5F World, Global Talent Track,
Pune City Connect, and SVP India
CAIA-Center For AI And Advanced Analytics,
Kalzoom Advisors, and NES
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is the Chairman of Global Talent Track, a pioneer in Employability Skills Training in Asia and Skills Alpha, a new digital platform venture to transform learning processes in organizations and society.
He is the Founder and Director of Kalzoom Advisors and Center for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (Center for AIA). Kalzoom Advisors, is a joint venture with New York based Chesapeake Inc. The company provides digital transformation consulting to large corporations, growth advisory to smaller innovative firms and a Grow-Buy-Sell service to firms building value in a competitive marketplace. Center for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (Center for AIA) is a venture for architecting the future of society, workforce, governments and businesses which a joint venture with Systech Solutions.
Dr. Ganesh is Global Board Director and Chairman of the India Board of Social Venture Partners and Chairman of Pune City Connect, a unique collaborative platform that enables corporations to work with the Government on social and city innovation.
Dr. Ganesh serves on the Boards of Fino Payments Bank, Zeva Capsol, Live History India and the HBS Club of India. He has been a member of the National and Executive Councils of CII and NASSCOM for many years and has led Innovation and Knowledge Management initiatives nationally. He has been Chairman of NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation and chaired NASSCOM’s first US conclave in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of India. Dr. Ganesh has two significant corporate success stories to his credit – APTECH, a global training major which he led for ten years to leadership in India, China and thirty other countries and Zensar Technologies, a software success story which he led as its Vice Chairman & CEO till early 2016. In the last five years of his tenure, Zensar recorded industry leading growth in annual market value of over 40 % each year and became a leader in Digital Transformation and the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies.
Dr. Ganesh has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Bombay and NITIE and has been recognized by EY and the Asia Pacific HR Forum for excellence in entrepreneurship and people-centric leadership. Author of nine books and a speaker at national and international forums, he believes in the triple bottom line approach to management and leadership. His current advisory and research work is in the area of Digital Transformation and Social Impact through digital communities.
Ganesh & NES
Natarajan Education Society(NES) has been established by Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of the National Knowledge Committee of the CII. member of the Chairmen's Council of NASSCOM and a member of the Management Board of the multi-billion dollar RPG Enterprises where he heads the IT sector and is Vice Chairman of Zensar Technologies Ltd. NES has been named after Ganesh's father the late Shri Ganapathy Iyer Natarajan, a noble individual who worked tirelessly to bring about some hope and aspiration through his "Seva Kendra" set up in Tatisilwai, one of the small vilages of Jharkhand.
An innovator with a track record of success in Consultancy, Education and Global Information Technology, Dr Ganesh Natarajan is building a team of committed professionals who will create and implement innovative ideas for Education and Technology development to transform the future for many young Indians.
All the projects NES undertakes are designed to increase the number of young people who possess market-relevant skills and to ensure higher levels of economic productivity through skilled individuals and innovation.
NES seeks to use innovative pedagogy and technology to bring the best global standards of skill development to the world's under-privileged citizens.
Awards and Recognitions
Ganesh was named 'CEO of the Year' by the Asia Pacific HR Conference in 1999 and received the Asia HRD Congress Award for Contributions to the Organisation through HR in 2005. Ganesh was also the finalist at the Ernst & Young 2005 Award where he was recognized for exceptional entrepreneurship.Having been a part of two major success stories in IT Training and Consulting earlier, NIIT and APTECH,Ganesh grew the company's revenues fifty times during his ten year stint as CEO of Aptech and listed it on the Indian and London Stock Exchanges. Ganesh is the National Chair for Confederation of Indian Industries - IT and ITES Committee and a fellow of the Computer Society of India. He also chairs the Higher Education forum of the Confederation of Indian Industries in Western India. He is a memberof the Board of Governors of NITIE Mumbai and member of the Executive Council and Chairmen's Council of NASSCOM.