Leadership & Governance

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The Board at Dharmic is recognised as the governing core of the organization and hence vested with the most powers. The safeguarding of the Mission, Values, Vision & Culture of the firm rests with the board. The board provides the collective leardership in the spirit of continuous evolution, to ensure the vibrancy of the organization & adherance to the laws of the land (both in India & abroad) as the case maybe. The responsibility to maintain statutory compliances, fullfilling share holder / client and other stakeholder obligations rests with the board of Dharmic. Thus the board constitutes the sole officer cadre of the company, consistant with the powers bestowed on them.

Operating Partners serve as integral extensions of Dharmic`s Leadership. Our operating partners represent the richness of our international/disciplinary diversity and bring their sensibilities to bear on the various endeavors Dharmic undertakes. Our operating partners are the main 'Intellectual Capital' of the firm. They serve the following important roles and responsibilities: [1]. Providing thought leadership support for the firms direction and evolution. [2]. Council & support for the executive leadership [3]. Driving development of value propositions [4]. Leading project management teams as applicable [5]. Specialized Knowledge services to meet customer needs [6]. Guardians of the soul of the organization as overseers to the board functioning, thus ensuring a system of checks and balances.

Please click on continents to view profiles of our international team.

Asia

  • M. Amarnath, India :
  • Manishi Pathak, India :
  • Mayuri Hara, Japan :
  • Debashish Das, India :
  • Krishnan N, India :
  • Rana Jagannathan, India :
  • Anand Dureja, India :
  • G.S.Madhusudan, India :
  • Srinath Kittapa, India :

M. Amarnath, joined Paterson & Co.Pvt. Ltd. in 1987. He has over 23 years of experience in the Industry. In 1999, he became the youngest ever President of the Madras Stock Exchange and was the Founder Chairman of MSE Financial Services Ltd. He was an Arbitrator on the National Stock Exchange and was a Member of the Central Committee on Settlement Issues(COSI) of the National Stock Exchange for several years and has been on the Investor Grievance and Reconcilation Committee of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

He has also been on the BSE Advisory Committee which was constituted to advise the Governing Board on Non-regulatory and operational matters including product design, technology, charges, levies, etc.

Paterson & Co. is one of India’s oldest stock broking firm established in 1935. It was a founder member of the Madras Stock Exchange. This company now renamed as Paterson Securities Pvt. Ltd. is a Member of the National Stock Exchange, The Stock Exchange, Mumbai, United Stock Exchange and a Depository Participant with CDSL. An associate company, Paterson Commodities Private Limited is a member of the Multi Commodity Exchange of India.

Paterson’s business operations largely focused on stock broking, derivatives trading, mutual fund distribution and other equity-linked securities. The company also provides a comprehensive suite of NRI and portfolio management services(SEBI Approved). The firm enjoys the patronage of a diversified customer profile comprising of financial institutions, large corporate groups, high net-worth individuals and retail clients. The company also has a very active Corporate Bond division operating out of Mumbai.

Paterson Securities Pvt. Ltd. features regularly on “D & B Publication” on “India’s Leading Equity Broking Houses. The Company is today a subsidiary of Hinduja Bank (Switzerland), a part of the transnational Hinduja Group which owns Ashok Leyland, IndusInd Bank, Gulf Oil, Hinduja Foundries,Hinduja Global etc., in India. The Group has a presence in 35 countries and employs over 70,000 people. The market Capitalisation of the Indian Companies is close to $10 Billion.

Amarnath holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from D.G.Vaishnav College, Madras University (1986). He is passionately involved in the 'Application of Technology' to set up 'Sustainable Business Models' in the 'Green Energy' and 'Waste to Energy' space, where he has launched two fledgling enterprises . He was Chairman of Madras Midtown Round Table 42, and Tresurer of Rotary Club of Madras involved in 'Social Service' activities in Chennai. He also served on the Governing Committee of Madras Literary Society , the oldest public Library in Chennai. His hobbies include reading,music and trekking. Amarnath Lives with his family in chennai.

Amarnath not only is an operating partner with the firm, but also brings in 'Paterson Securities' as a 'Center of Excellence' for Investment Banking and Financial services (Please see Alliances tab for more details.)

Manishi Pathak: Is a former senior partner from Kochhar & Company (Since 2000), New Delhi: A Leading Law firm in the nation’s capital, with offices across the nation and internationally. Manishi has been a key member of the leadership team ‘Strategizing and Guiding the Growth Plan of the firm’. He has been instrumental in identifying and supporting the execution of strategies for enhancing the ‘Positioning and Visibility’ of the firm, through speaker forums and publication platforms.

His ‘Legal Areas of Expertise’ include regulatory approvals/ compliances, joint ventures, foreign collaborations, acquisitions, company law, contractual law, foreign exchange laws, general commercial transactions, corporate litigation and labor & employment laws. He has been Leading teams for the execution of multiple end to end legal and compliance projects across Industry segments and Indian states, in close collaboration with partners who head other firm verticals such as real estate, IP, IT, tax, litigation etc. Among his noteworthy accomplishments are the development of the Firm’s ‘Employment Law Practice’ that has catapulted the firm to be recognized as ‘Band 1’ ‘Employment Law firm’ by Chambers and Partners Guide.

Internationally, he Supervised and guided the development of the firm’s practice in Singapore and supported the client and business development initiatives of the Firm’s Japan Office. He has also lead ‘Independent Business Development’ efforts for the firm with existing and greenfield clients in overseas jurisdictions such as U.S.A, U.K., Italy, France, Denmark, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. He has both initiated and collaborated on projects (complimentary to alliances with Indian Law practices) with renowned International legal firms such as Holland and Knight, Paul Hastings, Littler, Seyfarth Shaw, Eversheds, Lewis Silkin, Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst, Baker & McKinzie, Capstan, Claeys & Engels, CMS Hasche Sigle, Siam Premier, Rodyk Davidson, and Allen and Gledhill, to mention a few.

Between 1995 – 2000, he served with Luthra and Luthra Law Offices, Delhi supporting the evolution of the firm since her inception. Between 1993 and 1995, He worked under Mr. Y.K. Jain, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. Under limited direction and supervision of the senior counsel he managed district court matters in ‘Tis Hazari’ courts; District, State and National Commissions, including matters pertaining to the ‘Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) to mention a few. His primary focus areas during this period were Contractual Disputes, Rent Control, Recovery of Amounts and Consumer Disputes.

Manishi has been a ‘Presenter, Moderator and Panelist’ in a number of respected national and international forums on a wide range of subjects such as “ Doing Business in India”, “Challenges facing Foreign Investors in India”, “Re-organizing on a changing World Economy”, “Managing labour and employment in M&A’s”, “Best Practices to protect Business Relationships”, “Diversity in the Workplace”, “ Workplace issues for Today and Whats coming Next”, “Cross Border Enforcement of Trade Secrets, Intellectual Property rights and Non-Compete Agreements” to mention a sampling. His work and views have also appeared extensively in popular print media publications on a range of topics that include but not limited to “Policy”, “ legal considerations in Outsourcing to India” , “Discrimination” to “Sexual Harassment laws to mention very briefly.

In the years 2009 – 2013, Manishi has the distinction of being listed under “Who’s Who” of Indian Practitioner of Labor and Employment Laws. He was also listed in ‘Legal 500’ among the top legal professional in the India. ‘Chambers and Partners Guide 2012 and 2013’ has recognized him as the leading employment law practitioner in the nation. Manishi holds memberships at the Delhi High Court Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). Manishi’s Academic Credentials include a BSc (Zoology, Botany, Chemistry), Msc. (Zoology) and an LLB all from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, India. Manishi’s passions are Law, Enterprise, Travel and Spirituality. He lives with his Family in Delhi, India.

Mayuri Hara: Is a ‘Free lance Consultant’ in Japan with over 20 years of rich experiences, spanning consulting, strategic start- up support, operations, private equity, and investment banking, besides working on projects that are of Japanese heritage conservation interest. She has a keen interest in enhancing Indo-Japan bi-lateral co-operation, which includes but not limited to ‘Industry Development’ along with an emphasis on ‘Integrated Rural Development’. Mayuri has visited India a number of times and has been involved in professional projects from her former experience.

Between the years (2010 – 2012), Mayuri served as a principal M&A Specialist and Execution lead for Accenture, Management Consulting practice at Tokyo, Japan. She worked on a number of projects that included a globalization project for a fast growing retail chain, effecting collaborations with Harvard and Hitotsubashi business schools and devising an ‘India Market Entry Strategy’ for a leading Japanese food and beverage company.

Prior to Accenture and between the years 2003 - 2010, Mayuri was involved in a number of ‘Independent Projects’. With SCHOTT Nippon Holding K.K, she led the post merger integration in R D/Manufacturing & Sales in both Japan and China in addition to re-structuring to mitigate risks. With NANOEGG Research laboratories, Inc. (A start up Bio venture company), she developed and negotiated a joint R D strategy with a major pharma company, conducted outsourced manufacturing assessment and co-developed the production process for “Skin care” line of products. At KVH Co., Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of the fidelity group, she served the bridge role between company and US investors besides supporting business development and strategic alliances. At SAKI Corporation she led projects for process optimization, improved customer service levels and rebuilt the company’s cost accounting system, besides contributing to business development efforts that lead to significant revenue increases.

