Governing Body

Mr. Sandeep Sapra is an Income Tax Consultant predominantly handling corporate appeals before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, and Income Tax Appellate Tribunals. Several judgments have been published in various Law Journals. Some of the major clients are: Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd., Asahi Glass, ONGC, Essel/ZEE TV Group, Jamna Auto Industries Ltd., etc. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Income Tax Bar Association, Meerut and Income-tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, Delhi.

Mr. S.K. Mishra is currently Vice- Chairman Emeritus of INTO (International National Trusts Organisation) and Chairman of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD) and Vice President, Alliance Française de Delhi. In his government career, he served as Secretary to the Ministries of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Agriculture, and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister as well as Director-General of the Festival of India in France, the USA, the USSR and Sweden. Post-retirement, he served as chairman of INTACH for ten years. In June 2011, along with the number of colleagues from various fields, he founded ITRHD with the two-fold goal of addressing the challenges of preserving India’s tangible and intangible rural heritage: and of connecting the preservation and enhancement of this heritage with economic development and general improvement in the quality of rural life. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for distinguished civil service.

Dr. Aruna Vasudev has a Ph.D. from the University of Paris II for her thesis on “The Legal, Political and Sociological aspects of Censorship in Indian Cinema”. She is the Founder-Director of CINEFAN, the annual Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema (now Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival), New Delhi, the Founder-Editor, and publisher of Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly (1988-2004) and the Founder-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). She is the author of “The New Indian Cinema” (1987) – A Book published by Macmillan India, and “Liberty and License in Indian Cinema” (1979) – A Book published by Vikas Publishing House. She is Co-editor of many books, among them: “The World of Kenji Mizoguchi” by Tadao Sato published by Berg, UK; “When Strangers Meet: Vision of Asia & Europe in Film” a book published by Asia-Europe Foundation & Netpac, in Singapore; “Modernity & Identity in Vietnamese Cinema” a book published in Indonesia in 2003, and many more. She has been involved in many other cinema-related activities and has been president or member of juries in film festivals around the world. Apart from her pioneering work in Asian cinema, she has received many awards, some of them are: Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Govt., the Korea Prize from Pusan International Film Festival, the Star of Italian Solidarity, Kalpana Chawla Award for Excellence for women in India and many more

Harpreet Singh obtained his B.Com degree from Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi. He studied French at Alliance Française de Delhi up to the 6th semester (Diplome level). He also runs a business of interior designing and execution of interiors projects. He undertakes turnkey projects from Government, Semi-Government and multinational companies, etc. all over India, mostly in Delhi & Mumbai. He is also a member of the poetry society and has composed around a hundred poems in English and some in French. His articles and poems have been published in many leading national newspapers and magazines like Indian Express, The Hindustan Times, etc. He has served as a member of Governing Body, AFD for around ten years, and first became its member at the age of 18.

An eminent commercial and travel photographer, Aditya Arya began professional photography in 1980 after graduating in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. In addition to his wide-ranging Commercial and Travel portfolio, his work has been published widely in books and travel magazines around the world. He is known for his expertise in the field of advertising and corporate photography, specializing in Products, Interiors, and Food. Over the last few years, he has been completely immersed in the subject and practice of photographic conservation. He has honed his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration, and archiving particularly through the documentation of historic photographic works from the famous Kulwant Roy Collection of the pre and post-independence era. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the India Photo Archive Foundation and the Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography. At present, while also actively pursuing his professional advertising and commercial assignments, he divides his time between his photography archive and Museo Camera – the only Photography and Camera Museum in India. With more than 2000 rare and iconic cameras and other equipment, this museum traces the history of photography from the 1870s to the Digital Era. Today in the fast-paced world of megapixels he is also immersing himself in the slowness of analog processes and at the same time slowing down many born-digital photographers and artists by mentoring them. Aditya has also turned alchemist and artist practicing and teaching the art of vintage photographic processes such as salt prints, egg albumen prints, gum bichromate, and wet plate photography.

Mr. Surya Bhatia is a Chartered Accountant qualified in May’98. During his two year stint in a CA firm where he worked in the capacity as a partner, he developed a passion for personal finance and started developing experience and expertise in the same. He did certification in AMFI Mutual Fund Testing Program – 2001. Subsequently, when CFP (Certified Financial Planner) was launched in India, he did his CFP via the challenge status. In the year 2003, he started his own wealth boutique firm “Asset Managers” – a financial advisory concern advising on money management principles and over the last 9 years, he has been helping individuals and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) to create, manage and grow their assets. He has also been doing TV shows more popularly “Let’s talk Money” on NDTV Profit and contributing towards financial literacy through print media by writing articles and columns and is currently writing a weekly column for HT-MINT.

