Executive Committee

Mohanish Borana

Mohanish Borana

Mohanish holds a M.Res with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and is presently studying Science and Technology policy from SPRU, University of Sussex. He has graduated as topper of Integrated M.Sc. 2009-14 batch from Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences Mumbai which is an aid-in institution of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. He has represented India at international forums like Asian Science Camp and Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates as Fellow of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has also done internships in the USA as a Khorana Fellow of Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India and France on International Research Fellowship. Vision India Foundation has appointed him Governance Ambassador and he is also associated with an NGO Youth for Change Chittorgarh. Mohanish, who consider writing as his hobby, takes a large interest in public speaking too and has started a seminar/workshop series called We Shall on youth empowerment and engagement back in India.

Email him at: mohanish.borana@nisu.org.uk

Harshada Topale
General Secretary and Head of Operations

Harshada Topale

Harshada is pursuing her MBA in London from Richmond University upon receiving a Scholarship and is working as an independent management consultant helping companies with business research, product development, business processes and change management. Harshada is an Engineer by profession and has a rich experience of project management and operations management. She has worked in diverse sectors like Civil infrastructure, Oil & Gas, IT (Infrastructure - cloud computing, app development), Fintech in UK, Ireland, Canada and India. In the long-term she would like to engage in activities towards providing education to each and every child in India.

Email her at: harshada.topale@nisu.org.uk

Sanam Arora

Sanam Arora

An alumnus of the London School of Economics, Sanam is Chairperson of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK. She is a Consultant specialising in Investment Management, and works with top global asset management houses, providing strategy and management consulting. Further she is the Youth Coordinator — UK for the People of Indian Origin Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Head of Youth Affairs at the UK Asian Business Council. Sanam is extremely interested in furthering India's engagement with the world, particularly through its youth, in the fields of Higher Education, Foreign Institutional & Direct Investment and Tourism. At the same time Sanam is developing a network of young Indian diaspora leaders to create a unique ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurship, leadership and patriotism. She is a recipient of the Honorary Studentship of the London School of Economics, the highest honour bestowed by the LSE SU upon a student and has been nominated for multiple national level awards including the British Indian Awards. In 2016 she was honoured for her services by the Bedford Indian community, and the award was presented by the former Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK, Dr Virander Paul, at the High Commission of India, London. More recently Sanam was awarded the UK India Thought Leadership — Youth Icon of the Year Award, where she was the youngest amongst twelve awardees which included figures such as the Deputy Mayor of London.

Email her at: sanam.arora@nisu.org.uk

Vikram Duhan
Vice President, Alumni

Vikram Duhan

An alumnus of the university of Brighton, Vikram is Vice President of the National Indian Students and BAME executive for his local labour party. He works at a management consultancy firm as 'Client Solutions Manager' where he responsible for developing client specific solutions to resolve complex operational issues. Vikram is a strong believer of youth empowerment, equal opportunities, dynamic leadership and skill developments for all. He also believes that the success and the achievements of young people need to be highlighted and world leaders shall realise that youth are the untapped resources to bring creativity, energy & world peace.

Email him at: vicepresident.strategy@nisu.org.uk

Manu Sasidharan
Vice President, PPE

Manu Sasidharan

Manu Sasidharan is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Birmingham, focusing on developing a risk management model for railway industry. He is a Masters in Civil Engineering and Management graduate from University of Birmingham and has Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Anna University, India. Manu is currently the International Student Ambassador for Careers Network of University of Birmingham and also serves as the Secretary of Young Rail Professionals — West Midlands, facilitating member interactions and networking among the railway industry. He also co-founded International Network of Knowledge, an organisation that involves in higher education mentoring and global knowledge and technology sharing. He has facilitated academic/research collaboration between Indian and UK universities, namely University of Leeds-KCT, Smart City Research Centre-University of Birmingham. He was previously involved in the strategic planning and management of the corporate affairs and social responsibility ventures of his family business in India and Qatar. He is pro-actively involved in educational and youth oriented endeavours.

Email him at: manu.sasidharan@nisu.org.uk

Gayatri Rawtal
Vice President, Students

Gayatri Rawtal

Gayatri is a UK law graduate with LLB (Hons.) degree from Queen Mary University of London. She aspires to pursue a career as a commercial solicitor and has recently completed the Legal Practice Course from the University of Law. Gayatri is responsible for our legal related matters, and is the first point of contact for all student and alumni related issues. She liaises with government and non-government stakeholders such as legal practitioners to guide international students on a myriad of queries ranging from immigration regulations to issues with education providers, loss of identity etc.

Please note the NISAU does not provide legal advice, but we can guide you to the most relevant stakeholders and offer our support where possible.

Email her at: gayatri.rawtal@nisu.org.uk

Surabhi Bhandari
Head of India Team

Surabhi Bhandari

Surabhi Bhandari is a UK qualified lawyer, with an LLB (Hons.) degree from Cardiff University, Wales. As an aspiring Media & Entertainment law solicitor, she pursued the Legal Practice Course at BPP University, London, and is currently in the process of qualifying as an advocate in India, from National Law University, Delhi. She is the principal legal advisor of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK and is actively involved in representing Indian students, abroad. Surabhi is passionate about helping animals and people and is working towards developing a concrete Mental Health law practice in India.

