SGI India

Our staff


Managing Director – SUMATI JALAN, is Trinity CertTESOL qualified and has a master’s degree in English and a Post Graduation degree in Marketing and Advertising.

She is the Managing Director of SGI India. She has been in the English teaching industry for ten years now and in that period has been the Academic Director and Teacher Trainer for some well known Language institutes in Delhi. She did her CertTESOL in SGI London and has been a part of SGI India since inception.

Sumati also has experience in running an orthodox tea factory and can manufacture tea. She was also a copywriter for advertising agencies in Delhi and Mumbai for many years before she started teaching.


Head of Corporate Training – NITESH SHANKAR, CELTA qualified trainer, has gained a degree in Executive Program in Global Business Management from IIM – Calcutta.

He has attended various trainings like Communication training, coaching for better performance, Interactive skills, MBTI etc
Besides having a vast professional experience, his interest lies in cooking Indian delicacies. Driving is his passion as he has travelled all of West Bengal.

He was a theatre artist and has performed in various plays like ‘Merchant of Venice’, ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Apurva’.

Trainer – SHONALI KHANNA, a graduate from Delhi University, a CELTA qualified teacher from Cambridge University, UK. She is also a trained IELTS instructor from the British Council. She has coached many Genpact employees on their language and pronunciation skills and is a favourite among our young learners.
Shonali likes to cook and her cooking specialities are ‘Blueberry cakes’ and ‘Scottish shortbreads’. She is also a fond traveller as she has been on a bus tour of Europe with her mom and on a golfing tour to South-East Asia with her brother.
She had worked in Kazakhstan before she came to SGI, India to teach English language to students of all ages, levels and nationalities.What’s more? She can speak Bengali and Russian too.
Trainer – DAMINI GROVER, has completed her bachelor’s as well as her Master’s degree in psychology. She is also a CELTA qualified language teacher.
She is trained in Latin and Ballroom dances and has been teaching the same for a long time now. Besides teaching, Damini enjoys writing and tarot card reading.
As much as she enjoys teaching, she is a keen learner and is always on the look-out for new experiences!
Kirti Dutt
Trainer – KIRTI DUTT, a CELTA qualified trainer has completed her BA (Hons) in English from Mumbai University and holds a degree in Hotel Management. Before working for SGI, she was a Voice and Accent Campus trainer for IBM Daksh and has worked as a Personality Development trainer for Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training.
She lives on a farm in Haryana where they grow chrysanthemums and organic wheat. She is spiritually inclined and meditation is an important part of her day.
Trainer – SHRADHANJALI, is a CELTA certified teacher and loves teaching English. She’s been involved in teaching English for the last 7 years in the corporate sector. She has a bachelors degree in Commerce from North Bengal University (Darjeeling). She loves animals and have had pets since she was a child. She’s very close to nature and this drives her to travel to places that aren’t part of the tourist attractions.
Her pet rabbits keep her busy most of the time and she is fond of simple things in life. She ensure that she reads everyday even if its for 10 mins.

Kanika Arora

Trainer – KANIKA ARORA, a CELTA- trained English language teacher at SGI. She has done her graduation from Delhi University in English Literature and also holds a Post Graduate diploma in International Business. Her passionate interest in English, made her pursue her dream to become a teacher and help people in improving their communication skills. She is empathetic to the needs of her students and strives to make learning English challenging and fun at the same time.

In her free time, Kanika likes to practice various forms of traditional art and learn about different cultures in India and around the world.


Director of Studies – SNIGDHA NEHA, has completed her Bachelors in English and Masters in Linguistics from Delhi University. She holds a CELTA certificate and is a trained IELTS trainer from the British Council.

She has also coached employees from Genpact on Voice/Accent and language training.
Snigdha is a professional Belly Dancer. She has performed in groups and duets for thousands of people which have been telecasted on TV as well.

She can cook a variety of cuisines like South-Indian, Italian, Mughlai and Chinese but her specialty lies in baking the perfect Chocolate Cake.


Roopa Mathur

Marketing Head – ROOPA MATHUR
I did my Bachelors in Sociology from Delhi University and Masters in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from YMCA.

I have worked in various English, Hindi and regional publications as a space marketing professional. At SGI, I head marketing and am responsible for business development, brand building and marketing. I interact with clients on a day-to-day basis.

I am fond of music, reading, movies and theatre. I don’t miss any foreign and Indian cultural programmes hosted by ICCR. I also like to travel.



Centre Manager – GAURI JALORA, an Economics graduate from University of Rajasthan has completed his masters in International Management from University of London where he took the opportunity to travel and map the whole of UK covering Snowy Scotland, Central England and down south- the islands of Isle of Wight.

Besides, he has also completed a post-graduation diploma in Event Management where he was part of the organizing committee for various events like Royal weddings, Westside fashion show, Procam International’s Mumbai Marathon, Radio MirchiCampuss Buzz and many more!
He has been working with SGI since March 2012


Trainer – PUNEET KOHLI, a bachelor and Masters graduate in English from Delhi University and B.Ed in EFL, Punnet is a CELTA qualified teacher at SGI. She has also done a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching of English from EFL University.

She has mapped all of India in her travels – right from Srinagar to Kanyakumari. Camping, Rafting and Photography are what she enjoys the most when traveling.

Before working with SGI, she had also worked as an editor with Hindustaan Times. What else? Well, she speaks Italian.

Dorian Bates

Trainer – DORIAN BATES, a native speaker teacher is a mix of British and French heritage. He has lived in both France, his mothers’ country, and England. He was born in the Philippines and has also lived in various African countries due to his father’s job.

He went to an international high school in France, and then to the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, where he completed a BA honours degree in Japanese studies in 2010. He studied the language, society, culture, civilization and politics of Japan as well as of a few other Asian countries. He can speak fluent English and French and conversational Japanese.
After graduation, he did a TEFL course. After this, he taught for a few months in Kyrgyzstan and came to India. He used to practise Tea Ceremony in Japan and once performed in a Japanese village folk dance.

Trainer – ARCHANA CHATURVEDI, has recently added English language teaching to her long list of activities and interests. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, she has a varied teaching background in performing arts and theatre.

Having travelled extensively, she is always looking for a new lesson to learn. She is an avid reader, language learner and a fitness enthusiast.


Office Staff – PATIL and MANOHAR, Mahowarour office boys, Manohar and Patil, take care of all the odd jobs at SGI. Be it changing the light bulb, helping you get a tuk-tuk or a local phone card, making photocopies or even as a translator at the local grocery store – they are here to help make your stay in India hassle free.

Both Manohar and Patil have been with SGI India, since inception and are a part of the Big SGI family!

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