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 (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal

(Director, ICSI IPA)

A man of stupendous vision, professional vigour and colossal discipline having an unyielding belief in prosperity of revered profession of Company Secretaries, CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has taken over as the zenithal torch-bearer of Corporate Governance profession in India for the year 2017 on joining the Institute as ‘the President' from 19th January 2017.

His association with the Institute eventuated on earning Associate Membership from the Institute in the year 2005. He held the positions of Chairman, NIRC in the year 2014 and Chairman, Jaipur Chapter for the years of 2009 and 2010.

Besides being a learned Company Secretary, he is also a thoroughly academically accomplished person and a learned researcher. He not only holds Degree of Master of Law (LLM) and but is also holder of a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) in Law on the topic ‘Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: An Analytical Study of Law, Practice and Procedures’. Besides, he is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, United Kingdom.

CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal has proved his mettle and professional at national as well as international platforms. A feather to his cap, he has been associated with various Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Non-Governmental Organizations and won many accolades. Furthermore, he was Member of educational advisory and discussion panels of leading newspapers, a sought-after faculty at the diverse seminars, Study Circle Meetings and distinctive training programs of ICSI and other professional bodies.

Having social and ecological issues in his heart, he also initiated a Signature Campaign on a clamorous theme ‘Save Water, Respect Nature and Global Warming’. Taking Governance beyond Board Rooms, he has fervently been raising issues of improving the quality of Governance in the Indian Political Systems and initiated campaign on “Cast Your Vote” in the rural and remote parts of the country to create awareness among people about value of their Vote.

He is also a recipient of the Prestigious “Emerging Leader of the Year” Award in the year 2016. He holds positions of Director, Governance Research and Knowledge Foundation, ICSI and Director, ICSI Insolvency Professional Agency and vouches for taking the profession of Company Secretaries of India on a sky-scraping pedestal of Governance globally.


CS Makarand Lele

(President, ICSI)


Makarand Lele is a Fellow Company Secretary (FCS) and a member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1992. He has completedhis Commerce graduation(B.Com) from Garware College of Commerce Pune and Law graduation (L.L.B) from ILS Law College Pune.  He holds the Certificate of Practice of ICSI since 1993.

He has co-founded MRM ASSOCIATES, a firm of Company Secretariesin Pune in the year 2001 and MRM Corporate Advisor Private Limited.

His expertise is in providing total business solutions.He has been consulting to various Indian and International businesses on compliances, governance, risk management, joint ventures, policies, structuring and various critical matters in corporate laws over two decades.

He is actively associated with Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI)since 1994. He was a Chairman of the Pune Chapter for the year 2003, when chapter was conferred with the award of ‘Best National Chapter’in India.

He was a member of Western India Regional Council of ICSI for the two terms from 2007-14.He was the Chairman of Western Regional Council in the year 2011.

He is Central Council Member of ICSI for the term of 2015-2019 and is elected to the post of Vice- President for the year 2017. He was first Chairman of Auditing Standards Board formed by ICSI.

He has recently been empaneled as“Mediator & Conciliator” by the Government of India.

He is a Core Group Member of Corporate Legislation sub-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 a popular faculty for training programmes & seminars organized by ICSI & other professional bodies.He is a guest faculty for regulatory and judicial training programmes of government of India and private organizations. He has delivered several lectures on various segments of the CompaniesAct, FEMA, sustainability, governance, compliances and business setup.

He was a mentor member of ICSIeditorial team, who developed a research basedbook “Premier on Company Law”consistingexclusive commentary on Companies Act, 2013.

He regularly contributes to professional and business journals & in local leading newspapers & magazines. He writes blog on corporate laws & runs discussion forums for the benefit of members & students on social media.

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.


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.