AUW Management

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE, FAcSS

The Vice Chancellor of AUW is elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the University. The Vice Chancellor administers and manages the affairs and funds of the University; selects academic deans and other chief academic officers; and implements the decisions of the Board of Trustees in directing, conducting, and carrying out teaching, research, and other activities at AUW. The current Vice Chancellor is Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE, FAcSS.

Professor Rao is a former Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching) of SOAS, University of London. After completing her PhD from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, she joined the Politics Department at Goldsmiths College where she was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2003. She has published extensively in the field of urban governance and has served as an advisor to a range of bodies including the UK Audit Commission and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). She currently serves as a Trustee of the Learning from Experience Trust, and is a member of the Governing Body of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Manoj Prasad Ghantasala

Manoj Prasad Ghantasala ensures all required financial controls and is the principal adviser to the Vice Chancellor and the Board of Trustees on financial matters.

Manoj is a Finance professional with over 25 years’ experience of working in International Organizations, including Duphar Interfran Ltd, Catholic Relief Services – USCCB, WaterAid (UK), Population Services International (PSI) and John Snow India Private Limited (JSI), where he also served as a Director (Board Member)– his last assignment prior to joining AUW. He has overseen several projects  funded by donors, such as USAID, AusAid, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Fund, etc, in the thematic areas of WASH, HIV, Tuberculosis, Nutrition, Maternal Child Health, Immunization, Education and Agriculture. He has a rich mix of experience in financial management,  operations, grant management, internal audit, partner financial appraisal, compliance, and team management.

Manoj is a graduate in Commerce from Mumbai University and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He has completed the ICWA Course (Inter level)  from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development.