Viswanathan is an alumnus of IIT Madras (B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, 1977) and subsequently got a PG Diploma from IIM Calcutta. He has an experience of over thirty years mainly in the areas of Finance and General Management. He is currently a freelance consultant and researcher.
R KRISHNAMURTI RAO (RKR), an IT professional with 35 years’ experience, has, since 2013, been working on sharing his knowledge and experience with students and entrepreneurs through various channels:
Teaching courses in IT Subjects such as Software Project Management, Data Warehousing and Software Architecture, to MS students in Chennai for BITS Pilani, (through their Outreach Office). Also done evaluation of dissertation projects of the students.
Working as part of IIT Alumni Industry Interaction Center (IITAIIC) Chennai, on PALS (PAN IIT Leadership Series), an ongoing educational initiative to benefit engineering colleges in and around Chennai. Is in the Core Committee of PALS since 2014, handling key offerings and activities such as “Innovation Challenge Competition” and “Communication”.
Evaluating Angel Investment opportunities, and advising/assisting upcoming startups through membership in Keiretsu Forum, Chennai.
He is willing to take on additional assignments in these or related areas benefitting students and entrepreneurs.
Prior to 2013, RKR was an Information Technology professional, initially with TCS (16+ years) and then with HCL Technologies (14+ years), and then as IT Consultant with a product company for about a year. His last 12 years in HCL were largely spent in the Insurance & BFSI vertical. He was actively involved in setting up the Insurance Vertical in HCL, especially in creation of insurance domain expertise. As Delivery Head, RKR has handled different types of projects, including large System Integration projects. He is experienced in vendor/partner/client handling, contracting, business, program and project management.
RKR has got extensive experience working with various international insurance product companies and their products. He has worked with all aspects of Legacy Applications Maintenance for various international clients. He has set up and grown over 10 large ODCs during his stint at HCL. RKR has worked on various Technologies.
RKR has worked extensively in Quality/CMMI and in Business Development. His efforts had resulted in key wins for HCL. He had also worked on other organizational initiatives – creation of a “Project Transition Process”, Training & Mentoring upcoming Project Managers, Vendor/Partner selection etc.
C. P. Madhusudan, Madhu serves as the Head of Sales & Marketing at Lucid Software Limited. Mr. Madhusudan has 15 years of experience in scaling up businesses in India and Europe. Before joining Lucid, he served as Director of European Sales at Future Soft. He served at Lucent Technologies and the Eicher Group. He has a B. Tech degree in Metallurgy from IIT Madras and a PGDM from IIM Bangalore.
Kannan is a seasoned professional with over 34 years of diverse experience in corporate
finance, capital markets and information technology, the latter predominantly in investment
services, data analytics, business analysis and change management.
Kannan commenced his career in management consulting, in 1983 after graduation in
engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and post-graduation in management
from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
The lure of capital markets is strong and after stints in merchant banking and project
financing, Kannan found his calling in portfolio management and asset management, in the
After 17 years in the financial services industry, Kannan made a lateral transition to the IT
industry, in 2000. Apart from successful service delivery management, Kannan founded and
nurtured new lines of business such as governance, risk and compliance management as
well as data analytics. Kannan conceptualized new products/ solutions to meet emerging
market needs such as investment compliance, SOX and Basel II credit/ operational risk.
For the past few years, Kannan has participated and led large and successful organizational
change/ transformation programs in the area of Lean IT. He has also been involved with
professional competency development of business analysts.
Kannan is a Certified Money Coach (CMC)® from The Money Coaching Institute, USA. As a
Money Coach, Kannan:
Enables individuals to DISCOVER their patterns of behaviour towards money.
Helps them UNDERSTAND their Money Type.
In a non-prescriptive manner, assists them to IMPROVE their behaviour patterns for theirown benefit.
After 17 years in the information technology industry, Kannan is pursuing consulting/
coaching opportunities, currently.
Dr Myoor Padmanabhan is an aerospace Engineer with a PhD in AerospaceEngineering from IIT Bombay. He has multi disciplinary functional experience in domains that envelope Aeronautics,Space ,Automotive and Academic Research and Development as well as Innovation.The spectrum of experience spanning 35 plus years of Indian and global environments, were varied and highly rewarding, professionally, including stints of successful Entrepreneurship.
Beginning his career as an Aerospace Design and Test Engineer at the ISRO Satellite Centre,, during the early years of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), Myoor worked extensively with Indo USSR, Indo European and Indo US Programs. He was also the Project Manager for the Indo US Space shuttle Space Lab 3 Program, which was successfully launched in 1985.He spent a total of 15 years in ISRO.
