- Finance (VF)
- Human Resources (VF)
- IT & Systems (VF)
- Marketing (VF)
- Operations (VF)
- Strategy, International Business, Business Law, Business Research & Statistics
Mr. Ananth Padmanabhan, BA, LL.B (Hons.) from NLSIU, Bangalore
Advocate, High Court, Chennai
Ananth Padmanabhan is Advocate, Madras High Court with BA, LL.B (Hons.) from NLSIU, Bangalore. He practices in Madras and is consulted on copyright law and IPR in general by the music and entertainment industry from all over India. He appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee in 2010 to present submissions on the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010. He has also been involved in several high-profile IPR litigations including the trade mark infringement dispute over Google adwords, the dual-SIM patent infringement dispute, and the FM radio compulsory licensing dispute. Apart from his litigation and advisory work, Ananth has also visited National Law University, Jodhpur to offer a seminar on Copyright Law, and offers lectures at the Bharathidasan Institute of Management in Trichy and various other B-schools. He is also a regular speaker at events organized by the MHRD IPR Chair at Cochin University of Science and Technology.
Prof Justin Paul,
Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
Dr Justin Paul is an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. He has been Area Chairman and Assistant Professor (Member Secretary of the Faculty Council) at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore. He has been a visiting professor and speaker at the University of Washington, University of San Francisco, St. Martin’s University, University of Puget Sound-Seattle in the US, University of New South Wales, Sydney and Fudan University-Shanghai. Gold medalist in Bachelors Degree from University of Calicut, Dr. Paul holds a Ph.D from IIT Bombay, two masters degrees and two postgraduate diplomas. He has served two banks and two other business schools before joining IIM. He has served as a Ph.D Examiner to Madras University, Maysore University etc. He has been a consultant to many organisations. Dr. Paul has been Department Chairperson at IIM for two years and has received awards for case studies and research papers from London Business School and Association of Indian Management Schools.
Dr. R. Venkatesh Kumar, MBA, Ph.D.,
Reader, Department of Management Studies, Pondicherry University
Mr. T. J. Harikrishnan
Emirates Airlines, Dubai
Mr. M. Gurunathan
Gurunathan is a Consultant, with CII Institute of Logistics. He has his Masters in Engineering with 20 years of experience. His experience includes an Auto OE; Software Developer (Oracle) and Deemed Engineering University as a faculty. He is also pursuing research in automation systems. He also spearheads the training activities of the institute. He is one of the key members in all the consultancy projects of Institutes of Logistics.
Dr. T.V. SUBRAMANIAN, M.Sc, Dip in SQC, Fellow IIM-A, (Ph.D.)
Management Consultant, Chennai
Dr. T.V.Subramanian, has several years of industry & consulting experience in Production, material planning, operations, etc. He is a postgraduate in Statistics and an Certified professional by SQC Kolkotta. He obtained his Doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad, and an Honorary Fellow Member of Indian Institute of Materials Management. He has handled more than 50 major Consultancy assignments for large private and public sector organizations in the areas of inventory management, materials planning, PPC, TQM, Distribution Management, Information systems strategy and Operations Research.
Mr. Sridhar Subramaniam
Delivery Head, HCL Technologies
Sridhar Subramanian heads the delivery function at HCL Technologies, Chennai
Mr. Sendhil Manian Vellaichamy,
Associate Manager, Accenture Services
Sendhil is working as Associate Manager at Accenture services. Earlier he worked for iSOFT, iSOFT Health as Business Analyst; Product Specialist at Ramco Systems and Manager-Operations, Global Trust Bank. He is an alumnus of BIM. He is certified PMP professional from Project Management Institute and ITIL practitioner.
Vice President (Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Practice)
Srinivasan is an Engineer-MBA with 20 years of experience in technology and business consulting, program management and solution delivery especially in the area of Data warehousing (DW) and Business Intelligence (BI). His last assignment was with Cognizant where he was a Practice Director for BI in Insurance and CPM (Corporate Performance Management). He got his PMP certification in 2004 and was the Practice Champion for CMMI certification for the BI practice. He was leading a 200 member group in Cognizant with diverse skills in DW, BI and Project Management. He has also worked with TCS and Satyam earlier. He has created in Satyam and Cognizant proprietary solutions in the area of program management, BI maturity assessment and CPM frameworks. Srini’s interests are in Business Analytics, Deploying IT for Business Value, Systems Thinking and Managing Innovation. He has very been active in training in his career and has trained a large number of professionals in Project Management, Strategic Marketing and IT governance. He has a deep interest in Tamil literature and Indian philosophy. His all time favourite books are The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, The Heart of the Enterprise by Stafford Beer, 8th Habit by Stephen Covey and Good to Great by Jim Collins.
