Our Management Team

Discovery Montessori, USA

Mr. Len D’Costa

Non Executive Chairman

An XLRI alumnus and Fellow of the International Hotel and Catering Management Association, UK (F I H ). Len began his career with the Tata Management Training Center Pune and worked with TATA's in the TAJ group of Hotels for over 26 years, and was Vice President - Corporate Human Resources.

During his tenure, he was part of the team that set up the IIHM Aurangabad and was on its Board of Governors. Len was also a member of the core group of the JRD Quality Value Initiative, of Tata Companies which is now the Tata Business Excellence model.

Len's previous corporate assignment was as President -Corporate Development and Human Resources of Piramal Enterprises Limited, a diversified group, engaged in Pharmaceuticals (now Piramal Health Care), Glass, Textiles, Engineering, Real Estate and Malls.

Richard Saldanha, USA

Mr. Richard B Saldanha

President - Advisory Council

Mr. Saldanha, a graduate Mechanical Engineer, served Hindustan Lever & Unilever plc with distinction for 30 years. He spent almost 10 years in Latin America. Grew to be Chairman and CEO of Unilever Peru and a Member of the Unilever Latin America Board. He returned to India as Managing Director of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd, a 1.5 BN $ enterprise.

Later spent 5 years as Executive Director and Member of the Board of The Times of India Group to help build organizational capability, culture and competitiveness. He was subsequently 6 years with The Blackstone Group in India as Vice Chairman and Executive Director responsible for Operational Excellence in a range of Portfolio Companies.

He is currently Chairman of Trans Maldivian Airways and Gokaldas Exports , is on the Boards of a few of the Blackstone Portfolio Cos He also is on the Board of Bennett ,Coleman & Co Ltd ( The Times Group Parent Co) including a few of The times Group Subsidiaries. He is a member of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India , Hyderabad.

Mr. Richard is actively involved with NGOs and CSR Initiatives.

P K Samal

Mr. P K Samal

Managing Director

A techno management person with over 18 years of extensive experience in strategy planning, liaison, big projects, international & national tie ups in different areas and operations management.His previous assignments have been as Director, Strategic Planning, G.D. Goenka Group, Vice President - Sudhir Gensets Ltd. He has also served at Mitsui construction company Ltd, Daewoo Anchor electronics Ltd, Samsung India electronics Ltd.

He has successfully achieved Setting up G D Goenka World Institute, Educational Tie up with Lancaster University, United Kingdom, Educational Tie up with Politechnico Di Milano University, Milano, Italy, Conceptualize and setting up G D Goenka University, Conceptualize Pre-school chain, Signed MOU with Hankook Core Corporation, South Korea. Worked for Mitsui for Delhi Noida Bridge Project, Involved for construction of Daewoo factory, Involved for construction of Samsung Factory.

Pankaj Kumar

Mr. Pankaj Kumar Singh

Founder Director

Mr. Pankaj Kumar Singh holds PGDBM from BIMTECH. He has more than 20 years of Experience in HR, Strategy, and Consulting.He has served some top of the line MNCs as Head –HR at India and Abroad.

Before joining Igniva Eduvent Group, He was Head – Corporate Resource Centre, GD Goenka- Lancaster University UK (GD Goenka Group). Prior to GD Goenka Group, He was Head – Corporate Relations at ITM Group of Institutions based at Mumbai.

He has also served Shalina Group of Companies (Dubai, Mumbai, and Africa), Chemaf at Africa and Waves Group (Damac) at Dubai in the capacity of Head - HR.He is currently also associated with various management bodies like AIMA, NHRD.He has been nominated as Co – Chair, MAST Committee, AIMA. He is also the member of HR Core Committee of AIMA.

Vikas Kumar

Mr. Vikas Kumar


Vikas Kumar is B Tech (Computer Science). He is from IT consulting background with extensive expertise in Project Management. A keen planner, strategist and implementer with demonstrated success in project management and has demonstrated sound skills in providing leadership and guidance to various engagements.

Previously associated as Senior Project Manager (IT) with United Health Group Information Services Pvt Ltd, USA and Keane India Ltd.