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.


Geetanjali Dhar

Geetanjali Dhar

Geetanjali is the Founder and Director of Sanskriti, with operations in Hong Kong and Singapore. She is the Co-founder of Integrated Brilliant Education Limited and the pro bono Principal of two EDB registered education centers operating under the charity. She serves on the board of the Women Entrepreneurs Network HK as the Vice Chairwoman which provides guidance and a networking platform for budding women entrepreneurs.

Besides working in the education sector since 2001, Geetanjali has worked in a multitude of industries spanning various countries. She is a Post Graduate in Business Management, TEFL certification and a HKCAAVQ accredited teacher for Hong Kong.

Geetanjali has been felicitated with ‘Pioneering Women Leader’ Award in 2019 and Hong Kong’s Women Leader’ Award in 2018.

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

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.

In 2017, Manoj was crowned Champion of the Operation Santa Claus/ UBS NGO Leadership Programme.

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

Bryan Carter

Born and educated in the UK, Bryan left England in 1968 for a supposed two year assignment in the Bahamas; he never returned. During the past 50 years he has lived and worked in the Bahamas, West Africa, the USA, and Hong Kong, arriving here in 1993. A career International banker he worked some thirty plus years with JPMorgan Chase before his early retirement in 2003. He then spent five years as Chief Executive and Consultant wit Coutts Bank in Hong Kong. Since final retirement in 2008 he has worked extensively with a number of not-for-profit entities including chairing the boards of the City Chamber Orchestra and the Wells Music Society. He has been an organist with the daughter churches of St. John’s Cathedral for over twenty years and was the Director of Music of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir for seven years. Married to Stella for the past 48 years, he has two daughters who are resident in the UK.

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.

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.

Mohan Bharwaney

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Mohan studied at Sir Ellis Kadoorie (AM) School and St. Joseph's College before undertaking legal studies at the University of Hong Kong. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree and then took his Bar Exams in London, where he was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn. On his return, he was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in1978 and he has practiced here ever since, as Counsel and later as Senior Counsel, for over 30 years. In 2010, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong and was made the Judge in charge of the Personal Injury from 2010 up to the present, and also the Judge in charge of the Commercial List from 2012 to 2014. He was also appointed as Panel Judge under the Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance from 2014 to 2020.

Mohan is married to Gita and they have 4 children.

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.

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.

Varun Bery

Varun Bery is a Senior Advisor to both StormHarbour Securities (Hong Kong) and PayActiv, a fintech company headquartered in San Jose, California. Mr. Bery currently serves on the Boards of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong. Mr. Bery is also on the Advisory Board of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Mr. Bery has been involved in Asian private equity since 1995 and previously headed TVG Capital Partners (HK) and also the Private Capital Asia Group at JP Morgan. Mr. Bery started his career at McKinsey and Company (NY) and also was formerly a Director of Investment Banking at CS First Boston (NY) and a Director at the Asian Infrastructure Fund (HK). Mr. Bery received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BA (summa cum laude) from Yale University.

Mr. Bery is married with three children and lives in Hong Kong.