He them moved to Defense Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) Aeronautical Development Agency, where he was Deputy Project Director, Structures and Program Management of the Indian fighter aircraft Tejus. Here, he was also the Senior team member of the Carbon Composites Technology transfer Program from Europe. After 20 years of Govt service, he spent the rest of his next 25 years in a number of initiatives,the most striking common feature of all of them being virtually Green field start up companies working right from inception, facing challenges and take them to great heights as successful ventures. Started an Entreprenerial venture in India in Year 2000 along with a technical colleague,with Venture Capital funding of 7.5 Million $ from JP Morgan.This 100% Export oriented company, focussing on Aerospace Engineering design and Manufacture,had global operational centres in US, Germany,France and UK .Its Clients include Boeing, Aurbus, Seabird Aviation, NAL to name a few. It also manufactured, under license , and exported a Surveillance aircraft from its facility in Bangalore. This company was acquired by a large Indian Conglomerate in 2006 and Myoor continued as CEO for next two years. In this phase, Myoor facilited a number of inorganic acquisitions globally in Aerospace sector, which resulted in multi pronged growth of the company.
From 2008, Myoor works in the areas of Educational Management, High Tech research and Innovation, having steered a large Private Indian University as a Vice Chancellor He was also advisor for the Vice Chairman of Hinduja Group,UK (a multi Billion $ Enterprise Headquartered in UK),primarily in its global acquisition and merger initiatives in the areas of Aero and Defense sector. Presently, Myoor is the Director of the US based Virginia Tech India Center forResearch and Innovation, in chennai, which one of the three strategic global centres of VT ,USA. Myoor has a number of publications, Govt and Private sector awards and recognitions as well as Govt funded projects.
As Founder and Chairman, Venkat is the visionary behind LatentView Analytics. Venkat identified the potential demand for data analytics way back in 2005, well before the word entered common business lexicon. Venkat’s vision for LatentView was to grow it into the most trusted data analytics partner globally. In order to do so, Venkat identified three pillars on which he would build the company- attracting the brightest talent and skill, being disciplined and applying rigour in all aspects of the business and fostering a culture of empowerment and innovation allowing for new ideas to flourish. (More about this is available in the supporting document). From 2006 to 2014, Venkat served as Founder and CEO of LatentView. Under his leadership, LatentView emerged as one of the largest and fastest growing data analytics firms globally. It was well on its way to achieving the vision with which it was founded. It was the preferred and trusted partner to many Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, PepsiCo, Sony Pictures etc. It employed close to 600 data analysts from Tier 1 engineering and business schools in India and the US.
In spite of all these successes, Venkat felt he had reached the next stage in the company’s growth. It was never his ambition to build ‘a family run business.’ He wanted to transform it to a professionally run company that was built for long term success. So in 2014, Venkat brought on board Gopi Koteeswaran to take over as CEO. Gopi had previously served as the CEO of Philips Direct Life, headquartered in the Netherlands. Apart from Gopi’s impressive track record of building global companies, Venkat believed he would bring in a new perspective as an end-user of analytics in his previous roles. Venkat has since transitioned to the role of Chairman and plays a strategic role in the growth of the organization.
Prior to founding LatentView, Venkat was part of the global leadership team for Cognizant’s Communications practice where he was in charge of strategy and business development and growing the business to the $20m milestone. He has over 18 years of experience in management consulting, technology and global IT services management. When he’s not thinking about big data and analytics, Venkat indulges his passion for technological gadgets. His latest possessions include a Spire – a wearable that monitors your breathing patterns and gauges your state of mind. He also wears a Lumolift – a posture and activity tracker. He is also a value investor in the public markets. Venkat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT, Madras, and an MBA from IIM, Calcutta.
Rajan Srikanth is a strategy, leadership development and organizational change consultant with over 30 years of work experience in the US, Europe and Asia.Srikanth has worked extensively with CEOs and senior executives to help them address leadership, people, strategy and technology-related challenges. Known as aclear thinker who can be relied on to call it as he sees it, Srikanth has consulted across a range of industries and in several continents with Fortune 500 companies in defense, energy, healthcare, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, retail, and a variety of technology areas. He has assisted leaders of large and small business in identifying disruptive trends, confronting the opportunities and challenges, architecting business and technology strategy, aligning leadership, and orchestrating strategic transformation for innovation, and global growth.
Functioning as a “trusted advisor” Srikanth has also undertaken leadership assessment and coaching to improve
CEO and senior executive effectiveness, leadership team functioning, and architecting major organization and governance redesign
Srikanth is presently Chairman and Managing Director of SmartKapital, a venture and
advisory services firm. In this capacity, Srikanth mentors CEOs of about a dozen
small to medium sized companies through critical growth stages, typically as a
member of their Advisory Board. Before founding SmartKapital in July 2008,
Srikanth had a long career as consultant and general manager. He served as
worldwide partner and President of Mercer Consulting, Asia. Srikanth joined Mercer
from Accenture where he was Executive Partner and global lead for the firm’s
organizational change strategy practice from 2004-2006. Previously, from 1997 to
2004, he was based in San Francisco with Mercer Delta Consulting as Partner, and
consulted with CEOs and other senior corporate leaders on leadership development
and strategic organizational change. He has also worked at KPMG Peat Marwick and
with Bain & Company. From 1990 to 1995 Srikanth was assistant professor at the
Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Srikanth holds a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He splits his time between India and the US, and can be reached at:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile: +1 510-279-5142
Rangarajan Ganesan is a mechanical engineer, passed out in ‘82 from IITM. He has a rich experience of 35 years in Indian manufacturing industries , spanning automotive tyres, auto components, batteries, inverters & Ups systems. Setting up green field & brown field projects and turn around operations.
