Mentors Pool

Synchronizing with LEMON philosophy of Experiential learning and “by the entrepreneurs and for the entrepreneurs, Lemon School has picked up best of the gems in its basket. These are “practicing educators” who have a solid hands on real life experience in their field of expertise over multiple decades. These experts would add the perfect blend of concepts, application and experience.

Dr. Prabodh | Chair - Self & Psychology

Dr. Prabodh - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Prabodh chairs the Self & Psychology faculty at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Prabodh is the Director of Institute of Psycho Management Studies. He is a Spiritual Psychotherapist and Founder President of the Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Nagpur. He had stints at the Reserve Bank of India as Consultant & Professional Counsellor and Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Bhavan’s College of Management and Department of Business Management as visiting Faculty. His vast experience and deeper understanding of human psyche would help lemon entrepreneurs discover themselves and get to the more awareness state.

Nitin Gujarathi | Chair - Technology

Nitin Gujarathi is Chair-Technology at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship.He has over two decades of experience in managing & guiding SMBs and Start-ups. He has played a pivotal role in establishing organizations in India and Asia Pacific region. Nitin has the credit of executing engagements in industry domains such as Insurance, Financial Services, Information Technology & Software Services, ITeS / Business Process Outsourcing, IT Infrastructure and PC Manufacturing. Nitin brings the technology leadership for Lemon entrepreneurs and start-up teams.

Nitin Gujarathi - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Sanjay Arora | Chair - Entrepreneurial Marketing

Sanjay Arora - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Sanjay is CEO, Shells Advertising and Chairs the Entrepreneurial Marketing faculty at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship. Shells advertising is a highly professional, full service Advertising Agency with a proven track record of over 25 years in leveraging its strategic and creative abilities to build strong brands. Sanjay is a specialist in Strategic Brand Communications, Creative Concept Development & Writing for Campaigns, Brochures, e-Brochures, Presentations, Websites etc. He is been faculty for Brand Management at IMT and at Department of Business Management with more than over 13 years of teaching experience. Sanjay has been part of founding team at Lemon School.

Mr. N. Girish Raju | Mentor - Banking & Finanace

“To Live more and Earn Less”, is the way to go. With this bottom line, have entered into the field of self sufficiency in the year 2015. Giving an overview of Personal Financial Planning to each client and guide them to Financial Freedom is the basis of my Entrepreneurial foray into Financial and Architectural Advisory Services. Starting my career with an Ice Cream Company, off role stints selling Finance for Cars and Consumer Durables, moving to a Call Center profile of Credit Cards and finally landing up with Banking. A stint of about 16 years in Retail Branch Banking, mostly as a Branch Manager, working with Leaders HDFC BANK LTD and AXIS BANK LTD and mid sized organization INDUSIND BANK LTD. Starting the Banking Career as a Cashier becoming a Branch Manager, en-rout learning the Retail Branch Banking products like Liabilities Products, Assets, Mutual Funds, Insurance and good exposure in Trade Forex. Having turned around 3 Branches and Launched 1 successfully, Retail Branch Banking was my forte. Born on 3rd of June 1973, Commerce Graduate from Nagpur. An avid follower of Cricket, Long distance driving as a passion, moving towards Zero Liability Life.
Banking Experience : 16 years
Other Experience : 2 years
Overseas Experience : 1 year
Entrepreneurial Experience : 7 years

Vishal Arora | Mentor - Raising Funds

Vishal has been a software engineer/consultant with Microsoft, Symantec, Accenture, and Avanade, where his roles included enterprise product and services strategy, design and delivery, product and portfolio management, and global technology management, and he mentors startup accelerators and incubators throughout the United States and India. He also leads Kellogg Entrepreneurs Organization, Los Angeles Chapter. He is a founder of both Netvega Solutions, an IT services firm focused on providing services and solutions for small to mid-market companies, and VDOSH, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing technology startups in the early stages of their development.

Prof. Jeyavelu | Chair - Innovation

S. Jeyavelu, a Fellow of IIM-A, is an Organization & Leadership Consultant. He is currently an adjunct professor at IIM (K) and has many published papers and cases to his credit. Thanks to his rich experience across all types of organizations, he has designed and delivered programs on varied issues including innovation, creativity for competitive advantage, managerial creativity, interpersonal skills and team building, organizational change & transformation and leadership. Various organizations have been consulting him on training interventions, survey feedback, restructuring, as well as writing cases. Jeyavelu chairs the Innovation faculty at Lemon.

