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ISH School Board

The formal responsibility of managing ISH lies with the Director General of ICRISAT. ICRISAT has established the ISH School Board to help evolve the strategy, and define policy guidelines and the operational framework in collaboration with the Head of School. The board also supports the Head of School in managing the school. The School’s Charter, the School’s Mission, the School Board, and the rules and regulations of ICRISAT guide the running of the school.
The ISH School Board consists of seven members. The composition of the board is as follows:
  • One member appointed by the Director General of ICRISAT as a management representative
  • One member appointed by the U.S. Consulate
  • Five members selected by the ISH School Board
Ram Vasudevan
ISH School Board Chair
Member since 2017
Ram received his LLM from Columbia University School of Law, his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and his BL from the University of Madras, and is the Founder of QuisLex, widely acknowledged by the industry at large as a top Global alternate legal services firm. Before QuisLex, Ram spent eight years advising clients on corporate and M&A transactions with Skadden Arps and Sidley Austin in New York. Ram is involved in several community based initiatives relating to education and health. 
Ram has two children at ISH (his third daughter graduated this year) and is a big believer in the school and its ideals.
Ravi Paruchuri
ISH School Board Chair
Emeritus (2017-2020)
Member since 2017

Ravi Paruchuri relocated to India as India Country Head for Express Scripts. Prior to that he was Director of Information Technology at Express Scripts, Saint Louis, MO responsible for Order to Cash, Sales, Finance, Procurement, HR IT and was member of Enterprise Applications and Data Warehouse  Leadership team. Before Joining Express Scripts, he led U.S. Commercial Order to Cash IT at Monsanto, Saint Louis, MO, USA and was member of U.S. Commercial IT Leadership team. He started his career with Siemens, Hyderabad, India as Management Trainee and moved to the role of Commercial Manager.


Ravi obtained Master of Information Management Executive degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, USA. Ravi has two children at ISH.


Professional Affiliations and Memberships


  • Past Saint Louis Chapter Chair, America’s SAP User Group (ASUG), Saint Louis, MO
  • Past Member, Society for Information Management (SIM), St. Louis, MO
  • Guest Speaker, Missouri S&T University, Rolla, MO.
  • Past President of Monsanto Asian Network
  • Past Member of Monsanto Global ERP Management Team
  • Past member of Monsanto Mergers and Acquisitions Team
  • Past Lead of Monsanto Global SAP Network
  • Past Member of Monsanto United Way Core Team 


Deepthi Ravula
ISH School Board
Member since 2022

Deepthi Ravula is the CEO for WEHUB, India’s 1st and only state led initiative to promote foster Women Entrepreneurship.


She was born and brought up in Hyderabad, Telangana. She has done her engineering from Hyderabad and has attended graduate school at CSU, San Diego. She has 14 years of experience working California, USA in area of Communications. She was the Joint Director for Electronics (Business and Semiconductor) for the State of Telangana from 2016-18.


Prior to joining the Department of Electronics, Deepthi had worked in Nokia, San Diego designing Audio Acoustic Circuits. She did protocol design at Palm Inc. in Sunnyvale, Atheros in Santa Clara, Qualcomm and Litepoint (Teradyne) in Sunnyvale. In her roles, she has worked on Audio Acoustic Design, Cellular Technologies all the way from GSM to VoLTE, Connectivity technologies such as BT, WIFI, NFC, ZigBee. She worked as an RF application engineer AE, handling all Pre-and Post-sales support, Technical Marketing, Business Development. She was involved in training customers ranging from PRC(China), India, Europe, South America to USA. She has travelled to various parts of the world in across her roles in Corporate America.


She is an avid gamer, an ardent advocate for women in STEM, Women In Leadership, Financial &Digital inclusion for all so No one is left behind.

Renier Bosman
ISH School Board
Member since 2022

Renier Bosman is a South African who has been working as  Aerospace consultant for a TATA company in India since 2015. Renier and his family spend 4 years in Bangalore before joining the ISH family in 2019. 


Throughout his career Renier has held multiple leadership roles in Global Aerospace companies in the UK prior to his transition to India. He is currently supporting a TATA group company in building a Globally recognised Aerospace company. His professional experience in operations, programme and risk management will further contribute to the overall experience of the ISH board.

