Academic Qualifications

  • Work in progress - D.Litt.
  • CEDR (UK) Accredited Mediator and International Master Trainer - 2013
  • Ph.D. – 2004 - 2008
    Domain: Management.
    Topic: Performance Evaluation, Professional Development and Student Achievement
    Institute/Board: SVKM‘S NMIMS University. Mumbai
  • Diploma in Management of Education - 2003 awarded by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS –Mumbai)
  • Diploma in Training and Development - 2002 awarded by the Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD), New Delhi
  • Master’s in Human Resources Development (MHRDM) 1998-2001. Institute/Board: SVKM‘s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management University Mumbai. (Mumbai University).
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A) - 1996
    Subjects: Psychology and Sociology

Academic/Corporate Experience

  • Advisor for Minority Skills Development with Universal Skills since 2015
  • Programme Facilitator for India - UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development) - Empretec Programme - since 2014
  • Master Trainer for International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) for Agakhan Foundation (AKF) - since 2013
  • Professor – Head of the Dept. (HR and Behavioral Sciences) May 2011 – To date Institute – Mumbai Education Trust – MET ( Institute of Management ) Bandra, Mumbai
  • Director – SBA -India Pvt Ltd July 2007 – March 2012
  • Director –In –Charge Dec 2009- April -2010 Institute: Aruna Manharlal Shah Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai
  • Associate Faculty – HR and Behavioral Sciences April – 2009- June – 2010. Institute: Aruna Manharlal Shah Institute of Management and Research Mumbai.
  • Adjunct Faculty HR and Behavioral Sciences June – 2007- July 2008. Institute :SVKM‘s NMIMS University
  • Visiting faculty (HR and Behavioral Sciences) 2004 - 2007 Institute: SVKM‘S Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Director HR (Pro Bono) Jan 2002- Dec 2005 Institute: Aga Khan Education Services - India (AKES-I)

Awards & Recognition

  • MET - Gaurav - award forInternational Excellence 2015
  • MET –Pragnyavant – award for Academic Excellence 2014
  • MET - Gaurav - award for National Excellence 2013
  • MET –Pragnyavant – award for Academic Excellence 2013
  • MET –Pragnyavant – award for Academic Excellence 2012
  • Recognized Ph.D. Guide for ITM University with effect from October 2012.
  • Recipient of the coveted HEF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Education – Human Resource Management on 5th September 2012 at HR College, Mumbai.
  • MET –Pragnyavant – award for Academic Excellence 2011

