Mr. Nalin Satyakam Kohli

Chairman, Governing Board

Mr. Nalin Satyakam Kohli is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and also the Additional Advocate General for the State of Rajasthan. He is a political personality who has over two decades of professional experience in the Education Sector and the Media and Entertainment Industry. He is also a government nominee on the disciplinary committee of the ICSI. Key highlights of his experience include:

  •  National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling political party in India. Mr. Nalin is also the party incharge for the state of Meghalaya in the north east of India.
  •  He is a Director of the party's Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC).
  •  Earlier, Mr. Nalin was Incharge of the All India Publicity Department of the BJP. He was also the Co-Convenor of the BJP’s Policy Formulation Action Group (PFAG). Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Finance and Foreign Minister of India was the Convenor of the BJP’s PFAG.
  •  He has also been the Convenor and Co-Convenor of the BJP’s National Media Cell from August, 2003 till December 2009.
  •  Mr. Nalin has conducted media management workshops at various institutions including as a visiting faculty to the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ranchi. He has also conducted Media Training Workshops in India and Sri Lanka for television, radio presenters and management professionals.
  •  He is the former Chairman and Founder Director of a leading international curriculum boarding and day boarding school in Faridabad near Delhi and was the founder Director and creator of a leading Media Institute in collaboration with the Missouri School of Journalism, USA, the oldest journalism school in the world.
  •  Mr. Nalin is the former Primetime News anchor on Doordarshan (India’s National Television Channel) and anchored for over 2000 hours of Live and Recorded Broadcasting of various genres of programming. He has produced and directed over 100 hours of television programming on Art and Culture, Literature, Dance, Tourism, Advocacy and Health.

CS Makarand Lele

(President,The ICSI)


CS Makarand Lele, a Fellow Member of the Institute has been elected as the President of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India for the year 2018-19 w. e. f. 19th January, 2018.

He is also elected as the Secretary of the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), which is an international federation of professional bodies having 15 member countries and represents membership span of around 1,00,000 Corporate Secretaries.

CS Makarand Lele is a Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1992. He has done his Commerce graduation (B.Com) from Garware College of Commerce Pune and Law graduation (LL.B) from ILS Law College Pune. Mr. Lele is a Practicing Company Secretary since 1993 and has professional experience of 25 years.

He is actively associated with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) since 1994. Mr. Lele was elected to the Central Council of the Institute for the term of 2015-19 and became the Vice-President of the Institute for the year 2017-18. Earlier he was elected to the Western India Regional Council and was the Regional Council Chairman for the year 2011-12. Prior to this, in the year 2003 he has served as Chairman of Pune Chapter and during his tenure as Chairman, Pune Chapter was conferred for the first time with the exclusive ‘Best National Chapter’ Award by ICSI.

He was appointed as the first Chairman of ICSI Auditing Standards Board formed by The Institute in the year 2016. He is a member of Corporate Legislation Core Committee of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MCCIA) and was invitee on the Business Law Syllabus Review Committee of University of Pune.

He is appointed as a Nominee on the Academic Council of Shivaji University, Kolhapur and North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon as an eminent expert under Section 32 (3) (i) of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016 by the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra as Chancellor & on the board of studies of the Savitribai Phule Pune University.

He is a renowned trainer and speaker on several segments in corporate laws, management & economic affairs and a regular contributor to various professional magazines & publications.

He was a mentor member of ICSI editorial team, who developed a researched base book “Premier on Company Law” consisting of exclusive commentary on the Companies Act, 2013.

CS Ahalada Rao V.

(Vice - President, ICSI)


CS  Ahalada Rao V is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Companies Secretaries of India.  He was an Associate Member of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, U.K. Science graduate from Osmania University, Master of Law from Osmania University and Master in Financial Management from Pondicherry University.  He further completed Certificate course on “Business Valuation and Corporate Restructuring” which is conducted by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He is currently pursing detailed Research Study on Valuation of Intangible Assets of Indian Companies.

CS  Ahalada Rao V. has overall  20 years of corporate experience and has spread various expert opinions and advice on all the matters of Corporate Laws, served as Advocate during the year 1999- 2001. Representing before the Company Law Board and Consumer Forums.  From 2001 till date, he has rich experience in Secretarial works. He is empanelled as Mediator and Conciliator with Ministry of Corporate Affairs for East, West, North, Northwest, South and Southeast Regions.He was the Secretary of All India Federation of Tax Practitioners south zone for the year 2010-2011.He is a Certified SEBI Financials Resource Person.   He was also a Member of Secretarial Standard Board of Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi, 2014-2016.

