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Mr. Ratan Tata
Mr. Tata joined Tata Group in 1962 and in 1981 he was named Chairman of Tata Industries where he was responsible for promoting new ventures in high technology businesses. He serves on the Board of Alcoa and Mondelez. He is also on international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase and Temasek Holdings. He is associated with various organizations in India and overseas. He is the Chairman of Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. Mr. Tata received a B.Arch degree from Cornell and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. The Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008.
Ravi Venkatesan serves on the Boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd and Strand Lifesciences. Ravi is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review. Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world and one of its fastest growing markets. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi was the Chairman of publicly held Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune. Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50.
Ram holds several patents in the U.S. and was awarded the Smithsonian Computer World "Search for the Heroes" Award for the year 2000. Previously, Ram was the President and CEO of Cast Iron Systems, Inc. Before that he was the Executive Vice President at PeopleSoft, where he was instrumental in taking the company from primarily a HR application vendor in the U.S. to the second largest vendor of application suites worldwide. Ram was also the Executive in Charge of the company's $1.8 billion acquisition of JD Edwards that set off the consolidation trend in the ERP industry. Prior to PeopleSoft, Ram was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at WebMD Corp. Before that he held various leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services.