Chairman and President
Canada Research Centre
18 years of diversified global experience transcending industry sectors like Space, Information technology, Robotics, Education, Business Advisory, Construction, Mergers and Joint Ventures, Valuations, Concepts and Ideation, project management, Investments and Liaison.
Mr. Anuj has conceptualized the new age concept of Education 4.0, Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and India Astronaut Candidate Program. Mr. Anuj also serves in multiple roles such as Founding Dean of University in India and honorary speaker by various industry and government bodies. Mr. Anuj also serves as Chairman of Canada Research Centre.
Post Graduate- Management and Leadership
Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
First person in history of MIT, USA to attend and graduate via using Live telepresence robot
Post Graduate- Education Systems
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, USA
Post Graduate- Human Resources
School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, USA
PHD- International Business (In progress)
H. University, Paris, France
Masters- International Education (In progress)
H. University, Paris, France
Executive Certificate- Business Management
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Ashworth University, Georgia, USA
MPSF- Business Management
Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA
MIT Innovation Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
The Seven Sins of Innovation
A Strategic Model for Entrepreneurship
Dr Dave Richards is a highly acclaimed speaker, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He works with a wide variety of organizations (in public, commercial and non-profit sectors, ranging from start-ups through SMEs and multinationals, across many industries including digital, internet and various other technologies, healthcare, and manufacturing) improving how leaders and teams come together effectively to drive all forms of innovation – customer experience, business performance, and bottom line results. Previously, Dr Dave directly led the creation of $ Billions of shareholder value as a globally responsible senior executive with Nortel Networks and Oracle Corporation. Dr Dave is a globally recognized innovation thought-and-practice leader, and co-founder and lifetime member of the MIT Innovation Lab – engaging globally leading multinationals in sharing secret sauces and recipes for innovation. These insights are shared in Dr Dave’s book, The Seven Sins of Innovation: A Strategic Model for Entrepreneurship – which “elevates the thinking on this crucial subject to the highest level” according to Roger Lacey, former Chief Strategy Officer of 3M. Dr Dave is a ‘Canadian-American Brit’, working globally, and living primarily in Buckinghamshire, UK with his family.
Dr. Ian Smith
Senior Vice Provost (Research)
Professor Ian Smith completed his first degree in Newcastle upon Tyne England and moved to
Australia in 1984 to complete his PhD at Prince Henrys Institute Melbourne and Monash University.
Ian is currently Senior Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) and has responsibility for
the oversight and management of the universities research, research alliances and research
infrastructure as well as developing and implementing strategies to meet future university research
needs in these areas.
Professor Smith is an accomplished medical researcher and is recognized as a leader in his field. His
research applies proteomics technologies to study the proteases involved in the generation and
metabolism of peptide regulators involved in both brain and cardiovascular function. This research has
resulted in over 250 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at
international meetings, many as a plenary speaker.
Ian was a co-founder of a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company and he continues to
collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ian serves on six
international editorial boards and over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of
national and international societies and organisations, he has held and continues to hold, a variety of
national and international senior government and non-government advisory board/committee
Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik
Former Deputy Commandant (Two Star Equivalent)
NATO Defense College, NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Former DEAN, (Two Star Equivalent)
NATO Defense College, NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Dr Daria Daniels Skodnik served as Dean and Deputy Commandant of the NATO Defense College (NDC) from September 2013, when elected by the NATO Military Committee (at 28 Allied Nations), until September 2016, for a mandate of three years. She holds a PhD in Political Theory from LUISS University in Rome (2012), an M.A. in International Law from the University of Maribor (2006), a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations from the University of Ljubljana (2002), and A.S. in Paralegal Studies (1982) from the University of Maribor.
Her extensive experience in the field of international security and policy matters and her broad educational background contributed significantly to her balanced and forward-looking approach to her posting as Dean and Deputy Commandant of the NDC. As Dean, she was the functional head of all academic matters, bringing leadership to the academic divisions, i.e. Research Division, the Middle East Faculty, Academic Planning and Policy Division, and Academic Operations Division. She chaired the NDC Academic Council, which promotes, improves and develops academic planning, policy, and academic curricula in the context of advanced Professional Military Education (PME) strategy. In her capacity as Deputy Commandant, she provided advice and direction on academic, political and diplomatic issues in support of the NATO’s strategic priorities.
