• 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, got his B. Tech degree from Naval College of Engineering and later went on to graduate with an M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur. He was also selected for TMC and holds PGDMS from Jamnalal Bajaj University. [READ MORE]

    Cdr. Mishra has a distinguished Naval service of twenty-two years. During his Naval career, he has served as instructor at the Naval College of Engineering, Production Manager at Naval Dockyard, Marine Engineer Officer of frontline warships, and Staff Engineer Officer at Naval Headquarter. Commander Mishra has been awarded with commendation from Chief of Naval staff and Commander-in- Chief (Eastern Command).

  • 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.

  • Colonel Ram K. Sharma

    close CEO - Emeritus

    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.

  • Sharmila Pai

    close Chief Operating Officer

    Sharmila Pai joined Dakshana in January 2010 after spending 20+ years in the corporate world. She brought with her a wealth of experience and a very compassionate nature. She has spent the past ten years at Dakshana and has handled the Dakshana 2-year coaching program and DAAN (Dakshana Alumni Network) with maximum efficiency. [READ MORE]

    Sharmila’s previous employment was as Head–Operations, Sara Beattie Group, India, in the education arm. Prior to that, she was editor of the Super Junior Times, India’s only exclusive monthly newspaper for children and spent 15 years in the field of advertising, communications, and publishing.

    Pai enjoys herself among scholars and alumni alike and is fully committed to her work at Dakshana. Besides work, she enjoys travelling, reading and music. Sharmila believes that being humane is the greatest virtue that can dispel any darkness in the world.

  • Monsoon Pabrai

    close Vice President

    Based in Santa Monica, California, Monsoon Pabrai is a Research Analyst for Dalton Investments' Asia Equity strategy. Monsoon primarily focuses on Indian equities with a long-only strategy. Prior to joining Dalton, Monsoon interned at UCLA Investment Company and New Horizon Investments. Monsoon graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, with a concentration in International Relations. [READ MORE]

    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.

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