Email her at: surabhi.bhandari@nisu.org.uk

Arathi Kizhedath
Head of Social Media & Relations

Arathi Kizhedath

Arathi is currently working as an Early Stage Researcher in the Innovative Training Network: BIORAPID under the prestigious Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions fellowship at Newcastle University. Her main interests revolve around applied science, career development, higher education and public engagement activities. She is a member of the Equality and Diversity committee at Newcastle University and she is spiritedly involved in promoting activities within the Research Associate community with regard to career development and other relevant issues. She is a founding member of the Career development Working group as well as the Vice Chair of the Indian Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. She is an enthusiastic orator and occasional blogger. She is an active advocate of science without barriers because she believes that collaboration is the way forward. She is BTech graduate from VIT University, India and MSc graduate from Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. She is passionate about scientific research and aspire to translate scientific knowledge into solutions for socially relevant problems. As the Head of Social and Media relations, her interests strongly identifies with NISAU's aspirations in field of higher education, continued support to Indian students in the UK as well as a positive portrayal of Indian culture as well as Indians abroad.

Email her at: arathi.kizhedath@nisu.org.uk

National Committee

Name Role Email Id
Mohanish Borana President mohanish.borana@nisu.org.uk
Harshada TopaleGeneral Secretary and Head of Operationsharshada.topale@nisu.org.uk
Sanam AroraChairperson sanam.arora@nisu.org.uk
Vikram DuhanVice President, Alumni vp.strategy@nisu.org.uk
Manu SasidharanVice President, PPE manu.sasidharan@nisu.org.uk
Gayatri RawtalVice President, Students gayatri.rawtal@nisu.org.uk
Surabhi BhandariHead of India Team surabhi.bhandari@nisu.org.uk
Arathi KizhedathHead of Social Media & Relationsarathi.kizhedath@nisu.org.uk
Saritha ChoudhryLead, UK-India Year of Culturesaritha.choudhry@nisu.org.uk
Anushree ChaudharyExecutive Officer, Internationalanushree.chaudhary@nisu.org.uk
Ravneet KaurExecutive Officer, Business Developmentravneet.sahni@nisu.org.uk
Ayush RawatHead of Business Developmentayush.rawat@nisu.org.uk
Devang PatelHead of ITweb@nisu.org.uk
Sandeep WaghExecutive Officer, India sandeep.wagh@nisu.org.uk
Aniket GonExecutive Officer, Scotlandaniket.gon@nisu.org.uk
Nasir ArafatExecutive Officer, Scotlandnasir.arafat@nisu.org.uk
Muhammad AshrafExecutive Officer, Englandnasir.arafat@nisu.org.uk
Yash MehwalExecutive Officer, Englandyash.meghwal@nisu.org.uk
Khanak GuptaExecutive Officer, Englandkhanak.gupta@nisu.org.uk
Mounica BojjaExecutive Officer, Englandmounica.bojja@nisu.org.uk
Aarti MaherchandaniProject Management Assistant, Englandaarti.maherchandani@nisu.org.uk
Saatvik Bansal Vice President (on sabbatical)saatvik.bansal@nisu.org.uk
Aakarsha KhoslaRegional Head of North Irelandaakarsha.khosla@nisu.org.uk
Palakh DuttaExecutive Officer, Englandpalakh.dutta@nisu.org.uk
Iris AnilExecutive Officer, Englandiris.anil@nisu.org.uk
Bharat Singh ChaturvediExecutive Officer, Scotlandbharatsinghchaturvedi@nisu.org.uk
Ananya Singh BhadauriaExecutive Officer, Scotlandananyasinghbhadauria@nisu.org.uk
Vijaya PriyadarshiniExecutive Officer, Englandvijaya.priyadarshini@nisu.org.uk
Taranpreet Singh KhanujaExecutive Officer, Englandtaranpreetsingh.khanuja@nisu.org.uk
Akshi SudanExecutive Officer, Englandakshi.sudan@nisu.org.uk
Omkar ChavanExecutive Officer, Englandomkar.chavan@nisu.org.uk
Abhinav KumarExecutive Officer, Englandabhinav.kumar@nisu.org.uk
Sunit PatelExecutive Officer, Englandsunit.patel@nisu.org.uk
Rakshanda GowdaExecutive Officer, Englandrakshanda.gowda@nisu.org.uk
Anuradhaa SubramanianExecutive Officer, Englandanuradhaa.subramanian@nisu.org.uk
Harshil SumariaExecutive Officer, Englandharshil.sumaria@nisu.org.uk
Simran HalariExecutive Officer, Englandsimran.halari@nisu.org.uk
Arohan SubramoniaExecutive Officer, Englandarohan.subramonia@nisu.org.uk
Riddi VisuExecutive Officer, Englandriddi.viswanathan@nisu.org.uk
Stuti SethiExecutive Officerstuti.sethi@nisu.org.uk
Abhishek SenguptaExecutive Officer, PPEabhishek.sengupta@nisu.org.uk
Raghav AggarwalExecutive Officerraghav.aggarwal@nisu.org.uk
Soumya MishraExecutive Officersoumya.mishra@nisu.org.uk
Ananya ChavanExecutive Officerananya.chavan@nisu.org.uk
Aisha ThadaniExecutive Officeraisha.thadani@nisu.org.uk
Rutuja DeshmukhExecutive Officerrutuja.deshmukh@nisu.org.uk
Ashutosh KumarExecutive Officer, IndiaAshutosh.Kumar@nisu.org.uk
Pranav DupalliwarExecutive Officer, England
Rajat KothariExecutive Officer, England
Krishan GuptaExecutive Officer, England