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Leadership Team

Our leadership team’s in-depth industry knowledge along with their collective expertise of over 5 decades, makes them domain experts in their respective fields. Also, their vast experience enables them to create opportunities for students and employees alike. Our company values passion, determination, and teamwork. Our devotion towards our profession is a testament to our ongoing endeavours to create unforgettable experiences for our students and employees.

Rajiv Shah
Director &
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shalini Kalia
Chief Academic Officer
Amit Deshmukh
Head of Consumer
Mihhiir Lakhani
Head of Marketing
Nelson Soans
Head of Student Support
& Operations
Varun Mathur
Head of Enterprise Sales
and Solutions

A tech-savvy business leader with a global mindset, Rajiv has over 25 years of experience & expertise in setting up businesses from scratch across multiple industries spread over a spectrum of geographies like India, China, UAE & North America.

He capitalised his passion for education at an early stage of his career by building an e-learning startup in the 90s, later acquired by IL&FS. Continuing his purpose & belief, Rajiv pioneered the online assessment business for Manipal in the mid-2000s. Through a strategic forefront, he also built a strong foundation for his manufacturing enterprise in China & UAE, that provided engineering components in the HVAC industry to major global organisations.

Beginning his journey at NMIMS in 2014, Rajiv started to fill what he saw as a void between quality education and its accessibility. Using technology as a growth catalyst he transformed this traditional education giant to become an online consumer platform for quality learning. 5 years later, the same platform is accessed by 40,000+ active students & continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a leader, Rajiv mentors a strategically-selected executive management team along with aspiring young professionals to bring out the best in themselves.

With over 15 years of rich experience in the education industry, Dr. Shalini has been at the forefront of heading various committees & end-to-end processes of top B-Schools in India. Throughout her career, she has served in several leadership positions with the last one as Deputy Director, EMBA (Mumbai) at S. P. Jain School of Global Management. She has diverse teaching experience in the schools of repute including international schools like E M Normandie Business School (Paris); S P Jain (Dubai), IMT (Dubai). She was involved with highly esteemed & world-renowned AACSB & SAQS accreditations.  She has co-authored 8 books with reputed publishers like Wiley, Pearson and IGI Global in addition to several interdisciplinary  case studies and research papers.

At NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education, Dr. Shalini heads a large pool of distinguished academicians and supervises our academic offerings, including academic assessment activities & academic program review.

With over 20 years of experience across a wide range of industries, Amit has a proven track record of strategy and execution skills coupled with speed and innovation. Along with education, digital & financial services, he has worked across various industries in India, UAE & Singapore. He was previously associated with CL Educate Ltd as Vice President, then with Clique Communications Group as CEO – India and Dubai.

At NMIMS Global Access, Amit oversees the marketing function & has the overall responsibility of setting up new sales channels along with managing and driving existing sales channels.

Mihhiir has over 13 years of experience in Digital Marketing and has experience in serving clients across BFSI, Education, E-commerce, FMCG, CPG, Auto etc. 

He is uniquely positioned to make an immediate impact, building on NMIMS Global Access’s momentum & advancing our mission to uplift lives of working professionals through academic excellence.

Nelson leads the Student Support & Operations team at NMIMS Global Access. 

In the last 16 years, Nelson has handled fields from client and performance management to revenue management and has excelled across various industries. For 12 years he has worked with Sitel India, where he was responsible for managing 3 international accounts and more than 350 employees. His proactiveness has benefited end customers, as well as enhanced client experience.

He has created meticulous frameworks to capture employee performance and strategised ways to improve efficiency there-by benefiting clients and employees.

By combining talent with knowledge, Varun has managed to bridge the gap between industry and academia.

He has over 13 years of experience in the areas of concept sales, talent management consulting and project management; and has worked extensively with management consulting companies before moving into the education space. In the past, he has worked with renowned organisations such as Pearson and IMT Ghaziabad, where he has facilitated the growth of their employees by building their managerial skills.

An MBA in Marketing and Finance, he also carries renowned certifications in various talent management tools.

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