Executive Director

Executive Director

Professor Chandan Chowdhury

Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems (Practice)
Senior Associate Dean-CAS; Executive Director-Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing(MIGM) & Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management (PLIIM).

Dr. Chowdhury comes with extensive experience of ~ 30 years spanning across the academic as well as the corporate sectors. He has been associated with NITIE ((National Institute of Industrial Engineering) as a Professor, Dean (Academy), Chairman (Board of Research), and Member (Board of Governors) and spent about 10 years before moving to IFS Solutions India Pvt Ltd (a Swedish multinational) initially as a Director and later on as a CEO and Director wherein he spent a little over 10 years.
Prior to joining ISB, Dr. Chowdhury served Dassault Systèmes, initially as the Managing Director of Dassault Systèmes India and subsequently Vice President (Global Affairs & Business Development). He was instrumental in developing and expanding the company's footprint across several sectors in corporate, government, and academic sectors. Before joining Dassault Systemes, Dr. Chowdhury was associated with IBM as the Country Manager, Software Group, Strategic Accounts.
Dr. Chowdhury did his MS in Mechanical Engineering and has a double Doctorate. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, and his special areas of interest are innovation and ‘Technology-Enabled Business Transformation”. He is passionate about leveraging technology to make the world a better place to live in. Prof. Chowdhury is responsible for identifying research priorities and setting the overall direction of the institute. His special areas of interest are operations and manufacturing management, innovation, and ‘Technology-Enabled Business Transformation’ and smart and sustainable city.

Academic Director

Dr. Pratap Sriram Sundar

Academic Director - Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing & Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management

Pratap Sriram Sundar has more than three decades of experience as a teacher, trainer, consultant, and director of a manufacturing company in operations management. He holds B. Tech (Mechanical Engineering), M. Tech (Industrial Engineering), and Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston).  Presently, he is the Academic Director and Adjunct Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in the Munjal Institute of Global Manufacturing (MIGM) and Punj Lloyd Institute for Infrastructure Management (PLIIM).  He had worked as an assistant professor at NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering), Mumbai for about eight years.

After completing his Ph.D., he worked as Customer Advocacy Manager in Para form, a Silicon Valley company in Santa Clara, CA, and then as Director of Manufacturing in Innovation Sports, Los Angeles, CA, USA for six years before returning to India for good. Later, he offered his training and consulting services through his company Natura Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. in the fields of industrial engineering, manpower optimization, demand planning, scenario planning, supply chain management, lean systems design, and six-sigma. He was the Assistant Director on the Board of Adithya Automotive Applications Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow (a joint venture of TRF Ltd., Tata Capital Ltd., and Jasper Industries Pvt. Ltd.).

He authored 19 conference papers, 4 journal papers, and 6 chapters in a book published in the US. He was a member of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society (Alpha Pi Mu) and The Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi). He received an “Outstanding Scholarly Work” certificate from the Director of LRM (Laboratory for Responsible Manufacturing), Northeastern University, Boston, MA, the USA in Apr. 2000. He also received the “Best Team Performer” award from the CEO of Paraform, Inc., in Dec. 2000. He received training in the Theory of Constraints (TOC) from Dr. Eli Goldratt at Boston, and training in Axiomatic Design at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston, and training in the Lean Aircraft Initiative at MIT, Boston, USA. He attended the NSF (National Science Foundation, Washington, DC) Workshop on “Nanotechnology” in Boston, USA. He visited more than 400 companies and had offered his services to about 50 companies in the last 35 years. He is a fervent explorer of Nature and science.

Senior Associate Director

Col. Rajiv Bhargava

Senior Associate Director - Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing & Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management

Col. Rajiv Bhargava is an alumnus of the PGP at ISB and has majored in Strategy and Finance. He has been a member of the founding team of the Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing and the Mohali Campus of ISB. He is a Postgraduate in Defence Studies from Madras University and is currently the Senior Associate Director at the Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing and Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management

Col. Rajiv Bhargava has the expertise of over 22 years in Logistic Operations and Supply Chain Management and has applied a cross-functional approach to procuring and delivering products and services in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. He has also headed the Procurement department at the Mohali Campus at ISB for over three years.

In his previous role, Col. Bhargava has been a faculty at the prestigious Army War College and the Army Air Defence College. He has taught Strategy and Tactics to Mid-level managers of the Indian Army and of friendly neighbouring countries, including Sri Lanka and Nepal

Col. Rajiv Bhargava is a prolific writer and has co-edited a book titled ‘Perspectives on India’s Defence Offset Policy. He has published articles widely across National Newspapers, ISB’s Insight Journal, and professional Army journals. As a keynote speaker and panelist, he participates in numerous panel discussions and roundtables organized by industry bodies and Universities.

Col. Rajiv Bhargava has served in the Indian Army for 25 years and participated in over four Operations. He has commanded a battalion of over 1000 men and has received the Army Commander’s recommendation for his conscientiousness and efficiency in command.

Col. Rajiv Bhargava has interests in Skilling, Behaviour Economics, and Defence Strategy and is passionate about studying the determinants that impact the valuation of start-ups and MSMEs. He has been a University level player in badminton and table tennis.


Senior Associate

Sonia Sharma

Senior Associate


Sonia Sharma is currently working as a Senior Associate at the Punj Lloyd Institute. Prior to joining ISB, She has worked with Smart Data Enterprises India Ltd. as Admin. Executive for 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Airlines Tourism Hospitality Management and an MBA from Punjab Technical University and a Diploma in Computer Applications. Her hobbies include dancing and cooking.

Research Associate

Aastha Singh

Research Associate


Aastha Singh is currently working as a Research Associate at the Punj Lloyd Institute. Prior to joining ISB,  Aastha Singh comes with 3 years of experience and worked as a Research Intern at Ladii Foundation Trust, New Delhi, and as a risk analyst at Deutsche Bank Operations International (DBOI) Global Services, Mumbai. She has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.


Research Analyst

Vignesh Maninathan

Research Analyst


Vignesh has around 11 years of experience. He is a rehire and was working as an Analyst with Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management earlier. He has also worked as a consultant in Road Transport Projects for Kochi-based developers. Additionally, he worked with Mahindra Consulting Engineers  Ltd. Chennai as a Business Process Consultant for Projects Coordination and Client Management.

He completed his M.Sc in Transport Planning from the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Uk, and his MBA in Infrastructure Management from the School of Management of Infrastructure and Development Studies, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore. He Completed B.E in Communications Engineering from the University of Madras, Chennai.