Mr. Mohandoss Thulasidoss, B.E., MBA.,
Vice President – Technology Services, Fidelity India
Mohandoss is the Vice President – Technology Services of Fidelity India. In his current role he is responsible for Asset Management IT and Corporate Technology IT Deliveries in India and also manages PMO and VMO organizations. Mohan has been with Fidelity for over 4 years. During his tenure in Fidelity, Mohan has worked in Bangalore and Boston. Mohan was VP of Technology and Services and was responsible for multiple services lines like Architecture, Testing, and Business Intelligence in the past. He was also VP of IT Vendor Management Office in Boston where he and his team was working with a number of key technology and services vendors for Fidelity.
Mohan has over 20 years of experience prior to Fidelity including a long stint at Sun Microsystems. Mohan was responsible for Sales, Marketing, Product, and Services Management in various capacities and has worked in multiple Asian Markets. Mohan is passionate about the application of technology to business and was responsible for multiple industries like Financial Services, Manufacturing, Energy, Government, Health Care, Education and Research during his career. Mohan is a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. He teaches regularly in Management Institutes on CRM and Knowledge Management.
Dr. Sheila Anand,
Dean, Rajalakshmi Engg College
Dr. Sheila Anand, Dean (Computer Research), holds a Doctorate in the faculty of Information and Communication Engineering, after an illustrious career in industry and academia for nearly 26 years. She is currently heading the R & D activities in Computer studies. Her professional qualifications include Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in 1992, Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) in 2000 and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) in 2004. She is associated with many professional institutions in India and abroad. She has rich experience in design development and update of the course curriculum in the field of information technology and has been a consultant in the area of information security.
Mr. K.S. Ananthanarayanan
Associate Vice President, HCL
Ananth is Associate Vice President & Head of the Microsoft 360 deg Relationship in the Ecosystems & Business Incubation (EBI) corporate initiative at HCL Technologies. Ananth is responsible for evolving innovative solutions on the Microsoft stack and a few other strategic partner platforms and taking them to market jointly with Microsoft and other strategic partners. Prior to taking on this role, Ananth was responsible for incubating the HCL Dynamics ERP / CRM Strategy, its creation & execution, and value based innovation leadership. The execution of key strategies resulted in the HCL practice emerging as a strong and niche solution oriented innovator well respected by Microsoft. HCL’s unique solutions have received recognition from Microsoft, good reviews from analyst community and made HCL a partner of choice for Microsoft in chosen micro verticals. Prior to taking up the management of the Dynamics Practice, Ananth was responsible for incubating and running the KANA, PeopleSoft CRM and Tririga practice at HCL. Ananth has been with HCL since 2003.
Ananth brings with him 23 + years experience spanning across Management Consulting (Indian Affiliate of E&Y, TATA Strategy Consulting), Financial Services (Investment Banking Indian sub of JP Morgan & Indian venture of Moodys) and 10+ years in business process centric IT. Ananth holds a Bachelors Degree in Technology and a Masters in Business Administration both from reputed institutions based in India. Apart from being an active part of non-profit organizations that work for environment protection, Ananth contributes to charity through part time teaching of Business Process Oriented CRM at one of the top 25 B Schools in India and this initiative is supported by the Microsoft Academic Alliance.
Mr. Sathish Rajamani. B.Tech., (VIT), MS (BITS), (Ph.D.,)
Associate Director – Oracle Testing Practice
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Sathish is heading the Oracle Solutions Practice Testing Services at Cognizant, Chennai. He handles the testing of Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Retek and other applications of Oracle. Earlier he worked as General Manager – Service Delivery and Product Support Manager at Oracle Corporation.
Mr. S. Ramanathan, PGDBM (IIM-A)
CEO, Param Consulting
Ramanathan is a much sought after faculty in IT and Management seminars in India. His consulting forays extend beyond Indian shores to cover Middle East and CIS countries too. A management graduate from the IIM, Ahmedabad, he has three decades of senior management experience in the IT industry. His current interests include IT strategy and IT Governance. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor CISA and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP. Ramanathan is an adjunct faculty at IIM, Indore, Visiting Faculty at IFMR and BIM.