Significant Achievements

  • Invited as a special guest to the Women’s day celebration at the Indian Rare Earth on 11th March 2016 and addressed the audience on Changing roles and expectations from women.
  • Master of Ceremony for the conference organized by NIPM Mumbai Chapter on New Mandate for Industrial Relations on Friday 8th January, 2016 at Four Points by Sheraton, Navi Mumbai, Vashi.
  • Invited as an Expert speaker for the Leadership Development Programme ‘Magnificence’ conducted by Lion’s club in partnership with the renowned, S.P.Jain’s Management and Research Center in Mumbai on 11th Oct 2015
  • Invited as a Guest speaker by JIBA - International Association of businessmen and industrialists of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community to speak on Working with Emotional Intelligence on 10th October 2015 at Mumbai.
  • Invited as a Panelist by Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) at the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) on 6th August 2015. Seminar Imparting Knowledge through Digitization addressing the audience on ‘E-Mentoring’
  • Nominated by the Lion’s Club as the Chairperson on Skills Development Committee 2015.
  • Master of Ceremony for the National Conference themed ‘Mission Skill Development: Leveraging CSR & Education’ May 7, 2015 at BSE, Mumbai.
  • Master of Ceremony for the National Conference themed , ‘ Make in India’ – The People Perspective , at Westin , Mumbai conducted by NIPM – Mumbai
  • Invited to Session Chair and present a paper at the Second 21st Century Academic Forum Conference from March 8th - 10th 2015, at the Harvard University, Boston, USA.
  • Appointed as an Arm’s Length Independent External Referee for faculty promotions by Aga Khan University, Pakistan in February 2015
  • Invited as Chief Guest for the Convocation Ceremony at Xavier Institute of Engineering on 2nd February 2015 at Mumbai
  • Nominated by the Lion’s Club on the Selection Panel for the student scholarship for Anthony Robbins Foundation USA – Youth Leadership Summit. 2010 - 2015.
  • Assistance for paper setting for Online All India exams for two papers; Public Relations and Communication in 2014.
  • Master Trainer for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Mediators (Aga Khan Foundation) in India - 2014 ( 7th - 8th Nov Lonavla, 22nd - 23rd Mumbai , 28th- 29th Ahmedabad)
  • Invited as Guest speaker, topic “Managing Social Media” at Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology’s on SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytic, and Cloud) held on July 3rd 2014 at Mumbai.
  • Invited as Guest speaker for a workshop on “Accreditation and Quality Assurance” at Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering on the topic “Faculty and student contribution in the accreditation process” held on 4th & 5th April 2014 at Mumbai.
  • Invited as Guest speaker for “Practitioners Perspective on School Education” at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Vissanji Academy, Andheri on 20th July 2013
  • Appointed as Chairperson of National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) Academic Sector from May 2013
  • Master Trainer, Mediation Training for International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) in India and UAE - 2013 (Ahmadabad 12th - 16th March, Lonavla 24th - 31st May, Dubai 19th - 24th June)
  • Chairperson for MET SOM’s Seminar in collaboration with NIPM on ‘Synergizing AADHAR program with CSR platform, so as to sharpen the donor - beneficiary focus’, held on 22nd March 2013 at MET, Bandra
  • Appointed as a Committee Member for the Development of a short term course on ‘Sterilization of Medical Equipment’ by Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) in Feb, 2013
  • Special invitee and a presenter for NCAB on ‘Foundations of Corporate Governance’ on 29th December 2012, at Silvasa
  • Invited as a Distinguished Speaker by NIPM at a conference held at ISKON - Mumbai on 14th December 2012. Theme ‘Corporate Culture and Spirituality - A Research Perspective’ .
  • Chairperson for MET - SOMs HR Meet on ‘Innovations in Organizational Positivity’ held on 20th October 2012 at MET, Bandra
  • Invited as Guest Speaker to address under graduate students on ‘Importance of Soft skills in the Corporate World’ at Chetna College, Mumbai in 26th September 2012
  • Invited as an Expert Speaker to address students (vocational training) on ‘The Importance of Soft Skills for a Career.’ Saturday – 20th March 2012, at Manav Sadhan Vikas Sansthan – an NGO at Santa Cruz (E), Mumbai
  • Mentored MMS students to participate in “Simerations ’12, Back to the Future…..” at Sydenham Institute of Management Research and Entrepreneurship Education, a Pan India competition, on18th Feb 2012. The students bagged the 2nd Prize in the competition
  • Invited to be the Panelist at the ‘Youth for Governance’ Convention at Shanmukhanada Hall, Mumbai on 25th Jan 2012. Key note speaker Mr. Narayan Murthy, Chairman Emeritus – Infosys
  • Invited to be a Member on the Committee, by the People Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) chaired by Julio Rebeiro, Ex Commissioner of Police, Padma Bhushan awardee
  • Invited as an Expert Speaker to the Lion’s Club Career Guidance Seminar to address students on ‘The Importance of Soft Skills for a Career’ Friday - 16th Dec 2011, at Prahaladrai Dalmia Lions College, Malad (W), Mumbai
  • Nominated as a Senior Advisor for the National Academy of Indian Payroll (NAIP), a body recognized as a pioneer in the Payroll profession in India
  • Conference Chairperson (Concurrent session) at the Third Global Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Conference held at TISS, Mumbai in March 2010
  • Invited as a Conference Chairperson with a paper published at the International Conference on Business and information Technology, IMT Ghaziabad, February 2010

