INDIAN NEWS & TIMES

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Dr Ganesh Natarajan, a renowned technology futurist, business builder and entrepreneurship mentor, has joined the advisory board of the Centre for Innovation in Public Policy (CIPP), a think-and-do policy tank whose mission is to design and build practical, new-age implementable solutions for public good.

Dr Natarajan is Founder of 5F World, a platform dedicated to investment and mentoring of start-ups, skills platforms and social enterprises. He is Chairman of Honeywell Automation India Ltd, Skills Alpha, Pune City Connect, and the Lighthouse Communities Foundation, and Co-Founder of Global Talent Track, Kalzoom Advisors, and Center for AI and Advanced Analytics.

He is an Independent Director on the Boards of State Bank of India, Principal Asset Management, Hinduja Global Services, LHI Digital, Educate Girls, 1 Crowd, and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.

Dr Natarajan led two corporate success stories with distinction: as Vice Chairman & CEO, APTECH, from 1991 to 2001, and as Managing Director & CEO, Zensar, from 2001 to 2016. He is an Independent Director on the Boards of State Bank of India, Principal Asset Management, Hinduja Global Services, LHI Digital, Educate Girls, 1 Crowd, and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.

He is a member of the Chairmen’s Council of NASSCOM and the National Council of the All India Management Association. He has been Chairman of NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation, President of HBS Club of India and served multiple terms on the National Council of CII.

An alumnus of BIT Mesra, NITIE, IIT Bombay, and the Harvard Business School. Dr Natarajan has authored four McGraw Hill Books on Business Process Reengineering and Knowledge Management, and six other publications on the IT industry and inspired leadership of Gen Y.

“CIPP’s solution oriented ‘think-and-do’ approach has brought new energy into and broken fresh new ground in an otherwise academic, ivory-tower-like landscape of public policy, “ Dr Natarajan said. “I look forward to helping CIPP’s team of experienced fellows and mentor young researchers in making India’s public policy landscape more research-led.”

K Yatish Rajawat, Founder, CIPP, said that Dr Natarajan’s joining of CIPP’s advisory board is a matter of great prestige and delight for a new-age policy think tank. “Dr Natarajan’s legendary  contributions and achievements over several decades are internationally recognized and praised,” Mr Rajawat said. “CIPP is a most interesting and exciting place for young public policy professionals. They will gain enormously not only from Dr Natarajan’s treasure trove of experience in business leadership and implementation, but also from his current work with social enterprises and start-ups.”