Management Team

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.

– Henry Ford

Yes! Our team is the secret to our success. Each of our team members is simply awesome in their own right…

Dr. Rohit Swarup | Explorra Consulting

Dr. Rohit Swarup
Founder, CMD

He is the founder and director of Explorra Consulting. He is the recipient of the Shiksha Bharti Puraskar and the Indian Leadership Award for Educational Excellence.

For more than 25 years he has made significant contributions in the field of education to several state governments in India, the private & public sector enterprises in USA, Australia, China, and Sri Lanka.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PG Diploma in Business Administration. His interest in Design Thinking led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Design Pedagogy for K12 and Higher Education. Along with his underlying mission to bring Design-Led Innovation to any organization, he is driven by a desire to prepare a team of Design Thinkers and create an atmosphere where teams can perform their finest work ever.

He is the co-founder of Explorra Consulting. He is a technologist with great management experience. His expertise lies in Digital Media Design, Education Ecosystem & Entrepreneurship. He works on the creation and consulting of cutting-edge interactive educational content. He works as a visiting professor at eminent institutes like K.S. School of Information Technology, HLICA, Calorx Teacher’s University, CN Fine Arts. He brings a lot of knowledge and help to the team when it comes to operations and communication management.

Ninad Shastri | Explorra Consulting

Mr. Ninad Shastri
Joint MD

Dr. Romitha Swarup | Explorra Consulting

Dr. Romita Swarup
Academic Director – Explorra

She is the academic director of the Explorra Consulting and is passionate about discovering new opportunities for teaching & learning. She is involved in research on pedagogies, paradigms, and approaches that alter teaching & learning. She has ardent interest in UI/UX, post-production, digital media, Web Development & Designing, Python, and AI.

She conducts Design Thinking workshops at the corporate level. She has collaborated with prestigious institutions on a number of projects, including Stanford, IDEO, and MIT. She is working diligently to finish her second book on design thinking.

He is an Advertising and Design aficionado with more than 35 years of experience. He is the brain behind the creative campaigns of brands like Godrej, Ceat Tyres, Ciba Geigy, Crompton Greaves, ITC Hotels, Captain Cook (Atta and Salt), Santoor Soap and Nerolac Paints to name a few. He was responsible for creating the famous mascot, ‘Goody’ the tiger, for Nerolac Paints.

After retiring from FCB-Ulka, He joined MICA as an associate Professor in 2001. In 2006, He became a Professor and Director of ‘Crafting Creative Communication’ (CCC), a specially designed course for budding art directors, copywriters, and ad-film makers. He continued as the Course Director till 2015 and thereafter taught as an adjunct faculty at MICA till March 2020.

With over 35 years of experience in branding and advertising, he brings an invaluable and universal knowledge of both business marketing and media strategy.

Prof. Subhash Tendle | Explorra Consulting

Prof. Subhash Tendle
Academic Director, IDCA – Explorra

Dr. Hemant Trivedi | Explorra Consulting

Dr. Hemant Trivedi
Director- Marketing

He has more than 35 years of experience working in a variety of industries, and his specialties include academic administration, management consulting, and the development of new technologies.

When it comes to managing academics, he is an expert. He was also the provost of C U Shah University in Surendranagar, Gujarat. He served as Senior Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Management at the North Cap University in Gurugram. His academic career spanned more than 25 years, and he spent time at Flame University in Pune, the School of Petroleum Management at PDPU Gandhinagar, and the Mudra Institute of Communications in Ahmedabad (MICA). He was also dean of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Dehradun’s College of Management and Economic Studies.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table along with a strong analytical attitude.

He is the Director, Advisory and Research at CRI. He has 37 years of experience as an advisor, researcher, and trainer in marketing, sales, retailing, services, and business strategy for product and service firms in the areas of retailing and e-commerce, luxury and lifestyle, healthcare, decision sciences, and IT. Up until March 2018, he served as a marketing professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) in India. He taught at IIM Bangalore, XIMB, and MICA before joining IIMA.