CS  Ahalada Rao V has been Chairman at Hyderabad Chapter of SIRC of ICSI for the year (2006). He is elected Council member for the term 2014-18. He is chairman of ICSI Research committee & ICSI Centre of Excellence.CS  Ahalada Rao V has been Faculty to Executive Students of Company Secretary Course of Hyderabad Chapter for Economic Labour and Industrial Laws, from November 2002 onwards. He has been delivering lectures to reputed Organizations on Accounting Standards, Company Law and Industrial Laws. He has also delivered lectures on Securities Laws & Regulation of Financial Markets for Post Graduate Students. CS  Ahalada Rao V has written numerous articles in various professional journals and newspaper.  He is a regular faculty at Seminars and Workshops conducted by various Professional Bodies.



Mr. Ashish Kumar Chauhan

Independent Director

Mr. Ashish Chauhan currently works as the MD & CEO of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), the first stock exchange of Asia. He is one of the founders of India’s National Stock Exchange (“NSE”) where he worked from 1992 to 2000. At NSE, he was instrumental in setting up the first screen based trading in India, equities market and first commercial satellite communications network for India. He is best known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India. He also created several path breaking frameworks including Nifty index, NSE certifications in financial markets, etc.


From 2000 to 2009, he worked as the President and Chief Information Officer of Reliance group and also acted as the CEO of the cricket team Mumbai Indians in its formative years.

Mr. Ashish has won several International and Indian awards including:

  1. CEO of the Year, Diamond Sabre Awards 2015, Hongkong
  2. Indian Business Leader of the Year, Horasis Interlaken/Switzerland 2015
  3. RH Patil Award for Excellence in Financial Services, June 2015
  4. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2014
  5. Best CEO in the Financial Markets in the Asia Pacific by the Asian Banker, 2014
  6. Zee Business Awards- Special contribution in Commodities and Capital Market, 2013
  7. TOP 50 CIOs, information Week, US, 2009.

He holds a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT- Bombay and a PGDM from IIM Kolkata. He is a Distinguished Visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Due to his work in various fields spanning a quarter of a century, he is considered one of the foremost experts in the fields of Information Technology, Finance, Markets, Micro structure of markets, cricket, telecommunications, organized retail, oil and gas, refining and Indian social issues.

He is a part of several committees of World Federation of Exchanges (“WFE”), Government of India (“GOI”), Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), Confederation of Indian Industry (“CII”), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (“FICCI”), Indian Merchants Chamber (“IMC”), India UK Council (“UKIBC”) etc. He is also associated with several NGOs and educational institutions. His quotes and writings have been published in various newspapers, magazines and journals in India and abroad.


Mr. Sidharth Birla

Independent Director

Sidharth K. Birla
Past President - FICCI and
Chairman, Xpro India Limited

Aged 59 years, Mr. Sidharth K. Birla holds an MBA Degree from IMEDE (now IMD), Switzerland and a Science Degree (Honors in Physics) from Calcutta University. He is also an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

He is a Company Director and Entrepreneur with core business interests in manufacturing. He is Chairman of Xpro India Limited - a polymers processing company where he is also the founder, and of Digjam Limited, manufacturer of woollen worsted suiting fabrics. He has financial sector interests and links in private business, and an enduring connect with corporate laws having chaired FICCI’s Corporate Laws Committee for an extended period. He was a

Government nominee on the Central Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for three terms.

He is a Trustee on some family educational and philanthropic bodies, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani.


Mrs. Sushma Berlia

Independent Director

Co-Promoter & President, Apeejay Stya &Svrán Group; Chairman, Apeejay Education Society & Co-Founder & Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University

Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia is a leading Entrepreneur, Industrialist and Educationist who has devoted her life to nation building with global footprints. Spearheading the Apeejay Stya &Svrán Group - a leading industrial & business house with diversified interests in India and abroad, as its Co-Promoter & President, she has earned accolades for building a diverse range of companies with a focused culture of innovation and decision-making, with social responsibility and impact in mind. She is the Co-Founder & Chancellor of Apeejay Stya University, India’s first Industry-centric technology & Liberal Arts Based University and Chairman of the Apeejay Education Society, which runs 29 Schools and Higher education institutions across the country.