Between 1998 and 2002, Mayuri worked in Investment banking at both Carlyle Group (Where she was a Vice President) and Goldman Sachs at Tokyo, Japan. At Carlyle, she managed and executed private equity transactions and her responsibilities included ‘Deal Sourcing, Valuation and Structuring’. She reviewed close to 200 potential opportunities for venture buy out and executed Carlyle’s first investment in Japan: eAccess and supported the financing of their acquisition of ‘Japan Telecom’ broadband business. Her work at Goldman Sach’s involved analyzing and valuing principle investment opportunities, supporting IPO processes, managing the internet initiative and supporting the execution of M A transactions in the ‘High Tech/Manufacturing and Financial sectors’. Mayuri began her professional career with Anderson Consulting (Now Accenture) and worked across their offices in Tokyo, Chicago and San Francisco. During this period (1991 – 1996) her work spanned Information Systems Integration, Business Process and Customer Relationship Re-Engineering , besides being a key ‘Strategic Alliance’ advisor.

Mayuri has a Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Where she was elected Co-President of the University law department’s steering committee), and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her professional qualifications also include, Series 7, Japan Security Dealers Association Class one and two licenses. Her Passions include ‘Windsurfing , Travel, Law, History and Heritage. Mayuri lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan.

Debashish Das (Deb) is Founder and CEO of Elenchus HR Solutions (Since 2010), India’s first and leading ‘Transformational HR Outsourcing’ Company. A unique Build – Operate - Sustain Model for Scratch to Scale organizations. Deb decided to walk the entrepreneurial journey after realizing the need for quality transformational solutions in small and medium emerging economy organizations. After a very wide and successful career in the corporate world spanning over 19 years, deb decided to launch Elenchus HR ,focusing on a big gap area in Transformational HR Outsourcing services with a focus on early growth and established organization. Deb not only is an operating partner with Dharmic, but also brings Elenchus as an ‘Alliance Center of Excellence’ for Transformational HR consulting and Outsourcing.

Deb’s rich breadth and depth of expertise in Human Resource management traverses ‘Leadership and Change Mangement’, Human Resource Strategy, Transformational HR, Succession and Career Planning, Talent Management, Performance Management Systems (PMS), Competency Development, Capacity Building, and Compensation & Benefits. He has lead transformation initiatives successfully in well known Indian and MNC organizations such as Bharti Airtel, Videocon, Aptech, NIIT, Motorola, Everyday, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Electrolux, WPP, Perfetti Van Melle, Maruti Udyog Limited, American Express, Mahindra and Mahindra and Valvoline Cummins to mention a few. Some of his projects have won awards at both Indian and Global Platforms, such as the transformational initiative at FIS, Jacksonville.

Prior to launching Elenchus, Deb was Vice President and Head of HR for Videocon DTH , Videocon Mobile Services (known as Datacom ) . He lead a team of over 100 members across five levels and managed an employee base of over 10,000 employees across the two business . He was a key member of the start up team that set up the successful Videocon D2H business from its inception. During his tenure the organization scaled from 20 employees to over 1500 employees through the application of best in class policies, practices and induction methods that attracted and retained a quality caliber of Talent. Earlier the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) at Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel Telemedia, Data and Broadband business). In this capacity he lead a team over 100 HR professionals (across 5 levels) to manage an employee base of over 5000 employees (spread across 23 locations), supporting a business turnover of INR 1600 Crores.

Deb is an ICC (International Coaching Consideration) Certified and Business, life and Leadership Accredited coach. He has over 350 hours of coaching to his credit. . ICC is world’s top five Coaching accreditions based out of USA . Founded by Joseph Connors , ICC coaches worldwide are creating significant impacts in leadership development and business transformation . He is also an MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) ‘Global Resource’. As a global resource he is accredited to assess, counsel and plan development needs based on this globally validated instrument on personality types (He has assessed over 100 profiles). MBTI is the worlds leading personality profiling tool regularly used in leadership and organizational development initiatives in most ‘Fortune 500’ companies.

Deb is a trained SHL competency based modeling resource and has worked on 6 major ‘Competency Based Transformational’ initiatives across various verticals . SHL is one of the top two leading competency based systems in the world . It is regularly utilized by Fortune 500 companies to build the ‘Competency Development Systems’ in their organizations . He is also a trained and accredited ‘Crucial Conversations’ resource by Vital Smarts . ‘Crucial Conversations’ is a leading ‘Transformational and Skill Building’ method used extensively worldwide in reputed corporations such as Dornier, Lockheed Martin , Microsoft and is an integral part of development programs for leadership and senior management roles . He has worked closely with 10 senior executives in their transition from line to staff leadership roles over the past decade through coaching and mentoring. He is a regular participant in providing articles for HR journals and has served in a number of panel discussions at reputed Seminars.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree from Delhi University, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from IMS (Institute of Management Studies), Ghaziabad, India and a Masters (MS) in Consultancy Management from Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani. Deb’s passions are ‘Leadership Development’, Reading, Music, Movies, Soccer, and Travelling. He Lives with his family in Gurgaon, NCR, India.

Krishnan Naganathan: is the CEO of Valcon Management Consultants, the Indian arm of Valcon A/S, a Scandinavian management consulting company. Krishnan has built Valcon in India, into a niche player focussed on implementation of consulting solutions focussed on operations improvement, strategy and market expansion. At Valcon, he heads the India operations as well as plays the role of Operations Domain expert. He is part of the Global Leadership team of Valcon A/S. He is a strong advocate and practitioner of ensuring work life balance for all his employees.

Krishnan brings over two decades of experience in the areas of Operations Excellence, Supply Chain and New Product Development. His industry experience spans automotive, engineering, steel, lubricants, FMCG, food, building products and other industries. He has worked for world class organizations such as Ford, BP, Castrol, Ashok Leyland, before starting a consulting career. In his consulting career he has worked for many blue chip organizations across sectors.

A thought leader in the areas of Lean Sigma, he has mentored more than 50 six sigma and lean projects. In his consulting organizations, he has been the master trainer for Six Sigma and Lean, ensuring consultant competency building. Through his career, he has trained and certified over 50 green belts and 10 black belts. Krishnan is among the few experts who is tasked with carrying out operational due diligence studies. With his rich experience, he is able to provide his clients deep insights into improving their operations and becoming world class.

Krishnan began his professional career in the steel industry in the R&D department. His subsequent stint at Ashok Leyland as a product developer, provided him deep insights into the new product development and supplier development challenges. He was among the first employees of Ford in India and worked on the initial Supplier Selection and Supplier Capability Enhancement programs of Ford in India. This was the time he learned Lean Management concepts and became an expert and trainer in various tools such as 8D problem solving, FMEA, statistical process control etc.

His work at Ford attracted the attention of Castrol and he joined them as the Head of Quality. He successfully drove a large transformation program making quality every body’s job in the company, culminating in an effective elimination of central quality organization. He then became a key member of the supply chain transformation program that made the company one of the most agile supply chains in the industry, resulting in dramatic inventory and working capital reductions, while at the same time improving service levels and cost competitiveness. At Castrol (which was subsequently taken over by BP) he was a key member of International task forces to develop strategy and processes for managing quality and new product introduction across the lubes division.

After more than 10 years in industry, he joined the consulting industry as an operations improvement consultant at ECS Ltd and subsequently at Valcon. He has delivered a number of transformation projects using Lean, TPM and Six Sigma principles in industries as varied as paints, automotive, glass, food, EPC etc

Krishnan holds a Bachelors of Engineering Degree (Metallurgy) from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India and a Masters in Fundamental Research from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a avid trekker and photographer and regularly visits wild life parks and considers Uttaranchal his second home. Krishnan Lives with his family at Chennai, India.

Rana Jagannathan: Is a Chennai based ‘Independent Consultant’, with expertise in Strategy, Systems Implementation, Project Management, and Operational Process Streamlining. From 2008 to early 2014, Rana was General Manager (India) with OKS prepress Services (A fully owned Subsidiary of the US Headquartered OKS group that specializes in Business Process Outsourcing), a specialized printing company, managing all technical process’s for internal and external customers. At OKS he served in multiple capacities driving Strategic planning, Business Development and managing Projects. Among his accomplishments are the set up of process’s for creating advertisements in the Yellow pages, Setting up the pre-media (Ad Media) division for image and text pagination, supported customization of projects for the Education vertical and identified new regions of growth in Europe, besides establishing the Sales support group within the organization. Prior to Serving in OKS Prepress, Rana was a Project Manager with the parent company establishing their medical transcription business and developing their global website. Rana is a self taught wizard in the use and application of Information Technology (IT).

Prior to embarking on a land based occupation, Rana spent close to 15 years in the Merchant Navy rising from apprentice to 2nd officer and subsequently to the post of Chief Navigation Engineer. Specifically, he sailed on both Indian and International Gas Carriers, Refrigerated Ships and large Container Ships, traversing routes that covered Eastern Seaboard, South/Central America and the Far East. Between 1996 – 1998, he also served as Ship Safety Officer covering tasks that included managing safe logistics and training Manpower to ensure compliance. During his early years in the high seas, Rana supported multiple departments such as Engine Room, Deck, Electricals and Catering.

Rana’s extensive Sailing experience coupled with his learnings has given him extensive insights into ‘Shipping as a form of Transportation, the Shipping Industry & the Economics’ that drive it, rich depth & breadth of knowledge of ‘Global Ports and Facilities’, and the nature, nuances and dynamics of the people in the Industry. His extensive navigation experience has inculcated in him strong sensibilities of ‘Spatial Orientation,Time and Direction that has served him well in both his onshore and offshore occupations. Last but not the least he brings with him invaluable lessons in camaraderie and the ability to weather a storm both literally and figuratively.

Rana holds a BSc Equivalent in Nautical Science from the Ministry of Surface Transportation: Mercantile Marine Department (Indian Maritime University). A man of unrivalled ‘Integrity’, Rana spends much of his sparetime in search of ‘Spiritual Fulfillment’ and the advanced practice of Yoga. He lives with his mother at Chennai, India.

