Board of Directors
Rekha Puri is the Founder of LINEglobal. Inspired by her dad’s incredible personal journey, LINEglobal is a serendipitous culmination of Rekha’s focus on the cross-cultural competencies, empathy and understanding needed to live in our global society.
Rekha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the JJ School of Art, Bombay University; a professional Montessori teaching certificate; and a Masters degree from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She participated in the Think Tank on Global Education 2015 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rekha was awarded a fellowship for aspiring school heads by NAIS National Association of Independent Schools. Rekha is currently the Director of Admissions and Enrollment at The School at Columbia University, a Kindergarten-Grade 8 independent school, known for its innovative curriculum and extraordinary diversity.
Growing up in India and Malaysia, and now living in New York City for the past twenty plus years, Rekha claims to be an Indian, a New Yorker and a “global soul” as defined by Pico Iyer, one of her favorite authors. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Anuj, and their son, Siddhartha.
Raj Goyle is the CEO of Bodhala, a technology company in New York City. Raj recently was a business and philanthropic advisor to the family office of Shelley and Donald Rubin where he helped lead the Rubin Foundation in a range of philanthropic giving to non profit organizations globally and nationally. Raj continues to serve on the advisory board of the Rubin Museum of Art. A Kansas native, Raj served in the Kansas House (2006-2010) where he was the first Democrat elected in his district and the first South Asian American elected in the state. In 2010, he ran one of the strongest campaigns in the country for the US House. He served on the 2012 Obama National Finance Committee and was an early member of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign committee. He has served both as a Senior Fellow and a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Raj worked as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU and is active in the South Asian community in New York City and nationally. Raj is a board member of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger and NewDEAL Democrats. Raj graduated from Duke and Harvard Law. He and his wife Monica Arora have two daughters, Ana and Sara.
Rajiv Kothari is CEO of Prestige Jewelry International, a preeminent fine jewelry manufacturer and wholesaler. A fourth generation diamond merchant, Rajiv, has lead the company since 1994, positioning it to offer high quality, creative designs and exceptional service to its customer base. Prestige has been recognized for its excellence over the years by winning numerous “Vendor of the Year” awards from its retail customers.
Rajiv was born and raised in New York, and maintains strong family and business ties with India. He completed his undergraduate and MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business, graduating with Dean’s Honors and Cum Laude. Currently, he is enrolled in the Harvard OPM Program, and is an active member of the YPO. Besides his charitable involvements, Rajiv’s interests include sports, traveling and reading. He lives in New York City with his two children, Isha and Arman.
Ami Modi is on the Board of Trustees of the Nirav Modi Foundation. The foundation endeavors to empower youth and families from underprivileged communities to become self-sustainable.
Ami was instrumental in setting up their flagship scholarship program, the “Nirav Modi Scholarship for Excellence” that now supports over 250 students annually and still growing. She actively helps manage the program, which assists exceptional high school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, most of whom are aspiring doctors and engineers. Ami personally counsels and mentors many of the students and has ensured the Foundation retains the focus on development of life skills in addition to providing financial and educational support.
Further, Ami also has set up and runs two play schools for underprivileged children in Mumbai that follow a Montessori-based curriculum.
In 2009, Ami founded a clinic to provide free health care when learning upon a district in rural Rajasthan which had little to no access to primary health care. The clinic has grown to service over 8000 people every year and Ami continues to fund and run the project.
Dominic A.A. Randolph became the sixth Head of The Riverdale Country School in July 2007, the school’s centennial year. Riverdale is a Pre-K-Grade 12 independent school in New York City of 1130 students. Previously, he served in the capacity of Assistant Head Master at The Lawrenceville School and has worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. After being educated in both the United Kingdom and this country, Dominic graduated from Harvard College (B.A., English and American Language and Literature, 1985) and received his Masters in Education (1995) from Harvard University.
Dominic’s work has focused on curriculum development, understanding the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning spaces, character development and positive psychology, interdisciplinary studies and design thinking. He is interested in how we can successfully create innovative and dynamic environments for students while preserving positive academic traditions. He serves on the boards of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City.
A globally recognized expert in international higher education and student mobility research, Dr. Rajika Bhandari serves as Deputy Vice President, Research and Evaluation at the Institute of International Education’s (IIE). She provides strategic oversight of research and program evaluation activities and directs IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research. Dr. Bhandari serves on several international advisory groups, is a frequent speaker and widely published author on international higher education with five books on the subject, including International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S., and a forthcoming book on higher education in Asia. Her writing on international higher education has also appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Guardian, Times Higher Ed, and the Huffington Post. Dr. Bhandari also has a background in international development with a special focus on gender and education in India. Prior to joining IIE in 2006, Dr. Bhandari was a Senior Researcher at MPR Associates, an educational research firm in California that provides research and evaluation services to the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as the Assistant Director for Evaluation at the Mathematics and Science Education Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition to her professional work in the area of international education, Dr. Bhandari is also a nonfiction writer and the author of the historical and travel book, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and a BA (Honors) in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.
