Mr. George M. Thomas is currently the Group Chairman of Saif Al Harasi & Burj Oman LLC Group of companies that has been operating in the Sultanate of Oman for nearly three decades. Mr. Thomas was instrumental in nurturing several institutions in the area of infrastructure development, hospitality and learning. His infrastructure development firms have successfully managed several prestigious turn key projects in the public and private sector and is a leader in infrastructure projects in the Sultanate of Oman. His social commitment, passion for world class education and vision of nurturing future leaders led to the formation world class educational institutions in Kerala. The Trivandrum International School which was founded in the year 2004 was the pioneer IB World School in Kerala offering international curriculum including IB PYP, IB DP, IGCSE apart from ICSE & ISC. The success of Trivandrum International School and the dearth of a quality business school in Trivandrum inspired him to start a high-quality business school, The Asian School of Business in Trivandrum within the sprawling Technocity campus in the year 2005.
Mr.C Balagopal was co-opted on the Board of the Federal Bank as an Independent Director on 29.06.2015. He is a post graduate in Economics from Madras University. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 and worked in various posts in Manipur and Kerala. He resigned from the IAS in 1983, to set up a company to manufacture indigenously developed biomedical devices for the first time in the country. This came to be known as Terumo Penpol Ltd. and is today one of the biggest manufacturers and exporters of blood bag systems in the world. He sold his shareholding in the company to Terumo Corp. of Japan.
Mr. Balagopal, is involved in mentoring and investing in startup ventures, community development activities and writing. He is a mentor at the Medical Technology Business Incubator, SCTIMST. He has written a book ’On a Clear Day You Can See India ’published by Harper Collins. His second book “The View from Kollam: A Day In The Life Of A Sub-Collector” was released by the same publisher in 2015. He is a sought after speaker on subjects ranging from business, healthcare and public health, entrepreneurship, and contemporary affairs.
He is the founder of ANAHA Trust, set up by him to support social entrepreneurship in the fields of primary education and public health. He is the Chairman of Mobilexion Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a startup enterprise engaged in medical device development, and a Director of another startup Enter Technologies Pvt. Ltd. He is a Charter member and first President of TiE Kerala. He is a member of Ethics Committee of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Investment Promotion Board of Kerala, member of the Board of Directors of India’s first medical devices incubator TiMED set up by SCTIMST and the Technology Development Council of SCTIMST. He has won many awards and accolades which includes National R&D Award for successful commercialization of Indigenous Technology by Ministry of Science &Technology, Outstanding Entrepreneurship award from KSIDC, Management Leadership Award of Trivandrum Management Association and National Exports Awards every year from 1994-95 onwards till he sold his company.
Dr. Joseph I. Injodey is the Executive Director of Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi. A post graduate from Loyola College and Ph.D from M.G University, Dr. Injodey has over three decades of teaching and leadership experience in managing business schools successfully . Dr.Injodey is also an accomplished management trainer and visiting scholar at reputed business schools including Western Michigan University, USA. His widely-respected experience in counselling and coaching is utilized for the overall development of the student community at large and he represents leading organizations as expert in employee selection and development.
Mr. V K Mathews is the Founder and Executive Chairman of The IBS Group. Mr. Mathews founded IBS in 1997 with a vision to redefine the way the global travel, transportation and logistics industries managed their businesses. Mr.Mathews was instrumental in IBS acquiring six international companies (in Europe, USA and India) during its 19 year journey which has added its portfolio of offerings to some of the best airlines, busiest airports, leading cruise lines, top oil & gas companies and renowned travel distributors & hotel groups in the world. With over 30 years of work experience, Mr. Mathews is a thought leader and a specialist in aviation business. He is a much sought after speaker at various global aviation events including those organized by IATA, ICAO and AACO. Mr. Mathews holds several important positions in Government agencies, academic institutions and trade bodies in India. He was the Executive Council Member of NASSCOM, the premier trade body of the IT-BPO industries in India and currently chairs several institutions including NASSCOM Regional Council, Trivandrum Agenda Task Force and Trivandrum City Connect Foundation. He is a Member of the Board of Director of Kerala ICT Academy and Technopark, Kerala, India. Mr. Mathews is the past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Kerala and a current member of CII Southern Regional Council. He has received several awards from the Government, media and trade associations including Management Leadership Award, Business Man of the Year Award, IT Man of the Year Award, Millennium Leadership Award and Enterprise Excellence Award.Mathews holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and had executive management education from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.
Mr. Sojan Varghese is a young business leader, successfully steering two infrastructure development firms in Muscat namely Burj Oman LLC and Saif Al Harasi & Co. LLC towards its next phase of growth and development. His earlier assignments included engineering and management roles in large corporates namely Godrej and Boyce, Carrier and Dorma. Mr. Sojan Varghese is graduate engineer who undertook an MBA from the Durham University, UK.
As a pioneering technocrat, he has contributed tremendously towards evolution of IT and software industry in Kerala, India and is the founder and former CEO of India's first software technology hub –Technopark and former President of International Association of Science Parks (Asia Pacific). Mr. Vijaya Raghavan has held key mentorship and advisory roles in both the government and in the private sector. Some of his earlier roles were as member of Kerala State Planning Board and the Kerala State Council of Science Technology and Environment actively contributing towards the development of Kerala. He is also the Hon. Director of Trivandrum International School and the National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH)
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