Strong leaders command excellence, which is exactly what our Leadership Panel is known for. Led by the Founder & Chancellor, the panel believes in a collaborative leadership approach to leverage the diverse experience and expertise they bring with them. The panel plays a pivotal role in facilitating strong strategy, policies, operations & management, with an end goal of making our vision a successful reality.

Praveen K. Pula
Praveen K. Pula
President & Chancellor

Praveen K Pula is a futuristic Edupreneur and veteran in the higher education space for over 16 years. He started his education venture in 2004 in the UK, followed by Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad, in 2014, which has now exponentially grown to receive the coveted 'University' title having 5 additional schools of Business, Design, Architecture, Technology, Liberal Arts & Humanities, and Law. 

Praveen runs a well-diversified group interested in Education, Food and Hospitality space. 

Prior to this, Praveen has enjoyed global recognition on multiple occasions. His Persistence, Global vision, and Leadership skills have won him many accolades and awards on National & International levels.

  • Ernst & Young, which validated The World Consulting & Research Corporation recognized him as India’s Emerging Business Leader in Education 2013-14
  • 16th Fastest Growing Company in the UK 2012 awarded by Virgin Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in the presence of Sir Richard Branson himself
  • Businessman of the Year 2013 by Asian Lite
  • Nomination for the European Business Awards for three consecutive years: 2012- 13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 by RSM Tenon, to name a few
  • Elite member of prestigious Young President’s Organization (YPO - Hyderabad), Accelerate 250: UK Prime Minister’s Initiative of Super Entrepreneurs & TiE
  • Woxsen School of Business was also recognized as the Most Promising Brand 2013-14

Praveen's vision of creating a truly global educational institution which can make a tangible difference to society and disrupt the education space in India has taken Woxsen to greater heights. Woxsen University has been consistently ranked in top positions by the Times, Outlook, IIRF, BusinessWorld and other prestigious bodies, one of the latest being rated the highest level of 5 in the Global Positive Impact Rating for its positive social impact and sustainability endeavours. 

Praveen finds it crucial to prepare students for a global world and internationalisation remains a core pillar at Woxsen with partners in over 40 countries. Bridging the Academia-Industry gap, he ensures practices at Woxsen are aligned to the practical world and has taken up several endeavours for its fulfilment.

Praveen’s emphasis on quality education is manifested in the kind of facilities and world-class infrastructure complementing holistic education not only in terms of academic pedagogy, but also non-academic pursuits such as sports & fitness, extracurriculars and a global lifestyle. 

Praveen has taken up the challenge of nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset in every individual. His intense focus on practice, experience, skill and hands-on learning is the driving force behind his ventures. In addition, Praveen has always taken a keen interest in being an investor. He has invested in multiple companies in the past and motivated startup founders to realize their dream. Woxsen's incubation centre - the Trade Tower induces, guides, refines and funds potential in-house startups.

Being a fervent golfer, Praveen has championed the game in multiple tournaments.

"When purpose is strong, passion ignites. When passion becomes obsession, things begin to happen" - Praveen K Pula

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Dr. R. V. R. Krishna Chalam
Dr. R. V. R. Krishna Chalam

Dr. R.V.R. Krishna Chalam holds a Ph.D. in Environment Science and Technology from IST, JNTU, Hyderabad, while he also holds a PGDM in Shipping & Export Management from NISIT, Visakhapatnam.

With a profound work experience of 27 years, he has been reckoned at the position of Dean, Executive Council Member of University, Member of University Research Board, University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council at prominent Institutions of the country.

His 8 years of Industry experience highlights 40+ projects sponsored by World Bank, DFID, Central and State Government, International GIS projects related to Land Base, Utility Mapping & Spatial Data Conversion of Japan, USA, Austria, Oman, Australia, UAE, Canada, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

His experience includes accomplishing private projects for prominent companies & establishments like India Cement, Tata Electric, Tata Teleservices, Reliance, Bharathi Telecom, Himachal Futuristic, Indian Telephone Industries, Nortel Networks and many more.

He successfully researched the Development of an Effective Wireless Sensor Network System for Water Quality and Quantity Monitoring under the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Govt. of India, with a total outlay of 2.9 Cr.

His ongoing project called ICT Grand Challenge for Smart Water Quality Monitoring and Quantity Metering Development and Field Deployment Smart Water Quality Monitoring and Quantity Metering for 25 Villages across the country comes under the NJJM Project with a total outlay of 750K Cr., standing in the Top 5 out of 300+ applicants across India.

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Vishal Khurma
Vishal Khurma
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vishal Khurma holds the post of CEO for Woxsen University. A successful commercial leader & growth hacker, his illustrious career spans over 22 years in Consumer Goods, Retail, Telecom and Higher Education space. He has been awarded the Excellence in Education Award at Higher Education Summit in 2021 and the Global Business Excellence Award at the Asia - African Leadership Summit in 2020.

His experience straddles across Global & Indian conglomerates with leading brands such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dabur and Tata Teleservices catering to various mass and premium product categories.

Under his astute leadership, Woxsen University brand has become a name to reckon with. Over the last few years, Woxsen has strongly emerged at All India Rank 13 in the Times B-School Ranking and Rank 16 in BusinessWorld B-School Survey. At Woxsen, Mr. Khurma is responsible for Building High-Performance Teams across the crucial functions of Marketing & Sales strategy, Corporate Outreach, Placement Preparation and Student Wellness Cell.

With meticulous research, the launch of new schools and the inclusion of disruptive programs, Woxsen University today has grown 3X in terms of revenue and student enrolments during his tenure. In addition, his strong industry network and steadfastness towards the career development of students brought in 135+ leading corporates in the last 2 placement cycles ensuring a 100% placement track with a significant spike in the placement metrics.

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Dr. Raul V. Rodriguez
Dr. Raul V. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Villamarin Rodriguez is the Vice President at Woxsen University. He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Process Automation Applications in Human Resources from San Miguel University, Mexico.

Under his leadership, Woxsen University has partnered with 50+ Leading Universities in 35 countries across 6 continents. He has been instrumental in bringing International Exchange Programs & Research opportunities with the said global partner universities for students and faculty.

His areas of expertise span across the domain of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Robotic Process Automation, Multi-agent Systems, Data Analytics (Big Data), Cybersecurity Management and Knowledge Engineering.

Dr. Raul has been part of significant research during his tenure, primarily through RRBM, GRLI, and PRME. He has also played vital roles in organizing renowned educational symposiums for institutions like the Oxford Brookes University, UK and European Union-government bodies in Brussels, Belgium.

A young achiever, Dr. Raul, has recently been awarded in the Europe India 40 under 40 Leaders and nominated in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2020. His achievements also highlight him as a registered expert in Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Systems, and Multi-agent Systems at the European Commission.

Treading the path of thought leadership in the education domain, Dr. Raul has made his place as a member of international bodies such as GRLI Deans and Directors cohort, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and the Institute for Robotics Process Automation & Artificial Intelligence (IRPA AI).

As a staunch knowledge contributor to his field of expertise, Dr. Raul is frequently seen as the keynote speaker and panel moderator at various national and international conferences. In addition, he has co-authored two reference books: ‘New Age Leadership: A Critical Insight’ and ‘Retail Store’e’ and has more than 70 publications to his credit. He is also a weekly contributing writer to various magazines, a notable journal reviewer, and an associate editor in renowned publications such as IEEE.

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