Ohio State has been collaborating with universities and corporations in India since 1958, focusing on advancements in educational training and agricultural research. By 1962, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) enlisted the help of the Office of International Programs in Agriculture to assist in the creation of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Ever since this initial collaboration, Ohio State’s footprint has progressively expanded to include collaboration on a much larger scale, including those areas outside of agriculture. Building upon these established collaborations, Ohio State opened its India Gateway in March of 2012 to better serve the university and its partners both in Columbus and in India. Review the India Gateway 2022 Annual Report.
Shambhavi Singh, director, oversees Ohio State’s strategic engagement in India and manage the local staff in achieving the goals and priorities of the Global Gateways and the Office of International Affairs. Singh has years of experience working at national and sub-national policy levels with national and international research organizations. She has organized national and state level consultations and workshops for national level public and private sector leaders.
Manoj Garai, assistant director, is responsible for proposing strategies and analyzing business opportunities in India for the Fisher College of Business. He handles corporate clients, industry partnerships and relationships of clients in India. Previously, Manoj spent 10 years in sales and marketing with the Bombay stock exchange, and he held a position as business development manager for Customized, Retail and International Training on Capital Markets. Manoj holds an MBA in finance and marketing, with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Vinod Rani is alumni and academic services manager at the Ohio State India Gateway. He manages alumni relationships and events, Ohio State game watch events and works closely with The Ohio State University Alumni Association, creating a strong Buckeye network in India. He also works closely with undergraduate and graduate admissions team to lead recruitment efforts in India. In addition to these responsibilities, he takes care of social media efforts. Vinod holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has 10 years of experience in business administration.
Mohan Davande, office assistant, is responsible for the reception area and engages visitors, faculty, alumni, students and partners who visit the India Gateway and manages the office supplies. Prior to joining the India Gateway, Mohan was an office aide at Bell Ceramics for 15 years.
Vishwajeet Phopale, head - business development and partnerships, facilitates Ohio State’s healthcare engagements in India and helps establish strategic relationships with partners at hospitals, industries and universities within India. He is responsible for initiating collaborations and faculty engagement and coordinating various projects and event planning in India.
Seeja Santosh Daniel
Seeja Santosh Daniel, finance and operations manager, is a seasoned banking professional with two decades of experience in operations, depository services, credit management and general administration along with a professional experience in Finacle Core Banking Solution. She has acquired degrees in Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, Junior Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, Know Your Customers -Anti Money Laundering, Digital Banking, Corporate Banking and Certifications in Depository Operations. She has a strong academic background in Commerce and Masters in Management Studies (Finance) from the University of Mumbai.
Jay Anand, William H. Davis Chair and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Strategy at the Fisher College of Business, is the academic director for the India Gateway. Born in Delhi, Anand has deep roots in India. He has worked closely with the India Gateway in collaborations with Tata Management Training Centre and Tata Consultancy Services to develop and conduct management training workshops. He also has collaborated with colleagues at numerous Indian universities, has been heavily involved with the Indian School of Business and has built a wide network of academic and non-academic connections throughout the country. In addition to his faculty appointment, Anand serves as a part-time senior advisor to connect with Ohio State’s 15 colleges and regional campuses to identify new partnership opportunities abroad. He works across disciplines to leverage existing connections and build strong relationships between Ohio State colleges/units and external partners.
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