Professional Development

  • Invited for Board of Studies Meeting – Faculty of Management, University of Mumbai on Nov- 16th 2015 at the Wellingkar College
  • Attended workshop on Rendezvous with SELF: From Blank Canvas to a Masterpiece of your talents and potential organized by Association of Mumbai Coaches on 17th October 2015 at Mumbai.
  • Attended workshop on Mission Skill Development: Leveraging CSR & Education at Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Mumbai on September 3rd, 2015.
  • Attended workshop on “O.P.E.N – a Model for Engagement and Productivity” on 16th February 2015 at MET, Mumbai
  • Attended workshop on Social Impact Measurement” from 21st to 22ndFebruary 2015 by Wockhardt Foundation at BKC, Mumbai
  • Completed the 15 days EDP conducted by National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) 17th Sep - Oct 2014, Mumbai
  • Attended workshop on “Emotions, Conflict and Communication: How to transform non-cooperative communication to an effective one!” from 30th July - 31st July 2014, at TISS, Mumbai
  • Attended UNCTAD-Empretec - Entrepreneurship training from 21st April - 26th April 2014 at Bangalore
  • Attended workshop on “National Board of Accreditation (NBA)” Phase 1: 8th Feb 2014 Phase 2: 15th to 17th March 2014 at SPIT, Mumbai
  • Attended “Asian Business Responsibility Summit - 2014”, at BSE on 8th January 2014
  • Attended workshop on “Resolving Business - Community Disputes” by BMA (Bombay Management Association) on 21st December 2013
  • Attended World DIDAC conference - India, at Mumbai NESCO on 11-13th September 2013
  • Attended FDP on 'High Performance Organization’ (with special reference to higher educational institutions) 8th November, 2012 at ITM - Vashi, New Mumbai
  • Attended FDP on ‘Teaching through Simulation Techniques’ conducted by HEF at SIES College of Management Studies, Nerul, Navi Mumbai on 6th October 2012
  • Attended ‘SPSS workshop’ conducted by WRC ICSSR Mumbai 4-8th June 2012 Attended ‘SPSS workshop’ at MET – IOM on April 23rd 2012
  • Attended ‘Unblogging the Blog’ workshop at MET – IOM on 8th April 2012 Participated in Higher Education Forum (HEF) Learning Annual Conference at Welingkar Business School, Mumbai on 17th March 2012
  • Participated in Higher Education Forum (HEF) Learning Annual Conference at Welingkar Business School, Mumbai on 17th March 2012
  • Participated in 2nd National HR Conference on “Unleashing Talent Power – from Potential to Performance”, hosted by MET- Bhujbal Knowledge City, Nasik and Indian Institute of Personnel Management, Mumbai Chapter at NEC - Nasik on 17th December 2011
  • Participated in International Accreditation Workshop conducted by SEAA and IACBE at Pune on 13th July, 2011
  • Participated in Higher Education Forum, 2nd Annual Convention, theme Excellence in Higher Education, held at ITM Khargar on the 12th March 2011
  • Participated in Seminar HR in Changing Times- Opportunities and Challenges held by BMA at IBS Powai, 4th Feb 2011
  • Participated in Third Global Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Conference held at TISS, Mumbai in March 2010
  • Participated in Higher Education Forum, 1st Annual Convention 2010, Towards Excellence in Higher Education at Mumbai in March 2010
  • Participated in International Conference on Business and Information Technology Contemporary Research and Development at IMT Ghaziabad in Feb 2010
  • Participated in 40th National Convention of Training and Development (ISTD), Quantum Leap in Building World Class Skills at Bengaluru in Feb 2010
  • Participated in BMA Seminar HR 2030 – The New Arsenal for the Future held at The Lalit Intercontinental, Mumbai in Jan 2010

Professional Association


Programme Facilitator for UNCTAD – India

Dr. Farida Virani has been appointed as Programme Facilitator of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) – Empretec Programme for India. In partnership with the Office of the National Director of Empretec’s India, she contributes towards the installation and development of Empretec’s national building programmes in the country. She has successfully completed the Empretec Training Workshop (ETW) held at Bengaluru ITC – Windsor Manor from 21st – 26th April 2014. The participants comprised a wide spectrum of participants, from young and aspiring entrepreneurs, to government officials and highly seasoned business persons, some of whom were nominated by banks, chambers of commerce and government agencies and leading NGO’s. The programme has been endorsed by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, which expressed support for its adoption by financial institutions and industry organizations/associations. Since its formation in 1988, Empretec has expanded to 34 countries, trained over 300000 entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and stakeholders in keeping with the United Nations’ guidelines and best practices. Empretec contributes to economic growth and progress by promoting an entrepreneurial culture not only in entrepreneurs but also in forward-looking governments and in trans-national companies. Empretec has strong CSR credentials and considers entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty. Empretec is managed globally by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and hosted by International Business Facilitators (IBF) in India.