Sourav Mukerji | Chair - Outbound Program

Sourav is Chair-Outbound Program at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship. He is a fun loving person who likes to work 7 days a month. Mr. Sourav is a seasoned entrepreneur in media and entertainment with two decades of experience. His early entrances in the field of entrepreneurship made him learn many new things and travel different ways to find solutions and achieve success. Sourav is founding member for Lemon School.He is very fond of gadgets and cars. He is a well-connected and jovial personality with high degree of vibrancy & fun.

Sourav Mukerji - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Ravi Karia | Mentor (Legal and Compliance)

Mr. Ravi Karia is a Commerce Graduate and working as Corporate Consultant . He has expertise in Company Law and Trade Marks and having work experience of 21+ years in the field of Company Law. He has managed the IPO of Malu Paper Mills Ltd. Nagpur and providing consultancy to many Public Limited and Private Limited Companies, LLps, Section 8 Companies in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. He has qualified the Proficiency Self Assessment Test for Independent Directors. He is also a soft skill Trainer and Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner.

Prof. Naga Prakasham | Mentor - Social Entrepreneurship

Prof Nagaraja Prakasam, (a.k.a. Naga) is  Founder Chairman of Native Angel Network (NAN) and member of Indian Angel Network (IAN). He has been mentoring various Incubation Centres across premier Colleges & Institutes.At Lemon he would be mentoring the startups in social cause,he is renowned personality in Indian Start-up ecosystem with a passion for social and agriculture bases sustainable growth . Naga  is one of the most renowned Angel Investor, Mentor, Fund Adviser in India with a keen eye on investing and working with early age start-ups. He is Mentor in Residence at IIM Bangalore Incubator (NSRCEL). He is part of many startup ventures including Uniphore, GoCoop, Saahas Zero Waste, Fresh World, Happy hens farm, SP Robotic works and many more.

Praveen Kanda - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Praveen Kanda | Mentor - Technology

Praveen is the technology mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship. He is a passionate technology developer with 15+ years of work in mobile software development. He has witnessed the evolution of mobile technology since last decade and has been part of the transformation and changes in mobile space. He is Co-founder & VP (Engineering) with XYMOB and has previously worked with leading product development companies like Autodesk, GlobalLogic and Lambent. Pioneer in developing location platforms for wireless operators in Asia and North America.  Praveen is part of founding team at Lemon School.

Poonam Menaria | Mentor - Self Awareness

Poonam Menaria is a Self-Awareness mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship. She is a professional in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy with specialization in Career, Relationship, Personal Counseling, Facilitation and Training. She is Director with Lighthouse People Services. Poonam is M.S. in Psychotherapy and Counseling, M.Sc. in counseling psychology, Master NLP Practitioner, USA, Advance TA practitioner and member of SAATA. She is keenly on experiential learning path with various Self learning processes and techniques that includes Vipassana Meditation, Spiritual Life Integration, Family Constellation workshop, certificate course in Yoga, Deepak Chopra Center meditation challenge, Gestalt processes and journey continues. Her experience with youth and understanding their mind-set makes her the right person for this program to help student Self-discover themselves and bring the right career alignment.

Poonam Menaria - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Dwarika Prasad Uniyal - Mentor at Lemon School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dwarika Prasad Uniyal | Mentor - Consumer Insights and Trends

Dr. Dwarika Uniyal is currently Pro-Vice chancellor, RV University, Bengaluru. In a career spanning over 20 years he has served as Dean, FLAME University, Pune and also as faculty member with MICA and SPJIMR, Mumbai where he taught marketing area subjects. Dr. Uniyal is the founding faculty member at IIM Kashipur where he was also the first Chairperson of Placements and Corporate relations. He was also the founding Dean of Jindal Global Business School, O P Jindal Global University and founding Head of Department at SP Jain Global School of Management, Dubai. The Govt. of India nominated him as National expert in Retailing in Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo. He is also the Co-author of bestselling text book “Managing Retailing”, published by Oxford University Press. He has taught at all the premier business schools in India, Middle East, South East Asia and New Zealand. He ran two incubators and funded two businesses at different business schools and mentored many entrepreneurs among his participants.

Shishir Turkar | Mentor-Finance & Accounts

Shishir is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He has completed his Masters degree in Commerce and Business Management and also has a diploma in Co-operatives and Accounts. Shishir is regular faculty for the 7 days Orientation Program and 15 days General Management and Communication Skills program of Chartered Accountant Students at Nagpur Branch of ICAI.He is also imparting Soft Skills Training to Company Secretaries Students on behalf of Nagpur ICSI Chapter.He was faculty for the 64th batch of Indian Revenue Services Officer’s at National Academy of Direct Taxes which the only Academy in India where 2 Years Training is being imparted to Assistant Commissioner’s of Income Tax. He is founder director of “USHA, Universal Skills Honing Academy” a training institute which is imparting trainings at various Schools, Colleges, Social Organizations and Corporate.

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