Cygnus Centre of Excellence is a holistic career guidance forum that has been conceptualised and established by a group of committed individuals with a passion for excellence. Cygnus Centre of Excellence has brought together a panel of mentors who provide career and professional advice to school and college students as well as young professionals looking to build corporate careers. Our panel includes expert career counsellors, eminent educationalists, established professionals, and experienced mentors to help you find answers that you seek. We want to help you make key life decisions that shape your career!
Board of Governors
The activities of Cygnus are managed by its Board of Governors that brings together expertise in training and development, experience of human resource management and administrative acumen. The Board oversees conceptualization of curriculum, development of learning processes and execution of learning modules.
Jason Pote has held pivotal roles in Indian Airlines and TAROM (The Romanian National Airline). As a travel professional, he has been associated with Galileo India, Amadeus India and TUI as the Sales Head of eastern India. He turned entrepreneur with Trinity Tours.
He joined Derek O’Brien & Associates as Senior Presenter & Quiz Master. He has conducted more than 200 pan India live quizzes for Limca, Bournvita and Vodafone. Pursuing his passion, Jason has regularly conducted soft skills trainings for corporates as well as teachers’ orientation programmes.
Jason is an Oxford University Press empaneled trainer. He is an alumnus of St Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
A communication and soft skills expert, HR professional, an amateur actor, a freelance writer and voice over artist, Rajrupa Chakravarty thrives on her people-connect skills.
She has been associated with Ramakrishna Mission School of Languages, BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology, Techno India University, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Annamalai University and BIBS as faculty. She has worked in several roles in the corporate sector and was the HR Head at Netscribes. An alumnus of St Xavier’s College Kolkata, a postgraduate in English Literature from the University of Calcutta.
Rajrupa was a recipient of proficiency medal in Personnel Management from National Institute of Personnel Management.
Samit Banerjee is the Chairman & Managing Director of Trinity Tradex.
A successful entrepreneur, Samit is a result-oriented leader and runs a three-decade old industrial products business.
He has been associated with companies like Carlmann Schmidt and Trident Pneumatics. He excels in building and retaining high performance teams by focusing on hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals.
An economics graduate from the University of Calcutta, he has demonstrated proficiency in optimising costs and establishing mutually beneficial partnerships.
Board of Advisors
Members of the Board of Advisors provide strategic guidance to Cygnus drawing upon their rich personal experience in varied areas ranging from corporate sector to academia in multicultural settings.
Jayanta Banerjee is a member of the Board of Directors of multiple companies. A private equity investment professional, an investment banker, an entrepreneur, an IT strategist, a shop-floor engineer, and an amateur actor, Jayanta is a multifaceted personality.
Jayanta is currently a Managing Partner of ASK Pravi Capital Advisors. Previously, he has worked with diverse corporate organizations like ICICI Venture, Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young, ICICI Securities, Bank of America and Siemens. He has experience in mentoring entrepreneurs, implementing best practices and corporate governance.
He is an Electrical Engineer from Jadavpur University and an alumnus of IIM Bangalore.
A creative, tri-lingual international educator for over three decades and a participant in Harvard Project Zero, Sarah Chevaillier is well-known for her collaborative community leadership, cross-cultural insights, resilient spirit and inspirational public speaking. She has worked in Germany, Switzerland, France, China, India, Africa, and the US.
She was the Director, American International School of Conakry, Guinea, Africa. She is at present an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Sarah did her MBA from International School of Management, Paris/New York, MA in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University and BA in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley.
An accomplished educationist, a motivational speaker and an inspiring mentor to his students, Sunirmal Chakravarthi describes himself as a “teacher by choice who became a Principal by accident”.
He started his teaching career at St Paul’s School Darjeeling in 1987 and he went on to serve the school as Senior Master. He joined La Martiniere School Kolkata as Principal in 2006 and retired in 2015.
An avid reader, trekker, traveller and sports enthusiast, Sunirmal is an author of English Language textbooks published by Cambridge University Press.
He is a BA (Hons) in English from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, a Postgraduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University and B. Ed from North Bengal University.