ISB Portraits : Our Alumni, Our Pride.
Launch of ISB Portraits during ISB@15 Celebrations at Mumbai on January 28, 2017
What does a Bollywood producer have in common with the head of a family-run education enterprise, or a social activist in Bangladesh?
They are all ISB alumni.
It is now 15 years since ISB's founding and, in that time, the strength of its alumni body has grown to more than 7,500. To celebrate this journey, the Alumni Relations department sought a memorable way to highlight the School’s collective achievement and capture the essence of its impact on individuals and society. Ultimately, we felt that there was no better way to achieve this than by telling the stories of its most valued custodians — its alumni — and, in doing so, distill the elements of their success: their drive, versatility, leadership and imagination. The result is ISB Portraits, a sampling of 73 movers and shakers among our alumni, who are making their mark in the world today as business leaders, creative entrepreneurs, artists, and even sportspersons.
In selecting the profiles for ISB Portraits, the Alumni Relations department solicited nominations from the School’s alumni, faculty, students and administrators. A committee made up of senior ISB staff, faculty and alumni oversaw the process of evaluating the nominees. Nearly 250 alumni were nominated and divided into five professional categories. Thereafter, sub-committees comprising staff and specialists with the relevant expertise corresponding to each professional category were set up to conduct an assessment against a set of pre-established parameters. This assessment process resulted in a shortlist of alumni who would be featured in the compilation.
Finally, an editorial team, with alumni at the helm, prepared the alumni profiles. Each alumnus was interviewed by the writers with the aim of capturing their unique qualities, experiences and professional trajectory, and this formed the basis of the vignettes in the book. Photographer Natasha Hemrajani then photographed the shortlisted alumni for this compilation, which will be formally released on January 28, 2017.
While over half of the alumni featured in ISB Portraits have taken corporate career paths and almost a quarter are entrepreneurs, the rest include those who have opted out of traditional careers in business, and, following their passion, have instead chosen to pursue development sector work, artistic endeavours and other creative pursuits. Take for example, Reshma Krishnan and Ester Martinez, the lead writers of ISB Portraits, who volunteered their time to the project and are themselves featured in it. Reshma, from the Class of 2003, gave up a career as an investment banker to become a travel writer and novelist. She has contributed articles to leading publications and her debut novel Fade into Red was released in 2014. She has just finished her second novel, which she hopes to be out in 2017. Ester Martinez, an alumnus from the Class of 2004 with a passion for writing, is the Founding Editor of the innovative HR magazine, People Matters. She is a regular speaker on HR and leadership and was recently ranked third on the 2016 LinkedIn Top Voices List.
We want to express our gratitude to the whole alumni community and to everyone who had a hand in bringing ISB Portraits to fruition. Together, these stories of achievement showcase a slice of the ISB DNA and the footprint of ISB alumni across a spectrum of industries and fields. As our alumni body grows and extends its presence across the world, we hope to periodically update ISB Portraits so that it remains an evergreen insight into the quintessence of an ISB alumnus.
About the writer :
This article has been written by Radhika Sen, former employee of ISB.