Anand Dureja: Is Co-Founder and Business head of the recently launched ‘Delhi Pain Management Center’ whose vision is to evolve a chain of non-surgical medical clinics in the niche area of holistic pain management drawing on the strengths of a diverse medical team.

Prior to pursuing the path to entrepreneurship, Anand worked at Mckinsey and Company, Mumbai, India where he worked on two notable projects, namely a margin improvement program for an Indian public sector Oil refining and Marketing Company (identified and recommend margin improvement opportunities worth US$ 100 Billion across the Refining Value Chain) and developing a long term growth strategy for a large packaged foods company based in India (Identified markets and new product categories that could enhance the revenue potential by US$ 1 Billion). Prior to McKinsey, Anand worked on a short stint at Deloitte Consulting, Atlanta, USA, where he devised an innovative integrated supply chain strategy for a global biopharmaceutical company, that included the implementation of a program to improve forecasting accuracy and enhance capacity utilization by 10%. Before Deloiitte, Anand worked briefly as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) (The wholly owned subsidiary of the World Bank) at their Delhi Office where he advised and implemented the restructuring of the supply chain of a portfolio electronic waste management company to realize significant improvements in operating margins through cost optimizations of 12%. Anand’s career in consulting spanned the years between 2011 and 2013.

Between the years 2008 – 2011, Anand Served with ITC, Limited at Bangalore, India. At ITC, Anand was the assistant manager operations at their Bangalore manufacturing unit that produced 30,000 tonnes of processed tobacco annually. Anand oversaw 65 unionized employees responsible for production and maintenance. Among his notable contributions was to introduce variance analysis and a performance linked incentive system to monitor and optimize production costs that resulted in savings of US$ 450,000 annually. At ITC, Anand also served as the Project Manager driving the companies ‘Alternate Energy’ initiative. He planned and executed on an end to end basis, 4 Solar and Wind Energy projects that had a combined total worth of US$ 41 Million generating capacities of 32 Megawatts. Anand led and managed a cross functional team of 8 people to execute projects across 3 locations in India. He further ensured the registration of the projects under the ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change to obtain carbon credits worth US$ 600,000 / year. Anand extended his expertise in renewable/solar energy projects to support rural communities in Bangalore by volunteering with the NavChaitanya Urban and Rural Development Society.

Anand holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering (2004 -2008) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he graduated in the top 2% of his class. At IIT he was the recipient of the B.S. Nayyar Gold Medal for excellence in academic and extracurricular accomplishments. The award goes to one student in each graduating class. He also received the best Bachelor of Technology Research Project award in convocation 2008. Anand is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) having cleared all 3 levels of the exams (2009 – 2011). In addition to these prolific academic achievements, Anand holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School (2011 – 2013). At business school he was the co-chair for the Harvard – India Conference 2013 and CFO of HBS Finance Club. He was a recipient of the J.N Tata Scholarship and K.C Mahindra Scholarship in 2012.

G. S. Madhusudan (Madhu) is a technology entrepreneur, scientist and teacher with 27+ years of global experience in engineering diverse software and hardware projects, managing R&D labs, and creating start ups. He holds multiple and concurrent portfolio’s in a number of these dynamic fields, a clear representation of his indefatigable energy.

Since 2010, he has been a Researcher and Scientist (Computer Architecture and Systems Laboratory at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, India. His focus area’s being system’s architecture and security. His responsibilities include supervising masters and doctoral projects besides pursuing his passion for teaching (Advaned Operating Systems, Computer Architecture and Processor Design, Secure Systems Engineering and Mobile Device Product Engineering ). He holds 2 patents in his name, namely [1] ‘Methods for Resource Consolidation in Computing Environment (US Patent 6,442,584, Issued August 27th, 2002; Inventors: G.S. Madhusudhan, Steven Grady, Mac Sugiyama ) and [2] A System and Method for Performing Video based Surveillance’ ( India Patent Application 5434/CHE/2013; Inventors (IIT-M): G.S. Madhusudan, Raj Gupta, Anurag Mittal and V Kamakoti )

From April 2013 to present he serves as the founder of Macaque Labs, an evolving non-profit foundation to further the cause of open source architecture in computing systems, that is currently incubating two cutting edge hardware projects in system architecture design ( Lightsor and Sentinel ). The vision behind Macaque, is to find ways and means to hasten adoption of ‘Open Source Architecture’ as a mainstream standard in a manner that can add quantum value to Industry and environment.

Since April 2010, he has also been an independent technology management consultant and advisor to Banks, Industry Consortia, Security Labs and as a domain expert for other consulting organizations. His primary areas of expertise are Enterprise and Cloud architecture, Open Source Adoption, Security Policy, Audit and Analysis, Engineering / R&D Development and advising venture capital’s involved in technology start up’s. Madhu and his team have pioneered the adoption of ‘Open Source’ and Middleware architecture at City Union Bank and Indian Overseas Bank. His work with Government – Industry Consortiums is leading the way for setting skill standards in the electronic’s Industry.

Prior to the above roles and responsibilities, he was CEO at Pravrtti Ventures, Singapore between (2001 – 2009). His primary work here revolved around advising start up’s in Singapore and U.S.A in the areas of ‘Consumer Electronics’, Security Devices’ and ‘Smart Phone Design’ as consulting CXO. Among his accomplishments are [1] Founding and managing the Asia Pacific division operations of GDA technologies [2] Creating a Product Engineering Division for an Electronics and Manufacturing services (EMS) company [3]Creating an open source IPTV standard for an Industry consortium [4] Creating a Linux/Qt based ‘Smartphone Platform’, demonstrated in ‘Mobile World Conference’ (MWC) [5] Incubated the following [a] VOIP (Voice over IP)/Virtualized network appliance start up [b] Online portals for Industrial product comparisons and Health records.

For much of his early career, he served as a staff engineer at Sybase(1989 – 2000 ), responsible for Kernal and Systems Architecture. During this period he also served as a technical lead for a joint Sybase/Mckinsey team advising Ericsson on improvement of product development methodologies. The assignment spanned the entire range of Ericsson’s product portfolio. He began his professional career as an engineer at HCL Technologies, India (1987 – 1989)

He is a member of the Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India besides other and has among his publications: “ QuaSR: A large Scale Automated, Distributed Testing Environment,” USENIX July 9, 1996. His passions outside of work has led him to be a volunteer at ‘Blue Cross of India’, advisor at ‘Green Chennai Initiative’ and legal activism in collaboration with Consumer Action Group (CAG on [a] Technology Matters [b] Data Protection and [c] Apartment Residence owner rights. Madhu holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India. He is a member of the Homebrew Computers and Ham Radio Societies.

Srinath Kittapa: is the Founder and director of Jaydev Constructions pvt ltd. since 1999 (Please see http://www.jaydev.in ). Jaydev is an EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) Company involved in the construction of Industrial / Commercial and Residential structures. A visionary with a unique mental make up, he has over 28 years of cross functional experience in management of projects that involve the mobilization of resources, men, materials and finance.

He is well experienced in managing multiple projects, Estimation, Quality Assurance, People Management and Client Relationships. Among his strengths are the establishment of meticulous business plans, implementing budgets and process control systems for the achievement of project goals. As a Chartered Civil Engineer, he also brings the ability to co-ordinate with Architects and Consultants to build functionality and features as per client needs.

Srinath is comfortable in high profile executive roles and has overcome complex business challenges in his long and chequered professional life. He brings with him strong work ethics, professionalism and exceptional integrity. He has a proven track record of executing projects under difficult circumstances and has consistently delivered on mission critical results.

Prior to establishing Jaydev Constructions, Srinath was co-founder and director of Vector Solutions Pvt. Ltd (Since 1989): An architectural and engineering visualization services company (Which is now run by his brother Ananth Kittapa). Vector Solutions was born at a time when such computer aided services were hardly present in India, so they had to overcome the challenges of being a niche player providing a unique value proposition to the Architecture and Construction Industry.

Between 1989 – 1999, Srinath was also instrumental in contributing to the set up of a 'special effects company' for the entertainment Industry with the Prasad Group. His responsibilities included setting up the office, setting up the team, techno-commercial decisions on purchase, raising finances from financial institutions and managing day to day activities of the company. During the same period he also supported the execution of a 8 MW wind farm from concept to completion for the same group.

He began his professional career (1985 -1989) with C.R. Narayana Rao Associates, one of South India’s most respected Architectural and Civil Engineering Firms that have executed on a rich portfolio of major projects in both India and abroad. Please see http://www.crn.co.in

Srinath holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers, India. He is also a member of the Rotary club since 1992 and involved in the initiative of the club towards the upliftment of the less privileged. Srinath is passionate about cricket and was an accomplished cricketer during his younger days himself. He lives with his family in Chennai.

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Africa

  • SG Gbade Smith, Nigeria :

SG Gbade Smith: (Sigi to his Friends) is Founder of Worldwide Technical Services and Co-Founder of Baker Marine. He has 20+ years leading management teams in established corporations and new ventures. His roles have included CEO of Worldwide Technical and Financial Services, Managing Director Baker Marine Nigeria, International Consultant to United Nations Development Program (UNDP),Lesotho and ‘Leadership Training’ facilitator for Leadership & Vision. He has significant international exposure: he worked in China as consultant/Chief Financial officer for Roosevelt capital USA negotiating ‘Power Distribution Agreements’ (Wind & Hydro and the establishment of ports and townships), Real Networks in Japan, Mobil Oil and Microsoft USA (Member of Windows XP Launch Team at Microsoft).

