Dr. Blossom KochharChairperson, B&WSSC
Dr. Blossom Kochhar is the founder of The Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies. Within the beauty industry. Dr. Kochhar is considered a pioneer as she has been practicing and researching the science of ‘Aromatherapy and Herbalism’, well over 25 years.
An icon of the hair and beauty industry, Dr. Blossom Kochhar holds high-ranking positions in several organizations. She is the President, Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC)-Paris, Inter Coiffure-India and National Hair Dressers Association (NHBA). She is also the Education Director at Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts and Design (BKCCAD).
Dr. H R NagendraCo-Chairperson, B&WSSC
Guru Ji – Dr. H R Nagendra, ME, PhD (Mech. Eng) Chancellor, S-VYASA
Dr.H R Nagendra is the President of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samathana (VYASA) and also the Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University (S-VYASA University).
Dr. H R Nagendra, is widely recognized across the world as Yoga Guru. . Dr. H R Nagendra recived his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University in and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 1968. Later served as faculty of IISc in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Served as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1969. Apart from this, Currently Dr H R Nagendra is the Chairman, IDY (Internal national Day of Yoga) Experts Committee, Task force of AYUSH (Ministry of Health &Family Welfare), SAC of CCRY (CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN YOGA AND NATUROPATHY), Government of India.
Ms Gurpreet SebleTreasurer, B&WSSC
Ms Gurpreet has introduced many brands to India that have taken the industry by storm. With her team of experts & educators she is busy in education, launching Nail Spas in India & helping other salon owners setup their own Nail bars to step up the revenue. She brings the latest Artificial Nail Technology from the birthplace of Artificial Nails – USA.
Ms Monica BahlCEO, B&WSSC
Ms Monica Bahl is a service professional with 25+ years of expérience in leadership roles involving strategic planning, organisation building, P&L management, with 15 years of multi-functional expérience in Business Management & Development.
She is a visionary with verifiable year after year progress in achieving growth objectives with start-up projects. She holds a Master’s degree in CRM&E (Community Resource Management & Extension) from Lady Irwin Collège, Delhi University with distinction & 2nd position in the University. She has extensively worked across India, South East Asia & Gulf region to establish & operate brands.
Mr Sanjeeva SinghExecutive Vice President NSDC
Executive Vice President at National Skill Development Corporation and Director & CFO at NSDC International
Result oriented Senior level professional with twenty two (22) years of experience in Skill Development Sector and in Indian Financial Institutions across Public Sector, Private Sector and Public Private Partnership financial institutions along with a stint of 5 years of entrepreneurship.
Have developed and implemented systems and process including policies and standard operating processes for unruly credit portfolio and turn into fully compliant BOTs monitored portfolio.
Ms Richa AggarwalFounder and Director
Ms Richa, an acclaimed Beauty and Wellness consultant, is a certified skin expert from City & Guilds – UK, spa expert from Watpo Thai Traditional Medical School, Thailand, hair expert from Toni & Guy academy, Singapore. She has also acquired experience and professional endorsement as Nutritionist from the esteemed PGIMER – Chandigarh. As a President CWMTS, E.O. Board Member – IDA (INDIAN DIETETICS ASSOCIATION), Founder Member – AWAS, Member – ISPA, AIA, Ms Richa Agarwal wears multiple hats.
Her vast experience is backed by incisive research base contributing to diversity and professionalism. Dynamic woman with long term vision and passion for innovation is always confident to make spa business well accepted. The success speaks for itself, as Ms Richa has expanded beyond one centre in Chandigarh, to series of centres in horizon of expansion, boasts of biggest beauty academies in North India with launch of Beauty & Wellness academy in 2004.
Mr. Sougata Roy ChoudhuryExecutive Director
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and CII representative at B&WSSC Board
Mr. Bhupesh DingerDirector
Mr. Bhupesh has been involved in setting up and operating Company owned and franchisee operated retail chains, all over India. With experience across industries, he has rapidly scaled up many new businesses in the consumer, internet, telecom, food and recently in the services retail segments. He has always been a part of high growth, brutally competitive industries, including National roles at Kodak Express, Sify Internet, or the explosive telecom and retail boom at Reliance.
He currently works with Enrich Salons as Director and is instrumental in their rapid growth to become the leader in the beauty industry across India. He is associated with multiple IIMs As a Member of the Board of Governors at IIM Raipur and on the interview admissions panel for IIM Bangalore, IIM Trichy and IIM Nagpur.
Mr. R. GopalakrishnanBusiness Head
Hailing from the ‘textile city, Manchester of South India’ – Coimbatore, Mr. Gopalakrishnan started his career as an entrepreneur as early as in college days. Day by day, he gained vast experience and learned the pros & cons of business. Later, he joined Cavin Kare in year 2000 where he conceptualized & pioneered the family salon model for the first time in India. He developed more than 10,000 skilled resources on-board with Trends & associated with other brands across country, contributing to the industry’s well-being & growth.