He has a number of papers, cases, and books to his credit. International journals including the International Journal of Retail and Consumer Services, International Journal of Retail and Distribution, Vikalpa, and Decision have accepted his papers for publication. A book on Managing Retailing with text and cases has been published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Piyush Kumar Sinha | Explorra Consulting

Dr. Piyush Kumar Sinha
Director, CRI – Advisory & Research

Mr. Vijai Singh Katiyar
Principal Designer NID

He has more than 29 years of expertise in design teaching, research, and practise. He is currently the Principal Designer at NID. At NID, he created and launched the country’s first practice-based Ph.D. programme in design in 2016. His works include essays, speeches, and two important books: Indian Saris: Traditions, Perspectives, Design, and Design Education: Tradition and Modernity.

She is a creative genius with a serious knack for Design Thinking. She has over 20 years of expertise in design methodologies, design thinking, systems thinking and approach, creativity, play and learning, research methodologies, visual basics, design for social problems, design for special needs, etc.

Dr. Gayatri Menon
Senior Faculty -NID

Mr. Leland M Hayes
Luoyang Uni. of Technology, USA

He has worked in the education domain for design, entertainment, gaming, marketing research, strategic management, non-profit fundraising, and has operated his own consulting company for 30 years. He was previous Executive Director and Chairman of one of the largest charitable gaming facilities in Canada, he negotiated and administered pilot projects to gain approval of new electronic gaming equipment in the Province of Ontario.

He believes that actual knowledge comes directly from experience. He frequently exclaims, “Be the change.” Consider a workable solution while taking note of the issue. Use design thinking to innovate, produce, and present the answer. Reduce costs and boost the solution’s profitability. Bring superior suggestions that will benefit society.

Mr. Leland Hayes has traveled extensively throughout the world residing in the Netherlands, Morocco, Canada, China, India, United States.

Prof. Isabel HergueraShe has directed famous film- SULTANA’S DREAM along with numerous short films, including La Gallina Ciega (2005), már (2010), Bajo la Almohada (2012), Amore d’inverno (2015), and Kutxa Beltza, (2016) were directed and produced by her.  Her films have been widely screened at festivals and locations all over the world and have received more than fifty international honours, including a nomination for a Goya Award in 2006. She has been a frequent instructor at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India, since 2005, where she teaches a workshop on experimental animation. She has served as a visiting professor of animation at Beijing, China’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) for the past three years.

Prof. Isabel Herguera | Explorra Consulting

Prof. Isabel Herguera
California Institute for the Arts, USA

Mr. Martin Perlmutter
Alumnus Harvard TUFTS NYU

With more than 50 years of experience in interactive media, he is the Thinker, Organizer, and Practical Visionary. He has received numerous accolades for his work on public service projects, educational, and interactive games. He had previously held academic positions at Cogswell College, MIT, NYU, San Francisco State, and Mass College of Art. Over the course of a half-century, he has created ground-breaking math and science learning software. He provides advice on the use of new media and broadband technology to Harvard, MIT, IBM, AT&T, Xerox, AOL, Looksmart, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He has more than 35 years of experience in teaching and corporate training. He is been teaching at 25+ business schools including SP Jain, IIMs, Nirma, XLRI, and ISB. He has executed programs for several corporates in FMCG, FinTech, Entertainment, Telecom, Publishing, Chemicals, Engineering, and nonprofit sectors. Client list includes IOCL, Pepsi, Airtel, Vodafone, and the TATA Group. He has published two books on Natural History of IIM Ahmedabad and the Gujarat University. He can speak 8 languages and is learning 2 more. When he is not working you can find him in the kitchen, churning out the best recipes of traditional food.

Mr. S Ram Kumar | Explorra Consulting

Mr. S Ram Kumar
Founder & CXO,

Mr. Sekhar Mukherjee

He is the Director of National Institute of Design, Vijayawada. He has more than 20 years of experience in Comics, Cartoon, Computer Animation, Graphics, Traditional Animation, Film, and Animation. He is also the Festival director of an iconic international student animation festival named Chitrakatha. Another feather in his cap is that he is Editorial Member of Longform Graphic Narrative anthology, India & 123 Animation-An Interdisciplinary Journal, UK.

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