Padma Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai
Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services
Mohan is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited. He has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. In addition Aarin has helped start 10 VC funds in various asset classes over the last 3 years. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
Mohan actively interfaces with key leadership at Indian regulators to improve the business ecosystem. His areas of focus are Education, Information Technology (“IT”) and Human Resource Development aimed at improving the quality of education and availability of skilled human capital in the Country.
Mohan was a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation, the body that oversees the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), for nearly six years now. Mohan was a Member of the Dr. Anil Kakodkar Committee on Autonomy for the IITs and the Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He was a Member on the Boards of IIT – Bhubaneswar and IIT, Hyderabad. Mohan was a Member of the Kelkar Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to reform direct tax regulations. He was also a Member of the Non-Resident Taxation Committee, the High Powered Committee on e-Commerce and Taxation, and the Empowered Committee for setting up the Country’s Tax Information Network.
He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2015, and the Karnataka Rojyotsava Award in 2004.
He had served on the Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and is currently the Chairman of SEBI Primary Markets Advisory Committee. He is now on the Board of National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and Havells India Limited.
Until mid-2011, Mohan was a Member of the Board at Infosys Limited, Bangalore. Mohan joined Infosys in 1994 and was elevated to a Member of the Board in 2000. He was Infosys’s CFO from 1994 to 2006. In 2006, he voluntarily relinquished the role to lead Human Resources and Education & Research. In June 2011, Mohan stepped out of Infosys to pursue his other long-standing passion - higher education for human development. At Infosys, Mohan led the first listing of an India-registered company on the NASDAQ and the first sponsored secondary offering of American Depositary Shares by an Indian company. Mohan was an early adopter of US Sarbanes Oxley regulations, considered the world’s most demanding requirements on corporate governance. Infosys was among the first corporations outside of the United States of America to comply with this regulation.
Mohan has a keen interest in human development through education such as illiteracy eradication through the promotion of primary education. In 2000, he along with certain other philanthropists set up the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore - a mid-day meal program for school going children. Today, the mid-day meal program feeds over 1.5 million children each day in 11,000 government schools across 10 Indian states. This program aims to feed 5 million children each day by 2020. Mohan continues to make substantial personal contributions to the program. This initiative has become the largest mid-day meal program in the world.
Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.