Sri. A.R.Ramachandran, B.A., D.S.W, M.L.S
Retd,Personnel Manager,BHEL, Trichy.
Prof. Vedantam Krishnan, B.E., MBA
Prof. Vedantam Krishnan has over 25 years of professional experience and is acknowledged as one of the best professors in India for Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. His areas of expertise are Leadership, International HRM, Negotiation Skills, Industrial Relations and Performance Management. Prof. V Krishnan has been the CEO of BPL Pvt. Ltd. & All India Chief of Human Resource at MICO BOSCH India Pvt. Ltd. He is currently a distinguished faculty at IIM Bangalore & Chief Academic Advisor at New Shores (NIME). Prof. Krishnan has been winning the Best Teacher Award consecutively for the last 9 years.
Prof. Biswanath Ghosh, B.A.(Hons.), M.A., PGDBM, PGDTD
Professor & Consultant, Kolkotta
Biswanath Ghosh has worked for over 30 years in the HR function. His experience covers a large public sector organization and private sector companies. His last position was General Manager, Human Resources of the ABP Group – with Brands like Business World,The Telegraph, Anandabazar Patrika, Star News, Star Ananda etc. He has also worked in senior positions in Eveready, TIL, National Insurance Company, National Rubber Manufacturers, etc. He was, after relinquishing the corporate assignment, the Professor of OB and HRM in the Institute of Business Management, Jadavpur University. Currently, teaches OB and HRM in the Eastern Institute of Management, Calcutta, and is engaged in his own consulting in HR field for various companies.Biswanath was a member of the Staff during two International Group Relations Conferencesheld in 2005 and 2006 along with eminent consultants from India and abroad.His qualifications include B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. from Calcutta University. He has also done his PG diploma in Business Management; PG diploma in Training & Development from ISTD, New Delhi; and Dip. in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from IIM Calcutta.Further development has been through attending programmes at the IIM, Calcutta; The Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderbad; MDI, Gurgaon; and the Academy of HRD. He has undergone training in understanding deep level human and organizational processes from ISABS (Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science).Biswanath has conducted management development pogrammes in various companies, e.g. DAIICHI Sankyo, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd., INDAL, SAIL, National Insurance, NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, Haldia, Flenders, Andrew Yule, Joy P&H Mining, CESC etc. He has been invited as a speaker by the CII (Eastern Region)and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce.He also acts as a visiting faculty for the IIM Calcutta, Calcutta University, IISWBM, Calcutta, VisvaBharati University and professional bodies like the Calcutta Management Association, National HRD Network, ISTD& NIPM. Travelled abroad, viz. Muscat, Myanmar, Dubai etc as a Management Trainer. He has published case studies and papers in National HRD Network Conference and newspapers. NIPM has published his monograph on Training & Development. He is a Life member of National HRD Network, ISTD and NIPM.
Dr. Gouranga Chattopadhyay,
CEO, Chattopadhyay Associates, OD Consultant
Gouranga P. Chattopadhyay is CEO, Chattopadhyay Associates: Organisational Consultants & Personal Counsellors; Professor Emeritus; Academy of Human Resources Development, Ahmedabad (India). He has held faculty positions at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (India); Manchester Business School (UK), Graduate School of Management, Swinburne University, Melbourne (Australia); University College of Swansea, (UK); and Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University; has been UNDP/CFTC Adviser on Modern Management Techniques, East African Community, Tanzania; Consultant at the Leicester Group Relations Conferences (GRC) of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, also group relations conferences held in UK by The Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies (London), by Emeritus Professor A. John Allaway in Nottingham, by Patrick Behan in Sheffield, in Lorne & Melbourne of the Institute of Socio-Analysis, Australia, Amsterdam GRCs of Group Relations Nederland, OFEK’s Israeli GRCs and a Trinidad GRC of IFSI (France), as also numerous Indian GRCs.
Gouranga has directed more than 50 of the above group relations conferences. His expertise is in organisational problem diagnosis, problem solving, and management training, which he has applied as a consultant in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. He also offers personal counselling to managers. He organises team building programmes with indoor and outdoor exercises, including outward bound programmes and concept sessions. He has completed personal psychoanalysis in 1983; is trained in Yoga at the Bihar School of Yoga and was initiated there as Karma Sannyasin Tattwaratna by Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati in 1995). His publications include 5 books and 106 articles in the professional area of work, 4 volumes of poems (in English) and an English translation of a Bengali novel. Work in progress: sixth professional book, fifth collection of poems, and a translation of Tagore’s poems & songs. His hobbies include making walking sticks.
