Thought Leaders


Ashwin Ajila

Founder and Managing Director

ashwinAshwin Ajila is a multi-faceted professional who has used his expertise in pioneering ideas to create successful endeavors. He is a chartered accountant, who articled and qualified from KPMG Peat Marwick, UK. He also started his professional career with a five year stint with them. This helped him develop his entrepreneurial drive which led to the creation of a pioneering initiative in the field of formal higher education in India, iNurture Education Solutions Private Limited. Under his able guidance, iNurture began its operations in the year 2005 by offering India’s first B. Sc. degree in Animation. Today, it has grown to more than 15 centers across India in the five fast growing verticals – Creative Management, Information Technology (Infrastructure Management, Information Security management and Storage & Cloud Technology), Mobile Applications, Financial services and Animation & Special Effects, bridging the gap between university approved mainstream courses and industry requirements. Ashwin has been forging partnerships with universities, colleges and autonomous institutions of higher repute to introduce UG, PG degrees and short term skill enhancement programs in these verticals. Ashwin hails from an education family which manages the NITTE Education Trust, under which well-known institutions function. In a short span of 25 years, the trust has grown from strength to strength and it currently manages over 30 institutions such as Kshema (K.S Hegde Medical Academy), Nitte engineering colleges in Mangalore & Bangalore, A B Shetty Dental College (Ranked 8th in the country) to name a few.


Chief Learning Officer

lakshminarayanR. Lakshminarayanan is an industry veteran with a reputed professional career backed by outstanding academic track record.

One of the earliest employees of iNurture, he currently leads the New-Age Learning initiative at the organization. R. Lakshminarayanan brings in a unique mix of industry experience at top management levels as well as in-depth academic credentials of Course Design, Curriculum & Syllabus detailing, Content Creation as well as Teaching & Learning Pedagogy.

An alumnus of IIT (Delhi) & IIM (Bangalore), R. Lakshminarayanan spent the first 10 years of his career in Retail Sales, New Product Development & Brand Management with Hindustan Unilever, International Best Foods & SmithKline Pharma. He then moved to Ogilvy & Mather Direct as the National Account Director with operations across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai & Bangalore. He was soon promoted to head the Ogilvy office in Chennai. Then followed his stint at DDB Mudra Communications where he held several roles such Vice President – South, Chief Operating Officer (New Initiatives) & CEO – Mudra Marketing Services. He had been an Executive Director on the Mudra Board for over a decade by the time he moved out in the year 2008. He has the distinction of building the non-traditional business of Mudra into a large, profitable & rapidly growing SBU with over 2500 employees & over 100 prestigious clients. Since the year 2009, he has been with iNurture developing SBU’s focused on future employment opportunities as well as the strategic responsibility across multiple domains.

On September 28, 2013, he was conferred the Guru Vandana award by the Honourable Governor of Karnataka, as one of 100 senior professionals across multiple fields.

R. Lakshminarayanan is an Independent Director on the boards of Henkel India and Jyothy labs.

C.Shanath Kumar

Head – E-Learning

shanath kumar PhotoEducation Technology and Higher Education Professional with more than 20 years of experience in Business, Academics and E-Learning.

C.Shanath Kumar has extensive professional experience in Process Industries, Technology and Training companies, Academics and E-Learning in functions of Production, Technology, Sales, Training, Teaching and Research. He has held positions of leadership in organizations such as First Computers, Sonsie Technologies, TAPMI, Nitte Institute of Technology and Manipal Education, where he was instrumental in pioneering the initiative for E-Learning in Higher Education. He was part of initial MOOC groups and an active member of Technology for Teaching Global Group. A Technology in Learning Evangelist with several speaking assignments with ASSOCHAM, CII and EDGE, he has been featured in Digital Learning magazine.

At iNurture, C. Shanath Kumar is responsible for innovation in curriculum, content, pedagogy and engagement in Higher Education.

Pramod Idiculla

CEO – Enterprise Learning

pramodWith over 23 years of corporate experience, Pramod Idiculla has handled various portfolios with key achievements in the areas of Strategy planning, Business Structuring, Fund Management, Investments & Divestments, Sales Strategy, Domain Competency and Mergers & Acquisitions.

As the CEO of Enterprise Learning at iNurture, Pramod Idiculla is responsible for leading the enterprise side of the business – driving the implementation of innovation labs and centre of excellences, internships and placements, forging joint program with industry partners etc.

Prior to iNurture, Pramod Idiculla has been the Global Head of Business Planning at Wipro BPO; Vice President-Strategy and M&A and APAC Business Head of R&D at Wipro Technologies. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and Post Graduation in Business administration.


Academic Head and Mentor – IT and Mobile Applications

ashokB. Ashok is an experienced IT professional who brings with him more than 26 years of rich experience in the areas of business development, marketing strategy, managing services, business and technology, along with over five years of academic expertise.

