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Raja is a well-known global management and technology leader with over 20 years of experience in building & leading teams, firms & competencies across several geographies and cultures. He works in a senior management position at Australia’s largest insurance firm besides chairing a Tech fund focusing on investments in early stage ventures.
He has had a diverse career having worked with leading financial services institutions, global consulting firms, service providers, and as the founder/CTO of successful start-up firms. He is has published over 50 published white & thought papers, has served on the regional advisory board at IAOP (International Association of Outsourcing Professionals), has been nominated & voted as a thought leader at IQPC-SSON (World’s largest forum for Shared services), was recognized as Australian IT Professional of the year, 2013 by an independent body and was a judge of the Student Innovation awards, 2013.
He has been closely associated with AIBC for several years and Chairs the ICT chapter in NSW. In the past couple of years, he was instrumental in organizing and successfully driving several industry events with eminent speakers.
He has invested significant time and effort in Social impact programs and was responsible for building and operating a school for the Tsunami affected people in Southern India. He has been recognized by Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow and awarded the GE-Rotary Peace prize at a ceremony in Bangkok.
Raja has been educated at three leading institutions (Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi; Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and IE Business School, Madrid) and is now a part-time research scholar at University of Sydney’s Business School researching on technology led business model disruption with a particular emphasis on Indian origin technology firms.
He has had the privilege of living and working in Australasia, USA, Continental Europe, UK, Latin America & India. He speaks several languages, authors a monthly article on technology trends and innovation, is a speaker at several industry and academic events and is presently working on his first work of fiction.
He can be reached on www.venkateswar.com