Mr. C. Mahalingam, B. Com., Masters in PMIR
Executive Vice President & Global Chief People Officer, Symphony Services Corporation
Mahalingam (Mali) is currently with Symphony Services Corporation as its Executive Vice President & Global Chief People Officer for over 7 years now. Prior to this, he was Vice President-HR and member, India leadership team with IBM India, Vice President-HR with Hewlett-Packard India and HR Director with Royal Philips Electronics India for their Software Division. In his current role, Mali is a business leader responsible for people function, Innovation program and corporate communication besides being a Director on the Boards Symphony entities in India, UK, Japan and France. He is currently the President of National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter, President of Karnataka IT HR Association, member of NASSCOM Mentor Panel for SMEs and a member of National HR Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry. Mali has published over 300 articles on HR, leadership, Innovation and related subjects. He is also a regular columnist for Business Line and Smart Techie. Mali spends a lot his personal time coaching CEOs of both steady-state large and start-up companies besides mentoring young HR managers. Mali has a bachelor’s degree in commerce which he passed with A. L. Mudaliar Gold Medal and Master’s degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the autonomous Loyola College which he passed out with the Golden Jubilee Gold Medal. Mali is a frequently invited speaker in both national and international conferences including those by NASSCOM and CII besides being a guest faculty at IIMs.
Mr. Sateesh Krishnamoorthy, M.Com, MBA (Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)
Brand Consultant, Chennai
Krishnamoorthy is a Brand Consultant, based in Chennai. He headed the Marketing & Business Development at Cricinfo. His interest areas include Brand Management, Marketing Strategies and Brand Communications. He has had long stints in Marketing and Advertising, having served MNC and Indian companies viz., Cavinkare, McCann Erickson, Cricinfo, Reliance etc. Currently, he dons the role of a brand consultant providing strategic and communication counsel to prominent companies in Tamil Nadu. Apart from consulting assignments, he teaches advanced marketing courses in prestigious B-Schools in Tamil Nadu. He also conducts marketing workshops in B-Schools, Companies, Banks and Business associations. He also runs a blog http://www.marketingmaayaajaalam.blogspot.com an interactive web forum for marketing and advertising professionals.
Prof. (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Jayaram, MBA (Mktg. & HRM), Ph.D.,
Professor and Management Consultant,
Founder – Director, SIMERF
Former Manager in AT&T United States, with more than 20 years of experience in industry and academics visits leading B Schools as visiting faculty. He is a resource person for corporate Training and Development programs in the areas of Retailing, NLP and Stress Elimination techniques. Member of Computer Society of India, Madras Management Association and The International Theosophical Society.
Mr. R. Kasthuri Rangan, B.Sc., MBA, CMC (Ph.D)
Strategic Mgmt. Consultant & Director, Peripherals & Processors Pvt. Ltd. Chennai
Mr. R. Kasthurirangan has 24 years of experience in the industry. He is the Director of a private limited company based in Chennai. Initially foraying into industrial automation and electronics, he has developed a number of automation projects for various industries and organisations. He has worked on business projects in association with many European, Japanese and US companies. He has considerable experience in ITES and wireless technology as well. He is currently engaged in management consultancy and focuses on marketing strategies, market entry, research and business modeling. He is a Visiting Faculty at many B-schools including IIPM, SSN, SMOT and has been teaching several subjects such as Services Marketing, International Marketing, Rural Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Strategic Management and Sales and Distribution Management. He also delivers specialized and advanced courses such as “Frameworks in Marketing.” At SONA, in addition to handling an introductory Achievement Motivation Training session, he teaches Services Marketing and Strategic Management. Kasthuri Rangan holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma methodology and is a Certified Management Consultant under ICMCI-IMCI standards.
Mr. K Ramakrishnan, B.Tech., MBA (BIM)
President – Marketing, Cafe Coffee Day (CCD)
K Ramakrishnan is the President (Marketing), at Cafe Coffee Day (CCD). He switched to CCD from Lenovo India where he held the post of the Country Marketing Manager. He is a result-oriented professional with over 16 years of experience across Sales, Marketing, Product Planning and strategy. His key areas of strength include consumer insight mining and translation of the same to business results. He had earlier overseen the successful launch of TVS Apache and TVS Star during his seven-year tenure at TVS. Other organizations where he worked include TTK Prestige and Tata Tea. He is an alumnus of BIM, Trichy.
