Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Executive Chairman & Founder | 5F World
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 Co-Founder of Global Talent Track, Skills Alpha and Lighthouse Communities Foundation and 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 Advanced Management 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 and Innovation.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is a member of the Central Board of Directors of State Bank of India and Chairman of the Board of Honeywell Automation India Limited. He also serves on the Boards of Principal Asset Management, Hinduja Global Solutions, Educate Girls, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Singapore, Systech Inc and Social Venture Partners (SVP) International, USA.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan 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 and a Charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Ganesh is the author of ten books and a regular writer and speaker at national and international forums. Ganesh’s primary interest in this stage of his career is leadership in the social sector. He has set up the Lighthouse Communities Foundation to touch a million lives with job and entrepreneurship skills in India, serves on the Board of the Foundation to Educate Girls Globally and leads digital transformation for this institution and is also a Board member of Social Venture Partners International Seattle and Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Singapore.
Ganesh lives in Pune, India with his wife Dr Uma Ganesh. Their daughter Dr Karuna Ganesh is a physician scientist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York