Mr. J.L. Sarin did his BA (Hons.) in English, LLB and MA Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has done a Diploma of the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris under a French government scholarship. Mr. J.L. Sarin joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1967, and worked in various capacities in Punjab and in the Central Government. The last posting in India was as Director of Ocean Development, Govt. of India (1981-85). He then joined the African Development Bank, Côte d’Ivoire in 1986 where he worked in various capacities, including Chief of Recruitment, Deputy Director Language Services, and Director Human Resource Management till Oct. 1997.

Amita Mishra is the Principal of Delhi Public School International, Saket, the only school offering IGCSE & A Levels Cambridge Assessment in Delhi.
Over her 30 years of experience, she has been Vice-Principal, DPS R.K.P, H.M. DPS East of Kailash, Ideator- CBSEi, Supervisor – ISC Board, Examiner for CBSE Board. As a core-resource person of the DPS Society, she has trained over 5000 teachers. She is a facilitator of various CIE projects in India.<br>DPS International was identified as one of the top 50 schools in India by Future 50. All India N°1 for Value for Money by Educational World with world-class university admissions. Daughter of a diplomat Mrs. Mishra is proficient in french which she has taught at DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi

Mrs. Shashi Banerjee as a Post Graduate Degree in English, Education, Indian Classical Dance and Music, and a post-graduate certificate in the teaching of English language from CIEFL, Hyderabad along with a Sahitya Parishad Certification for the teaching of Hindi and Sanskrit. She has been heading some of the leading educational institutions in Delhi and NCR, and presently is the founder principal of Shiv Nadar School, Noida. With a deep interest in art, culture, and innovative pedagogy, her thoughts on education have been published in various weeklies and journals over the past two decades.

Prof. Iftikhar-Mulk Chishti teaches the Theory of Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi from where he had graduated in 1975. His activities include a practice in architecture/interior design, exhibition/product design, and installation/scenography, and extend to theatre and film making, a subject which he studied in Paris during a four year period in the late seventies.

Amita Mishra is the Principal of Delhi Public School International, Saket, the only school offering IGCSE & A Levels Cambridge Assessment in Delhi.
Over her 30 years of experience, she has been Vice-Principal, DPS R.K.P, H.M. DPS East of Kailash, Ideator- CBSEi, Supervisor – ISC Board, Examiner for CBSE Board. As a core-resource person of the DPS Society, she has trained over 5000 teachers. She is a facilitator of various CIE projects in India.<br>DPS International was identified as one of the top 50 schools in India by Future 50. All India N°1 for Value for Money by Educational World with world-class university admissions. Daughter of a diplomat Mrs. Mishra is proficient in french which she has taught at DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi

Prof. Balveer Arora received his higher education degrees in History and Political Science from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and Sciences-Po, Paris before doing his doctorate from Paris I (Pantheon – Sorbonne). He did his French language studies at the Alliance Francaise, Paris, and advanced language and civilization studies at the Sorbonne. He taught Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1973-2010) where he specialized in Indian political institutions and federal politics, the party system, and policy processes. He was Rector and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of JNU (2002-2005) and is presently Chairman of the Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Dr. Arora has been a visiting professor at U.Penn, Philadelphia, Sciences-Po Paris, Ecole des Hautes Etude en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH), Paris. He has been a member of the scientific councils of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA) and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. He is currently Vice president of the Transcultural International Institute, Paris. He also serves on the Plan India Board since 2008 and chairs its Governance & Nomination Committee. He was conferred the Legion d’honneur as a chevalier in 2011 and had earlier been inducted, in 2003, as an officer in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques.

Stéphane comes from Brittany, where he grew up. A cultural region in the west of France, which is famous for the wanderlust felt by its inhabitants: many were drawn by oceans and foreign lands long before the ‘invention’ of tourism. He has completed most of his education in France and brings with him vast and interesting experience ranging from working with NGOs and the Alliance Française de Port Elizabeth in South Africa and AF de Bengale. He has also served for five years as Director of the French Research Centre in the city of Nha Trang. Prior to joining AFD, he was working with an NGO, as director of social accommodation, where his principal function was to find accommodation for homeless people and families in difficulties. Apart from France, Vietnam is where he has spent a considerable amount of time professionally.

After having studied sociology and economics in his home town, Lyon, he moved to Perpignan to pass his French as a foreign language Master. He started teaching French abroad, in Galicia, and Ireland. Then, encouraged by these successful adventures in Europe, he traveled the world over 4 continents and taught French in Detroit (Michigan, USA), Namibia and China.

In Antigua Guatemala, he undertook the role of a director of an Alliance Française. His first steps in the Alliance Française network delighted him. A certain mixture of socio-cultural centers, where he worked during his years as an animator/educator in the suburbs of Lyon, coupled with the promotion of the culture and the French language. He immediately felt at home in this beautiful family of Alliance Française.

Back to France, he completed his management training in MBA in Lyon. He was then hired by the CNED (national center for distance education) to coordinate a large teaching team that animated platforms for distance learning, but soon after it was India calling, for his weakness to discover new horizons and a new language, Hindi.

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