Dr. Das Narayandas

James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean for HBS Publishing;
Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Executive Education,
Harvard Business School

Das Narayandas is the James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is currently the Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Harvard Business Publishing and Senior Associate Dean, Chair, Executive Education. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, building client management capabilities in professional service firms. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Technology degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, and a Ph.D. in Management from Purdue University.

Das has consulted and/or developed and executed in-house training programs for companies such as Areva, Arrow Electronics, Alghanim Group, GE, Honeywell, IBM, ING, J&J, Northrop Grumman, Mitsubishi Corporation, Linfox, Fonterra, Interbank, Stryker, Merrill Lynch, Tata Group, ThyssenKrupp, Zeiss, Fidelity, Liberty Mutual, 3M, and Microsoft among other companies in the areas of B2B marketing, customer satisfaction and loyalty management, strategic marketing, pricing, personal selling and sales management. Das's current research interests focus on business-to-business marketing and management of client relationships in professional service firms.

Dr. Stuart L. Hart

Professor Emeritus Of Management And Organizations
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University

Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is "one of the founding fathers of the 'base of the pyramid' economic theory." He is the S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Centre for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan), Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India.

His 1995 article "A Natural Resource-Based View of the Firm" is the most highly cited academic work in the field of sustainable enterprise. In addition, he wrote the seminal article "Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World," which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review in 1997, and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the 50 top books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.

Mr. K Jairaj, I.A.S. (Retd)

Ex-Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka.
Trustee, BMSET, Bangalore - 560019
Chairman, BOG, BMS Institute of Technology, Bangalore

Mr. Jairaj is a Former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka & Past President AIMA. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) belonging to the 1976 batch of the Karnataka cadre. Mr. Jairaj recently retired as Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. He has a distinguished record of expertise in infrastructure, energy, and urban development. He is credited with turnarounds of the state energy sector as Managing Director, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL); Managing Director of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC); Managing Director; (KSIDC).

Mr. Jayaraj has a distinguished academic record with a Master's degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, MPA from Princeton University and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School, Harvard University where he was a Mason fellow. He has been President of Bangalore Management Association (BMA). He served as President of the All India Management Association (AIMA) 1996-97, the first IAS officer to head this institution. The Centre for Public Governance at AIMA has been set up at his initiative. The AIMA Public Service Excellence Awards were instituted during his tenure as President.

Dr. Raju S. K. Chaganti

Cornell University

Dr. Raju S. K. Chaganti, Ph.D. Co-Founded Cancer Genetics, Inc., a Massachusetts-based, privately-held Life Science company in 1999. He is a Professor of Genetics in Pathology and Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, in New York City. He also served as the Chairman of Cancer Genetics Inc. since April 1999 and served as its Member of Scientific Advisory Board. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at MediGen Group LLC.

Dr. Chaganti is an internationally recognized leader in Cancer Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Chaganti serves as a Director of Cancer Genetics, Inc. He is a member and incumbent of the William E. Snee Chair in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City. He has published over 325 scientific papers in the area of Genetics and is the inventor on two patents for two genes cloned from cancer cells. Dr. Chaganti received a Ph.D. degree in Genetics from Harvard University and post-doctoral research training at Harvard University, Medical Research Council of Great Britain, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Dr. Ajit Ranade

President & Chief Economist,
Aditya Birla Group

Dr. Ajit Ranade serves as the President and Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group. He has not only served as an Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd., but has also served as the Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. His professional career has spanned academic and corporate assignments, including teaching in universities in India and U.S. He served as an Equity Analyst of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Research Division. Dr. Ranade serves as a Director on the Board of Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company of Hindalco and Almex Inc. of USA. He has also served as Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. in the past.

He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility. He is a member of the Board of India Today Economists, Chairman of the CII West Zone Sub Committee on Economic Affairs and the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Dr. Ranade is a member of the Senate and Advisory Council of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

He earned a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Brown University, U.S.A.

Mr. Ramji Raghavan

Agastya International Foundation

Mr. Ramji Raghavan is the Founder Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, the world's largest hands-on mobile education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers.

As Chairman of Agastya, Mr. Raghavan leads a grassroots initiative to support and transform primary and secondary education in India. Operating with a fleet of 80 Mobile Labs, 38 rural science centers, 30 “Lab on a Bike” motorbikes and a 172-acre campus, Creativity Lab near Bangalore, Agastya has extended creative hands-on science education to nearly five million poor and disadvantaged children and 2,00,000 teachers and pioneered innovations including mobile science, ecology and art labs, Young Instructor Leaders and a Creativity Lab that incorporates science labs, an interactive museum, model-making, teacher training, and art and ecology. Under the leadership of Mr. Raghavan, Agastya's innovative "TechLaBike Project" won the Google Global Impact Award in 2013.

Mr. Raghavan holds an M.B.A. from London Business School and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission and was elected a Senior Fellow by “Ashoka: Innovators for the public” and in 2011.

Mr. Hari Kumar

Managing Partner
Deliotte LLP, USA

Mr. Hari Kumar is currently the US Managing Partner spearheading Deloitte LLP's world-class India operations with over 20,000 professionals. Hari is a strategist,entrepreneur and organization builder with over 17 years of experience in establishing and leading large corporate businesses with a transformative impact. Prior to Deloitte, he built and exponentially grew five companies from ground up. He is known for conceptualizing and implementing programs to transform organization brand, develop leaders and inculcate inclusive and socially responsible culture.

He is also the Lead Partner for some of the largest clients of the firm in Technology & Telecommunications and Consumer Businesses industries. He is a trusted advisor to C level client leadership for finance & operations strategy, growth acceleration and profitability improvement. He is a well-known Business Developer known for establishing and building sustainable client relationships and business. Hari serves on the Board of Directors of several Deloitte entities. He also serves on the founding board of non-profit entities of United Way of India and Junior Achievement worldwide. He is the chairman of the board of Junior Achievement of India and United Way of Hyderabad. Hari is a part of several advisory committees to the state and central government. He is also a well-published author and speaker with multiple white papers in world's leading magazines every year.

Mr. Ashank Desai

Ex-Chairman, Mastek Ltd
Advisor, Mastek Ltd.

Mr. Ashank Desai co-founded Mastek Limited in 1982 and has been its Advisor since July 1, 2010. Mr. Desai served as Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Mastek Ltd. until January 16, 2007. After working with Godrej and Boyce for six years, he co-founded the Mastek GmbH. He is an expert in specific functional areas: Planning & strategy, corporate governance initiatives and active in other CSR initiatives of the Mastek.

He is the Founder of NASSCOM and served as its Chairman. Mr. Desai has been a Director at Mastek Limited since 1982. He serves as a Director of MajescoMastek, Mastek (UK) Ltd., Majesco Software Inc., Mastek GmbH, Keystone Solutions Private Limited, System Task Group International (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Info Tech Corporation of Goa Ltd. Mr. Desai holds B.E. from the Mumbai University, M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and did his PGDM from the IIM Ahmedabad.

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