Kala comes with significant education industry experience, working in strategic roles at major international private education companies and government organizations. Through her 15 year senior professional tenure, she has provided advisory services to international Universities and Government agencies enabling them to expand their global footprint, customise communication to international markets and forge sustainable partnerships. She has developed collaboration and linkages for academic institutions, with corporate organisations, government bodies, school networks and research organisations across South Asia, South East Asia and Middle East regions. In her position as the Education lead for the South Asia region at Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Kala developed and implemented a range of creative initiatives across student, industry, research and alumni engagement that resulted in significant turnaround for the brand in India. Her contributions won her ‘Austrade Best in Class’ award for Innovation & Creativity and Client Engagement. She was also recognised twice with ‘Global Staff award’ for contribution to Austrade’s Business Practice (includes CRM systems and performance management). Kala was deputed on a short stint to work as Senior Global Practice Adviser at Austrade Sydney.
As a senior member within the industry in her role as Director of Konnect based in Singapore, she has participated and presented at prestigious national and international education conferences and forums in Australia, Singapore, Dubai, US, and Ireland.
Kala holds a PGDBA (MBA) from SPJIMR India and a professional diploma in Digital Marketing from DMI Ireland. She enjoys reading Asian fiction, traveling and painting. She actively supports the cause of education for less privileged, through Buniyaad – a non-profit working with Balwaadis of Mumbai.