Worldwide Technical Services provides Financial advisory, operation and strategic services, by working closely with CEO’s and leadership teams to set up ‘Systems, Disciplinary procedures , Risk Management, Opportunity Rationalization(identifying Which opportunities to engage and facilitating Strategic Collaborations with the financial community that includes, banks, venture capital firm’s well as non-traditional development finance institutions)’. Sigi has led negotiations for National Truck Manufacturers (NTM) to secure SME Funding, advised Oceanic Capital (Investment Banking arm of Oceanic Bank) on funding Oil & Gas Projects, raised funds for the purchase of 2 coastal tankers for ‘Ship & Shore’, Served negotiation & advisory roles for Real Estate with Access Bank and HL Real Estate Developers, Uganda and Collaborating with Nigerian venture capital firms for qualification and disbursement of IFC funds for SME’s in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sigi has also provided technical and financial partnership support to ‘Ashbert Oil’ for their development of an Offshore Oil Block, besides being a consultant to DFID (British Government sponsored State and Local Government Economic Development program for Lagos, Nigeria).

Between the years 2000 and 2001, he worked with Real Networks (Audio and Video Streaming over the internet service), USA driving global business development and partnership management with both customers and vendors and co-led the team that negotiated a licensing agreement for the integration of Real Network Technology with Sony Playstation II. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as a global business development executive and crude oil trader at Mobil Oil Corporation, USA. Developed and executed trading strategies with brokerage firms, that leveraged the strengths of Mobil Oil as a producer, refiner and marketer of crude and refined petrochemical products. Sigi was a member of Mobil’s rigorous ‘Global Executive Development’ program and was awarded ‘Medal of Excellence’ for contributions to marketing and business development at Mobil Oil. Sigi, extended his breadth and depth of accomplishments to include being a facilitator for “ Leadership & Vision” Nigeria and serving as the international Consultant for UNDP, Lesotho, where he was able to bring his expertise to bear for the development of his African homeland. During his early years he co-founded and served as the Managing Director of Baker Marine which provides financing for procurement and operation of specialized marine vessels equipment for the Oil Industry. Notwithstanding his professional business credentials, Sigi is also a Partner with GGA Architects, Nigeria.

Sigi holds a ‘Masters’ degree from the Architectural Association: School of Architecture in London. He is also a member of the ‘Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’ and holds a license from the ‘Architects Registration Council of United Kingdom (ARCUK)’, that enables him to practice architecture in all commonwealth countries in the world. In addition to his architectural qualifications, Sigi holds a MBA from Harvard Business School. Sigi lives with his family in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Australia

  • Peter Thomas, Australia :

Peter Thomas is a former Director of ‘Shared Services’ from Fortesque Metal’s group at Perth, Australia, covering Human Resources, Procurement, Infrastructure and Information Technology. Among his notable accomplishments in this role are the successful renewal of a collective ‘Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (Covering 2000 employees across port, rail and mines), with buy in from the workforce, approved by ‘Fair Work’ Australia and endorsed by related Unions. In this capacity Peter has not only led ‘Change Management’ and ‘Systems Implementation’ projects, but also achieved ‘Cost Optimization’ measures in a period of increasing production and scale. Prior to assuming this role, Peter was ‘Project Director’ for a major Port and Rail expansion project at Fortesque leading over 3000 workers that resulted in infrastructure capacity enhancement from 55mpta to 155mpta. The project achieved the dual desirable elements of being both ahead of schedule and being below the original budget. Earlier, Peter was General manager, leading the expansion of the infrastructure from 40mpta to 55mpta with the establishment of capacities at Fortesque’s mine’s at ‘Christmas Creek’, Australia. He also led the tendering process that awarded the largest mining contract in Australia to Downer. Among his many accomplishments at Fortesque are managing over US$ 1.2 Billion of assets on the world’s heaviest haul railway and held statutory responsibilities as a ‘Registered Officer of the Railway’. His responsibilities included but not limited to managing daily train operations across Fortesque’s 260 Km of Railtrack, but also optimizing cycle times and costs, besides designing a commercial framework for negotiations with third parties. Peter began his association with Fortesque, as Chief Financial Officer at TPI, where he lead the Joint Venture and negotiation process with various steel mills, trading houses, infrastructure and financial stakeholders. In this capacity he implemented ‘Budget and Reporting Systems, Managed Feasibility Studies (Infrastructure & Mining), Resolved Disputes, Managed and Negotiated major Contracts’(EPCM, Dredging, Ore Wagons, Locomotives, Power), besides managing bondholder and banking relationships. Peter has been a valued member of the Fortesque group since 2005.

Between the years 2003 - 2004, Peter was with Novartis AG (Healthcare), Basel Switzerland, where he led ‘Project Co-ordination’ on multiple transactions which involved ‘Valuation, Due Diligence and Leading Contract Negotiation teams’ for ‘Acquisitions and Divestitures’. Between the years 1998 – 2002, Peter served as Vice President: Mergers and Acquisitions (healthcare) at Lehman Brothers working across their offices in New York and London. In this capacity he executed a number of debt and equity based transactions for a number of clients including the management of an IPO. In 1997, Peter briefly served in Lehman’s “Global Energy and Natural Resources” Group with project stints in New York, Hong Kong and Bangkok. During his early professional years (1989 – 1996), Peter has worked with “Anacondo Nickel” (A mining start up) at Perth, Australia in finance and marketing, McKinsey & Company as a business analyst covering the sectors of Oil & Gas, Power Steel, Food and Banking and Towers Perrin as an Actuarial Analyst.

Peter holds a BEc., and BSc. Degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. He is an Associate of the institute of Actuaries Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, besides an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was the Australian Business Student of the year in 1992 (Recognizing the leading undergraduate business student in Australia and featured in Business Review Weekly). He also won the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard, Bill Clendenin Award and the ONU Fellowship for Graduate Scholarships. Peter also served as non-executive director and chair of the audit committee for “Central Desert Native Title Services (2008 – 2012)”and Moly Mines (2007 – 2009), both in Perth, Australia. He is an avid competitive swimmer and sportsman and his passions include Opera, Contemporary Art, and Family.

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North America

  • Edward Cape, USA :
  • Ed Samp, USA :
  • Noelle A. Galperin, USA :
  • Dirk Hall, USA :
  • Sriram Emani, USA :

Edward G. Cape (Ted), Ph.D. is the Managing Partner and Founder of The Sapphire Group LLC, a holding company in New York City with assets in healthcare, new media, energy, education and security. The firm also maintains a generalist restructuring/turnaround practice. Cape’s current management of Sapphire’s portfolio is typically executed via board seats, interim executive positions and, when necessary, shareholder rights actions. His primary interests are: Corporate Governance, Economic Development, Monetary Policy, Energy, and Foreign Affairs (with or without sector specificity). He has served on public and private boards, chaired and restructured one public audit committee, and served in officer roles during turnaround operations.

Prior to starting The Sapphire Group more than twelve years ago, Cape was an ‘Investment Banker’ at UBS Warburg (healthcare financing and mergers & acquisitions); prior to UBS Warburg, he was Founding Director of the Cardiac Dynamics Laboratory at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, holding appointments in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology); was a consultant for numerous companies (large-cap down to start-ups).

Cape is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, American Economic Association, Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Society of Labor Economists, the Detroit Economic Club, HBS club of NY, the New York Academy of Sciences, American Finance Association, Eastern Economic Association, served as Vice President/Trustee of The Chemists’ Club, founded in NYC in 1898, and has been selected for a series of senior Task Force/Working Groups over the years such as the NATO Advanced Science Institute. He is on the editorial board of international journals and since leaving full-time academia 16 years ago, Cape has continued as an ‘Active Speaker and practitioner in Education, with emphasis on Managing Innovation, Economics & Trade, and Competition & Strategy.

During his academic period he published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, seven textbook chapters, over 100 conference abstracts, and a Harvard Business School Teaching Case on Disruptive Technologies; won the Young Investigator of the Year Award of the American Society of Echocardiography; conducted research-in-residence on cross-border technology diffusion in the global economics division of Merrill Lynch; and chemical engineering unit operations at University College London. Activities include Advisory Board at Georgia Tech; teaching a graduate elective on Financial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the City College, CUNY (Adjunct Professor of the Year (2010)); an annual short course as visiting professor at Penn State; obtained NSF grant as business mentor with Memorial Sloan Kettering (2013); and designed a course on energy efficiency with a realistic need for a competitive oil and gas sector.

In the non-profit arena, he is President, Alzheimer’s Action Foundation, is Chairman of the Sustainable Business Board, Global Autism Project, with operations in NYC, Ghana, West Africa and Northern India. Cape has participated in the now-fashionable “economic development” area for a decade with current focus on Michigan, Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. He has traveled through South Asia, and on multiple delegations to China: senior advisor for a technology product launch, three week invited lecture tour of major hospitals, and Optimizing Export and Distribution Planning for medical imaging equipment.

He recently expanded media activity adding: Sapphire Film Productions, implementing a proprietary economic model for distributing documentary/specialty films, with first festival screening in 2013:, and Sapphire New Media, participating in the current evolution of traditional media (print, television and film), to layering mobile devices, to broadband into home/business/security. The latter stems from accumulating interfaces between miniature devices and remote monitoring, with attention to increasingly sharp socioeconomic disparities.

At present, Cape’s central work is primarily focused on the ‘Co-dependence of Financial Institutions and Real Economy Sectors’, post crisis - contributing to both private sector restructuring and academic economics. Specific work examines the transmission and amplification channels between monetary policy and sector-specific components of GDP, inflation and unemployment, inculding highly interdisciplinary topics such as the complex oil and gas issues in post - Soviet Russia and China.

