Governing Council



Mr.SanjayJayavarthanavelu is the Chairman & Managing Director of Lakshmi Machine Works Limited (LMW), Coimbatore. LMW is one of the three leading Textile Machinery Manufacturers in the world, manufacturing the complete range textile spinning machinery.

He was the Chairman of the India-ITME Exhibition Society, Mumbai and is presently the Chairman of its Sub-Committee. He is a Member of the Textiles Committee appointed by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. He is a Member of the Development Council for Textile Machinery Industry and Machine Tool Industry constituted by the Govt. of India. He is the Member of Steering Committee on Industries & Minerals for the 12th Five Year plan constituted by Govt. of Tamil Nadu. He is an Executive Committee member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), New Delhi. He is a Member of the Southern Regional Council of Administration of the Southern India Textile Research Association. He is the Member of the Board of Governors of Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles & Management, Coimbatore.

He is a Trustee of the G.Kuppusamy Naidu Charity Trust which runs a 600-bed multi-speciality hospital, a higher secondary school and a feeder school in Coimbatore and an Arts college at Kovilpatti in Tamilnadu. He is a Trustee of the Coimbatore Masonic Charity Trust, which runs a Children’s Hospital and a Working Women’s Hostel. He is a Trustee of GKD Charity Trust, which runs a Management Study College (D J Academy for managerial Excellence), an academy for Industrial and Communication Design (D J Academy of Design) and an Industrial Training Institute (GKD Institute for Technological Resources). He is also a Member of the Coimbatore Golf Club Trust.

An active supporter of Sports, he is the Vice-President of the Tamilnadu Shooting Association, Chennai and the Hon Secretary of the Rifle Club, Coimbatore.


Rahul Mehrotra

Rahul Mehrotra is an architect and urban designer trained at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has been in private practice since 1990, and works on architecture, urban design and conservation projects. He has built extensively in India, and besides several single family houses, his projects include the Laxmi Machine Works Corporate Office in Coimbatore, an Extension to the Prince of Wales Museum in Bombay, an Institute for Rural Development in Tulzapur, and the Restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad; he is currently developing (with the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative) the Master Plan for the Taj Mahal and its surroundings. Professor Mehrotra is Executive Director of the Urban Design Research Institute, which promotes awareness and research on the city of Bombay. He has also written several books on Bombay, including “Bombay, the Cities Within” and has lectured extensively on urban design, conservation and architecture in India. His most recent book is “The Architecture of the 20th Century in the South Asian Region”. He also serves on several government committees that are responsible for historic preservation and the conservation as well as creation of public spaces in Bombay. Rahul Mehrotra teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is an associate professor.

Michael Foley

Michael Foley, Managing Director & Chief Designer, Foley Designs, India, is a National Institute of Design (NID) graduate who headed Titan Design Studio for many years. He is often recognized as one of India’s top 10 product designers. As Titan’s design head, Foley created watches, sunglasses and lifestyle products and was behind some of the company’s most talked-about brands, such as Titan Edge, the world’s slimmest watch, and Fastrack, the youth brand that became a best-seller across all age groups. He set up his own design studio in Bangalore, a couple of years ago. Foley Designs created the Commonwealth Games baton for the 2010 games and is currently ideating on successful waste disposal, which it will execute with Bangalore’s civic agencies.

Niels Schoenfelder

Niels Schoenfelder’s education and travel led him to establish Mancini enterprises in 2004, a firm for architecture, interiors, objects, furniture and landscapes in India and abroad. Based on his experience in Europe and thorough understanding of Indian ground realities he has become a specialist in designing and guiding the technical implementation of ambitious projects in India. He heads a team of 28 professionals catering to a wide variety of projects. It is the challenge of diversity which has proven to be the driving force for the firm’s understanding of the different building realities and their potential within the framework of contemporary architecture.

Prof. S Balaram

Areas of interest: Design for development, universal design, film criticism, design education.

Professor S.Balaram is an internationally reputed Designer and author with over four decades of teaching experience. Presently he is Founder Dean at D J Academy of Design and Emeritus professor of CEPT University, India.

He had held top positions at the National institute of Design including chairman, Education and Governor. He founded the Craft Development Institute in Kashmir for Government of India.

Many of his designs were produced and acclaimed. He has four patents to his credit. His numerous awards include – Ron Mace international award for Universal Design, Helen keller award for outstanding contribution for people with disabilities, UNIDO-ICSID award for Design for Development and an honorary Fellowship of Society of Industrial Designers of India for life time contribution.

He was invited speaker at various International /National forums. One of the significant international meetings organized by him was the ‘UNIDO-ICSID meeting on Design for development’, the first such meeting to be held in a developing country. He was the first to champion the term ‘majority world’ to replace the derogatory ‘developing world’

Apart from the vast number of stories, articles and essays in journals, he has published books such as- ‘Thinking Design’ (second edition);’Design quotes’ and sections in ‘Britannica Encyclopedia, ’Universal Design Handbook(second edition)’ and ‘Teaching Universal Design’. He was on the advisory board of ‘Design Issues’ a journal of international repute. He was one of the keynote speakers at the Second IAUD conference 2006, Kyoto and third IAUD conference at Hamamatsu 2010.

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