Leadership Pillars

We are invested in your success

Welcome to ISME- School of Management & Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to make ISME India’s First Urban Innovation School that will catalyse new ideas, talent and partnerships that address challenges of tomorrow through Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Our team of academics, experts and innovators provide resources and leadership to ensure the success of our students.


Dr. Indu Shahani

President & Chairperson of ISDI | ISME

Dr. Indu Shahani, Founding Dean of ISME, is the driving force behind the institution’s energy and excellence. Along with four decades in Academics she has been Sheriff of Mumbai, Member of the University Grants Commission, Principal of HR College of Commerce & Economics, Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate. She currently sits on corporate boards of Colgate, Bajaj Electricals, United Spirits, BNP, Franklin among others. In her current role as President & Chair, Dr. Shahani’s responsibilities include establishing the institutions, academic and administrative leadership and oversight across multidisciplinary programs.

Siddharth Shahani

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Mr. Siddharth Shahani is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at ISME and ISDI and oversees the management, administration and operations of the schools to ensure the institutions achieve their strategic vision. He has trained as a pharmacist from the London School of Pharmacy, following which he pursued a Masters in International Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics. He spent five years focusing on Healthcare and Education at McKinsey & Co., a management consultancy. His interests include supporting the start-up ecosystem and working with private enterprise in the deployment of capital towards nation building.


Heena Thakkar

Vice Dean

With teaching experience of 35 years, Prof. Heena Thakkar has been an academic and administrator par excellence. She holds a Master’s degree in Financial Accounting & Management from University of Mumbai and an Advanced Diploma in Computer Technology from Tata Unisys Ltd.. Prof. Thakkar was the Vice Principal at H. R. College of Commerce & Economics, where she was instrumental in introducing four new degree programs in Finance and Accounting, Banking, Financial Markets, and Media Studies. Prof. Thakkar has successfully spearheaded three cycles of the NAAC accreditation as the NAAC Coordinator and consistently received the highest grade in the country for HR College of Commerce & Economics, a leading college in Mumbai.

Dr. Sonia Bharwani

Senior Associate Dean

An academic with over sixteen years of experience in teaching, Dr. Sonia completed her Ph.D. in Business Administration from AIMA-AMU, New Delhi-Aligarh, India. She received an MBA in International Business from Manchester Business School in the U.K., and she was also an MBA Exchange Student at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, North Carolina, USA. Her core strengths lie in student engagement through the use of active and collaborative learning pedagogies. She has published over 15 International Publications in areas of Hospitality Management, Education and Tourism.