The advisory board at the Inspire Institute of Sport provides non-binding strategic advice to the management, helping us take sport to greater heights at the fastest pace possible. With its members comprising prominent sportspersons, medical practitioners and business professionals, the IIS Advisory Board is one that ensures that the future and growth of sport at the Institute is in safe hands.
The first Indian to win an Individual Gold at the Olympic Games and the only one to have held both World and Olympic titles in an individual discipline at the same time, Abhinav Bindra adds much to the IIS Advisory Board. With a BBA from the University of Colorado, Bindra is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, the sole distributor of renowned German arms manufacturer Walther Arms, in India. Bindra has also been a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Sports Committee since 2010.
Bindra was felicitated with the Arjuna Award in 2000, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (India’s highest sports Award) in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2009, for his contribution to the growth of sport in India and for his success on the international stage.
Founder of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), Mahesh Bhupathi is a retired professional tennis player and the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (Mixed Doubles title, French Open 1997). An alumnus of the University of Mississippi, Bhupathi was awarded the Padma Shri in 2001, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He is the Director at ZEVEN, an authentic Indian sports brand and is the current non-playing Captain of the Indian Davis Cup team.
A former cricketer and captain of the Indian National Team, Sourav Ganguly is President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India. One of the world’s leading batsmen, particularly in the one-day format, Ganguly is also part of the Advisory Committee at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as the the Governing Council and Technical Committee of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A qualified Chartered Accountant with a Master’s degree in Commerce, Mr. Bhanshali leads the principal investments unit at ENAM Holdings Pvt. Ltd. He is recognized for identifying the potential of mid-size businesses and providing them capital and expertise to scale. Mr. Bhanshali has identified and invested in business leaders across numerous industries who have turned their companies into sector icons.
Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala
An authority on Sports Orthopaedics, Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala heads the Arthoscopy, Sports Orthopaedics and Shoulder Service and also the Centre for Sports Medicine at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. At Kokilaben Hospital, he has done a number of breakthrough surgeries in India including the first Reverse Shoulder Replacement, the first Stem Cell Transplant to repair damaged knee, first Navigation guided arthroscopic ACL repair.
Dr. Pardiwala is the Sports Physician for many Sports Teams and Associations and has treated sportsmen ranging from Olympians to professional athletes to young budding stars. Many of India’s best sportsmen, including cricketers, footballers, swimmers, tennis and badminton players, golfers, boxers and wrestlers, have been successfully treated by him at Kokilaben Hospital.
Dr Tom Patrick
Dr Tom Patrick is currently the High Performance Manager with the South Australian Sports Institute. Prior to arriving in Australia, Tom was the National Sports Medicine Program(NSMP) Performance Manager and Head of Sports Psychology in Qatar working with various National Federation through the Qatar Olympic Committee and in addition, led Aspetar’s Altitude Performance Program. He is a Research Associate in the area of High Performance Sport Management and Coaching with the Sport Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ).
Tom served as a Performance Director with the High Performance Sport New Zealand, the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, and was the High Performance Director with Triathlon Canada for the Beijing Olympic Cycle. Tom was also the former Co-Chair with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
Head of Accounts, IIS
A former Accounts Executive from S. Jogani Exports Pvt. Ltd and Colorband Dyestuff Pvt. Ltd., Ashish worked with JSW Sports before making the move to the IIS fold in 2017. With his sphere extending towards areas of accounts, audit and taxation, Ashish is the man for all the numbers that run behind the scenes at IIS.
SEP Manager, IIS
With experience in scouting athletes, Ramadhar Yadav has an eye for young talent. Having been to the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016, Ramadhar’s finds have claimed three medals for the country over the last three editions of the Games. Ramadhar evaluates athlete performance, and has worked with more than 150 athletes in boxing, wrestling, track and field, swimming, badminton, archery, squash, shooting and judo.
He spent eight years working as an athletics coach at Priyadarshi Park, Mumbai between 2005 and 1997, after which from 2006 to 2013, he was part of the Mittal Champions Trust formed by Mr. Laxmi Mittal and is a graduate in Commerce from Mumbai University.
An expert in Child Psychology and Development and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Vinita D’Souza joins the Inspire Institute of Sport with over 25 years of experience as a teacher. D’Souza has also been a Science Mentor at the Indian Land High School in South Caroline for two years between 2007 and 2009 and has, for the last 17 years, worked as a Teacher and Lecturer in Secunderabad.
In charge of all things maintenance at the Inspire Institute of Sport, Praveen Kumar joins the team with four years of experience as Electrical Supervisor with prominent builders Jain Heights from 2007 2011. He has since worked as Civil Supervisor with NCCCL, Krushi Builders, and with JSW Sports before joining the IIS team and is currently the Maintenance Executive at the JSW Foundation.