Emeritus, part of the Eruditus group, partners with top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, India and China to bring world-class business and professional education to a global audience.

Emeritus has partnered with more than 30 universities to date, including MIT, Columbia, Harvard, Cambridge, INSEAD, Wharton, UC Berkeley, INCAE, IIT, IIM, NUS and HKUST, launching more than 100 courses and serving students from more than 80 countries. Many courses are offered and facilitated in multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

With offices in six countries, 650+ employees and more than 50,000 student enrolments over the last 12 months, Emeritus is a global leader in the $280 billion global professional education market.


Ashwin Damera / Co-Founder and CEO

Ashwin is passionate about making quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world. He focuses his efforts on university outreach and academic collaborations; and spearheads strategy and expansion in global markets. Ashwin started his career at Citigroup and spent many years there in multiple roles. He did a brief but eye-opening internship for Dave Barger (Co-founder of JetBlue Airways) in New York. In 2005, Ashwin co-founded Travelguru, a company that was later acquired by Travelocity in 2009. Since then, he has been working in the higher education space. An angel investor and advisor to multiple startups and entrepreneurs, Ashwin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Chaitanya Kalipatnapu / Co-founder and Executive Director

Chaitanya has over 15 years of experience in executive education. He spearheads the group’s senior executive offerings and Latin American operations, besides working on university collaborations. Prior to Eruditus, Chaitanya worked at Sun Microsystems and later at INSEAD. He graduated in Information Systems from B.I.T.S, Pilani and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD. He served as the President of INSEAD Alumni Association – India chapter. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at INSEAD. Chaitanya is passionate about mentoring start-ups, impact and in taking ideas to action. He enjoys learning everyday – not just at work but also from his children, sports and movies.

Ashley Chiampo / Senior Director of Learning

Ashley has over 20 years of international experience helping professionals and organizations achieve their learning aspirations. Ashley leads the Learning Team at Emeritus and focuses on creating and delivering meaningful learning experiences that can impact learners’ lives. Ashley also holds an Adjunct Faculty position at Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to Emeritus, Ashley ran an executive coaching company, New Global Mind and worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Ashley is a trained group facilitator and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with 1,500 hours of coaching experience. Previously, she was a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and a mechanical engineer for PTC. Ashley holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BA from Brown University.

Lisa Rohrer / Senior Director of University Partnerships

Lisa brings 20 years of experience as an organizational researcher, consultant, and educator. Her diverse background includes executive education programming at Harvard and Georgetown along with broad case writing and consulting experience in Asia, South America, North America and Europe, where she has worked extensively with executives of global organizations on issues centered around leadership and strategy. In addition to her work with Emeritus, Lisa is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law Center and teaches graduate leadership courses at Harvard and American University. Lisa started her career in corporate finance and was the CEO of a mid-sized market research firm specializing in customer satisfaction research. Lisa received a PhD from the joint program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, an AM in Sociology from Harvard University, and a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Ajay Varia / Chief Operating Officer

Ajay leads technology & growth teams for the Eruditus group. Based in Silicon Valley, he has spent the last 7 years in leadership roles in EdTech startups and has 15+ years of experience in building and leading engineering teams. Prior to joining Eruditus, he was the VP of Engineering at MasterClass, where he led technology and oversaw the development of award-winning mobile applications. Previously, as the VP of Engineering at social learning platform Piazza, Ajay built and led teams to create products that were used in over 100 universities. He holds a Bachelors of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Gabriel Lee / Senior Director & Global Data Protection Officer

Gabriel is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their career goals as well as enabling companies to build resilient leadership teams through quality education and training. He has devoted over 20 years to a management career in the private education sector. He was responsible for the setting up and operations of the Manchester Business School (The University of Manchester) International Centre in Singapore. He is also founding Director of the world-renowned video game development institute DigiPen Institute of Technology, also located in Singapore. Gabriel has an MBA from the University of Manchester. At Emeritus, he heads the operational team to grow its Asia Pacific markets.

Shaun Dubash / Senior Director, Online Certificates

His previous stints include roles as COO at Angara Inc and General Manager at Travelguru.com (acquired by Travelocity). Shaun believes in lifelong learning and is an alumnus of MIT Sloan’s Executive Program in General Management. When not working, he can be found playing tennis or running long distance tracks.

Mohan Kannegal / CEO – India & APAC (Consumer)

Mohan leads the Eruditus India and APAC businesses. Prior to joining the Eruditus group, Mohan built three digital education businesses – one as an entrepreneur and two as an intrapreneur. He co-founded MeritTrac Services – an online examinations company that he scaled, exited and integrated into the Manipal group. Mohan has also built and scaled software products – Pariksha Exam Delivery and EduNxt Learning Platforms – these have delivered 40 Million Exams and manage 250,000 Learners. He launched Manipal ProLearn and scaled that business to 30,000 paid learners.


Robert Hsiung / Chief Executive Officer – China

Robert is the China CEO for the Eruditus group, expanding enrollments and partnerships in Greater China, collaborating with current university partners to offer both online and classroom courses in Mandarin. He formerly served as Managing Director – China at Udacity. Under his leadership, Udacity found success in China by localizing its student acquisition, content and service models, enabling the business to enjoy year on year double digit growth during his four-year tenure. Robert is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and earned an MBA from Stanford University.