He also builds upon two decades working on behalf of under-represented groups in the job market and certain privileged education tracks, ‘Facilitating Paths’ for women, minorities, and any excluded or disadvantaged group in a range of inappropriately exclusive domains; has funded scholarships in three states; and is involved in work to address the disproportionate representation of Veterans in the homeless and unemployed populations, and their experience with rapidly emerging healthcare problems such as PTSD and TBI.

Cape holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in applied probability and industrial statistics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Cape’s passion’s include Family, Long Distance Running, Martial Arts, Political Economy and Service on behalf of ‘Excluded Groups’. Cape lives with his family in New York, USA.

Ed Samp: is Founder and Managing Director of ‘Harpswell Associates’, which helps companies develop sales and new business opportunities through a proprietary network of global relationships drawn mainly from Harvard Business School Alumni. To quote Ed’s own words best exemplify Harpswell’s value proposition: “HBS alumni are active leaders who share a common learning experience and aim to make a difference in the world. They engage with each other in business areas that interest them and build value. As alumni contribute their ideas, expertise, and resources, the overall HBS community becomes more robust and fulfilling, ensuring its enduring relevance”. Thus Harpswell was born.

Harpswell takes a client’s value proposition directly to leaders and decision-makers. With over 30 years forging ‘Trusted Relationships and sales experience, Ed has developed a global community of contacts, that reaches out across all industries. Prior to the founding of Harpswell Associates, Ed was an Entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of JEM Computers (1992 -1999) and OutletZoo.com (1999 – 2003).

His educational background includes Phillips Academy (Andover), the University of Wisconsin (BA, mathematics), and Harvard Business School (MBA 1979). He is a current member of the HBS Alumni Board. Ed’s passions are his Family (Wife Kathy and his two Children Jenni and Eddie) , History, Baseball, Travel & Exploration to mention a few. Ed Lives with his Family in Boston, USA. Ed not only is a key member , but also comes on board with Harpswell being an Alliance partner (Center of Excellence). Please do see Alliance icon for a listing of their site and full value proposition.

Noelle A. Galperin Principal, Galperin Associates, Inc. 5840 Southwest 116th Street, Coral Gables, Florida 33156, ngalperin@galperinassociates.com, 305.801.2002

Noelle A. Galperin is a Senior International Strategy and Marketing Executive with twenty years of operational marketing and general management experience..

As the Principal of Galperin Associates, Inc.,, a family-owned management consulting firm with a 35-year track record of working alongside senior management to achieve quantifiable business results, Noelle works closely with the CEOs and founders of early-stage For-Profit and Social Enterprise organizations to formulate meaningful Strategic Plans, catalyze Business Development and create Breakthrough Brand Positioning and Marketing Communication Programs.

Noelle’s scope of work includes working since 2007 to assist the founding management team in the start-up of purchasing and supply chain operations created to maximize the collective buying opportunities for the franchisees of the largest Quick Service Restaurant chain in the world in 34 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, she worked to conceive the appropriate corporate legal and tax structures for regional operations. Additionally, she provides ongoing guidance to the Board of Directors and senior management in setting company strategy and creating corporate-wide policies and procedures. She authors, designs and produces all internal corporate communications, including seven corporate annual reports to date.

In 2012, Noelle joined the inaugural class of Fuse Corps Executive Fellows for a yearlong fellowship based in San Francisco working with the highly respected public policy organization Children Now to build the foundation for The Children’s Movement of California. Fuse Corps is a highly selective national program that brings private-sector entrepreneurial change-makers into the public sector for a year of public service, working alongside local leaders to address the nation’s most pressing issues while driving meaningful social change and lasting solutions in communities across America.

From 2004 to 2006, Noelle served as a Professional Fine Art Representative to renowned contemporary Cuban artist, Pablo Cano. In this role, she orchestrated prominent exhibitions of Mr. Cano’s work, venues including Art Basel Miami, Hermès of Paris New York, Lincoln Center New York and Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2004, she was founding partner at Alta Arte Mexico, a joint-venture initiative with The Mexican National Foundation for the Development of Folk Art to import and exclusively distribute a compelling selection of unique, hand-crafted home décor pieces from the foundation’s extensive catalog of over 5,000 art items to the US, Canadian, and Caribbean gift and home goods markets.

Noelle began her career with the Colgate-Palmolive Company, working for six years in international brand management in New York, Manila and Mexico City.

Deeply committed to international service, Noelle raised over $325,000 towards the cause of worldwide polio eradication through her work with Rotary International and led 100 volunteers to the poorest slums of India to vaccinate children for polio. Noelle has also worked in Haiti and raised $70,000 to support Radiology and Laboratory Technician training at the Project Medishare Trauma Training Hospital in Port-au-Prince. In recognition of her significant service contributions through Rotary International, in April 2012 Noelle was named a White House Champion of Change.

Noelle currently serves on the boards of the 30-year old Arts & Business Council of Miami, where she is assisting in iterating their core mission and strategic focus, and Rotary International District 6990 of Southeast Florida and Grand Bahama Island, where she is responsible for leading all District-level communications for the 2,000 Rotarians in the District.

She has a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in Psychology, from Wellesley College (where she was an elected Student Government Representative) and an MBA from Harvard Business School [where she served as elected Vice President of Student Concerns of Harvard Graduate Council, the student government representing Harvard’s 10 graduate schools)]. Noelle lives in Coral Gables, Florida, a beautiful suburb of Miami.

Dirk Hall has 20 years of ‘Principal Investing’ and ‘Investment Banking’ experience. Dirk is the Managing Director and head of investments for Verus International, Barbados: a private investment firm and family office for the Khan family. At Verus, Dirk is focused on proprietary investments globally in private equity, venture capital and real estate. Specifically, he leads the ‘Strategy, Evaluation, Negotiation, Valuation, Due Diligence and Execution’ of new and existing investments. In addition, Dirk builds and maintains relationships with investment sources and co-investment partners, primarily global ultra high net worth and Asian/ Middle East conglomerates.

With Verus, Dirk led the investment to start the Caribbean Premier League (CPL): Inaugural Twenty20 cricket league in the West Indies (6 nations) in partnership with Digicel, the largest mobile phone company in the region. CPL has become the major sports and entertainment event in the region (250,000+ tickets sold to live tournament; global TV broadcast; $150MM ‘Economic Development Impact’ in the region). Dirk led all major negotiations to acquire the IP rights to establish the league from governmental associations, sold teams to global strategic buyers and secured league sponsorship (including marketing partnerships with Hollywood celebrities). In addition, Dirk assisted in the development of the start-up operating and long-term strategic growth plans.

He is currently focused on the ‘Enterprise Development’ and propogation of KKT Orthopedic Spine center (A division of KKT international), an enterprise run and managed by the Khan Family. KKT builds its reputation on a breakthrough approach to Spine treatment pioneered by Dr. Ajmal Khan ( Please see http://www.kktspinetreatment.com, for more learnings ).

Prior to Verus, Dirk was the Managing Director of Prodos Capital Management, a private investment firm focused on lower middle market buyouts, growth stage investments, and advisory. He was also a Vice President of Citigroup Investments Technology Ventures, a venture fund focused on investments in ‘Technology, Media and Health Care companies’. He started his career as an investment banker in the Health Care group and Global Energy & Power group at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup Investment Banking). Dirk has represented investors on various public and private Boards of Directors.

Dirk received his B.S. at New York University (Stern School Of Management with full academic scholarship) in Finance and Information Systems and his M.B.A from Harvard Business School. Dirk lives with his family in New York, USA

Sriram Emani is the Co-founder and CEO of IndianRaga. An organization dedicated [1] To the preservation and promotion of Indian classical music (Carnatic and Hindustani); [2] To draw on the power of music learning to enhance skill development and leadership capability; [3] To develop 'Indian Raga' as a convergence ground for like minded intellectuals. A trained classical vocalist himself, Sriram is one of the chosen few, who has married his work and his passion, despite a plethora of options given his brilliant academic credentials. Please see (http://www.facebook.com/indianragaproject) to learn more about IndianRaga.

He is a 2015 Global Fellow with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), where he was the only Indian out of 52 Fellows from across the world. Over the past 3 years, Sriram worked as a Strategy Fellow with the President of Lincoln Center, New York City, and with the President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music, New York City. Previously, Sriram started the marketing and business development team at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai, and was a Consultant to Disney Theatrical Group.

Sriram represented USA at the global creative business conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, after IndianRaga won the US Creative Business Cup in 2012. Sriram was selected amongst the first batch of 12 Tata Fellows at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He is an alumnus of the MIT Sloan School of Management (Class of 2014) where he was 1 out of 5 students to be awarded the prestigious Siebel Scholarship for academic excellence and leadership. Sriram is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, where he was the Overall Coordinator of India’s largest student cultural festival, Mood Indigo, and a recipient of the institute’s highest honors for cultural and organizational excellence. Sriram has been invited as a guest speaker and panelist at MIT and NYU, and has moderated panels on entrepreneurship in media and entertainment at key conferences.

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South America

South America

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Europe

  • Giacomo Bonaveglio, Europe :

Giacomo Bonaveglio: Is the founder and president of ‘Indiogene S.A.S, which is an international boutique Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) firm focused on Italian small and medium enterprises (SME’s) in select but growing business fields. Headquartered at Torino, (North West) Italy, the firm has operating bases in the most important business areas of Italy such as: 
North West (Torino): head office and South Central Italy (Naples). Indiogene operates on a pan European scale through correspondents in France, Germany, Great Britain and Spain. Beyond Europe, Indiogene has carefully nurtured a network of strategic alliances in USA, Algeria and India that make them a truly international organization. Indiogene is also Dharmic’s exclusive Center of Excellence (COE) for International M&A and strategic business development related activities.