Occupying senior positions, he has played a key role in establishing & sustaining a Continuous Improvement culture through implementation of TQM, TPM & Six Sigma initiatives.
Being an ardent canvasser for sustainable manufacturing & Green Buildings
Rangarajan is also a LEED accredited professional in Building Design & Construction and a certified EDGE expert by IFC.
Recently US Green Building Council inducted him as a Faculty which is helping him spread awareness regarding Green & Sustainable living among students & young professionals in several organisations.
As Advisor Quality & Training, he is proudly associated with PARFI ( PanIIT Reach for India ) which is doing phenomenal service of providing vocational training & education to thousands of under-privileged boys & girls from Rural India.
Mohan Narayanan is a co-founder and CEO of Kubos Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., He is currently focused on building a world-class HR Consulting and Analytics Organization that provides customers with the best of consulting expertise and implementable corporate solutions.
Mohan is an acclaimed leader in the IT industry with more than 3 decades of experience helping
the Indian knowledge industry grow to a global super power. His career has taken him across
the world associating him with many Fortune 500 customers. In his last corporate assignment
with Cognizant, he was instrumental in successfully spearheading one of the largest verticals in
the organisation, Healthcare and Life sciences. Prior to Cognizant, Mohan worked with Tata
Burroughs, Mumbai (currently TCS) for over 10 years and with Macneill & Magor Ltd for over 4
years. Mohan holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. He is a Charter
member of TIE – Chennai and takes active interest in fostering the Entrepreneurial eco-system
in Chennai. He is a core team member of IIT M Entrepreneurship Forum and have mentored
many budding entrepreneurs of IIT M eco-system. He is a member of the scientific advisory
board of Sciformix Corporation; a US based life sciences KPO and also sits on the board of
Trigyn Technologies Ltd. He has also served as an advisor to Centre for University Industry
Collaboration (CUIC), Anna University. He is currently the Chairperson of PALS (PANIIT Alumni
Leadership Series) that touches lives of many engineering aspirants of the state for the last 2
years. He is the of Chairperson of HR Sub-committee of SICCI (Southern India Chamber of
Commerce and Industry)
7 Years with Blue Star Limited in Marketing & Sales of Refrigeration
Part of the core team that started Computer Point India Limited (in 1985) – a chain of computer retail stores all across the country.
Adviser to Satyam Infoway Limited (SIFY) between 1997 & 2002 and part of the Road-show team during SIFY’s IPO and listing on the NASDAQ.
Promoter-Director of Microland Electronics Private Limited, a networking company (1989-91)
Promoted NetLink Technologies Private Limited, a software development company, in 1992
Diluted a significant stake in NetLink Technologies Limited to Deccan Chronicle in 2007
As part of Deccan Chronicle’s initiatives, was instrumental in successfully bidding for an IPL Franchise (Deccan Chargers), acted as its CEO for the 2008 season and was part of the team management in the 2009 season
Completely exited NetLink Technologies Limited, which was acquired by Deccan Chronicle in 2010
Promoted UniMity Solutions Private Limited (Aug 2010). Focus on Enterprise Content Management Solutions and Employee Engagement Solutions
Social & Other Interests
Rotarian since 1987, Past President of the Rotary Club of Madras Central Aadithya
Active sports enthusiast, led the Rotary cricket team to UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka
Past President of the IIM Calcutta Alumni Chennai Chapter
Charter Member & former Vice President of TiE Chennai
Mrs. J. Jeyappriadhevi is the Founder and Managing Director of Kriyative Learning solution international private limited, an educational innovation and research organization. She is an eminent authority on multiple intelligences in primary and preprimary curriculum for schools.
She is also the author of the KRIYA learning Framework, which integrates
learning methodology with multiple intelligences, thereby giving a strong
background for a holistic educational program. Her recent research focuses on
multiple intelligences based criteria and evaluation of a student, which
transcends several assumptions and goes into giving a significant meaning to the
likes and dislikes of an individual. Her specialty is applying all these principles in
school education scenario.
Jeyappria has completed her bachelor of engineering from Madras University, and later
pursued Master of business administration from the prestigious Indian
Institute of Technology, Chennai. She is a certified Green belt in six sigma
from KPMG, and several other quality programs from quality council of India.
She is a distinguished alumni of Department of management studies, IIT-Madras.
Currently serves as a treasurer of IIT madras Alumni Association.
She is also a mentor in Healthcare Technology Incubation Center, IIT MRP, and
Core-Committee member of NIRMAAN, a pre-incubation center at IIT M.