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.
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!
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.
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).
Shawn Phulpagar — Communications Associate
Shawn Phulpagar serves as the Communications Associate at the IC3 Movement. In this role he manages content development and management for social media and email marketing.
Shawn brings to the table a wide range of communication and strategy implementation experience, from development sector communications to digital and mainline advertising. He has written, planned, and executed campaign strategies and creative designs for climate sector non-profit organizations, BFSI and hospitality clients. He holds a B.S in Physics from Bhavan’s College, Mumbai.
Previously, Shawn also volunteered in Sri Lanka, working to build resilience and aid in recovery in flood-prone areas. Besides work, Shawn is an avid traveller and an active musician in the local music scene.
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.