Global Advisory Body

Mr. Rama Ramachandran is a passionate and committed library leader and fervent advocate of literacy, education and the literary arts. For nearly four decades, he has played a crucial role in the transformation and modernisation of the national library system. His career as a Library Officer began at the National Library, Singapore, in 1969. Mr. Rama served in senior roles in most key Divisions, including Deputy Director of Reference and Support Services, Director of the National Library and concurrently Deputy Chief Executive of the National Library Board.

Tsutomu Sato’s long career reveals a unique combination of experience and expertise in infrastructure, tourism industry and academics. He has served in the Japan Railways for over two decades, is the former Director of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and is currently the Chairman of Japan India Tourism Promotion Committee in JATA. As a leading thought leader of the tourism industry, he is Member of Industry and Tourism Promotion Committee of Tomioka-city and serves as Tourism Ambassador of the Gunma Prefecture of Japan. He is also advisor to the Mayor of Takasaki City.

Mr. Mahesh Kanumury founded Arivali partners and serves as its Managing Director. He served as a Principal and General Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners and Gabriel Venture Partners II, LP. With over 20 years of experience in management consulting and venture capital financing, he has served as a Consultant and Engagement Manager of McKinsey & Co. Armed with an expertise in management consulting and technical management experience in Internet, information technology and communications, he currently serves as the Chairman and Director of Phulaxis Inc. He also serves as the Director of BASIX Sub-K iTransactions Limited and Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Ltd.

Phrang Roy is an internationally renowned expert on rural development, gender and indigenous people. He was the Assistant President of IFAD (The International Fund for Agricultural Development), headquartered in Rome, Italy, until his retirement in the year 2007. Mr Roy, a Maharashtra cadre IAS officer of the 1970 batch, was voted the best Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad for the Kharif campaign of 1975.