The Team

The team of experts at IIS comprises of 37 top professionals from 8 countries across the globe, all working determinedly towards building India's future Olympic stars. The team is led by CEO Rushdee Warley and comprises of various specialists, including coaches, academic staff, strength & conditioning, sports science & nutrition experts.


Rushdee Warley


Rushdee graduated from the University of Cape Town and followed that up with a Sports Business Program (Management Advancement Program) at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has close to twenty years of experience in the Sports Industry which includes working in Talent Identification and Athlete Development with the South African National Swim team and as Performance consultant and Olympic Campaign manager for swimming team of New Zealand.

Rushdee was awarded the South African Development Coach of the Year in the years 1999 and 2000. Now working with the Inspire Institute of Sport, he hopes to ensure that under his guidance, India produces a steady set of world class athletes.

Colonel Anirudh Prasad

Head of Operations, IIS

Prior to joining IIS, Colonel Prasad has had a distinguished career with the Indian Army for a period of more than 2 decades. The Regiment under the command of Colonel was awarded ‘The Director General Appreciation’ for excelling in the field of profession & administration for the year 2015-16.

Colonel Prasad has several professional qualifications – Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, MSc in Military Technology and Military Science, Certificate Course in Business Management from IIM Lucknow, to name a few. During his career, he has had a proven track record of unprecedented accomplishment, mission-critical decision making, time management and extensive teamwork abilities with the capability to develop and implement effective action plans.


Ronald Simms Jr.

Head Coach, Boxing, IIS

Ronald Simms Jr. spent close to 23 years in the United States Air Force and was awarded the Air Force Athlete of the Year accolade in 1995. He also coached the Air Force Boxing Team for a period of five years and was a program coordinator at the United States Marine Corps Community Program As the President of TAG Boxing, he invented a new product, the Metabolic Training Gear which is aimed at helping boxers with their hand-eye and foot coordination. With years of experience in the sport, Ronald hopes to ensure the boxers at the IIS punch their way to medals at the international stage.

Mamuka Kizilashvili

Head Coach, Judo, IIS

Born in Akhmeta, Georgia, Mamuka Kizilashvili began training in judo at just eight years of age. He participated and won medals in several junior tournaments until a knee injury brought a premature end to his career at the age of 20. Overcoming his personal setback, Kizilashvili began his coaching career by training children between 6-12 years of age and also completed his coaching qualification in 2009. In 2012, Mamuka became the Vice President of the Georgian Judo Federation where his primary role was to oversee the creation and implementation of various training programs and coach education initiatives. Judokas under his tutelage have gone on to win numerous medals at the International level. Following this success, he was made Sporting Director of the Georgian Judo Federation in 2016 and now heads the Judo team at IIS.

Damien Jacomelli

Head Coach, Wrestling, IIS

Damien Jacomelli a Coaching graduate from the Sport University of Lyon, France. Prior to the joining IIS, he was a Cadet National Coach at Lyon Saint-Priest Academy and then went on to be the Head Coach, where he trained junior world champions in wrestling- Zelimkhan Khadjiev and Shamil Akhmedov, both from Russia, as well as Zohein El Ouarraque for the fifth World Championships in Wrestling. With immense experience in moulding talents, Damien spearheads the Wrestling division at IIS.

Antony Yaich

Head of Track & Field, IIS

Antony is a dedicated Olympic coach with comprehensive coaching experience in mentoring world-class athletes at a professional level. He has a PhD in Statistics and Econometrics from the university of Cergy-Pontoise. He was the founder of TMC (Technical Motion Control), an international professional group of elite jumpers and sprinters. He was then the Sprint and Triple Jump National coach for the World Youth and European Junior Championships and has a first degree certification in long, triple and high jump He has held multiple workshops on triple/long jump designed to enrich other coaches’ knowledge about various aspects of the sport. He has been a coach to 2 Olympic finalists, 3 World Championship finalists and 18 French National title holders amongst his many coaching achievements. Namely, he has worked with two-time Olympian Colomba Fofana, Julien Kapek-Olympic finalist in 2004, both from the Triple Jump discipline; he has also worked with N’diss Kaba Badji and Mickaël Hanany who are also Olympians in Long Jump and High Jump discipline respectively. He is now the head to Track and Field at the Inspire Institute of Sport

Spencer James Mackay

Head of Strength & Conditioning, IIS

Spencer is an experienced professional sport scientist and strength & conditioning coach from Edinburgh, Scotland. A skilled practical coach, he has experience in working with both elite and developmental athletes and teams within high performance networks. He is a Sport & Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) graduate from Edinburgh Napier University. His professional career includes his roles as the Lead Strength and Conditioning coach for the Scotland Woman’s team at the Scottish Rugby Union for two years as well as being the Strength and Conditioning coach for the National Age Grade Program in Scotland. He also worked at the SportScotland Institute of Sport as the Regional Co-ordinator for Netball and National Women’s Hockey Programme, National Co-ordinator for Senior Men’s Rugby 7s as well as Strength and Conditioning coach for various sports during his tenure there. He is now the Head of Strength & Conditioning at IIS, and will be looking to apply his vast experience in his field on the athletes at the Institute.

Dhananjay Kaushik

Head Physiotherapist, IIS

Dhananjay is a Sports Physiotherapist having completed his Masters of Physiotherapy (MPT) in Sports Medicine and possesses more than 12 years of experience in providing comprehensive and holistic sports physiotherapy expertise to elite athletes. He previously worked as Chief Sports Physiotherapist at Anglian Medal Hunt Company and has provided support services to members of the Indian National Shooting Team during the 2015 World Cup in Germany. He has worked with members of the Indian Boxing and Athletics team in preparation for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is also a U.S.A licensed physical therapist and has published multiple research articles.

Dr. Kevin Caillaud

Head of Exercise Physiology, IIS

Dr. Kevin Caillaud is a Sports Scientist, Physiologist and Nutritionist from France, with BSc degrees in Exercise Training and Biology, an MSc in Exercise Science and a PhD in Exercise Physiology. He has multiple publications in French and has been a part of numerous research activities. Kevin was a competitive swimmer while growing up and plied his trade as a Sport Scientist and Performance Nutritionist for a number of elite and amateur athletes in various sports. He was then a clinical exercise physiologist at his own practice before moving on to teaching and research at a few different universities. He is now the Head of Exercise Physiology at IIS, looking to apply his vast experience in the field on the budding athletes at the Institute.

Khushboo Kakkad

Head of Academics, IIS

Khushboo Kakkad is an avid educator with flair for teaching and curriculum planning who plays a major role in the training and development of other teachers. She has over 10 years of extensive experience in multiple fields, with nearly five years in the healthcare industry. Khushboo has a Bachelor’s degree in Education to go along with her numerous diplomas and an MSc in Zoology. She has worked with Podar Education Network as a Curriculum Developer and was a Biology teacher at Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce.She has also worked as a teacher trainer with the NGO, The Teacher Foundation where she was also a Senior Coordinator in Training and Teacher Support. At IIS, the primary objective is to design, organize and implement an educational program to cater to the needs of formal education for its athletes, and Khushboo will play a major role in the development of such a curriculum