Board of Directors


Cornerstone is a global college of technology, design and enterprises based in Chennai - the India's safest city.

We have made international qualification possible for all by delivering the part in Cornerstone and part in abroad. Students taking this pathway can save more than 70% of their international tuition fee and living cost.

Our joint programs with top ranking universities are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle new challenges and become a global citizen. This is your chance to develop an international outlook, working alongside our dynamic student population and learning from our expert teaching staff.

Cornerstone students have access to do their final part in 718 Universities worldwide and an option to settle abroad with permanent career and 500% higher salaries than India. At Cornerstone you will craft your individual path to professional and personal success, gaining and edge in today's global environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant student community

John Christopher
Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone International
Executive Board Members

John & Jasmine Christopher, are the co-founders of Kings Cornerstone International College (KCIC) established in the year 2010. Together they possess 35 years of collective international work experience in assisting more than 88,000 individuals on placements, career counselling, student recruitment, migration, prior establishing this institution. John Christopher brings 15 years of experience from International Corporations dealing with skills and qualification assessment – mainly from Australia, Canada, UK, USA and India. He is also responsible for global expansions and working with foreign government agencies, consulates, embassy, professional bodies and universities. Jasmine Christopher graduated from Iowa State University, the travelling USA with a Business degree in Finance. She has an extensive career in Investment Accounting with prominent companies such as Principal Financial Group, USA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, etc. and handles all of KCIC’s financial matters. John also handles an Immigration Services company called Visa2Work, which handles all visa matters in-house, on behalf of KCIC travelling abroad.

Thomas William, Thomas is also the founding member of Cornerstone alongside John and Jasmine, he oversees the business development in India and career progression planning for students from the college.

He is the Managing Director of the Perfect Industries Group in UAE, employing 6000 staffs at various levels. A firm believer in his ethics, values, crafts and principles. He moves selectively & meticulously on pre-fixed, preset, well-planned & defined path ensuring hundred percent achievements.

He holds a BEng in Civil Engineering in AMIE and an MBA from the Cyprus University, his varied experience gave him an opportunity to work with underprivileged women, children and people without sight. He has keen interest in working towards upliftment of women and Children. His varied experiences in career and personal life have enabled him to empathize with people from various sectors.

Key Staff Members

Bala Chandrasekhar
He is currently the Global Operations Director. He joined the Cornerstone team in 2014 as Head of Academics, instrumental in bringing the quality of learning and implementing the international standards at Cornerstone. He is also responsible for cirriculum selection, setting assignment, assessment and policy to meet academic standards drawn by the awarding and professional bodies.

Holding a Masters degree in Automotive Engineering from Coventry University in the UK, started his career as Research Specialist at Coventry University prior joining Cornerstone. Chandrasekhar played a significant role in setting standards and achieving 'Best BTEC Centre award' and 'Asia's best centre for BTEC' and 'Platinum status' for Cornerstone.

Phillip Pradeep
Recent addition to growing Cornerstone team as Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs, he will develop and implement strategic business plans to increase efficiency and effective operations, overseeing the marketing, administration, human resources. He will also be managing the media activities for the college and building the expansion plans at the national level.

He has an MBA in Marketing, Bachelor of Computer Application & a Diploma in Fashion Technology. He brings over 13 years of experience in the area of corporate affairs, marketing, operations, advertising, supply chain management, logistics, training & development and commercial activities in the Middle East, Africa, North & Latin America and the Far East.

Head of Academic, Quality & Standards

Shirley Atkin
A post graduate in Electrical and Electronics engineering, joined the Cornerstone team in 2013 as a program leader managing the Electrical and Electronics department. Shirley Atkin had undergone rigorous British training programs for four years to deliver international qualifications. She is currently the Head of Academics managing the India operation.