Mrs. Alessia Lefebure is Director of the Alliance at Columbia University. She joined Columbia’s faculty as adjunct at SIPA in 2011, and in the preceding decade, taught at both Sciences Po Paris and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Lefebure’s expertise and experience in global academic affairs and sociology of higher education are deep and broad. Before taking leadership of the Alliance, a joint-venture for innovation in global scientific and educational collaboration, she served as Director of the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences Po, from 2006 to 2011. In that role, she embraced new opportunities in the region, strengthened academic cooperation, and oversaw the three Sciences Po foreign offices: Beijing, New Delhi, and Tokyo. Between 2001 and 2006, she was based in Beijing, at Tsinghua University, where she launched and led Sciences Po’s first foreign office. She acquired an in-depth understanding of the Chinese academic landscape, and she built durable ties. She collected first-hand evidence of its radical transformation, on which she has acquired international credentials and the knowledge necessary to pursue her PhD in Sociology at Sciences Po. Her research focuses on higher education models and policies in China.
Since her arrival at Columbia University in 2011, she has broadened the scope of the Alliance consortium—expanding academic and public policy impact while creating new bridges with the corporate and cultural world. An internationally recognized expert, she serves as a member of several juries and international committees in the field of Higher Education and Research, such as the advisory board of the New York-based Dual Language Program and Data-Pop Alliance, as well as the Columbia University-based Blinken European Institute and Center for French and Francophone Studies. Her publications includes “China Innovation Inc.” (Presses de Sciences Po, 2012), “Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs” (Institute of International Education, 2014), “Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower?” (Institute of International Education, Forthcoming, 2015), and a number of contributions on current global and comparative issues for several international higher-education journals and reviews.
Lefebure believes that respect, cooperation, and inclusiveness are key to leading projects and people. She has been recognized for her leadership, honored as recipient of a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2010, awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and, in 2014, by the Partnership of Excellence Award, given by the French-American Foundation—United States. Lefebure was born in Bolzano, Italy, and has lived in Italy, France, England, China, and the United States. She holds degrees with the highest distinctions from LUISS Law School, in Rome, and from Sciences Po, in Paris.
Emily McCarren is the Director of the Wo International Center at Punahou School in Honoulu, Hawaii, where she supports the global education initiatives of the School and professional development opportunities for educators all over the world. She is also a Spanish teacher who who has dabbled in teaching biology and geometry. Emily is pursuing a doctorate in educational technology at the University of Hawaii, where her principal area of research interest is online learning in independent schools.
Previously, Emily taught at the Thacher School, in Ojai California. She has an MA in Spanish Literature from St. Louis University, and an Ed.M in Educational Leadership in Independent Schools through the Klingenstein program at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Anuj Puri is the Founder and President of Puri-D, a multi-Dimensional design, design and project management consultancy based in New York City, involved in advising and managing hi-design, luxury projects.
Prior to founding Puri-D, Anuj most recently worked for renowned engineer/ architect/ artist, Santiago Calatrava, in his New York office. Working closely with Mr. Calatrava he was involved in the managing the design and development of projects such as The Chicago Spire in Chicago, Transit Hub at the World Trade Center in New York, renovation of Calatrava residences in New York City, and other largescale projects. Before working with Mr. Calatrava, Anuj worked with Peter Marino, Architect. In the past 25+ years, Anuj has worked on high-end residential, luxury retail, commercial, institutional projects with well-known, creative personalities including artists, designers, architects, engineers – from the world of art, fashion, brand, graphics, industrial design, lighting, landscape, – on the design, management and construction of complex projects of all size and scale. Working in close collaboration with designers, teams of specialty fabricators and builders, he has successfully executed numerous projects for clients such as Versace, Armani, H. Stern and other high profile clients.
Anuj has a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a Bachelor of Architecture from JJ School of Architecture, Bombay University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Rekha and their son, Siddhartha.
Amani Reed joined The School at Columbia University as Head of School in 2012. Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Reed was the Middle School Principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He also served as Middle School Assistant Director at the Lakeside School in Seattle for five years, and held directorial positions at Sewickley Academy in Pennsylvania, including as Assistant Director of Summerbridge Pittsburgh, an academic enrichment program for middle school students facing limited opportunities. He has played central roles in progressive curriculum development and on accreditation teams with NAIS, NYSAIS, ISACS, and several other national education associations. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University Teachers College, and a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Portland in Oregon.
Sree Sreenivasan is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps and more. Sree was on Fast Company's list of Most Creative People 2015 "for liberating the Museum from its physical walls". He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer.
