CEO, Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Center for Innovation, IIT Madras

Mr. Raghuttama Rao brings more than 20 years of management consulting and financial advisory experience serving corporate, infrastructure, multilateral, and banking clients across a wide variety of engagements. He worked as Chairman, IMaCSVirtus Global Partners Inc. after serving as Director of ICRA Management Consulting Services (IMaCS). He has spearheaded several engagements for World Bank, ADB, and other multilateral agencies in the areas of regulatory reform and development strategy and has implemented risk management systems for banks and financial institutions in several countries in South Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Rao’s educational qualifications are: Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA; Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Cost & Management Accounting from Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India; and Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

MrRaghuttama Rao was the key person to  devise parameters for judging and headed the CZC Judging Committee. His inputs were vital in the process of Judging the shortlisted 54 teams on July 18, 2017 interview. Mr Rao acts as an active mentor and advisor to the CZC Organizing Team.