Ganesh Kohli — Founder
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher and counselor who has founded, nurtured and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 20 years. An engineer by education, Ganesh started his career teaching Mathematics besides helping families find the best-fit education globally. His journey has led him to visit over 450 colleges and universities, present workshops at 300+ high schools, help 4,000+ students with their higher education decisions and present at numerous global conferences. In 2015, Ganesh stepped back from active involvement in his entrepreneurial ventures to drive initiatives that will have social impact. He supports The Aha Movement and Soul Science Foundation to bring meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. He has also simultaneously envisioned the IC3 movement to impact 175,000 high schools over the next 15 years. Serving as the Chair of IC3, Ganesh has helped build a platform that is providing much-needed focus on career and college counselling within high schools. The IC3 movement now attracts leaders from 500+ educational institutions to its annual conference, has 30 regional events across Asia and supports free education for school teachers to become trained career and college counselors.
Jim McLaughlin — Co-Chair, IC3 Conference
Jim McLaughlin is an educator and lifelong learner at heart, and has dedicated his career to college counseling and student success. He traveled to more than 30 countries during his 15+ years in international admissions and student services at Chestnut Hill College and Drexel University, located in his hometown of Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection.” Prior to joining the IC3 team full-time in September 2019, Jim most recently directed the Office of International Students and Scholars Services at Drexel University where he led a team of eight professionals serving 5,000+ students and scholars. He has been involved with the IC3 Movement since 2016 and has attended every Annual IC3 Conference. Jim has held several IC3 leadership positions, including Chair of both the Outreach Committee (2016-17) and University Committee (2017-18). Jim resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family and currently serves as Co-Chair of the 2020 Annual IC3 Conference.
Aashka Vadalia — Assistant Manager - Projects
As the Assistant Manager - Projects at IC3, Aashka plays a key role in managing committee relations and registrations, as well as coordinating with the sponsors and partners, managing data and providing customer service support for the IC3 Conference. Previously, Aashka worked at a high school as a career counselor for almost seven years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master's diploma in Guidance and Counseling from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She loves to travel, indulge in gastronomic adventures and aspires to someday work in the field of animal welfare.
Amitesh Rawat — Executive Assistant, Office of the Founding President
Amitesh brings consulting and research experience from corporates such as McKinsey and Everest Group. At McKinsey, Amitesh worked across multiple consulting assignments with the India Research team. Amitesh worked as a Senior Analyst with Everest Group in the Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) domain with market entry strategy, product development, publishing white papers and more. He has also served as a teaching associate for the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. Amitesh holds a double specialization Master's in Management from IE Business School, Spain and IIM Calcutta, a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies and Leadership from the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, and a B.A. Honors Economics from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.
Anjali Khavnekar — Director of Process Management and Special Projects
Highly result-driven, Anjali is an energetic and passionate individual with over 15 years of experience in the higher education sector. As Director of Process Management and Special Projects, she drives efficiency across the organization through the adoption and effective use of technology. Anjali completed her Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, and has traveled extensively all over India and also to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Dubai for student recruitment in a prior role. Her passion entails impacting young lives. Anjali is based in Mumbai.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dhvani Rajen Thakkar — Communications Associate
Dhvani coordinates marketing and communications projects that support IC3 events and content. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with double majors in Design and Psychology, and a practical study in Organizational Leadership and Mediation. In 2014, she began a student-led process to improve the campus climate of her university, called Dialogue. This approach brings small groups of people from different backgrounds, ages, and experiences together for a deep conversation. Dialogue transformed her perception of a community’s capacity to engage differences as strengths. That’s where she found her passion – in people, progress and problem-solving.
Garima Dawer — Communications Manager
Garima manages content, PR, committee coordination, and various marketing and communications projects for IC3. Garima has been working in the field of communications and content for close to eight years, four of which have been associated with the education sector. Being associated with a cause larger than just profit-making is very important to her so throughout her professional journey, she has tried to work with organizations that serve humanity in some way. She has worked in the fields of education, mental health, urban poverty, and briefly with refugees and insurance. She is quite the nerd and loves to learn, which has led her to study diverse fields like Literature, Journalism, Human Rights and Conflict & Peace Studies, and she’s on the lookout for the next one!
Meenakshi Pillai — Jr. Graphic Designer
Meenakshi completed her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Applied Art) from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai and specialized in Graphic Designing. She has interned with Memac Ogilvy in Saudi Arabia, where she was born and grew up. She has also worked with KAQI as a graphic designer. She's passionate about design, loves to travel. Meenakshi also loves animals and currently lives in Mumbai with her cats, Zeus and Boki.
Nicole Weathers — Marketing and Communications Coordinator
As a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Nicole Weathers assists in developing content in areas including social media and email marketing. Nicole's previous experience includes content writing and editing, social media strategy and execution, and website development and maintenance. Nicole holds a B.S. in Management and Marketing. Outside of work, she loves to travel and spend time with her Goldendoodle, Costanza.
Paridhi Thakore — Events Manager
Paridhi Thakore is an Events Manager at IC3. She and her team play an important role in event planning and management for all IC3 events. She has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and has completed her diploma in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel and Tourism from Frankfinn. Paridhi comes with 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked with Ananda in the Himalayas, Hyatt and Westin. Apart from organizing two weddings for the Ambani family, she has also handled international brands like Lakme, NASSCOM, NAPCON, Sunpharma, Future Group, Cello, and Avon Cycles. She loves to travel, drive and explore new destinations.
Sandeep Donugari — Graphic Designer
As IC3’s Graphic Designer, Sandeep contributes graphic design across the spectrum of IC3 projects including print, collateral, social media, as well as animation/video. He also helps to manage the IC3 websites. Sandeep studied Computer Science from Jai Hind College, Mumbai, and taught himself design and motion graphics. He has worked for Wall-E Events, OMCPL and recently Wizcraft. He eats, breathes and lives design, and also speaks four languages (English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu).
Simona Lobo — Assistant Events Manager
Simona works as the Assistant Events Manager, with a special focus on the Pre- and Post-Conference events of the Annual Conference and other initiatives, playing a key role in planning and execution. Previously, she has worked with event agencies in Mumbai and has specialized in intellectual properties, brand activations, conferences, experiential marketing campaigns, festivals, and more, working with brands including Bajaj, Renault, Duracell, Kidzania. An Economics-Commerce major from St. Xavier’s Autonomous, Mumbai, Simona is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Marketing Management from the Mumbai Educational Trust. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her dog.