CEDR (UK) Accredited Mediator

CEDR Mediator skills training is a programme of comprehensive tuition and participation in effective dispute resolution where participants are trained in the skills needed for effective mediation of commercial disputes and assessed for CEDR Accreditation, internationally recognised as the standard of excellence. The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded to participants who demonstrate the level of competence to achieve the status of CEDR Accredited Mediator. CEDR is the largest conflict management and resolution consultancy in the world. It was launched in 1990 with the support of The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and leading law firms, business and public sector. They have over 24 years of unrivalled experience in dispute resolution, conflict management, and training and civil justice systems. They have been instrumental in bringing mediation into business practice and into the judicial system in England and Wales, and in creating a professional approach in commercial mediation in the UK and internationally.

International Master Trainer for International Conciliation & Arbitration Board (ICAB) – Agakhan Foundation

Dr. Farida Virani is the Master Trainer for global CAB members appointed as Conciliators and Arbitrators within the Ismaili Jamat. His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shi‘a Imami Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB’s) were formed as the modern infrastructure of dispute resolution in the Ismaili Muslim Community. The Boards’ main task is to assist in the conciliation process between parties in differences or disputes arising from commercial, business and other civil liability matters, domestic and family matters, including those relating to matrimony, children of a marriage, matrimonial property and testate and intestate succession.


Indian Merchant Chamber’s: Mission Skill Development – Executive Member

Dr. Farida Virani has been appointed as the Executive Member of the Indian Merchant Chamber’s – Mission Skill Development Committee. Her interest area is skill development amongst the Muslim minorities facilitate employment.

National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) – Chairperson Academic Sector and Executive Committee Member - Mumbai Chapter

Dr. Farida Virani has been appointed at the Chairperson –NIPM Academic Sector from May 2013. This is with the objective of strengthening the Corporate – Academia interface through the NIPM platform in order to facilitate a win-win opportunity for students and the industry at large. She has been entrusted this responsibility recognising her strong research oriented pedigree in the field of HR, as well as her vast experience and expertise in managing HR in the academic and higher education arena.

Resource Person for National Board for Accreditation – NBA – India

Dr. Farida Virani is currently a trained Resource Person/ Evaluator for Outcome Based Accreditation Process and Parameters- NBA. It is an autonomous body with the objective of Assurance of Quality and Relevance of Education. She assists the institutions and universities to switch over to Outcome Based Education and prepare themselves for outcome based accreditation for the programs.

Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) - Member of Curriculum Development Committee

Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) is an autonomous Board of Government of Maharashtra. The Board is responsible to initiate new courses and also to revise of the curricula of existing according to the needs of identify needs of user industries. Dr. Farida Virani is one of the subject experts who help to execute this revision. Her inputs are in her domain area HR and Behavioural Sciences.

Selection Panel for student scholarship for Anthony Robbins Foundation USA – Youth Leadership Summit

Dr. Farida virani is a panelist for 'The Anthony Robbins Foundation' – GYLS – USA. Every year 'The Anthony Robbins Foundation' organizes a Global Youth Leadership Summit. It is a five-day program providing an environment designed to boost summit participants into leadership roles that will change their lives and that of their community. Children from more than 40 countries around the world attend this summit. At the inception of this scholarship, Dr. Farida Virani, a panelist and an eminent educationist was entrusted with the task of defining a transparent, un-biased and merit based selection process for this programme. The selection of students through this effective process was highly appreciated by the Anthony Robbin’s Foundation and the same process is now duplicated in countries like Kenya and Tanzania.

Member of Higher Education Forum – HEF

Member Indian Society for Training and Development – ISTD

Member Bombay Management Association – BMA

Member Lion’s Club – Carter Road Chapter – Mumbai