Prior to founding Indiogene, Giacomo served as the managing director and partner of Mazzoni LB S.p.a (1996/97), a chemical equipment manufacturer, where he helped turn around the company from a period of heavy losses to double digit profit projections in 1997. Between (1988 – 1996), Giacomo served as a senior management consultant at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton driving and supporting various projects related to cost reductions, process re-engineering, turn arounds and innovation. Earlier to this, he served as the managing director and founding partner of Eurovenca S.p.A (1984 – 1987), an Italian venture capital firm specializing in start up’s and turnarounds. Between (1983 – 1984), he was sales and marketing director at Mercedes Benz Italia S.p.A driving an increase in sales at higher margins by 40%. Before Mercedes, he served with Wabco Westinghouse Compagnia Freni S.p.A, as director for sales, marketing and planning. At Wabco Westinghouse, he oversaw the international launch of the company. In all his rich and diverse experiences as cited above, Giacomo has been credited with significant accomplishments that has contributed handsomely to the respective organizations he has been part of.

During his formative years, Giacomo was a consummate professional at Fiat S.p.A (1971 – 1980). He was with Fiat at a time when the company was represented in not only Automotive, but also Computers, Biotechnology, Medicine, Telecom, Tourism, Aviation and Engineering & Construction, Steel and Metallurgy to mention a few. In all of these areas he performed at least one inter-disciplinary project of substance. Although he rose to be a senior executive in the firm, his love for learning led him to frequently visit and understand the functioning of Fiat’s key factories to gain first hand knowledge of its operations. At Fiat, his most significant contributions came in the form of developing frameworks for inter and intra company group relationships, made policies and procedures to address commonalties within the group, utilize shared resources and to reduce redundancies, thus driving optimization to the best extent possible given constraints.

At Fiat, Giacomo was the project leader for the launch of a 200,000 /annum production plant in Korea in 1979, in collaboration with KIA Motors. Prior to this he has supported after market sales as a manager in the company. Giacomo began his career at Fiat as an expert on ‘Statistical Modelling and Analysis’ and also served in Corporate planning, where he was part of the team that gave birth to the long and medium term planning systems at Fiat (A first in their long and cherished history ).

Giacomo is a graduate of Polytechnic of Torino (Electrical Engineering), where he pioneered an experimental thesis on Voice Recognition. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, where he was also the president of the International Business Club.

Giacomo is unique in that he is an Italian who was born and brought up in Mumbai (then Bombay, India), where his parents where partners in the then famous Ritz chain of Hotels in India. He is an authority on Roman and World History, besides following his spiritual path in the traditions of the Vedanta (the hindu holy scriptures), where he has made numerous Italian translations of the same. He is fluent in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish, besides having conversational ability in Russian and Hindi. His passions are reading, classical music, travel and sports (jogging, tennis). It’s a rare privilege to have him among our mids’t.

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Enterprise Partners are our exclusive set of partners who are specialized by industry segment. Our partners in this category serve as integral extensions of the board and serves as their council. Enterprise partners support the propulsion/propogation of the various endeavors of Dharmic by providing: [1]. Captial for projects they deem worthy of investment on due mert [2]. Bringing deep Industry expertise & relationship leverage [3]. Management support for the projects. They compliment each other in areas of specialization and there are no overlaps built into the same to ensure focus. They are integral shareholders of Dharmic, but do not serve on her board. They will however serve as instrumental members of the board of enterprises they invest in. This structure is enabled in the interest of sustainability to minimize the risk of potential conflicts of interest between captial providers & Dharmic.The Enterprise partner structure bears some resemblances to the early beginnings of Japanese Zaibatsus, Korean Chaebols and German Konzerns.

Executive Leadership is the central executive body of Dharmic. The executive leadership is responsibile for the effective development & deployment of projects/programs under the guidance of the board and through collaborations with our operating partners. All projects undertaken by the executive leadership will be subject to the explicit ratification of our board.

Arjun Balakrishnan: (A Founder’s Journey)

Arjun Balakrishnan:(A Founder’s Journey)

Arjun Balakrishnan (A Founder’s Journey:) hails from a former medium scale ‘entrepreneurial family’ which for over a century (at different periods) had interests in agriculture, light manufacturing and small banking in India. A family that inculcated in him values, principles, culture, directness and integrity from an early age that has been the backbone of his strengths. He brings close to 15 years of multinational company experience with him. He has served in Holm Industries, a division of Standard Products Company (now Cooper Standard) and General Motors (GM) in the USA; and General Electric (GE) and Matsushita Electric in India. He has traversed a wide spectrum of disciplines across the above mentioned companies giving him a holistic approach to enterprise.

Arjun began his professional career at Holm in 1992 as a production supervisor (night shift) managing people, motivations, and enhancing shift efficiencies while working on Kaizen programs on the day shift. He soon assumed greater responsibilities by way of being appointed to manage the company’s then largest account: General Electric Appliances (at its famed Louisville Appliance Park and Bloomington Operations) where he earned the ‘Trust’ of GE’s respected ‘Commodity Buyer Group’ (led by Carolyn Juengling) that helped him strengthen the ‘Relationship between OEM and Supplier’. During his tenure, Holm received GE’s ‘Good Supplier Award’ (1994), thus recognizing the ongoing ‘Contributions of All the Employees’ at Holm Industries.

At Standard Products he was the nominated recipient of the Chairman’s Award of Excellence (1994: Please see 12 minute Video Link below) for ‘Outstanding Contributions’ in the fields of ‘Leadership, Innovation, Continuous Improvement, Team Spirit, and Financial Impact’ for his past team performance and his contributions towards a path-breaking new product development program (The New Generation Gasket Program), which became the ‘First of its kind in the Sealing Industry, globally’(driven by tremendous contributions from Interdisciplinary teams at GE / Holm, and the brilliance of GE engineers such as Charlie Mulligan). Among the highlights of his experiences at Holm, was the set up of a ‘Joint Venture’ in India (Holm-KK: 1995/96) in line with GE's thrust that encouraged world class suppliers to come to India. The JV experience involved supplier evaluation across the nation, subsequent selection, reconciling the different requirements of the two parties, co-ordination / execution of technology, manufacturing, and distribution agreements in collaboration with Crawford Bailey (a leading law firm in Mumbai). The JV sought to bring best-in-class sealing concepts and practices to India, but it ran into dormancy thereafter as GE exited from its own Indian Appliance manufacturing alliance and the price realization difficulties for such organized operations in comparison to low cost local Indian operations. It is reasonable to conclude that the nature of the JV in many aspects was a forerunner and example of collaboration, though the business potential is yet to be realized. He continued to gain exposure and learnings by virtue of engagements with customers and stakeholders. His experiences included the compilation of a report titled ‘Future Sealing Concepts for the Appliance Industry (with design team support: 1996)’; international exploration for sourcing PVC/Ferrite powder; supporting the transfer of Holm operations from San Diego to the Maquiladora free trade zone; visiting the Mexican joint venture operations and exploring collaborations with Standard Product’s automotive divisions at Huntington, England and Normandy, France (divisions led by then MD: Jim Keys).

During his tenure at Holm, Arjun was a beneficiary to a number of formidable influences and teachers, starting with the people he supervised on the shop floor to Tom Hill (in Production), Jack Kita (then Managing Director and the corporate head of Kaizens in the area of Production Management), Paul Silberman (from Human Resources), Don Tipton (Sales Head) and Katrina King (Sales Support); along with Gene Senatore (Account Management) to Larry Schlict (from New Product Development). Arjun looks back at Holm Industries as his greatest period of learning and cherishes the memories of all the people at Holm and customers who contributed towards the same and who are far too many to be named individually in this introduction. Holm Industries to Arjun stands a shining example of what a great company must be like, where leadership, an apolitical environment, creativity, customer focus and team spirit flourished like nowhere else in his experience. He attributes all of this to the vision and leadership of one man: the then president Stephen J. Mack (with whom he had the privilege of working closely). This note will be incomplete without an expression of gratitude to Gopi Gopalan a friend and manufacturing wizard at GE Bloomington who both recommended him to Holm Industries and served as a constant source of learning. I wish to make special mentions of Prem Rajani, a bright Indian lawyer from Crawford Bailey who supported Arjun in structuring the Indian JV agreements, KRV Subramaniam, who served as the first chairman of Holm-KK, and K.K Chandan (MD of KK Plastics and Polymers), the Indian Joint venture partner who enriched his experience. Beyond work, Arjun was a beneficiary of the friendship and richness of influences from Don McMahel (former Music Director at Indiana, South East), Bob Panther (former VP at Brown Foreman) who was his housemate at Louisville, Kentucky, and Masud Sayed his friend and housemate in Scottsburg, Indiana.

Driven by a deep desire to contribute in a larger arena associated with the world of engineering and manufacturing, Arjun joined General Motors in Detroit (working at their Tech Center). He served at General Motors, between the years (1998 – 2000) under the aegis of ‘Production Control and Logistics (PC&L)’. He began as an advanced purchasing buyer (where the philosophy was to bring OEM and suppliers together at the inception of architectural evolution rather than later) for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Systems (HVAC). Here he managed an 8-month techno-commercial iteration process with engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and quality teams for the qualification of a vendor for the lifecycle of a new truck architecture (the GMT370). During this process he facilitated close interaction between GM teams and several suppliers from around the world (Air International, Denso, Halla, Visteon, Delphi, Valeo, etc.) to drive an optimal program that sought to give the best design, quality, realistic manufacturing parameters, and sustainable pricing for a given budget (as against the paradigm of lowest cost sourcing, which invariably resulted in higher costs in the long run when iterative design changes manifest). Although eventually only one supplier would win the contract, a secondary development initiative strove to enhance learnings for suppliers to enable them to compete on future programs, while at the same time widening GM’s supply base. In a departure from norm a third intangible initiative was to restore the balance of power between engineering and purchasing expressions, which up until then was skewed in favor of purchasing (a legacy of the Carlo Ignacia Lopez days of sourcing practice).