Rebekah Drame
ISH School Board
Member since 2022


Rebekah Dramé is the Consular Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India.

Prior to her current position, she served as Hyderabad’s Visa Chief. Rebekah’s other overseas consular positions include postings in Cabo Verde, Mali, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, and Denmark. A small to medium post specialist, she was the Regional Consular Officer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering the consular sections of 15 embassies and consular agencies in Africa. Rebekah also served as a Public Diplomacy Officer in the Philippines and in Iraq.


Before moving to Hyderabad in July 2021, Rebekah served in Washington, D.C. on the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ (CA) Staffing and Assignments team and as an Assessor on the Department of State’s Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. During these tours, she selected and hired the next generation of the Foreign Service. She also served in Washington as a Department of State intern in CA’s Public Diplomacy Office and as a civil servant in CA’s Office of Overseas Citizen Services.


Prior to working at the Department of State, Rebekah worked in public relations for the Walt Disney Company and the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. She was also a middle school teacher. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and African and African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and attended American University for a M.A. in International Relations. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Manoj Kumar
ISH School Board
Member since 2022


Manoj Kumar is the founding CEO of Naandi Foundation – one of India’s largest not-for- profit organisations. With a focus on reducing poverty in India, Manoj led Naandi to focus on two sets of populations namely, school & college going girls; and small land holder farmers. Under his leadership Naandi has so far empowered over 500,000 underprivileged girls across 14 states in India ensuring that girls complete 10 years of formal schooling. This apart, every year 100,000 young girls are skilled and placed in organised corporate sector.


Manoj also led the transformation of tribal indigenous communities across 1500 villages around the scenic Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh caught in the quagmire of poverty, Naxal insurgency, and aggravating ecological fragility into a region with biodiverse functional forests of over 30 million trees. This work of over two decades has won global acclaim thus creating an iconic coffee brand – ARAKU Coffee, that enabled 300,000 tribal lives to come out of poverty and put India on the world coffee map. The coffee is sold in Japan, Korea, Europe with retail outlets in Paris, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.


The transformation of Araku region led to creation of an economic framework for Food System called Arakunomics which won the Global Food Visionary Prize in 2021 from New York based Rockefeller Foundation. In partnership with Rockefeller Foundation and Cornell University, Naandi is examining the Public Distribution System and adoption of Arakunomics to India’s Food System.


A Fellow & Moderator of The Aspen Institute, Colorado, USA, Manoj serves on the Board of Ananta Aspen Centre and NICE Foundation (neonatal, children’s and women’s healthcare).


Manoj also co-founded with the French multinational Group Danone another social venture called Naandi Water. It has grown to be the largest community safe drinking water company in India. Another French collaboration is Archipel India Foundation which focusses on sequestering carbon and making farmers profitable.


A Robert S McNamara Fellow of the World Bank, Manoj is trained as a development economist and had an earlier stint in Development Banking & Micro Finance before starting Naandi Foundation. The Financial Times, London named Manoj as one of the 25 people to watch out for in India.


Born and raised in the southern state of Kerala, Manoj has made Hyderabad his home for the last two decades. He has a daughter in Grade 10 in ISH.

Dr Surya Mani Tripathi
ISH School Board
Member since 2023
Dr Surya Mani Tripathi is an international lawyer, registered Indian attorney, and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), accredited by ATTP. He is working as Global Head, Legal Services at ICRISAT Hyderabad, India, and is involved in the overall management of legal and IPR issues related to operations and research of ICRISAT, legislative advocacy, and statutorycompliances.

He has been awarded a law degree (LL.B.) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur with a Microsoft IPR scholarship award. He holds a Ph.D. degree in plant science with a CSIR-India research fellowship and an International Master in Biosafety from Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, with a UNIDO fellowship. He is a recipient of an associate fellowship -CISDL, Canada- and a Scroll of Honour from the International Council of Jurists. He also holds a Diploma on Fostering Innovation and Commercialisation of Intellectual Property Rights from the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, and a Certificate on Law of International Organizations from the
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

His areas of expertise include legal risk management, legal compliances and advisory, IPRs, IP portfolio analysis, and licensing etc.. As a techno-legal expert and solicitor, he is also facilitating the transfer of technologies, negotiations, and IPR commercialization.