Core Team

Dr. Pushkar
Director

Pushkar is Director, International Centre Goa (ICG), since December 2016. He has lived for long periods in Bhagalpur (where he grew up), New Delhi, Montréal and Goa. A PhD in political science (McGill University), he studied history at St Stephen’s College, Delhi; and politics and international relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). His PhD dissertation was on Chilean Christian Democracy and health sector reforms. Pushkar has taught at universities in India and Canada, including BITS Pilani-Goa (2013-2016); McGill University (2006-2011); Concordia University (2003-2006); and Goa University (1992-1996). He is currently a guest faculty at the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, New Delhi. Pushkar has published journal articles and book chapters on Chilean politics and health sector reforms and on democracy, public goods provision and health in India. He is the co-author (with Madhvi Gupta) of Democracy, Civil Society, and Health in India (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Since 2012, he has written more than 100 op-eds and essays on India’s higher education for Asian Scientist, braingainmag.com, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Rajasthan Patrika (Hindi), Times Higher Education, The Wire and others. His writings and views on India’s higher education have been cited in several newspapers, magazines and journals, including Science and Nature Index. In January 2015, an article in Forbes India listed him as one of India’s 24 thinkers “who best explain a rapidly-changing India to the world (and the world to India)” for his writings on higher education.

Khwaja Ayub Zickriya
General Manager

Mr Zickriya has an MBA in Hotel Management, a ME in Industrial Engineering and a BE in Electrical Engineering. He started his career with Goa Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. as Maintenance Engineer. He later worked with Mormugao Port Trust as Electrical Engineer for two years before heading to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as General Maintenance Manager of Royal Commission’s Public Facilities Maintenance Project. He has also worked with Professional Oral Care in India as Operations Manager and Sika India Pvt. Ltd., a Switzerland-based MNC as Senior Works Manager, at its Goa plant in Verna, Goa. He joined ICG as Assistant General Manager in 2007.

Pramod Naik
Assistant General Manager (Accounts)

Mr Naik is a graduate in Commerce from Goa University and a Master’s in Advanced Accountancy and Advanced Secretarial Practice. He has also obtained a Diploma in Financial Management and is currently pursuing a MBA in Finance. He pursued a CA Articleship with a chartered accountant and then joined M/s V.M. Salgaocar & Bros Ltd in 1992 as Accounts Officer. He later worked with M/s Alcon Group of Companies as Accounts Manager and Automobile Corporation of Goa Limited (ACGL) as Dy. Manager-Accounts. He joined ICG as Accounts Manager in October 2007.

Maryam Sheikh (Hasina)
Front Office Manager

Ms Maryam Shaikh (Hasina) is a graduate in Commerce, MBA in Marketing Management, and with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Management Training and Research (IMTR), Goa. She started her career with HDFC Bank in 2002 as a Sales-cum-Customer Care Executive and joined ICG in 2003 as the Reservation Executive. During the next few years, Ms Hasina acquired extensive experience in sales and customer care and was promoted as Reservation & Marketing Manager in 2015. Since mid-2017, she is the Front Office Manager and responsible for maintaining a professional work environment, staff supervision and administrative support, guest feedback and other responsibilities as needed.