Prior to the awarding of the contract (which occurred soon after) he was transferred to support GM’s ‘Order to Delivery (OTD)’ streamlining initiatives working from GM’s Renaissance Center headquarters at Detroit. OTD was a visionary and ambitious program that sought to build a model that strove to optimize an integrated loop of processes from the time an order came in to the time customer delivery took place, leveraging modern innovations in software technology. The development held promise to optimize lead times, downtimes, inventory, and logistics routing, to drive better capacity utilization, and to deliver more intelligence on customer demand patterns, the last of which lead to the theory of popular configurations or ‘Popcons’ (where the goal was to make fewer well-defined automobile variations that optimized manufacturing costs, while at the same time catered to a majority of the forecasted demand patterns). Arjun was part of early teams that strove to serve as a bridge between system mappers/modelers and software providers. At GM he was also part of a team that supported a recruitment drive at Harvard Business School in 1999.

Some of the people who left a memorable impression on him during his GM years are Harry Eustice (Head Engineering Team, GMT Truck program), John Skosnik from OTD and Steve Falconer (Air International, Australia, a supplier) who would go on to be the eventual winner of the Truck program contract.

The Exile Years: Post General Motors Arjun dabbled briefly with a start up for development consulting in California by launching a limited liability company (LLC): 9th Discipline, which in his own view was too early for its time and thus became dormant. He returned to India in mid 2002, where he was diagnosed with ‘Bi-Polar disorder’ and underwent treatment, rest and re-organization. Between 2003/2004 he served briefly as director of quality at General Electric Power Controls in Bangalore, before moving to Mumbai, where he dabbled in some minor freelance work for friends and supported the early rejuvenation of the then dormant HBS Alumni Association. It was a period of immense personal hardship, but also one that enabled a deep understanding of the primal nature of human behavior.

In 2005, Arjun joined Matsushita Electric’s India Strategy Group based out of Noida, India. Matsushita, was considered a late entrant into India, although it had maintained a small presence beginning in the 1970’s. Now it was foraying into India in a major way, as part of its BRIC’s growth strategy. Arjun was part of a team that worked on capturing business intelligence and conveying learnings that helped prepare various phases of its early India strategy under the able guidance of then Asia Pacific head: Tom Kawabe. An important decision that came out during this period was the relocation of the India headquarters to Chennai, India as a way to consolidate the brand and then to follow a gradual all-India expansion. During this phase he led the set up and establishment of a new headquarter office at Chennai along with an efficient but closely knit team drawn from human resources and general administration.

In 2006, he was inducted full time into ‘Panasonic Sales and Services India (PSIN)’, where he served as a floater and trouble shooter supporting various departments and initiatives such as coordinating senior management visits from headquarters (Japan) and regional headquarters (Singapore), supporting early brand shop development, developing pricing & channel sales support for major product lines such as the 103 inch plasma, joining senior leadership customer visits for festival sales, supporting arrangements for product launches/dealer conferences (where he also served as script writer for a number of top management speeches until 2010), and supporting human resource management. During this period, Arjun coordinated and managed a major joint effort with Asia Oceania Management Division to set up Panasonic’s first major stall at India’s famed India International trade Fair (IITF) that showcased Matsushita Electric’s wide-range of products drawn from different domains in a single visible platform. He also undertook the launch and management of the aftermarket car audio business during this period until 2009 (where a combination of product range, pricing and collection issues resulted in the natural death of the business), but not before imparting a mixed bag of invaluable lessons in factors for success and failures for such ventures. Deeply drawn to the philosophy of the founder, Arjun also coordinated communication programs in conjunction with the ‘Panasonic Regional Training Center, Singapore’ to convey the timeless and boundary less wisdom of the founder: Konosuke Matsushita

In 2007, Arjun was inducted as the second Indian into the board of Panasonic Sales and Service India. From this period onwards his jurisdiction of responsibilities gradually expanded to oversee Human Resources (HR), General Affairs (GA), Legal, Compliance, Governance, Public Relations and Company Secretarial functions as concurrent roles that continued until 2010 (which was possible given a small but good team, the growing stature of operations at that time, and the need to manage within budget constraints). In this capacity, he also supported brand building collaborations with Toyota Retail at Chennai, centered around a ‘Panasonic-Toyota FI racing theme’. A major milestone during this year was the first visit of our then global president and leader: Fumio Ohtsubo to India (Bangalore), an event made possible due to the tireless efforts of Tom Kawabe (Asia Pacific MD). Arjun had the privilege to work closely with a close knit team to co-ordinate and manage all aspects of the visit. It is reasonable to state that the global president’s presence in India and the impressions therein formed created the impetus to open the floodgates of attention to India from Matsushita headquarters. In the area of ‘public relations’ Arjun’s work mainly involved dealing with journalists, coordinating journalist gatherings during the early stages and supporting the annual journalist sponsorship for the CEATEC show in Japan. He also led the ‘communications campaign’ in India for the change of name of the corporation from ‘Matsushita Electric Industrial’ to ‘Panasonic Corporation’. His work in governance mainly involved supporting the conduct of board meetings at a time when governance was still emerging as a major need.

From 2008 onwards, the company was growing rapidly in scale, scope and revenues, bringing with it changes in the dynamics of the organization. Capacity building from ramp-up of branch office networks across the country, and human resource recruitment (along with debatable leadership mandated displacements) became the primary pre-occupations of human resource/general affairs team members. In addition, the legal functions witnessed a surge in activity with the increasing requirements for infrastructure, collaborations and contracts. Up until this time, Panasonic had multiple divisions in India, operating independently. In a move to integrate the effort, to unify their India strategy, and to present a fresh start, a new company was formed, namely 'Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd (PI)', and all the assets and operations of the old company (PSIN) transferred to (PI). PSIN slowly went into dormant status and towards closure. As part of the integration efforts (which did not involve physical/structural integration), group company MD gatherings were held periodically under the aegis of PI. Arjun was closely involved in this transition effort with other team members and leading support agencies.

Between (2008 – 2010) the company moved the headquarters again from Chennai to Gurgaon, NCR, India to a much larger facility (first to a pre-furnished facility and then again to a custom renovated new headquarter office). During this period, the company launched two company owned brand showrooms in Delhi and Mumbai. It also launched the 'Panasonic Automotive' division head office in India (launched by then automotive domain president Kazuhiro Tsuga who is current global president of Panasonic Corporation). In all these projects Arjun played significant coordination, contracts and commercial fulfillment roles in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders in general affairs, accounting, logistics, indirect tax specialists and external law firms. An additional portfolio that he oversaw during this period was the early exploration for determining a strategy (with increasing importance) for a proposed recycling program in India, working closely with Recycling Management Group at Headquarters (RMG: which was part of the Environmental division) in the wake of new e-waste legislation from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), Government of India (a slow and time consuming activity that involved a lot of deliberations). Much of the overall development during this period was made possible due to the intervention of Ikuo Miyamoto (Asia Pacific MD, who succeeded Tom Kawabe post his retirement) in the ratification of direction and facilitation of investments.

Around 2010, the global president Fumio Ohtsubo made his second visit to India and this time to Delhi and Mumbai. Arjun oversaw the arrangements this time for the brand shop dealer conference and facilitated key employee open forum interaction sessions with the global president at Gurgaon. Other developments that were concurrently occurring during this phase were the preparations for the Panasonic Technopark manufacturing site at Gurgaon lead by other elaborate teams from Japan and India. Arjun had the opportunity to support the process for ‘environmental clearances’ for the project and brief engagements with the Japanese team for site construction tendering process (mostly Japanese vendors with the exception of Larsen and Toubro, India). The award eventually went to Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company, India.

By 2011, Arjun had been moved out of most of the previous portfolio’s and was working independently to uncover new growth opportunities. He recommended strategic directions for technology applications for rural development in collaboration with ‘MS Swaminathan Research Foundation / National Agro Foundation’ (that also captured an evolutionary direction for domestic manufacturing potential) along with directions for building brand trust through corporate citizenship engagements in matters of national and cultural interest with organizations such as Kalakshetra (Chennai), Music Academy (Chennai), India International Center (Delhi) and the National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai). Among his last contributions at Panasonic were [a] The support of the ‘Konosuke Matsushita: Museum of History’ sponsored exhibition in Delhi and Mumbai (with the key support of the only other employee in India who valued the philosophy: Premanand Ravirajan). [b] The support of a small solar substation and teaching aids exhibition to converge technology applications (renewable energy, projectors, television broadcast) for the education sector. The exhibition also showcased a demonstrative collaboration between The Small Industries Promotion Council of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT), Everonn (a broadcast education and training provider), and technology providers such as Panasonic. [c] The generation of a brief general presentation that captured ‘Analytical Approaches to Design, Development and Manufacturing’ drawn from his learnings at General Motors. And [d] The generation of a report on ‘Governance’ that looked at all aspects of the company replete with issue identification and solution recommendations, that was of consequence to not only India, but also applicable to Panasonic globally. Arjun exited from the company in May 2012.

In 2007, he was nominated for Matsushita’s Electric’s ‘High Potential Development Program’ by regional headquarters in Singapore. In 2008, he received the ‘Honorable Mention’ award from headquarters in Japan for promoting ‘Brand Trust’. In 2011, he was nominated for Matsushita Electric’s prestigious ‘Senior Leadership Development Program’, as a grooming ground for global leadership (an intensive year long program that involved, classroom case discussions, multi-disciplinary projects, top management interactions and study/research tours to India and Turkey). He continued to be a member of the board in Panasonic India until his departure in May 2012.