Dr. Madhumita SaikiaPrincipal
Dr. Madhumita Saikia is a well-known name in the field of beauty and alternative health, not only in Assam but other parts of the world. She is associated with Signature Beauty & Ayurveda Institute in Assam, India, since 1998. Prior to that, she was a govt. employee in the capacity of educator of beauty, under labour & employment department, Assam for 11 years. she has toured the world to learn and educate herself in the best education establishments.
Technically, she attained her education in Beauty, Make-up, Hairstyling, Massage, Ayurveda, Alternative Medicine like Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Spa Therapy, Lomi Lomi, Chinese Medicine and Acupressure.
Ms. Gayathri VasudevanChief Executive Officer
Ms Gayathri, as co-founder and CEO, has built LabourNet into a respected social enterprise, by anchoring on values of growth, transparency, social protection and inclusion. LabourNet has won numerous awards in the last few years for its model and contribution to society.
She has been extensively involved in policy issues & community mobilizations relating to livelihoods, social security and the informal economy. Ms Gayathri has a doctorate in development studies with more than 20 years’ experience in both national and international organizations.
Ms. Seema GopujkarIn charge of India Section
Ms. Seema Gopujkar is a pioneer in the field of Beauty Therapy. She has been instrumental in raising the standards of education in Beauty, Body Therapy, Spa, Aromatherapy & Make-up in India. She is a highly qualified Instructor & CIDESCO examiner & has helped in opening most of the CIDESCO Schools in India. She has herself trained all over the world, namely UK, USA, Bali, Thailand.
For the past few years, she has worked very closely with the Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (India) (ABTC) in all departments since 1993 and has raised the bar of education department.
Dr. Sangeeta ChauhanPresident
Dr. Sangeeta Chauhan is a well-known Cosmetologist, Aroma Therapist & Naturopathist and does not need an introduction for herself. With her work and personality, she is one of the most renowned names among the Makeup, beauty and hair styling experts of today’s generation. She runs her own salon “Exclusive Salon”, which has a chain of outlets in Delhi & NCR. She is also the founder of an impressive academy named after her, as SCIHB (Sangeeta Chauhan’s Institute of Hair & Beauty).
Dr. Vishesh NayakChairman & MD
Stars Cosmetics, an organization in the business of beauty is existing for more than 5 decades. The company started as a specialized manufacturer of professional make-up products & material for theatre, film, television and salon / parlour industry.
The company is headquarters at the commercial capital of India, Mumbai, and has set of colourists and scientists continuously working on the development aspects of the products, since last 5 decades.
Mr. Sumit IsraniDirector and Owner
Mr. Sumit Israni, Creative Director & proud owner of Geetanjali Salon, is the perfect embodiment of dualistic nature of the Art of Hairdressing. Geetanjali Salon, famous for its make-up & hair dressing, it has entered in its 27th year as the foremost beauty & style destination in Delhi.
Mr. Sumit is known for his fastest & creative haircuts, artistic colouring techniques, knowledge of hair and an ambitious growth plan for Geetanjali Salon. He has raised expectations for the clients as well as for hairdressers. To his credit, he has changed the landscape of the hairdressing industry in Delhi while staying ahead of the curve of his clients’ ever-evolving needs.
Mr. Ankur JainJoint Managing Director
Mr. Ankur Jain, Joint Managing Director of Vibes Healthcare Limited, co-founded Vibes as a start-up company and has made it a thriving enterprise with a chain of 33 Beauty & Wellness centres across India and abroad. He did his Master’s in Business Administration from University of Leeds, UK and is the Author of book titled “5 Secrets to Conquer your Dreams”. A deeply accomplished and result driven professional, he has also started working under Skill India initiatives as a Training Partner and is empowering women by making them a part of Vibes.
Mr. Ravi MittalManaging Director
Born in a prestigious business family, Mr. Ravi Mittal had an innate spirit of enterprise. After his initial education in India, he went to UK for his Masters and graduated with flying colours in 1997. He is playing a big role in organizing the unorganized professional make-up artistry sector, by not only bringing high quality make-up brands, but also supporting it with education, in-house demonstrations & trainings and holding regular look-n-learn seminars, workshops, and making people aware of latest trends in make-up through various means.
He started a training school in partnership with Make-up Studio, The Netherlands to impart world-class training to aspiring professionals, primarily in the field of Make-up. Named Make-up Studio Training Centre, it boasts of the best facilities and an international curriculum and is currently present in 4 cities.
