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Dr. M. Ramanan

Consultant & Educationist

(Director on the Boards of TVS Motor Co., Apollo Hospitals, Nirma & NTPC)

Dr. M. Ramanan is an M.Sc in Industrial Chemistry (Jadhavpur University) and a PGDM (MBA ) from IIM - Calcutta- in Infrastructure Management. He has done his CAIIB in Banking and he is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Bankers. Dr. Ramanan got his Doctorate (PhD) in Finance from Mysore University on MSME Financing.

Dr. Ramanan has 20 years of experience in teaching in leading Business schools such as Amity Global Business School, EDII, VIT, Loyola College, Bharath University Management School, Stansfield Business School etc. His professional experience spans over 22 years in Banking/Manufacturing units such as Bank of India and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Development Banking of IDBI (Director). He has published six books on Finance and has contributed many articles to leading journals. He holds Directorship on the Boards of TVS Motor Company, Apollo Hospitals, Nirma and NTPC. He has been associated with Aachi Masala Foods Pvt. Ltd. as a consultant and advisor. Dr. Ramanan has been trained at Harvard Business School on Project Management' and on 'Procurement Procedures' in the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Mentor, Bharat Yuva Shakthi Trust and he is Hony. Adviser to FICCI on MSMEs.

Dr. D.J.E. Ravithilagan

Head - HR, FSS Software Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. D.J.E. Ravi Thilagan is an expert in the field of Human Resource Management and holds a Doctoral degree, with over 25 years of work experience across the industries of Manufacturing, Information Technology and Services. He has a proven record of accomplishment for his leadership skill and style in the various verticals of HR namely, Talent Management, Recruitment & Training, Employee Engagement, Career Development, Compensation and Benefits.

Ravi has authored many articles on leadership and co authored a book on performance management. An executive with entertaining oration skills, Ravi is also an active academician and delivers lectures in various business schools. He has an intense interest in Metaphors in Management and have created and delivered presentations on several of them, which gives him the opportunity to interact with young minds and empower their dreams.

A thoroughbred professional in Human Resources, his strategic business thinking has given him commendable stints in organizations like Rane TRW and Satyam Computers. Ravi was awarded his PhD, for a thesis on 'Development of a Performance Management System'. He aspires to create avenues for greater levels of excellence in the field of Human Resource Management, and continues to inspire a generation of budding professionals.

I.A.S. Balamurugan

Co-Founder & Director, Metis Family Office Services Pvt Ltd.

IAS Balamurugan, fondly called Bala, is the Co-Founder and Director of Metis Family Office Services Pvt Limited. Bala has a BE and an MBA from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Bala has over 17 years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services industry. In these 17 years, Bala had diverse domain specialization exposure across banking businesses, namely Private Wealth Business, Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Corporate & Retail finance. Prior to founding Metis, Bala was with ICICI Bank as Joint General Manager based in Mumbai, heading its Global Private Clients for its operations in India, UAE, South Africa, Singapore and United Kingdom. Bala managed the group which consisted of a team of about 150 banking professionals and the AUM was more than $ 4 Billion. Before this, Bala had a stint as Director, UBS AG, based in Singapore and handled a large corpus of NRI families and facilitated various cross border transactions for his clients. Earlier, Bala had a seven year long relationship with Citibank, based in Bangalore, as Assistant Vice President, where he was handling the lending business of the Bank focussing on midsized companies. Bala is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner with Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Bala is a speaker and he finds his passion in motivating and mentoring youngsters in their academic and career pursuits. He is an extensive reader and his interest zooms across contemporary and historical subjects.