Our Board

Our Board is comprised of diverse group of professionals with a passion for supporting the marginalized non-Chinese speaking community in Hong Kong. Our Board members have a variety of business experience, and devote their valuable time serving our organization.

Manoj Dhar, Co-Founder & CEO

With over 21 years of rich and varied experience in the banking industry, Manoj Dhar has lent his meticulous organizational skills to oversee the growth of various educational initiatives in Hong Kong.

As the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Integrated Brilliant Education Trust’ he is extensively involved in implementing Chinese language support initiatives for the underprivileged ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. He firmly believes in empowering the children with practical life skills so that they are able to seamlessly integrate into the social fabric of Hong Kong.

In 2017, Manoj was crowned Champion of the Operation Santa Claus/ UBS NGO Leadership Programme.

Manoj is a sports enthusiast and devotes a lot of his organizational expertise in developing and managing Girls’ teams at a premier Rugby Club in Hong Kong. He has also managed the Hong Kong national junior women’s hockey squad in the past.

Geetanjali Dhar, Co-Founder

Geetanjali is the Founder and Director of Sanskriti Global, an educational enterprise, with operations spanning over Hong Kong and Singapore. Sanskriti conducts programs ranging from corporate training, cultural awareness workshops and after-school language programs, which have been instrumental in connecting thousands of students of various nationalities to Indian culture and Hindi language.

Under her leadership, Sanskriti has partnered with world ranked Universities and highly reputed schools to provide language courses.

As the Vice Chairwoman on the board of the Women Entrepreneurs Network Hong Kong, Geetanjali is passionate about empowering fellow entrepreneurs and help them scale up via the WEN networking platform.

Geetanjali is the Co-founder of the Integrated Brilliant Education (IBEL), a registered charity which provides critically needed educational support to underprivileged non-Chinese Speaking students in Hong Kong and has two Education Bureau registered centres serving the needy.

Geetanjali’s string of accolades includes:

‘Woman of Influence, Entrepreneur of the Year 2019’ by the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong; ‘Pioneering Women Leader’ at World Woman Leadership Congress 2019 in Mumbai.

Madhu Mahajan Gupta, Chairperson

Having moved to Hong Kong just before it became HKSAR, Madhu has seen the city grow and evolve.

She is passionate about the city and about making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged ethnic minority children. She has been hugely involved with the inception and growth of IBEL, and took over as Chairperson in April 2019.

In her previous avatar, Madhu worked for many years as a tea-taster, buyer and blender with Lipton India, and also with Hindustan Lever. Madhu is an avi reader, and enjoys Yoga and playing Bridge

Justice Mohan Bharwaney, Vice-Chairperson

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Mohan studied at Sir Ellis Kadoorie (AM) School and St. Joseph’s College before undertaking legal studies at the University of Hong Kong.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree and then took his Bar Exams in London, where he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. On his return, he was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in1978 and he has practiced here ever since, as Counsel and later as Senior Counsel, for over 30 years.

In 2010, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong and was made the Judge in charge of the Personal Injury from 2010 up to the present, and also the Judge in charge of the Commercial List from 2012 to 2014. He was also appointed as Panel Judge under the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance from 2014 to 2020.

In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his meritorious and dedicated service to the Judiciary and Hong Kong community.

Varun Bery, Board Member

Varun Bery is a Senior Advisor to both StormHarbour Securities (Hong Kong) and PayActiv, a fintech company headquartered in San Jose, California. Mr. Bery currently serves on the Boards of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Varun has been involved in Asian private equity since 1995 and previously headed TVG Capital Partners (HK) and also the Private Capital Asia Group at JP Morgan. He started his career at McKinsey and Company (NY) and also was formerly a Director of Investment Banking at CS First Boston (NY) and a Director at the Asian Infrastructure Fund (HK). Varun received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA (summa cum laude) from Yale University.

Bryan Carter, Board Member

Born and educated in the UK, Bryan left England in 1968 for a supposed two year assignment in the Bahamas; he never returned. During the past 50 years he has lived and worked in the Bahamas, West Africa, the USA, and Hong Kong, arriving here in 1993.

A career International banker he worked some thirty plus years with JPMorgan Chase before his early retirement in 2003. He then spent five years as Chief Executive and Consultant wit Coutts Bank in Hong Kong.

Since final retirement in 2008 he has worked extensively with a number of not-for-profit entities including chairing the boards of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Wells Music Society.

He has been an organist with the daughter churches of St. John’s Cathedral for over twenty years and was the Director of Music of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir for seven years.

Lakshmi Mahey Laroia, Board Member

With a background of over 10 years in Television and Media in India, Lakshmi Mahey Laroia today continues to be involved in the industry in Hong Kong. Her company, Media Focus Ltd, has produced various performing arts events, as well as line produced several films in Hong Kong since 2004. She produces the annual weeklong Festival of India culture, India by the Bay in partnership with Teamwork Arts India and The Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

She has worked directly with children in several charities over the last 20 years. Both she and her husband are active supporters of several children’s charities in Hong Kong and in India.

She is a keen supporter and promoter of the arts in Hong Kong.

Lakshmi also paints and exhibits her work online.

Preneet Malhotra, Board Member

Preneet Malhotra has been in Hong Kong for 14 years. Born in the US, and raised in India, she returned to the US for her M.B.A. from Duke University.

Throughout her career she has held positions of increasing responsibility. Starting out at Mercer and PepsiCo in New York, going on to The Gap in San Francisco and then as Director, Strategic Planning and Development for Hutchison’s Retail division, A.S. Watson’s, COO/CFO of Asia for EA, Inc., and CEO of UTV’s New Media division, all based out of Hong Kong.

She has been active in the community and was on the Board of Hong Kong Academy for five years (four as Treasurer) and Chair of the Finance Committee, in its critical years of growth. She is also an active participant with the Chinmaya Mission in HK.

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