Dr. Anuj KackerPresident & Executive Director
Dr. Anuj Kacker currently holds the position as President and Executive Director at Aptech. In this executive role, Dr Anuj is responsible for individual learning and skill development in retail business lines for all of the brands at Aptech Ltd. including Arena Animation, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), Lakme Academy Powered by Aptech (LAPA), Aptech Learning, Aptech Aviation and Aptech International Preschool. Dr Kacker heads these business lines at Aptech Ltd. both for India as well as International. He has been instrumental in accelerating the company’s rapid growth and expansion, making a home-grown brand Aptech Ltd, a global entity.
Mr. Ritesh Reddy MastipuramCEO
Mr. Reddy has worked extensively for over 8+ years in the US in fields as diverse as business development, product development, and organizational development, before relocating to India in the end of 2007 to pursue his interest. After working for so many years and having eight patents to his name in the field of mobile phone technology (semiconductor design), he took the path less travelled, by establishing O2 Spa (in Hyderabad), making it the largest spa services chain in the country to tap the growing wellness wave in the country. Today, he operates over 110 spas across India and about 23 outlets internationally including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, making his company the number one company in the segment.
Mr. Vinayak GawandeFounding Director
Mr. Vinayak Gawande is backed by over 30 years of experience in the taxation, law and finance industry. He has been a Whole-Time Director at Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited since 2003. Spreading fitness in over 70 cities, he believes in a holistic approach to wellness that addresses the full spectrum of health.
He serves as whole-time Director of Indian Cookery Private Limited. & as a Director of Radhika Hotels Pvt. Ltd., Khandala which has developed into a popular conference center. Mr. Gawande serves with board of Prathamesh Securities Pvt Ltd. & as a Director Gawande Consultants Private Limited, Better Value Brands Private Limited, Talwalkars Pantaloon Fitness Private Limited, Better Value Properties Private Limited, Better Value Restaurants Private Limited, Mobi apps (India) Private Limited and Better Value Leasing & Finance Limited.
Mr. Nikhil ShankerVP- Business
Nikhil Shanker is VP of Business at Urban Company – leading the Products Business and Customer & Partner Experience. Urban Company is a services platform with a vision to empower millions of service professionals worldwide to deliver services at home like never experienced before. Urban Company provides personal-care and home-care services across 60+ cities in India, Singapore, Middle East, and USA.
Mr. Dinesh SoodOwner & Founder
A Post Graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, Mr. Dinesh is a high energy, passionate and a first-generation entrepreneur. He is a hands-on leader with a vision to expand footprint of Orane across the globe.
He co-founded Orane Enterprise in Canada in 2009. Armed with in depth knowledge of media management and operational skills, he made quick strides in expanding Orane’s operations in India and grew it to Asia’s leading status within a short span of 7 years. He is a vocal proponent of Skill India Mission of Government of India and has been invited as speaker at many forums and events to address the need of skilling youth to make them self-sufficient. These events have been attended by Members of Parliament, National Skill Development Corporation executives and Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council executives.
Ms. Vaishali ShahDirector
An Alumni of SNDT-SVT and Nirmala Niketan college (one of most reputed college in Mumbai) she completed her graduation with specialization in diet and nutrition. After a brief career in diet and nutrition consultancy with reputed hospital and clinic in Mumbai she realized the emerging opportunities in the Beauty and Wellness industry.
She completed her diploma in business management and entered in Salon business in partnership with India’s biggest beauty brand LAKME. She pursued her quest for technical knowledge by pursing the world’s highest qualification in Beauty Therapy namely CIDESCO diploma and CIBTAC certified Assessor and IQA from VTCT (UK).
Year 2013, she was appointed as India’s Beauty skill expert by NSDC and represented India in WorldSkills 2013 held in Germany –Liepzig, 2015 Sao Paulo Brazil,2017 – Abu Dhabi UAE and 2019- Kazan Russia. She was responsible for mentoring Indian candidate to go on to win Medal and Medallion of Excellence since 2015.
Puneet GulatiGroup Chief Marketing Officer
Smt. Hansa ji YogendraPresident
Smt. Hansa ji Yogendra, an avid, ardent and adherent yogini, born with the inherent charisma, ardour and dynamic persona, Smt. Hansa ji Yogendra fondly known as “The Most Charming Lady of Yoga”.
She is a lady who’s an ideal to all Yoga aspirants and her peers. The one who has set a noble example of Yogic Life, while leading a successful family life for past so many years. She’s one who leads her pupil to the pristine, serene beauty of Yoga, one who has inculcated Yoga, with all its calmness and depth within herself and her disciple, along with the invention of special yogic ahaar, for the betterment of humankind bringing Yoga to a common householder for building a great healthy nation.