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 Co-Chair of the IC3 Movement. He 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 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, first as a volunteer, and has held several IC3 leadership positions, including Chair of both the Outreach Committee (2016-17) and the University Committee (2017-18). Jim currently resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his family.
Aarti Nair — Communications Manager
Aarti is the Communications Manager at IC3. She comes with 5 years of experience as an EdTech Entrepreneur/Content Lead, and 2.5 years as a Communications Consultant. She holds an MA in Global Communication & Development from Loughborough University, London. Having worked with young people throughout her professional endeavors, she has empathy for career counseling and the IC3 mission. Personally, she’s passionate about books, podcasts, long-walks, gardening, and building communities. Email: email@example.com
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.
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
Garima Dawer — Assistant Director
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!
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.
Sukriti Ojha — Communications Associate
Sukriti comes with over four years of experience in the communications industry. She holds a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Sukriti's work has spanned across sectors - FMCG, social development, and healthcare. She specialises in researching varied audience demographics, gathering insights and crafting compelling communication. Before joining IC3, Sukriti supported the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic by leading the conceptualisation, designing and management of digital campaigns and websites to disseminate credible information to a variety of audiences. Sukriti is inspired daily by the stories of human endeavours. In her free time, she likes to read, play racquet sports, and watch television.
Pankaj Devarai — Jr. Graphic Designer
Pankaj is the Junior Designer at IC3. He has experienced a lot of places in India since childhood. He was born in Hyderabad, lives in Mumbai and his hometown is in Karnataka. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from Mumbai University. He has worked with SHM & Adgully as a designer and has multiple internship experiences under his belt while pursuing his education. Outside of work, he enjoys activities like cycling, walking his dogs, and gaming. Technology is another area that he passionately follows.