Faculty

Dr. Avani Desai

MBA (Finance), PhD (Investor Relations), MDP (IIM Ahmedabad)

With over 20 years of experience in corporate and academics, Dr. Avani Desai helms the operations at FBA, and at FBA-NRBBA. She holds an MBA in Finance and a PhD in Investor Relations. Dr. Desai is a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA), Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gandhinagar and Institute of Company Secretaries, Ahmedabad. Her research works have been published in acclaimed international and national journals.

Dr. Seema Pandit

Areas of Interest: Corporate Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, Financial Services
With over 20 years of experience in teaching, Dr. Seema Pandit holds a Ph.D. in Financial Reporting. She has a strong academic presence in the field of Accountancy and Finance. She has presented research papers at National and International conferences, and has also published a couple of papers in reputed journals. She was appointed as a Chairperson of Syllabus Revision Committee for the subject of Accountancy. She heads the Examination and Evaluation committee and has worked in the capacity of Co-ordinator of Examination and Assessment for the University Exams. She is also a member of the Academic committee, Alumni Relations and Counseling. A trained singer, she also has experience of managing the cultural activities and youth festival.

Prof. Dipalee Atre

Prof. Dipalee Atre experiences from a career spanning 20 years in the field of organizational behaviour and human resource management define the pedagogy utilized in her classroom teaching. Her Master in Commerce from Mumbai University was followed with a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Prof. Atre oversees the administrative and academic activities including examination at FBA-NRBBA. She is actively involved in coaching students for academic competitions, particularly general and business quizzes, and case analysis. She serves on the Editorial Team of GLS VOICE, a monthly publication of GLS and is currently pursuing her Ph. D from GLS University.

Dr. Belur Baxi

Areas of Interest: Consumer Behaviour, Brand Management, Corporate Strategy, Research Methodology and Marketing Management.
Dr. Belur Baxi holds a doctorate in the area of consumer behaviour. With 15 years of teaching experience, he believes in bringing contemporary issues to the classroom for discussion. He supervises project work at undergraduate level; and doctoral research in the area of Neuro-marketing, Consumer Relationship Management, Digital Consumer Involvement and Brand Management. He oversees the activities under ‘Manomanthan Club”. He has published and presented research papers and books.

Dr. Nirja Vasavada

Areas of Interest: Communication Studies, Translation Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies and Critical Theory.
Nirja Vasavada (Ph.D) is a passionate educator and has more than 12 years of experience in teaching English and Communication at FBA-NRBBA. She is also a visiting faculty at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and School of Liberal Studies, PDPU, Gandhinagar. She is a key member of the Examination and Evaluation, Academic, Media and Communication committees. She is in charge of Collegiate Women’s Development Cell and Grievance Redressal Cell. She heads the Curriculum Board of English and Communication at GLS University, and is a Member Secretary of Women’s Development Cell, GLS University. She is also a member of the editorial team of GLS Voice, the monthly newspaper of GLS University. Her areas of interest are Gender Studies, Queer Theory and Communication Studies. She has initiated the Gender Forum – ShEquality at FBA-NRBBA.

Prof. Minal Joshi

She has over 22 years of academic experience, and delivers courses of Business Mathematics and Operations Research at FBA-NRBBA. Her Post Graduation and Master of Philosophy were in the subject of Statistics from Gujarat University. This, coupled with her vast teaching experience, led her to be invited as a member of Syllabus Revision Committee for subjects of Business Statistics , Business Research Methods and Operations Research.
She is actively involved in social responsibility activities at FBA-NRBBA. Shei is also a key member of Sports activities and handles overall indoor and outdoor activity both at internal and external competitions. She handles the Anti-Ragging Cell of the institute.

Dr. Nitin Pillai

Nitin Pillai addresses the need for corporate ready communication in students through courses on Organizational Communication, Employability & Communication, Analytical Communication and Difficult Communication. A keen drive towards practical application of theoretical frameworks is key to the courses offered by him, which is ably aided by his expertise in developing courses and materials relevant to the learning objectives. His research areas included corporate communication, English Language Teaching and Language Assessment. With an experience of 10 years in teaching he concentrates on making learning an extra-mural experience through his active involvement in all curricular, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities at FBA-NRBBA. He is also an indispensable part of the Academic Committee, Placement Cell and Media and Communication Committee.
To give practical exposure to management students, he initiated various student-driven clubs like CultFiction The Movie Club, Humor Hub The Stand Up Comedy Club, eNRich The Academic Club, Drishti The Photography Club, Avid Arts The Art Club, The Dance Club and The Book Club.

Dr. Priyanka Zala

Dr. Priyanka Zala is a passionate academician with a keen interest in research. She has to her credit more than 11 research papers published and presented in national and international refereed journals and seminars respectively in the area of finance.
She is the recipient of best research paper awards at MICA and INC ICFAI. At FBA-NRBBA, she is a key member of the scheduling committee and also looks after extracurricular activities. She is keenly interested in training students in the domain of research methods through project based methodology. An artist herself, she also has experience of managing cultural and Fine Arts activities.

Dr. Bharat Bhati

Gold Medal awardee at both BA and MA examinations, in Economics, Bharat Bhati is an enthusiastic teacher with 5 years of teaching experience. With his academic expertise combined with orientation towards research, he makes Economics sessions interesting. He started his career with Gujarat Institute of Development Research as a research associate. He has presented research papers at various national and international conferences and has also published research papers in various national and international journals. At FBA-NRBBA, he handles the Attendance committee.

Prof. Rikita Thakkar

With over 9 years of academic experience, also 06 years of corporate experience, Rikita Thakkar delivers courses of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Organization Behavior at FBA-NRBBA.She has published research papers and also hosted the same at National and International level. She also holds Visharad degree in Bharatnatyam. She is in-charge of Wadhwani Foundation’s Direct to Class Foundation and Advanced courses in Entrepreneurship.

Prof. Karishma Anklesaria Dalal

With over 13 years of academic and industry experience, Karishma Dalal has completed her Masters of Business Administration from University of Technology, Sydney – Australia; and is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of Corporate and Behavioural Finance. She has taught at the undergraduate as well as post-graduate levels, core subjects of Management, Finance and Operations Decision Sciences. She has worked in consulting and training areas for IDP Australia and McDonalds Australia Limited prior to joining the academics. She has cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the apex body University Grants Commission for educators in the area of Management. She has several publications in various national and international Journals and has presented papers in various conferences in India and abroad.