AJIT BALAKRISHNAN

 

A Science graduate from the University of Kerala and a 6th batch alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Ajit Balakrishnan is a legendary name in the internet era.

 

He began his remarkable entrepreneurial journey with Rediffusion, an iconic advertising firm which he co-founded with Arun Nanda and Mohammed Khan, when he was only 22.

 

He later co-founded PSI Data Systems in mid 80's with two other partners hailing from Stanford.

Rediff.com, a hot house of creativity that he founded in founded in 1995, was listed on NASDAQ in 2001 and now ranks among India's most successful Internet companies.

 

In 2011, he received the prestigious Elite Strategic Business Communicator Award given by Association of Business Communicators of India. Rediff.com India Limited, under his leadership, won the prestigious 2016 CIO Choice Award for the best Enterprise Email Solution for the third consecutive year.

 

He was also named as the Chairman Emeritus of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

 

Mr. Balakrishnan has served as the Chairman of the Ministry of Information Technology, Govt. of India and also chaired a Committee appointed by India's Ministry of Human Resource Development on 'Research and Faculty Enhancement at the seven IIMs'. In addition to this, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta for two successive terms spanning over ten years. With his extra-ordinary leadership, IIM Calcutta achieved phenomenal growth and international recognition during his tenure.

 

Ajit’s masterpiece, The Wave Rider: A Chronicle of the Information Age, speaks volumes of his insights into the waves of changes involving industrial and technological revolutions shaping the modern world.

 

He also writes a column in Business Standard.

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