Dr, Uday Nirgudkar an MBA and Doctorate in Political Marketing from Pune University, India in a career of 30 years, have worked in diverse industries from shipping, IT, IT training and education, IT enabled services, Infrastructure Finance and media. Have unique ability of leading large projects from conceptualization to execution by grasping complexities of different businesses. Wide travel of over 35 countries across the globe has helped to develop skills in International Marketing and brand building. Trained in International etiquettes and multi-culture sensitization at Berlitz School, Germany helped to manage Global training business and create education brand across various markets. As a doctorate of Psephology studied the changing demographics of emerging India, thus developed a good grasp of socio-political & cultural fabric of changing India. This experience was put to set up & manage 1000 + IT education centers in emerging rural and urban markets. As a self-starter with a high degree of commitment, developed international business in IT education. During the process handled acquisitions, JVs, alliances and mergers in Latin, African & Pacific rim countries. This experience helped to master the skills of handing diverse socio-cultural issues across the world. Have written textbooks for various universities abroad in the field of business process re-engineering and TQM. Have been on the board of academics on various universities, thus developed strong academic base.

Educational Qualification:
Ph.D. in Political Marketing from University of Pune, India
M.B.A. in Marketing from University of Pune , India
Science Graduate from Mumbai University

Professional Experience:
Currently on the Board of Directors as Independent Director with National Hydro Electric Power Corporation, A mini Navratna Company Government of India
Associated with various companies as consultant on strategy and organization building for companies ranging from media, IT and education.

As an Editor in Chief and CEO with Zee Multimedia Corporation and News 18 group
As an Editor-in-Chief of a leading Marathi news channel has proven track record of conducting election shows as anchor, daily prime time discussion programmes. Dr Uday is the most trusted household name in Maharashtra due to his unique presentations style and narrative setting ability. His interviews of renowned socio-political-cultural personalities including Army Personnel have deep impact on viewers. Initiated many trend setting concepts in journalism as Editor-in-Chief with a Conglomerate in print, electronic and social media. Many of these concepts were in tune with initiatives by Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As an Editor started “Innovation Awards” for college students all across Maharashtra. The competition which is in tune with start-up India saw huge participation. As an investigative journalist led number of investigative, breaking stories which were widely discussed in Vidhansabha sessions number of times and forcing policy changes for benefit of society at large.
Led a team of journalists to make and sustain channel as number one in the industry nd led a busines team to make it most profitable.

As Vice President with IL&FS Education and technology services Limited
IL&FS is the Asia’s one of the largest company in Infrastructure development Company, providing consulting to Government of India in capacity building initiatives. Common Service centers (CSC) is a major capacity building initiative to spread E-Governance and ICT based human development initiatives through 100 thousand Information Kiosks in rural India.
Conceptualised PPP models, SPV formation & functioning. Developed expertise in creating financial models for collaboration, Networking & Resource planning, Program management.
Executed large scale projects in education and infrastructure.
Experience of conceptualising and executing large scale rural entrepreneurship program in collaboration with Indian Institute of Management (A) in 12 states of India to identify, groom and nurture the potential Rural Entrepreneurs to create their business models for rolling out the common service centers.
Conceptualised, designed and implemented a USD 10 million initiative through Public Private Partnership mode for Municipal schools to upgrade physical infrastructure and academic standards. This has impacted over 100 schools, 60,000 students and over 1800 teachers.