This note will be incomplete without a tribute to all the people at Matsushita Electric from India/Singapore/Japan (across disciplines and levels: past and present) who made Arjun’s prolific sojourn possible. Instrumental contributions to his growth and journey were facilitated by Shrikrishna Kulkarnai (Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson, former MD of India: who handpicked him for the job); Tadashi Konda (India Strategy Group); Nick Nakamura (who groomed and exposed him to Matsushita’s famed accounting principles); Hidenori Aso (Joint MD: whose marketing wizardry lead to the development of sales channels: brand shops, dealers, distributors, mass merchandisers, and institutions across the nation); Nick Yuzo Kitamoto (with whom he worked closely during the early years of growth in numerous fronts, that stands as an exemplary standard for Indo-Japanese collaboration); Masaaki Ohira (for his transparency and integrity to listening to customers needs); Bob Morioka (for his support of brand shops and innovative collaborations with Toyota Retail); Shigehiko Nakayama (for his guidance in Recycling Management); Danny Kalman (former head of Global Talent Management who introduced the art and practice of ‘Talent Management’ to Matsushita); Yukio Shohtoku (for his leadership in the management development programs at the Panasonic ‘Human Resource Development Center (HRDC) and at Panasonic University); Takumi Kajisha (former Managing Executive Officer), Masako Nakanishi (Office of Corporate History, Konosuke Matsushita Museum) and Tom Seike (also with Konosuke Matsushita Museum) for their support in enhancing the understanding and propagation of the Konosuke Matsushita Philosophy; his colleagues at the ‘high potential’ and ‘senior management’ development programs he attended (special mention of team member Mitsutoshi Shigeta, currently MD of the Battery Energy Division, Japan, who was the leader of his group at the program), along with the organizers and teachers at Singapore and Japan; the significant contributions of Kenji Yoshida [ISG] and Yuzuru Isozaki in devising strategies; Reiko Obama (HRDC) and Lee Chee Hoo (PRTC) for their support with training programs; Niranjan Shenoy for his strong support with intra-company collaborations such as IITF and Hemanth Kumar Singh for his outstanding individual efforts with company secretarial matters; The various executive assistants who supported senior management as a shared service. Special mention of Kirihara (a brilliant member of a leading Japanese architectural firm for his close cooperation in plant design and environmental clearance approval matters); Manishi Pathak from Kocchar (with whom he worked closely on a number of legal fronts and FIPB approvals); Pradeep and Sandeep Dinodia of Dinodia & Co., Delhi, for their ongoing support since inception on complicated tax matters. Vital contributions to his learning of integrated renewable energy technology systems for rural applications came from Dan Hirleman (former Dean: Engineering, University of California Merced) and the extraordinary vision of Roger Caldwell from Balanced Clean Energy Solutions, USA. Last but not the least, the leadership and artistic resolution of seemingly irreconcilable management situations by ‘Yorihisa Shiokawa’ (Managing Executive Officer, who succeeded Miyamoto and is currently overseeing South America).

Post Panasonic (after mid 2012) Arjun took time off to regroup and synthesize the enormity of his experiences and to catch up on his reading that primarily revolved around the autobiographies and biographies of world leaders, besides dabbling in literature and philosophy (ongoing). During this period, he also compiled a holistic report for private circulation to friends and members from academia and Industry titled: ‘India: An Understanding and path to create Sustainable Value through Enterprise‘, that touches on a number of areas such as history, society, culture, macroeconomics and microeconomics by sector, along with some interpretations for the same (content drawn mostly from Wikipedia along with source credits, arranged in a logical order in a single document). This effort is part of a consistent theme in his makeup since his days at Harvard to bring greater awareness to India.

The summation of all his experiences, experiments and vision to create an organization seeped in “Doing the Right Thing”, led to the birth of ‘Dharmic Solutions’ to cater to an unmet need in both Industry and Society (both in India and abroad). Dharmic is unique in structure such that it belongs to all her members in the interest of both sustainability and scalability (where no self interest can override organizational mission and member interest). A secondary development (in progress) is the formation of a small enterprise ‘Swamidor International’ to reclaim his family’s lost legacies and to play a humble part in India’s growth story. A third initiative underway is the formation of a family trust ‘PARI Foundation’ with humble beginnings in Kerala, India for integrated rural development. The sites for the latter two organizations will be up by the end of the year.

Arjun’s unique ‘Systemic Perspectives’ on enterprise and ‘Holistic Philosophy’ are drawn from his experiences in occidental and oriental corporations; multiple industry sector experiences; multi-functional exposures to the supply, manufacturing, and distribution sides of large complex business environments; insights into the dynamics of transition from medium scale operations to unrestrained spending-oriented growth; the ill effects of territorial power struggles and manipulative politics. Arjun’s credentials include a BE in ‘Production Engineering’ from PSG College of Technology (Bachelors Project: Component Inspection using Computer Aided Vision Technologies under Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair), MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Masters Report: 'Introduction to Global Manufacturing Strategy' under Dr. Panos Kouvellis) from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he also served as the co-president of the South Asian Business Association (SABA). At SABA he was instrumental in organizing an “Understand India” immersion tour [1996/97: an initiative made possible through the support of Sherry Batliwala (Head: Mercury Travels), Shiv Kapuria (Air India: NY), and the entire staff of Mercury Travels (NY and India), with a special mention of Vijay Puthran for his co-ordination and arrangement execution in India]. [A special mention of thanks to HBS alums Ulhas Yargop and Dinesh Vazirani (Mumbai); MM Murugappan (MD: Murugappa Group) and L.Ganesh (Chairman: Rane Group)(both Chennai) for their support and arrangements that enriched the experience]. Other initiatives included supporting the coming together of cricket as a recreational sport (equipment partly funded at his own cost) within the student cricketing community, besides supporting (at his own cost) the class wide distribution of ‘India Today: 50th Anniversary issue’ and ‘Business World: Indian Family Business issue’.

In June 1998, he penned an article for the Harbus (the student periodical at HBS) that is a reflection of his core belief systems on enterprise. In 2000, he provided an interpretation on 'leadership' in response to an ongoing debate on "Succession at GE" that appeared in Dr. James Heskett's HBS Forum, which reflects his unchanging views on the subject to this day. Both articles appear as links in the articles section of this site. Arjun`s professional life captures only one part of his story. An even greater enrichment has come from true friends and well-meaning members of his family from nascent beginnings. He also attributes his evolution to be molded by the duality of his formative schooling experiences in Bishop Cottons (149 years old), Bangalore (a cosmopolitan former British protestant school that emphasized holistic development) and the academically prestigious domestically grown 'Vidya Mandir (Temple of Knowledge)' at Chennai. He hopes that he has in some small measure touched their lives positively as well. His passions include Physics, Philosophy and Performing Arts. He lives with his family at Chennai.

A: Standard Products Chairman’s Award of Excellence: 1994
(Please Click Here: 12 Minute Video)

B: Recommended Reading:
1. My Years with General Motors: by Alfred P. Sloan
2. The Art and Wisdom of Management’ by Konosuke Matsushita (Vol 1): PHP Institute
3. Matsushita Leadership: by Dr.John Kotter ( Konosuke Matsushita Chair at Harvard Business School)

C: Key to abbreviations:
HRDC: Human Resource Development Center; Japan; PRTC: Panasonic Regional Training Center, Singapore; FIPB: Foreign Investment Promotion Board .

D: Notes:
Please note that in the absence of having the benefit of access to company records and concurrant nature of assignments, some marginal date skews may be present, but to use an accounting principle “it is of little material consequence to alter the substance of the matter”.

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Our select group of advisors represent the 6 senses of the organization. They bring a formidable combination of experience, intellect and wisdom to create wealth & value, besides supporting the growth of Dharmic as an organization.

S Swaminathan:

Mr. Swaminathan

Mr. Swaminathan brings close to 25 years of experience from Air India specifically and the Aviation sector in general. He has worked for 17 years with Tata Tea Ltd in the fields of Marketing, Sales, Supply chain and as Director: Special Projects. During his long and distinguished career at Tata Tea, he held various leadership roles in the Southern Region such as being profit center head for branded tea operations, Ethics Councilor, nominee director for Kannan Devan Tea and served as a permanent member of the board for Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a recipient of Tata Tea’s Award of Excellence for exceptional performance for 4 consecutive years. Mr. Swaminathan has served as a consultant for the confederation of Indian Industry (Southern region) and served in their CSR Committee. He holds a BA in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing. He has travelled widely and has a deep interest in music and sports.

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The schematic above illustrates the broad organizational structure of our evolving organization. Teams will be project specific and the nature of employment is both permanent and contractual for the duration of the project. The arrangement provides ample opportunities for talented people who desire flexibility to participate in our unique endeavor according to their passions and strengths. Our organization will serve not only as an outlet for refined expression, but also as a formidable learning ground. Individual team members are selected based on their synergy with the project requirement, our values, credentials, diversity and passions. Teams are expected to be not more than 3-5 members for each engagement. Team leaders are chosen based on our assessment of their leadership potential to harness the collective sensibilities and synergies. Grooming a new generation of leaders is part and parcel of our theme and value proposition.

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We believe in contributing to worthwhile cultural and national causes that are reflective of the collective sensibilities of our leadership. We encourage our employees (full time and part time), to dedicate a fraction of their energies during their engagement with us to deserving causes that is dear to them. We will enable the opportunities and support them with modest resources to the best extent possible. Given the nature of our organization, we are limited in the scope and scale of our participation, but will commit a reasonable percentage of our annual gross earnings to corporate citizenship activities.