Founder & CEO, Hero Vired

Akshay has played a vital role in transforming the landscape of Indian education and training since 2008 He founded the BML Munjal University in 2014 and Hero Vired in 2021, prior to which he headed Hero Mindmine. During his stint at Hero Mindmine, the professional skills development venture of the Hero Group, Akshay had a ringside view of the challenges faced by students in the higher education sector and their difficulties to final meaningful employment.

The vision behind BML Munjal University and Hero Vired emerged from that insight, and are centred around introducing academic and industry-based instruction that is cutting-edge, experiential, application-oriented, employability-centric and with an emphasis on measurable transformation. He has played a pivotal role in the conceptualization, design and development of both education ventures.

BML Munjal University seeks to transform higher education in India by creating a world-class and innovative teaching, learning and research environment. This young university which has over 1,600 students has already published over 150 research papers and is on track to filing 30+ patents in this yearIn 2020, the School of Management at the University was ranked 37 by the NIRF, in the same year, the University was also chosen by ET Edge, an initiative by Economic Times as one of the Best Education Brands. BMU seeks to transform higher education in India by creating a world-class and innovative teaching, learning and research environment.

Hero Vired is a startup that offers career-relevant programs, in partnership with leading global universities and institutions, to make learners more competent and industry-ready for emerging jobs and professions under Industry 4.1. With best-in-class short and long-term learning programs, Hero Vired offers overall professional development via skill-based programs and courses that are imperative to a learner’s growth in India’s rapidly evolving digital economy.

Akshay began his professional journey with Accenture in New Delhi and fondly remembers being part of the team that designed the IT infrastructure for Delhi Metro and witnessed the flagging off of Delhi’s first metro train.

Akshay considers the late Dr Brijmohan Lall Munjal, the founder of the Hero Group of companies, as the biggest influence on his personal and professional life. Akshay believes Dr Munjal’s success mantra – Focus on the basics, everything will take care of itself to be his guiding principle in his life. Akshay holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, USA and a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Management from the University of Bradford, UK.

He has been an avid tennis player for over a decade, and he follows the sport passionately. As a marathon runner, Akshay has participated in over half a dozen marathons.