• Commander Arun Kumar Mishra

    close Chief Executive Officer

    Commander Arun Kumar Mishra is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and IIT Kharagpur. He joined Indian Navy in 1994 and holds B. Tech (Mechanical) from Naval College of Engineering and M.Tech (Industrial Engineering and Management) from IIT Kharagpur. He was selected for management program and has completed PGDMS from Jamnalal Bajaj University, Mumbai.


    Commander Mishra has a distinguished Naval service of twenty-two years. During naval career, he has served as instructor at the Naval College of Engineering, Production Manager at Naval Dockyard, Chief Engineer Officer of frontline warships, Staff Engineer Officer, and Director (Projects) at Naval Headquarter. He has been awarded with Best positive living officer during specialisation course, Best instructor, commendation from Chief of Naval staff and Commander-in Chief for exemplary service.

    Commander Arun joined Dakshana Foundation in Mar 2016. He served DIETF as Chief Admin and Chief Academic Officer for five years. He has been carrying out the duties of CEO since Nov 2020. He is currently pursuing Leadership and Change Management Program from IIM Lucknow.

  • Deepayan Nayak

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    Deepayan Nayak was a Dakshana Scholar at JNV Bengaluru Urban and joined Dakshana fresh out of college in 2016. He graduated with B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Suratkhal, Karnataka. [READ MORE]

    Deepayan has been actively involved in Dakshana activities through the Dakshana Alumni Network (DAAN) and has served as Vice President on the DAAN Council. Deepayan now handles Academics and Selections at Dakshana and manages the NDST & JDST annually. Deepayan is adept at analysing and finding logical solutions to every problem.
    Deepayan is a foodie and loves experimenting with new recipes. He also enjoys travelling, trekking and is a fun person to be with.

  • Colonel Ram K. Sharma

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    Colonel Ram K. Sharma joined the National Defence Academy in December 1957, after high school from Colvin Taluqdars’ College, Lucknow. After four years of training, including one year at IMA, Dehradun, he was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery. He took early retirement in 1993, after having front-line experience in three wars. [READ MORE]

    He started his own business after hanging up the uniform. After a successful stint of nearly six years, due to a personal tragedy, he decided to close the business. He has since been trying to contribute towards the education of bright but needy students. Dakshana was the natural follow-through after meeting Mohnish Pabrai in April 2009.

  • Monsoon Pabrai

    close Vice President

    Monsoon Pabrai is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Drew Investment Management, Inc. Drew Investment Management manages two funds that are modeled after the Buffett partnerships. Prior, Monsoon was an Investment Analyst at Dalton Investments, an Asia-focused hedge fund where she spent her time studying Indian public equities, and a Strategy Lead at Coral Labs, a Y-Combinator robotics start-up. [READ MORE]

    Monsoon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, with a concentration in International Relations.

    Since 2010, Monsoon has made frequent field trips to Dakshana Scholar homes and various JNVs running Dakshana’s program for impoverished students in India studying to gain admission into the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). She has traveled extensively to remote areas of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Puducherry, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Kerala.

  • Colonel V K Haryal

    close Chief Administrative Officer

    Colonel Virender Kumar Haryal , retired from the Indian Army at a pivotal rank of Colonel, having rendered 35 years of valiant service. [READ MORE]

    Colonel Haryal has been involved in many difficult operations during his service. He has a Master’s degree in Management. With a vast and rich experience of all facets of life, Colonel Haryal has always kept honesty, integrity, uprightness to the commitment with discipline on top of his life’s agenda. During his earlier stint with Dakshana, his contribution was greatly appreciable. At Dakshana, Colonel Haryal heads the administration of the Dakshana Campus at Kadus Village, Pune. Under his leadership and tight control, the campus administration works with the utmost discipline and efficiency.

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