G Vijayaraghavan, Ex.Member – Kerala State Planning Board
G Vijayaraghavan or GVR, as he is known, has been a pioneer in the IT industry and has played acritical role in heralding the Indian IT Industry. Currently, he plays several critical roles acrosscompanies and other institutions. As a member of the Board of Directors in SunTec BusinessSolutions, Chairman of UST Global, Director for Centre for Autism and other DisabilitiesRehabilitation Research and Education ( CADRRE) he plays key roles in the strategy and direction,these premier institutions take. He is also the former Director of National Institute for Speech andHearing (NISH) Trivandrum which is being raised to the level of a National University by Govt. ofIndia.
A Graduate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kerala, he started his career at HCLand later joined MohsinHaiderDarwish LLC in Oman. Back in Kerala, he became the Founder CEOof Technopark, an initiative of Govt. of Kerala, wherein, he conceptualized, planned,implemented and marketed India’s first Electronic Technology Park, Technopark Trivandrum,which continues to be one of the best technology centres in India and has the record of having thehighest generation of economic activity and employment per unit of geographical area as well asthe highest concentration of FDI.
His 40 years career also includes several leading roles with the government including being part ofthe Member of Kerala State Planning Board 2011-2016 where he set up the working group for thefirst time in the area of disabilities. He was also a Member of a High Power Committee thatconceptualized, implemented and oversaw several programs including Cochlear Implant Programand a Member of the Expert Advisory Panel constituted by Govt. of Kerala to advise on thedelivery of Digital Services to the people and corporates.
GVR has a keen interest in the world of start-ups and has always found time to interact andmentor with several start-ups and entrepreneurs. He is a regular part of CII, NASSCOM, INKand TiE where he gets to interact with start-ups, and understands the various trends happeningacross the world of technology and business; he also works closely with few start-ups. He enjoystravelling and has a keen interest in forests and wildlife.