She also contributes her time extensively to a large number of Govt. and Private bodies to aid them in policy interventions & other initiatives, with many of her suggestions being adopted or taken up on different platforms for discussion. She regularly works with the major Chambers of commerce in India to expand the roles of women in the workplace and on corporate boards. She is also one of the four members from India on the Executive Committee of Women’s Federation for World Peace, South Asia. Mrs. Berlia was the first woman to lead a multi-state apex chamber of commerce in India, serving as the President of the PHDCCI in 2005-06. She is also member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce like FICCI, CII, PHDCCI, and ASSOCHAM. She is also Member of the National Board of Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise, Government of India.

For her outstanding contribution to Industry and Education, she has received a number of awards and accolades including felicitation by the FICCI and CII; Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award 2014 by the National Education & HRD Organisation; ‘Outstanding Businesswomen Award 2008’ of the PHDCCI; the ‘International Lifetime Achievement Award 2009’ of the ‘International Congress of Women’ in collaboration with the Govt. of India and the UNIC. In June 2014, Mrs. Berlia was recognised and awarded at the House of Commons, London, for her contribution to Indian education by the Skill Tree Knowledge Consortium; Global Outstanding Leader in the field of Higher Education and Industry by CII in 2015.She was also conferred as the “Education Leader of the Year” by the World Achievers Asia Education Summit & Awards 2016.


Dr. Jyoti Kiran Shukla

Independent Director

Dr. Jyoti Kiran Shukla is a trained economist with a special focus on development policy, rural finances and labour force and structural reforms. She is the first and only woman in India who has been appointed as Chairperson, State Finance Commission, Rajasthan on 30 May, 2015. She is a member of National Standing Committee (Income generation, water supply sanitation) CAPART, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Her areas of specialization include inter alia developing macro economic policies; development studies: employment, health, population, education and environment; structural reforms and development policy; impact of globalisation, technology and labour resource and economic empowerment. Under her leadership there have been major reforms in the rural financial architecture through strengthening and reforming Panchayats and Local Bodies finances. She has consistently worked on the macro economic fundamentals and researcher and advisor. Dr. Jyoti Kiran has also written research publications viz. “Women Labour Force and National Product” and “Antodaya: Rise of the Last”.


Mr. Yogesh Gautam

Independent Director

Mr. Yogesh Gautam, is a science graduate and a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) having a vast experience in practice of over 30 years. He has done Post Qualification Course in Information System Audit and Concurrent Audit of Banks of ICAI.

He also holds the post of National Treasurer in Laghu Udhyog Bharti (a National level Organization of Micro & Small Industries). He is member of MSME Facilitation Council, Rajasthan and a member of Governing Body of Council of vocational educational and training (Rajasthan). He was also a Government Nominee member in Finance Committee of Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy from year 2007 to 2009.



CS Ashish Garg

(Council Member, ICSI)

CS Ashish Garg, is a Post Graduate in Economics (M.A.) and Commerce (M.Com.) and Graduate in Law (L.LB.) from the Vikram University, Ujjain and a Fellow Member of the Institute of the Company Secretaries of India (FCS). He has been elected to the Central Council of the ICSI for the term 2015-2018. He was the Chairman of Practicing Company Secretaries Committee of the ICSI for the year 2015 and 2016 and Core Group of GST of ICSI for the year 2016 and presently he is the Chairman of Centre of Corporate Governance, Research and Training (CGRT), known for its training and research in the Corporate Governance. He is also member the Cost Accounting Standards Board of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India for the year 2017 nominated from the ICSI.

Mr. Ashish Garg is highly passionate about the Profession and actively participates in the activities of the Institute. He was the Secretary and Vice Chairman of Indore Chapter of the ICSI in 2004 and 2005. He was the member of the Western India Regional Council of the ICSI for two term from 2007 to 2014 and Secretary of WIRC in 2013 and 2014.

He is Practicing Company Secretary at Indore, financial capital of Central India Region since more than last 16 years and having specialization in corporate laws, organizational restructuring and corporate legal counseling to companies and appearances before Company Law Board and Ministry Corporate Affairs. He has been the visiting faculty at various Management Institutes of Indore for MBA and other Professional courses and delivered lectures regularly as invited speaker in the conference of Company Secretaries and Chartered Accountants.