Mr. Ajayan Gopinath, B.Tech (Mech.)., MBA (BIM)
Founding Partner, The Philosophers Stone
Ajayan is a founding partner of The Philosophers Stone, a branding consultancy based in Mumbai. He has over 20 years’ experience in advertising working in agencies such as Lowe, JWT and most recently Ogilvy. Current clients at The Philosophers Stone include Unilever and Pepsi and News Corporation’s Star TV, Aditya Birla, Platinum Guild and BooksTalk. He was the CEO, The Republic, an advertising and design agency; Vice President at Reliance Capital; Vice President, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising. A mechanical engineer from (College of Engineering, Trivandrum) and an MBA graduate from Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM, Trichy 1989-91 batch)
Mr. Shanker Gopalkrishnan, B.Sc., MBA (IIM- C)
President, Madras Consultancy Group
Shanker Gopalkrishnan is the President of Madras Consultancy Group, Chennai, India, founded by him in 1985. Prior to commencing his consulting practice, Shanker worked in the aluminium and packaging industries, in senior positions. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. His consulting practice areas include Business and Marketing Strategy, Market Research, and Marketing Consultancy. Shanker advises foreign firms on the Indian Regulatory Environment and Entry Strategies. His consulting experience includes India, GCC and Europe. Shanker Gopalkrishnan is a past Vice Chairman of the International Council for Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), the apex body for management consultants worldwide. He is a past President of the Institute of Management Consultants of India and past Chairman, Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Tamil Nadu. Shanker has also served an important committee constituted by the Government of India, New Delhi. He has been an adjunct faculty at the Indian Institutes of Management – Bangalore and Calcutta, IIT Madras and IFMR, Chennai. He has presented several papers in national and international conferences and has published a number of articles in Indian journals.
Mr. Kiruba Shankar, B.E.,
CEO, Business Blogging
Kiruba Shankar is the CEO of Business Blogging, a leading social media consulting firm. He is one among Asia’s foremost experts in Digital strategies, enriched with decades of work experience in the online space. He has diverse interests and has started multiple entrepreneurship ventures in various fields. He co-founded F5ive Technologies that does ‘Open Source Development’. His passion for agriculture and books, respectively, led him to start up Vaksana Farms and a publishing house called Verdure Books.Prior to his entrepreneurship role, he was Associate Director of Sulekha.com and a senior manager at Sify. He has authored 3 books: ‘Copy Right and Left: Understanding Creative Commons‘, ‘Wikipedia – A Beginner’s Guide‘and ‘Crowdsourcing Tweet’.He has been a technology columnist at The New Indian Express, Business Standard and Financial Express.He sat on the advisory board of RangDe, a peer-to-peer micro-lending initiative supported by ICICI Foundation.Kiruba has lectured on Social Media at IIM Kozhikode, IIM Bangalore, IIT Madras and Asian College of Journalism.
Mr. A.P. Vasantha Kumar, B.Tech, MBA
Investment Principal, Ascent Capital
A.P. Vasanthakumar, Vasanth serves as an Investment Principal at Ascent Capital Advisors. Mr. Vasanthakumar serves at UTI Ventures. Mr. Vasanthakumar is a founding member at Ascent Capital and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating deals and representing the fund on the boards of portfolio companies. Mr. Vasanthakumar has been with UTI Ventures since its inception and has about 12 years of experience in private equity and capital markets. Prior to joining UTI Ventures, he was with UTI’s investment operations, wherein he was involved in primary market equity investments and debt investments across sectors. Mr. Vasanthakumar is an M.B.A. from Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli and a Mechanical Engineer from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
Prof B. Venkatesh, ACA, CFA
Founder Consultant, Navera Consulting
Venkatesh Bangaruswamy is the Adjunct Professor of Finance. He has over 17 plus years of experience in the financial markets, working in India and Canada. He is the founder and Managing Principal of Navera Consulting, a firm that offers Wealth Mapping and Investor Learning solutions. Mr. Venkatesh is in the business of creating investment ideas that enable individuals achieve financial freedom. He is a well-known columnist for the Hindu Business Line. His research interests include Behavioral Finance, Derivatives, Portfolio Management and Fixed Income Securities. He holds a CFA Charter and the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designation from the CFA Institute, US. Besides, he is a Certified Financial Risk Manager from GARP, US and Certified Professional Risk Manager from PRMIA, US. He is also a Fellow Member of the ICAI and a Graduate Member of ICWAI.