At iNurture, B. Ashok is responsible for course curriculum content for the IT vertical. His extensive domain knowledge in Networking, IT Security, and Information Storage, coupled with his management skills, has helped him play a leadership role in prominent IT companies. Prior to taking up his current responsibility at iNurture, he has served in senior management roles in WEP Solutions India limited (CEO), Cisco Systems (Senior Vice President) and Wipro Infotech Ltd.

B. Ashok has a Masters in management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

Anupama Hegde

Academic Head and Mentor – Mobile Application Technologies

anupamaAnupama Hegde, who has designed and created the Mobile Application Courses at iNurture, is a career professional from the Mobile and Telecom Industry.

Till some time back, Anupama was heading India operations and Product Management at Livewire Mobile, a Managed Mobile Service provider. She has held Product Management, Business Development and Engineering roles at NMS Communications, Openera Technologies, IndTelesoft, IDT Inc and worked in the areas of Mobile Applications, Handset technologies, Mobile networks and protocols.

Anupama Hegde holds an MS-ECE degree from Oakland University, MI and BE degree from NIT, Durgapur.

Dinesh Kulkarni

Academic Head and Mentor – ToonSkool New Media Edu.

Dinesh Kulkarni Photo

Dinesh Kulkarni, carries over 12+ years experience in full CG and VFX Production.

His CG credits include Little Krishna Series, Big Bees, Veneta Cucine Advt, Ghost Station, Little Krishna (Stereo), Wendy, Chops Chops and Paddle pop . Feature Film VFX Credits include Resident Evil- After Life, Hanna, Burlesque, A Dangerous Method, Three Musketeers, Leafdel advt . Technologists specializing in 3D stereoscopy and original IP’s include Hampi, Yeti, Birds colony and Super sect man. Successfully designed and implemented an effective production training and development program for XDI training vertical at Anibrain thereby exposing students to cutting-edge Hollywood technology.

Dinesh Kulkarni has Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Bharthiar University and Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Technologies from Pentamedia.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti

Academic Head and Mentor – Financial Services and Business Analytics

vinodDr. Vinod Kumar Murti is an Industry turn academician who has a vast experience of 17 years in Engineering Industry and 10 years in academics.

During his Engineering career Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti had served organizations like Wesman Halverschidt Forgings Ltd., LML Ltd., Roto Pumps Ltd., and Madhusudan Nippon Ltd. He had been to Germany and Bahrain for professional assignments. Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti is at present associated with iNurture Education Solutions Pvt Ltd, Bangalore in the capacity of Academic Head and Mentor – Financial Services and Business Analytics.

Prior to his present role he was associated with Dr Gaur Hari Singhania Institute of Management and Research, Kanpur as Area Head – Finance. He has been teaching subjects like Security Analysis and Portfolio Management and International Financial Management. Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti was awarded Saraswati Sewa Puruskar by Lions International Club, Kanpur in year 2008 for his significant contribution in academics.

He has won Second Prize in Best Doctoral Paper Competition in AIM’S 10thInternational Conference held at IIM-Bangalore during 6-9th January 2013. Besides the domain of Finance, Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti has a special passion towards Data Analytics and he is currently engaged in writing a book on Multivariate Data Analysis. IBM has authorized him as a Certified Trainer for IBM-CEBT (Career Education for Business Transformation) in the area of Predictive Analysis. Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti loves to share his knowledge about SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) and conducted several workshops/FDPs on Data Analysis through SPSS. His research interest lies in developing ‘Corporate Bankruptcy Prediction’ models using advance Data Mining tools like Neural Networks, Adaptive Boosting, Random Forests, Fuzzy Logics, Support Vector Machines and Genetic Algorithms.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Murti holds an Engineering Degree (B.E.) in Mechanical discipline, an MBA in Finance and Marketing and PhD in Finance.

Mathew Anthony

Academic Head and Mentor – Marketing Leadership & Innovation

mathewMathew Anthony is Academic Head – Marketing Leadership & Innovation at iNurture. Till recently, he was Head – Direct Marketing Communication at Aimia at their India operations. Aimia is the world’s largest loyalty management company with programs like Nectar in UK, Aeroplan in Canada and Air Miles in Middle East. Before joining Aimia India, Mathew served in leadership roles with JWT, Mudra Communications and Rediffusion Young & Rubicam heading their direct marketing business units – RMG Connect, Rapp India and Wunderman respectively. He also founded Datatalk Services one of the first BPOs in Bangalore in 1994. Prior to his move to direct marketing communication, Mathew worked in mainstream advertising with some of the best communication agencies in the country such as Ogilvy & Mather and on leading brands across verticals from Aviation to Telecom: British Airways, Bru Instant, Manipal Education, Titan Watches, BPL Mobile. Mathew is an avid reader and maintains a blog with over 130,000 views where he curates content of interest to marketers. Some of the work that Mathew has been involved which are written as case studies and published at

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