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 also Founder of Global Talent Track and Skills Alpha and co-founder of two Indo-US Joint Ventures – Kalzoom Advisors and the Center for AI and Advanced Analytics.
Ganesh has a Masters’ in Industrial Engineering from NITIE Mumbai, PhD from IIT Bombay and AMP from Harvard Business School. He 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 technology entrepreneurship and people-centric leadership. He has completed two successful CEO tenures over twenty-five years at APTECH and Zensar Technologies. Harvard Business School has written and teaches two case studies on Dr. Ganesh Natarajan and his success through Vision Communities.
Ganesh has recently been elected by the shareholders of State Bank of India to serve on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Boards of Principal Asset Management, Hinduja Global Services, LHI Digital, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Singapore, Systech Los Angeles and Social Venture Partners (SVP) International, Seattle. He is Chairman and Board Director of Social Venture Partners India and Pune City Connect.
Ganesh has been Chairman of Industry association NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation and various National Committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry and the All India Management Association. He has also been President of the HBS Club of India. He chaired NASSCOM’s first US event in New York in 2016. He is keenly interested in the role of digital technologies for re-engineering processes in the corporate and social sector and is an author of eight books and numerous articles. He lives in Pune, India.
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 member of the Board of Governors of NITIE Mumbai and member of the Executive Council and Chairmen's Council of NASSCOM.