In 1991, she joined the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, when she worked on the creation of the Slovenian Armed Forces after independence. As an army officer, she rose through the ranks and held subsequently a wide variety of appointments, mostly in the General Staff and in the field of international military cooperation, while working with numerous international organizations, e.g., NATO, the EU, OSCE, and the UN. Dr Daniels thus gained considerable experience and strategic insight into policy solutions for the military sector. She also worked extensively on a bilateral basis with the militaries of various countries, especially in the field of advanced civil-military education and strategic level cooperation. During her military career, she received a number of notable military awards for her outstanding work. After over two decades of military service, she left with the rank of Colonel to pursue an academic career. The final posting of her military service was as Faculty Adviser and Senior National Representative at the NATO Defense College, where she continued to work as a civilian ‒ first as a Visiting Scholar and then as a Senior Fellow.
Dr Daniels‘ extensive military and academic experience empowered her deep understanding of the security context from a national and international perspective. Her expertise in high-level policymaking, research, senior strategic-level education, and leadership skills, together with experience working in NATO, add enormous value to her professional endeavours. While with NATO (2008-2016) she has networked widely with leading security-focused institutions, practitioners and academics worldwide, in particular with the NATO members, countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Partnership for Peace (PfP), as well as other NATO partners from the broader Middle East, and Asia. As a result, an extensive global nexus of numerous practitioners, academics and high-ranking professionals, was well formed and remains interactive to date.
Her own research, lecturing, mentoring, and the keynote speeches, focus on the Strategic Level Professional Civil-Military Education, International Security & Geopolitics, Cyber Security, and Crisis Management & Cooperative Security.
Dr. Nawtej Dosanjh
Vice President – Education & Consulting
Former Global Dean
Hult International Business School
Dr. Dosanjh is a global expert on the topic of ambidextrous leadership. As the global dean at Hult International Business School, a multi-campus institution with locations in London, Dubai, Shanghai, New York, Boston, and San Francisco, he blended his research in ambidextrous leadership with leadership practices to transform Hult as a global benchmark for the creation and delivery of business management education worldwide.
Dr. Dosanjh had a hands-on approach to faculty development across Hult’s campuses. His onboarding strategy, which included hiring 50+ faculty, deans and associate deans, reversed a significant decline in student retention rates and faculty turnover. As part of the School’s leadership team, Dr. Dosanjh was central to Hult receiving the coveted ACCSB and QAA accreditations, having served as a member of Hult’s Formal Leadership Team and
Academic Board. He was also instrumental in the school achieving its first positive Net Promoter Scores (NPS).
Dr. Dosanjh led the faculty in curricula innovation, resulting in Hult’s first digital courses, as well as the first
dual-degree program (MBA plus a second Masters degree) offered by any business school globally. In 2014,
Dr. Dosanjh co-designed the implementation of a leadership program for which the school won the AMBA
Innovation Award. His impact as a mentor and leader increased the academic rigour at Hult, and this achieved
with a practical outcome in mind with the design of eight new specialisations and an external partnership
program offering students the opportunity to solve real-time business problems. This was achieved as a result
of Dr. Dosanjh’s initiation and maintenance of sustainable relationships with Fortune 500 companies, FTSE 100,
Before being named global dean, Dr. Dosanjh was dean at Hult’s London Campus (2011-2015), where he oversaw
the academic operations, standards, and programs. He was also charged with building the campus; hiring 15
faculty, two associate deans, and other support staff; and extending the school’s external-facing relationships.
Dr. Dosanjh was associate dean (2010-2011), and an adjunct faculty member (2007-2010). Dr. Dosanjh’s most
recent contribution to the school was bringing technology into the classrooms.
Before working at Hult, Dr. Dosanjh was immersed in the business world, first in the banking industry, most
notably as a compliance and risk management consultant. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics; a Master’s
of Arts in International Relations; and a PhD in Strategy, Operations, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.
Dr Agata Kołodziejczyk
Advance Concepts Team
European Space Agency
Dr Agata Kołodziejczyk is a postdoc in Advanced Concepts Team in European Space Agency working on hibernation, biomimetics and alternative bioreactors for life support systems in space habitats on MARS 1 mission. She finished her PhD in neuroanatomy in Sweden at Stockholm University. She has been
dissecting serotonin circuits in the insect brain related with visual system and biological clock.
She was awarded for the discovery of internal eyelid in insect’s eye. This discovery now is going to be
implemented in the design of a new X-ray space telescope. During her postdoc position at the Jagiellonian
University, she investigated neurobiological mapping of neuronal circuits involved in aggressive and predatory
behaviors in vertebrates. Agata has a broad experience in immunocytochemical methods, especially in testing
At the European Space Agency, she develops new methods for subjective time perception in astronauts and
biological clock synchronization in isolated from natural light interiors. She is writing a book about timing systems in human brain. She is also involved in developing functional photosynthetic biomaterials and alternative
bioreactors, which can be implemented on board of the future deep space habitats.
