Executive Profiles

MR. ASHISH DIKSHIT - FDDI Chairman
MR. ASHISH DIKSHIT Chairman, FDDI

Mr. Ashish Dikshit, 53, is currently the Managing Director of Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited (ABFRL), India’s largest pure play fashion company. Ashish has worked in diverse roles across industries and functions over his career spanning more than 30 years.

Ashish started his career at Asian Paints and spent initial years in Sales & Distribution across the country before moving to Madura Garments, where he worked across multiple functions ranging from Sales, Brand Management, Supply Chain and Sourcing.

He then moved to the corporate office of Aditya Birla Group where he served as the Principal Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Group. In this assignment, Ashish built strong knowledge across Group’s various businesses in multiple industry sectors ranging from metals, cement, financial services, telecom, textile and several others, both in India & overseas, assisting Chairman in strategic oversight over these businesses and participating in some of the largest M&A transactions of the Group.

Ashish was appointed President of Lifestyle Brands of Group’s apparel business in 2007 and went on to become the CEO of its branded division, Madura Fashion & Lifestyle in 2012. He took over as the Managing Director of ABFRL in Feb 2018 and has led company’s rapid transformation through diversification into new business segments, category extensions & market segments to build it into the most comprehensive branded fashion company in the country. Under his leadership, the company has forged partnerships with leading International brands and has forayed into Indian ethnic wear market through joint ventures with some of the most iconic Indian designers to build an unrivalled portfolio of fashion brands across price points, consumer segments and usage occasions.

Ashish is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer from IIT - Madras and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from IIM – Bangalore. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School through its Advanced Management Program.

Ashish is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. He was also awarded the Outstanding Leader Award by the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group.

MR. ARUN KUMAR SINHA, IAS - FDDI Managing Director
MR. ARUN KUMAR SINHA, IASManaging Director, FDDI

Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS (MN: 1999) has joined as the Managing Director of Footwear Design & Development Institute with effect from 11th July 2017.

Prior to joining FDDI, Mr. Sinha served as OSD (ADMIN) in India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO).

He has not only administrative experience of more than 18 years but also academically very enriched. He is a Chemical Engg. from IIT, Kharagpur and Masters in Public Policy & Management from London School of Economics & Political Science.

Mrs. T. Uma, IFS - FDDI Chennai Executive Director
Mrs. T. Uma, IFS Executive Director - FDDI Chennai

Mrs. T. Uma, IFS has joined Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Chennai campus as ‘Executive Director’ from 26th September 2022.

She is a first woman Divisional Forest Officer of Thiruvananthapuram Forest Division. Before joining with FDDI, she was holding charge as an Officer on Special Duty, United Nations Economic & Social (UNES) Division, Ministry of External Affairs.

She has grand visions and pragmatic ideas about making FDDI, as one of the best international learning centre in the field of Footwear, Leather, Fashion & Retail Management.