotive industry before completing his PhD at Nottingham. His area of specialist interest is lightweight structures, especially fibre composites and he has developed several innovative processes for turning these unique materials into useful devices. His team works with the transport and medical devices industries to introduce new processes and products. His current portfolio includes alumni, fundraising and everything from public engagement to commercialisation of University intellectual property. His highlights from the past year include launching several new business partnerships with Asian companies as a follow up to the University's successful presence at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Dr Aminullah Amin

Associate Professor Dr. Aminullah Amin has been professor of Kabul University since September 1971. He is member of the Governing Board of South Asian University, member of Master Board/ Kabul University/ University of Massachusetts and member of the National Council on Higher Education.

He has got his Bachelor and master degrees in Math and Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii-USA and his PhD in Administration, Curriculum and Educational Psychology from University of Nebraska- Lincoln- USA.  He worked as Institutional Governance Advisor, Chief Operation Officer in Afghan Technical & Vocational Institute, Manager-Education Save the Children, Ed. National Project Officer- UNDP, Programme Specialist, UNO/ESSP, Dean, College of Education, Kabul University, and Deputy Minister Education.  He has published many articles. He was involved in the development of Basic Competencies of Learning for Afghan Refugee Children in Pakistan. He has carried out some educational research studies and supervised many academic research projects.

Paul D Hannon

Professor Paul Hannon is Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Swansea University. A graduate entrepreneur,  Prof Hannon has helped shape enterprise and entrepreneurship education, support and development in the UK and overseas over the past 30 years. Prof Hannon joined Swansea with a vast range of experiences, his recent roles include - CEO at the UK’s National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (formerly NCGE), president of the UK’s Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, UK expert on the European Commission’s Expert Group on entrepreneurship education in higher education, adviser to entrepreneurship education projects across Europe and a member of the International Advisory Panel for IDEA in Denmark. Furthermore, Prof Hannon has worked at several UK and European Universities. He is the first Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Education at Coventry University , UK’s first Professor of Incubation and Enterprise at Birmingham City University and also the first Kredietbank Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Limburg University in Belgium.

John Clarke

John Clarke is currently Director of Student Services at the University of West of England Birmingham. He had been responsible for line management across all areas of Student Services, including counselling, wellbeing, disability and the Living Centre (Faith and Spirituality) and handled budget over £8 million. Earlier, he had been associated with University of the West of England, Bristol and Thames Valley University, London. Among his various achievements are leading on key strategic change project, range of policy developments including Fitness to Study, Professional Suitability, Student Conduct and Maternity polices besides leading on Employability Strategy. His initiatives helped three UWE students win Xcel Student of the Year awards.


Jan McArthur

Jan McArthur teaches at the University of Edinburgh on courses ranging from first year undergraduates through Masters, doctoral supervision and professional development for academic staff, reflecting her diverse research interests.  She is interested in transcending dichotomies of theory and practice within higher education and broader professional learning. Her principal interests include purposes of higher education, critical theory, critical pedagogy, education and social justice, assessment and feedback in higher education, academic identities and development and disciplines and interdisciplinary spaces in higher education. Jan’s recent research has been on Adorno's Critical Theory and the nature and purposes of higher education, Making Connections:  enabling first year undergraduate engagement for longer term academic achievement, The Importance of Failure:  exploring notions of failure, learning, assessment and feedback and Sharing Control:  student involvement in course design and delivery in HE. She has previously taught Politics and Economic History, been policy analyst in the civil service, worked in student support and dreamt of being a novelist.  

Abhinay Muthoo

Abhinay Muthoo is a professor of economics, and the Head (Chair) of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. He previously taught at the London School of Economics, and at the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and Essex, and spent a year at Harvard. He studied at the London School of Economics and at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Warwick in August 2008, he was at the University of Essex for sixteen years. Abhinay was the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Essex for seven years. During his headship at Essex, he was an ex-officio member of Senate, and was elected to the University of Essex Council on three separate occasions. Abhinay is currently an elected member of the University of Warwick Senate, and has previously been an elected member of the University of Warwick Council. 

Wasif Rizvi


As CEO of Habib University Foundation (H.U.F.), Wasif Rizvi is leading the conceptualizing, designing and managing of Habib University. Under his leadership, Mr. Rizvi initiated several youth development projects from the Foundation’s platform. Before joining H.U.F., Rizvi served as General Manager at Aga Khan Education Services Pakistan, where he was in charge of conceptualizing, designing and implementing educational development programs in schools. He also helped found the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Quetta and Shikshantar, an institute in India, set up to rethink foundations of education and development in South Asia. Mr. Rizvi holds a Master’s degree in International Education from Harvard University, His special interests include topics related to religion and indigenous philosophies and their influence in shaping social, political and economic processes in Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent cultures.

Professor Nigel Weatherill


Professor Weatherill studied at the University of Southampton where he read Mathematics and Aeronautics and obtained a PhD for his work in magnetohydrodynamics.. In 2001 Professor Weatherill was appointed Head of the School of Engineering, a post that he held until November 2007. In 2002 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor with the responsibility for research. In September 2011 he took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications. He is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist. In 1996 he was awarded a DSc from the University of Southampton for his work on computational fluid dynamics. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Khubaib Ahmed

Khubaib Ahmed, Head Human Capital Management, is the human resources head of an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) company Descon Integrated Projects PVT Limited. Known for his abilities and knowledge, he successfully executes strategy and heads the human resources function of a multinational organisation. He has supported managers and teams in achieving their business goals by enhancing their capability to transform business strategy into action, manage people, implement change and build relations with key stakeholders. His areas of expertise include innovative solutions, Thomas recruitment method, change management, talent acquisition, internal talent brokering and organisational design. He was previously HR business partner Customer Services, Telenor Pakistan and Regional Head HR (HRBP) Central Region Telenor Pakistan. Ahmed began his career as a Captain in the Pakistan Army before moving onto HR roles in the private sector.

Dr. Santanu Paul

Santanu drives overall strategy, growth, and execution at TalentSprint. Under his leadership, TalentSprint won six national and international awards in 2011-2013, and raised capital from the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Nexus Ventures. From 2003-2008, Santanu worked at Virtusa Corporation as Senior Vice President for Global Delivery Operations, and Head of Indian Operations. Santanu worked in Boston as Chief Technology Officer of Viveca and Openpages, both venture-backed technology firms. Santanu has a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a Distinguished Fellow of IDRBT (set up by RBI) and Adjunct Professor at IIT-Hyderabad.