He specializes in explaining technology to consumers, readers, viewers and users. For more than eight years, he served as technology reporter for WABC-TV and WNBC-TV in NYC and now occasionally appears on various TV shows to talk tech. For more than six years, he wrote a Web Tips column for Poynter.org. He has written articles for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone, National Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Popular Science. He is co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists across the U.S. and Canada (SAJA is based at the Journalism School). In March 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the nation’s 20 most influential South Asians, and in 2009, AdAge named him “one of 25 media people to follow on Twitter.”
Sree has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia, and a BA from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Roopa, and their twins, Durga and Krishna.
Erin Trowbridge is the Director of Global Communications for the Earth Institute at Columbia University and for the Millennium Villages Project. She also serves as Prof Jeffrey Sachs’ spokesperson for his work at the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals.
Prior to joining the Earth Institute in 2006, Erin was the Director of Communications for the United Nations Millennium Project, a global initiative led by Prof Sachs to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. From 2000-2004, Erin worked with UN agencies—including UNICEF and UNDP—to develop global campaigns centered around the Millennium Development Goals. She began work at UNDP just months prior to the Millennium Summit and in the 13 years since, has worked on the MDGs, born of that historic meeting, in dozens of countries around the world. Prior to her UN career, Erin was a journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other publications. She is a contributing author to two books, The New Killing Fields and All of US. Erin holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a MS from Columbia University.
Friends & Advisors
Sunil Gulati is President of the U.S. Soccer Federation and was elected to a four-year term on the FIFA executive committee. He is also a highly regarded senior instructor in the economics department at Columbia University
The native of Allahabad, India, has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. Gulati continues his mission of improving soccer by taking an active approach on improving the structure and development of the sport in the country, while also reaching out to broaden the organization’s relationships within the international community. He held the position of Major League Soccer’s Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999 before becoming the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, a position he served in until 2011. He remains a special advisor to The Kraft Sports Group and the Kraft Family.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova. Gulati and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.
Pearl Rock Kane, a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education. She holds a master of arts degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College. Professor Kane serves as the director of the Klingenstein Center and is the advisor for the master’s degree programs. She is also coordinator of education leadership programs which includes both public and private schools.
Professor Kane taught and served as an administrator in public and private schools in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. She is active on several Boards including the United Nations School in New York City and Uncommon Schools, a charter management organization. She is a founding member of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Brooklyn, NY.
Professor Kane is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the 2009 National Association of Principals for Schools for Girls Outstanding Achievement Award, and the European Council of International Schools 2008 Award for Exemplary Contribution and Outstanding Service to Promotion of International Education.
She is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America’s Teachers, Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers and The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. She has published numerous articles on issues of leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. Her current areas of research focus on privatization, charter schools, and independent school leadership and governance.
Dr. Vladimir D. Kuskovski is the Head of School of Oberoi International School, Mumbai.
Vladimir received his Bachelor’s degree in Education in Minsk Institute for Foreign Languages, and Belarus Graduate studies took him to Manchester University in the UK as part of a graduate exchange program. After moving to the USA, Vladimir Kuskovski worked as a teacher and administrator in both public and independent school taking an active part in developing IB program. He received his K-12 principal licensure from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vladimir was the Assistant Headmaster of Leysin American School, Switzerland, where he later became a Headmaster. At the same time he completed his doctoral program in Educational Leadership with concentration in K-12 Administration.
After seven successful years in Switzerland Vladimir assumed the post of the Headmaster of the International School of Hamburg, and has been at Oberoi International School since 2011.
Vladimir is also an adjunct professor and continues to teach in the Masters international administration program at the Endicott College and supervisors doctoral students at Grand Canyon University. Vladimir is an active promoter of international education in general, and the IB program in particular, as a vehicle to developing international mindedness in our young through quality education. He often speaks to new schools aspiring to adopt IB programs as well as audiences around the world on international education and cross-cultural communication. He is fluent in his native Russian, English, German and Polish and has working knowledge of other languages.
Roxie R. Smith was Vice Provost of Columbia University where she worked on day-to-day operational activities, including international linkages; interactions with deans; oversight of certain central academic units such as the Earth Institute, the Italian Academy and the Columbia K-8 School for Children, etc. Before becoming Vice Provost, she was the Associate Vice President for Arts and Sciences for eight years and responsible for operational oversight of academic affairs and budget.
Prior to moving to Columbia, she was at Northwestern University in Illinois where she was the Associate Provost for six years focused on faculty affairs and budget, and also the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education and Social Policy for eight years before that. Before joining Northwestern, she was the Assistant Executive Director of the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education based in Chicago where she oversaw the national continuing education provider approval program. Prior to that, she was a Program Analyst in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina General Administration working in system-wide program planning and evaluation. She earned her doctorate in education and social policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.