IIM , the pinnacle of management education in India has always been seen as an institution, or rather a label of excellence. Of those few IIMs in existence, IIMA has occupied the top position in the rankings of management institutes in the country.
The institute has always been ahead in churning out pioneers and change-makers in different industries – the likes of whom have been instrumental in shaping IIMA’s glorious history and allure. In this list, we look at the some famous IIM Ahmedabad graduates who have been pivotal in shaping their industries or otherwise serving in different fields at top positions – be it finance, academics, corporate, banking or any other field they’ve set foot in.
Rajan was also one of the first economists who foresaw the 2008 housing crisis. His book, Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award in 2010. In 2016, he was named by Time as the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.
In the list of IIMA alumni, Rajan is probably one of the most notable, or popular of names.
An early advocate of education technology, Shantanu Prakash founded Educomp in 1994 by setting up computer labs in schools, from where he scaled the company to schools across India.
Apart from Educomp, Shantanu Prakash has also ventured into other education-centric spaces. He is also a charter member of TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) and frequently speaks on topics of education and business over the world.
However, his stint with cricket commentary wasn’t without a turning event. Harsha began his career as a cricket player, which set the stage for his commentating with All India Radio. Harsha was also the first Indian commentator to be invited by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during India’s cricket series before the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
He also has hosted several television programs – courtesy of his unique commentating skills and his voice.
Being the youngest Tata CEO, he was awarded “Young Alumni Achiever’s Award” under “Corporate Leader” category by IIM Ahmedabad in 2014. Institutional Investor’s 2018 All Asia Executive Team rankings also ranked him at the top spot as the ‘Best CEO’.
Kamath graduated from IIMA in 1971, where he started his career with ICICI in the Project Finance division. Kamath also served as ICICI Bank’s Managing Director and CEO until his retirement from executive responsibilities on 30 April, 2009. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. After being appointed as the first chief of the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS, he stepped down from this post of Chairman and Independent Director in 5 June 2015.
Kamath also serves as a member of the several governing boards of educational institutions, including the IIMA, Indian School of Business and National Institute of Bank Management.
Amongst his notable achievements, Nanda’s vision for IIMA ‘to educate leaders of enterprises’ has led to significant fund raising for the institute. Moreover, he was also proactive in the drafting of the IIM Bill, which led to IIMs having strategic and operational autonomy.
Kalra’s journey with MakeMyTrip however, was more chance and luck than a premeditated idea. After graduating from IIMA, Kalra joined ABN AMRO, where he worked for 3 years. Post that stint, he worked with AMF Bowling to set up bowling alleys in India before joining GE Capital in 1999 as VP of Business Development. He started Make My Trip in the year 2000 after realizing the online transaction possibilities while trying to sell his wife’s car. While booking a holiday to Thailand, he realized that the internet could offer more competitive prices by cutting out the middleman.
Kalra also served as the President of The IndUS Entrepreneurs’ New Delhi – NCR Chapter (TiE Delhi-NCR) and serves as its Director. He has also served on the NASSCOM Executive Council from 2010-2013.
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