Ramanan Ramanathan

R Ramanan has served as the First Mission Director, of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) Additional Secretary at NITI Aayog ( National Institution for Transforming India) between June 2017 – May 2021 – a flagship national Innovation and entrepreneurship initiative launched by the PMO Govt of India.

As the Mission Director of AIM, Ramanan has been instrumental in the launch and execution of several nationwide innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives resulting in:

-10000+ Atal Tinkering Labs being established in schools nationwide with 7200+ currently operational in 650+ districts and 4 million+ students having access to innovative technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, IOT, electronics do it yourself kits.

– 75+ Atal Incubation Centers selected with 68+ Operational in Univ / industry with 2050+ Startups , 640+ women led Startups.

– 20 Atal Community Innovation Centers being established in Tier2, Tier-3 cities, Rural India.

– 56 Atal New India ARISE (applied Research and Innovation for small enterprises) challenge winners selected creating Make in India product / service innovations with Ministries of India.

– one of the largest Mentors of Change networks with over 5000+ mentors nationwide to mentor school students and Startups.

– 40+ Corporate, NGO, Public Sector and International Innovation Partnerships of AIM.

R Ramanan was previously Managing Director & CEO of CMC Ltd, a subsidiary of the globally acclaimed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Under his leadership CMC share price grew over 2100% between October 2001 to 2014, its operating profits over 1338%, leading to its successful amalgamation into TCS in 2015.

Ramanan joined TCS in 1981 graduating from IIT Mumbai in Electrical Engg and played an instrumental role in the growth of TCS. He is a Harvard Business School Alumni (HBS AMP187) , accredited in Sustainability Leadership by Cambridge University and has an Hon Doctorate awarded by Gujarat Law Society. Ramanan was awarded the 2019 National Digitalist of the year by SAP-MINT, the 2020 Outstanding National Public Service Award by Confederation of MSME. He received most “Valueable CEO awards” from Businessworld India twice in a row, Asia Outstanding CEO award from CMO Asia, Singapore, Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani and Indira Gandhi Sadhbhavana awards.

Ramanan is Lifetime Chair of HBS AMP187, Board member of Israel India Innovation forum, eSamshiksa, Unnati GOI initiatives, Chair of New Zealand Trade Enterprises Beachheads, Board Member of Indo US Technology Trade forum ( IUSTTF), Indo US AI Committee, & Fmr Member of Tata Group Innovation Forum.

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

– Mahatma Gandhi