How grand an inaugural function of ESPIRE 2010 can be??
The Press Launch happened on Sept 14,2010 with 20-25 different journalists from various TV channels/newspapers and magazines had come to witness and record this launch..
If you get to know about the great people who presided this occasion, you would get goose-bumps if you are a wannabe entrepreneur. These people would inspire everyone of us in some way or the other.
Mr.Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman of CTS presided the function. Did you hear it right? Yes!! It is The Lakshmi Narayanan who came LIBA campus to share about his Story of a man next door to this position in the “My Story Session”.
Mr. Lakshmi Narayanan has been a technology industry professional for over 30 years, building and managing divisions and business units in Europe, India and the United States. Mr. Lakshmi’s experience spans organizational strategy, customer relationship management, corporate governance, risk management, and operations. As a founding member of Cognizant, he has been responsible for providing leadership for the company’s high-touch customer relationship and delivery excellence model. Under his leadership, Cognizant became the youngest IT services company to reach a billion dollar revenue milestone, and also went past a market capitalization of $10 billion.
In the inauguration speech, Shri Lakshmi Narayanan said, “In his inaugural address Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice-Chairman, Cognizant Technology Solutions, said the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises were the backbones of any sector in a country. They contributed up to 75 per cent of the GDP and provided 75 to 80 per cent employment opportunity.”
The next person in the Big 3 is:
Mr. Ramaraj – Of course we all know him.. 🙂
Mr. Ramaraj, was the Co- Founder and CEO of Sify Limited, Sify was the first Indian Internet company to be listed on the Nasdaq National Market in the US
He was recognized as the ‘Evangelist of the Year’ at the India Internet World Convention in September 2000. And in 2001, in a CNET.com poll in India, He was voted the IT Person of the Year 2000.
Currently He is the Senior Advisor at Sequoia Capital and is a member of the global Board of Trustees of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He is the first Indian to be invited to the Board of directors of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Another very important person who is instrumental in conducting this event is:
Mr. Sudeep Jain
He is from the 1994 Batch of IAS. He is currently posted as Commissioner Rural Development (Training) and Special Officer, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, (EDI) Government of Tamil Nadu
He is a B.E (Hons) EEE from BITS Pilani, an MBA (Marketing/Finance) from JNV University, Jodhpur and is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow from University of Washington, USA
He has held numerous prestigious Government Administrative positions, a few of the notable positions are Sub Collector, Tuticorin. Commissioner, City Corporation, Tirunelveli. Collector, Dharmapuri and Nagapattinam. MD, ELCOT.
He has numerous achievements under his belt. He had doubled tax collection at Tirunelveli, Municipal Corporation. He had received the National Award for paperless office at ELCOT and also Increased profits by 24 times at ELCOT. Guinness World Record twice in tree plantation at Nagapattinam in 2003. He installed the first ever floating pontoon bridge on a National Highway at Nagapattinam in 2002. Increased sports coaching camps participation from 5000 to 93,000 in 2009 as MS, SDAT. Won the prestigious Business Plan Competition at University of Washington in 2007.
Oh my god!! These achievements can go on and on..
This is only one half of the story you heard.. The other half was an awe-inspiring workshop by Mr.Swaminathan, Mr. Chandu Nair and our very own Professor Dr. JK.. All in the next post.. Keep watching..