Dilip Vengsarkar (Patron)
Dilip Vengsarkar has played 116 test matches for India and captained India in ten test matches. During a purple patch in the 1980’s he was the leading batsmen in the world, scoring 8 hundreds in 16 test matches between 1986-1988. His best known feat is scoring 3 consecutive test match hundreds at Lords. Vengsarkar is also a former chairman of selectors of the Indian Test Team
After retiring in 1992 he founded the Dilip Vengsarkar Elf Academy. He has nurtured several promising cricketers over the years. In 2013 Vengsarkar sent Khizar Dafedar, a boy from his academy to Cheadle Hulme School. He was impressed with the end product and continues to send young cricketers to the UK via these exchanges (Harshvardhan Patil in 2014 and Hashir Dafedar in 2015)
Lord Bhikhu Parekh (Patron)
Bhiku Parekh is an eminent political theorist in Britain and an active member in the House of Lords. During his tenure, he has contributed immensely towards societal changes that were once a major cause of concern to Britain’s culture in the early 70’s. He has pioneered many concepts on multiculturalism, collective rights and responsibility and other socio-cultural issues that have influenced the governance in UK. Commonly addressed as Lord Bhiku, he has worked to bring about a noninterventionist and tolerant political view where people of different ethnicities could live in harmony. It was through his ideologies and his unrelenting dedication towards his work that he managed to bring a significant understanding of Indian culture on a global platform. During his lifetime, he has been conferred with a number of awards such as the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize, Distinguished Global Thinker Award, Padma Bhushan, etc. by many international forums.
Samir Pathak (Founder and Chairman)
Dr Samir Pathak graduated from Liverpool Medical School with honours in 2006. He is now a Specialist Registrar in Surgery working in Bristol, having previously trained in Liverpool and Leeds. His main areas of interest, where he has published several journal articles, are that of advanced colorectal cancer. Dr Pathak also harbours an interest in public health and is involved in several projects in India to improve service delivery. Other than medicine, Dr Pathak is also an accomplished sportsman having represented England Universities in 2004 and captained Liverpool University between 2003-2005. He was a wicket-keeper batsman and has recently also become a playing member of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Heman Joshi (Vice Chair and Treasurer)
Heman was the first British Indian to represent Yorkshire Schools at rugby union and cricket in the same calendar year. A knee operation at the end of that season curtailed his sporting ambitions but sparked an interest in a medical career. He is currently a Specialist Registrar in Surgery working in London. He has an interest in addressing the global need for essential surgery and sports exchanges programmes in Africa. He plays for Oxford University Cricket Club where he is also reading for a PhD.
John Wilson (Co-Founder and Head of Education)
John is currently head of Spanish at Cheadle Hulme School (CHS). He was pivotal in shaping the cricket exchange scheme and designed the entire academic/sporting program at CHS. John is an open side flanker, and represented Yorkshire and the North of England in Rugby for several years at school-boy level. He now plays for Burnage RUFC (North 1) in his limited free time. John will lead the academic programme development for IOHSA and look to expand the exchange scheme with other leading schools in the UK and India
Nilesh Kulkarni (Head of Operations in India)
Nilesh Kulkarni, former Indian test Cricketer and a world record holder (wicket with the very first ball he bowled in test cricket), is a young and dynamic entrepreneur who has set out with a mission to touch the lives of common man in any possible way. Coming from a sports background, being a part of the Indian national cricket team and as former captain of Mumbai Ranji team, he possesses a tremendous understanding of work ethics.
Nilesh started India’s first ever sports management institute, International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) having branches in Mumbai and Dubai. IISM Dubai is providing the best education opportunities in every arena to the residents of theUAE. IISM has won The Devang Mehta Business School Awards 2013.He is the initiator for the UGC approved BBA and MBA courses in sports management in India.
Nilesh is the CEO and Mentor for Veer Marathi lead by celebrated actor Reitesh Deshmukh in Celebrity Cricket League. He is a Director at International Marathi Film Festival Awards. He understands the importance of discipline in daily life, and has the right attitude to decipher situation and make the right decisions at right times.