Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
PhD, 2005, School of Management

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan obtained his PhD degree from the School of Management, IIT Bombay in 2005. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, postgraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, PhD in Knowledge Management, Advanced Management from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Natarajan is the Chairman of 5F World Ltd./ Global Talent Track Ltd., Chairman of NASSCOM Foundation and President of HBS Club of India. He has successfully led two public listed companies – APTECH in 1991-2001 and Zensar Technologies in 2001-2016. Dr. Natarajan has set up a meta start-up, 5F World, that invests in digital companies, start-ups and social enterprises. In the social sector, he is the Chairman of Social Venture Partners and Pune City Connect (PCC) which is helping build Smart City Pune.

He was responsible for turning APTECH from a fledgling computer education start-up in to a global leader with over 1000 centres in 42 countries. During his tenure, Zensar Technologies became one of the top 20 software exporters from India with two case studies written and taught at the Harvard Business School. His work with entrepreneurs and the current work he does with consulting and industry majors in the area of Digital Transformation are equally satisfying. He was the Chairman of NASSCOM during 2007-08 and has been the National Chair of Knowledge Management at Cll since 2011.

Dr. Natarajan is recipient of the First Distinguished Alumnus Award of NITIE Mumbai. He is a proud recipient of the Awards for excellence in IT from India’s first IT Minister Pramod Mahajan for his leadership role. He received awards for leadership from the Asia Pacific HR Forum and exceptional entrepreneurship from Ernst & Young.

Special Memories

I truly enjoyed the interactions with my PhD guide Dr. Anand Patwardhan and attending pre-PhD classes of Dr. Karuna Jain and Dr: M.G. Koregaonkar. It was a welcome break from a CEO existence into the world of academics and research.