BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sumit Bose is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Vidhi. He is a former Indian Administrative Service Officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre and retired as the Union Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India in March, 2014. He was educated at the Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and the London School of Economics, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1976. Amongst his key achievements, as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, between 1998 and 2003 he undertook the task of launching the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Govindraj Hegde is Member of the Board of Directors at Vidhi. He is an Associate Professor, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru and holds the Ministry of Commerce & Industries Chair on International Trade Laws’ at NLSIU. His areas of specialisation are international trade law and conflict of laws and is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Apart from his academic publications, he has also served on several government-appointed committees, both domestically and internationally, on law reform.
Uday Shankar is Member of the Board of Directors at Vidhi. He is the President of The Walt Disney Company APAC and the Chairman of Star and Disney India. He joined Star TV India as its Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and oversaw its rapid rise in the Indian television industry. Mr. Shankar holds an M. Phil in economics from the University of Delhi. In a previous avatar, he was a journalist who has worked with the Times of India, and Down to Earth, a widely regarded environmental magazine.
Ireena Vittal is Member of the Board of Directors at Vidhi. She is an independent strategic advisor, with significant professional experience in agriculture and urban development in India and emerging markets. She was formerly a partner at McKinsey and today serves on Boards of several leading companies in India and abroad, including Wipro, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd. and leading NGOs including Educate Girls. She is an alumnus of Osmania University and the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Arvind P. Datar
Arvind P. Datar is Member of the Board of Directors at Vidhi. He is a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and has argued seminal constitutional law cases in the Supreme Court, particularly in the last decade. He is also an author, having penned a commentary on the Constitution of India, on excise law and a biography of Nani Palkhivala. He graduated from the Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai pursuant to which he carved out a niche for himself as a specialised indirect taxation lawyer in Chennai before shifting base to New Delhi.