As a hobby, Agata is building the first analog station in Poland to run scientific simulation of Lunar and martin
missions. She is an executive director of building the habitat as well as coordinator of upcoming international analog missions.
Aerospace Engineer & Researcher
European Space Agency
Matt works as an Engineer with the European Space Agency. He graduated from project Possum Scientist-Astronaut program where his main focus was on
pressurized suit operations, hypoxia, human performance in micro-g and high-g
environment. Matt extensively focusses on training Astronauts for future
missions to Moon and Mars.
He is a bioastronautics researcher, private pilot, aerospace and software engineer, skydiver, advanced scuba diver and military combat medic (TCCC, ACLS). He helped ESA on Moon and Mars research with extraterrestrial habitats and Extravehicular Activities operations, 3D bioprinting, photosynthetic bioink, hydroponic and aquaponic plant cultivation, polarized light influence on time perception and human time architecture.
Together with Lunares space team, he built a habitat in Poland. He was trusted to participate in three innovative missions. He graduated with Computer Science degree and studied Aerospace and Astronautics at Polish Air Force Academy.
Futurist & Keynote Speaker, Author
and CEO the Futures Agency
Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated
futurist, with over 1500 engagements in 50+
countries since 2004 and a combined audience of
over 1 million people. Gerd focusses on near-future,
‘nowist’ observations and actionable foresights in the
sectors of humanity, society, business and commerce,
media, technology and communications.
Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after
executive ‘future trainer’ and a trusted strategic
advisor. He is the co-author of the best-selling book
The Future of Music and the author of 5 other
books including ‘The Humanity Challenge’ (June
2016). Gerd is also the host of the web-TV series
The Future Show and the CEO of The Futures Agency,
a global network of over 30 leading futurists.
Gerd is considered a leading voice on a wide range
of topics including digital transformation and the
opportunity-challenges of the coming exponential
society, a sustainable business and cultural ecology,
social media and communications, TV / film, radio
and broadcasting futures, mobile content and
commerce, innovation, leadership and
entrepreneurship, ‘hard-future’ consumer trends,
human-machine futures and AI, cognitive computing,
the IoT, big data and automation, next-generation
advertising, marketing and branding, as well as
sustainability and related ‘green future’ topics. In
2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of
the leading Media Futurists in the World’. In 2015,
Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 of the top 100
influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of
Gerd’s keynotes, speeches and presentations are
renowned for their hard-hitting and provocative yet
inspiring, often humorous and always personal
motivational style. Gerd is highly regarded as a global
influencer and has advised many business leaders and
government officials around the globe. His diverse
client list of over 300 companies includes UBS,
Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The
Guardian, Google, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens,
RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche
Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy,
Omnicom, IPG, The EU Commission, Mandarin
Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others.
Vice President – Software Services and Research
Arti migrated to Canada with extensive experience in Software services like Delivery transformation, Product Innovation, Quality Assurance, Project Management, Business Analytics Software Process re-engineering and Agile Methodology Implementation for clients spread across North America and Europe.
Arti holds degree in Computer Science and numerous prestigious Certifications in Software Delivery methodology and Processes like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 4.0), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified International Software Testing Qualification Board member. She has worked across multiple industry sectors including Software, Telecom, Healthcare, Banking and Finance industry. Arti specializes in Global E-Commerce, Finance and Banking, Location intelligence, Big Data, Enterprise Transformation and Technology Innovation. Arti has held Leadership positions in global companies like TD Bank, Pitney Bowes, Stryker and Sapient.
Siddharth migrated to Canada as a technology expert with more than 15 years of experience in technology consulting covering diversified industry sectors of Financial Industry, Business Automation, Home Automation, Software Development, Travel, E-Commerce, Transportation and Robotics. He has previously served leadership roles at Global technology leaders such as TD Bank, Sapient and Stryker in both Asia and North Americas.
Siddharth has extensive experience in Software Development, Solution Architect, Product Innovation, Project Management, Technology Consulting, Automation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithm Development and delivering both small to large scale projects through multiple cross-functional team management in different business domains. He is an expert in implementing long and short-term strategies that meet the needs of a rapidly evolving business in today’s dynamic environment. Siddharth holds degrees in Electrical engineering along with multiple prestigious Technology Certification, He is a Leader in the Industry for Technology Innovation and Delivery Transformation.