Integrated Brilliant Education Trust

About Us

IBET is committed to educating and empowering students from underprivileged ethnic minority groups, by providing high-quality educational support to assist them in their ongoing education. We believe that giving all children, irrespective of nationality, access to quality education and opportunities enabling them to achieve their full potential, will pave their way to a bright future and social integration.

Founder

Geetanjali Dhar

Geetanjali Dhar

Geetanjali is highly accomplished Trainer and Educationist with quality skills amassed over two decades of work experience in various industries and countries. With her excellent communication skills and strengths as a trainer, she has researched, developed written and delivered many courses.

A Postgraduate in Business Management, she also has a Diploma in Hotel Management and a TEFL certification. Geetanjali is also a HKCAAVQ accredited teacher for Hong Kong. Before relocating to HK, she headed the "India Tourism HRD Programme", an initiative under the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India.

Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder

Manoj Dhar

With over 21 years of rich and varied experience in the banking industry, Manoj Dhar has lent his meticulous organizational skills to oversee the growth of various educational initiatives in Hong Kong.

As the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Integrated Brilliant Education Trust’ he is extensively involved in implementing Chinese language support initiatives for the underprivileged ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. He firmly believes in empowering the children with practical life skills so that they are able to seamlessly integrate into the social fabric of Hong Kong.

Manoj is a sports enthusiast and devotes a lot of his organizational expertise in developing and managing Girls' teams at a premier Rugby Club in Hong Kong. He has also managed the Hong Kong national junior women's hockey squad in the past.

Board Members

Preneet Malhotra

Preneet Malhotra has been in Hong Kong for 14 years. Born in the US, and raised in India, she returned to the US for her M.B.A. from Duke University.

Throughout her career she has held positions of increasing responsibility. Starting out at Mercer and PepsiCo in New York, going on to The Gap in San Francisco and then as Director, Strategic Planning and Development for Hutchison's Retail division, A.S. Watson's, COO/CFO of Asia for EA, Inc., and CEO of UTV's New Media division, all based out of Hong Kong.

She has been active in the community and was on the Board of Hong Kong Academy, the international school, for five years (four as Treasurer) and Chair of the Finance Committee, in its critical years of growth. She is also an active participant with the Chinmaya Mission in HK. Preneet is married to Ashwan Malhotra and has two young children Bharat and Mahima.

Madhu Mahajan Gupta

Madhu Mahajan Gupta has been in Hong Kong for the past 17 years, primarily in the role of mother, wife and home-maker. She worked for several years as a volunteer with Crossroads, and was also actively involved in her daughters' school.

In India, Madhu worked for many years as a tea-taster, buyer and blender, with Lipton India, a subsidiary of Unilever. She also had a stint as a head-hunter.

Madhu is hugely inspired by the many, and varied community service initiatives launched by her parents in Andaman Islands, and hopes to contribute in a small way to the local community in Hong Kong.

Lakshmi Mahey Laroia

With a background of over 10 years in Television and Media in India, Lakshmi Mahey Laroia today continues to be involved in the industry as a representative of Teamwork Arts (India) in Hong Kong. In addition, her Media Company, Media Focus Ltd, has produced various performing arts events, as well as line produced several films in Hong Kong since 2004.

She is an active volunteer at Mothers' Choice and has worked directly with children in several charities over the last 10 years. Both she and her husband are active supporters of several children’s charities in Hong Kong and in India.

She is a keen supporter of the Asia Society Hong Kong where she is a docent and is involved in various arts-related activities at the center.

Lakshmi also paints and exhibits her work online.

Shahneela Faruqui

Shahneela Faruqui is the mother of three girls, is married to Farhan Faruqui and moved to Hong Kong nine years ago.

A Family medicine Doctor, she graduated from Dow Medical college in Karachi (Pakistan ) and Practiced in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and the Czech Republic and as Medical Practitioner.

After moving to Hong Kong, she graduated from HKU with a Masters' degree in Public health.

Works closely with a number of Non-profit organizations in Hong Kong and is involved with empowering women and educating young and under-privileged kids.

Sonali Laul

Sonali Laul has been living in Hong Kong for 12 years and enjoys working on initiatives that benefit the local student community.

She has extensive experience in the financial services industry and has previously worked in the Corporate Banking team of BNP Paribas where she was responsible for business development and client coverage. Sonali has also worked in Media as an anchor for a daily business programme on the Asian Capital Markets for NDTV Profit, the leading business channel in India.

Sonali is a founding partner of a family charity that focuses on promoting education amongst under-privileged children in India.