Board and Patrons

Board of Trustees

Patrons

Paul Parashar | Chair

Paul has over 30 years experience in the advertising business working with major agency groups and TV Stations. He has been working across Europe for the last 10 years and travels intensively.

He has been a trustee of Akademi for 3 years and enjoys the connection to his Asian roots. He takes great pleasure working with a very committed team.

Lord Swaraj Paul (Chief Patron)
Anish Kapoor CBE
Girish Karnad
Nirmalya Kumar
Nina Nannar
Surina Narula MBE
Anoushka Shankar
Alistair Spalding CBE
Kenneth Tharp CBE
Kapila Vatsyayan

Anu Kapoor | Vice Chair

Anu is a solicitor, specialising in immigration law. She initially graduated in Business Management before going on to qualify as a solicitor. Anu trained with a reputable medical negligence firm in Lincoln’s Inn, where she gained invaluable experience working with the highest calibre professionals and clients. Her first post-qualification role was as an ‘in-house’ lawyer for a well known multinational company.

Richard Blurton

Richard works at the British Museum where he is a curator for the South and Southeast Asia collections in the Department of Asia. He has curated many exhibitions there over the last 20 years, most recently on the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, and on the narratives of Bengal. He is the author of Hindu Art (1992) and Bengali Myths (2006) amongst other publications.

Dr. Ann David 

Ann is Head of Department and Reader in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, specialising in dance anthropology and South Asian classical and popular dance. She has a BA Hons, MA (Dist) and a PhD in Dance Ethnography. Trained in ballet, contemporary and folk dance, as well as the Indian classical styles of bharatanatyam and kathak, she has published widely in dance and other interdisciplinary journals.

Bandish Gudka

Bobby Gudka, originally from Kenya, has worked within the Wealth Management sector for over 10 years. He was a founder member of the Citigold Wealth Management UK as well has having significant exposure to overseas emerging and NRI markets. He currently works for Vestra Wealth. Bobby speaks over 7 languages including German, Hindi and Swahili.

Rachel Harris

Rachel is Creative Producer, Festival Development at Southbank Centre with a leading role in creating programmes designed to involve the widest communities in Southbank Centre’s work.  She leads on a number of festival initiatives designed to integrate artistic ambition with social impact and cultural context and to reach beyond London to develop national and international connections.

Shravan Sood

Shravan is an international property developer and CEO of a boutique global macro hedge fund, Global Alpha Pte Ltd. His career spans 3 continents and 3 leading global financial institutions. He has worked as Global Head of Sales & Marketing, Broker-Dealer Services, Bank of New York Mellon (Managing Director) and was previously Account Manager at Ogilvy & Mather (Advertising).

Adam Pushkin 

Adam Pushkin has been working in the arts since 1999, mostly working on festivals for the first ten years: Birmingham’s ArtsFest, Cheltenham Literature Festival, and Queer up North International Festival. He spent four years with the British Council as Head of Arts for India, and then two years as Deputy Director of Theatre & Artist Development at The Place in London, before rejoining the British Council as Director Arts for Indonesia in 2015.

Subathra Subramaniam

Subathra Subramaniam is a leading contemporary South Asian choreographer in the UK, as well as a respected dancer, science teacher, schools’ TV presenter and education director of international arts-science climate change project Cape Farewell. Over more than 10 years Suba has built an international reputation, both by making vibrant contemporary work which resonates with the richness of the ancient south Indian classical dance form Bharata Natyam

Sarah Robson

Sarah has a degree in Business Studies and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). She has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources (HR) having worked for Air Products Limited, General Mills, Total Oil Marine, PJB Publications and London Arts before setting up her own consultancy in 2005 (SKiL Consultancy LLP).

Board and Patrons

Patrons

Anoushka Shankar
Kenneth Tharp
Anish Kapoor
Girish Karnard
Nirmalya Kumar
Nina Nannar
Swaraj Paul (Chief Patron)
Alistair Spalding
Kapila Vatsyayan
Surina Narula

Board of Trustees

Paul Parashar | Chair

Paul has over 30 years experience in the advertising business working with major agency groups and TV Stations. He has been working across Europe for the last 10 years and travels intensively.

He has been a trustee of Akademi for 3 years and enjoys the connection to his Asian roots. He takes great pleasure working with a very committed team.

Anu Kapoor | Vice Chair

Anu is a solicitor, specialising in immigration law. She initially graduated in Business Management before going on to qualify as a solicitor. Anu trained with a reputable medical negligence firm in Lincoln’s Inn, where she gained invaluable experience working with the highest calibre professionals and clients. Her first post-qualification role was as an ‘in-house’ lawyer for a well known multinational company.

Richard Blurton

Richard works at the British Museum where he is a curator for the South and Southeast Asia collections in the Department of Asia. He has curated many exhibitions there over the last 20 years, most recently on the paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, and on the narratives of Bengal. He is the author of Hindu Art (1992) and Bengali Myths (2006) amongst other publications.

Dr. Ann David 

Ann is Head of Department and Reader in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, specialising in dance anthropology and South Asian classical and popular dance. She has a BA Hons, MA (Dist) and a PhD in Dance Ethnography. Trained in ballet, contemporary and folk dance, as well as the Indian classical styles of bharatanatyam and kathak, she has published widely in dance and other interdisciplinary journals.

Bandish Gudka

Bobby Gudka, originally from Kenya, has worked within the Wealth Management sector for over 10 years. He was a founder member of the Citigold Wealth Management UK as well has having significant exposure to overseas emerging and NRI markets. He currently works for Vestra Wealth. Bobby speaks over 7 languages including German, Hindi and Swahili.

Rachel Harris

Rachel is Creative Producer, Festival Development at Southbank Centre with a leading role in creating programmes designed to involve the widest communities in Southbank Centre’s work.  She leads on a number of festival initiatives designed to integrate artistic ambition with social impact and cultural context and to reach beyond London to develop national and international connections.

Shravan Sood

Shravan is an international property developer and CEO of a boutique global macro hedge fund, Global Alpha Pte Ltd. His career spans 3 continents and 3 leading global financial institutions. He has worked as Global Head of Sales & Marketing, Broker-Dealer Services, Bank of New York Mellon (Managing Director) and was previously Account Manager at Ogilvy & Mather (Advertising).

Adam Pushkin 

Adam Pushkin has been working in the arts since 1999, mostly working on festivals for the first ten years: Birmingham’s ArtsFest, Cheltenham Literature Festival, and Queer up North International Festival. He spent four years with the British Council as Head of Arts for India, and then two years as Deputy Director of Theatre & Artist Development at The Place in London, before rejoining the British Council as Director Arts for Indonesia in 2015.

Subathra Subramaniam

Subathra Subramaniam is a leading contemporary South Asian choreographer in the UK, as well as a respected dancer, science teacher, schools’ TV presenter and education director of international arts-science climate change project Cape Farewell. Over more than 10 years Suba has built an international reputation, both by making vibrant contemporary work which resonates with the richness of the ancient south Indian classical dance form Bharata Natyam

Sarah Robson

Sarah has a degree in Business Studies and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). She has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources (HR) having worked for Air Products Limited, General Mills, Total Oil Marine, PJB Publications and London Arts before setting up her own consultancy in 2005 (SKiL Consultancy LLP).