B o a r d   o f   D i r e c t o r s



Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Chairman
Director, IIT Madras

Prof Ramamurthi received his BTech in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1980, and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara, USA in 1982 and 1985 respectively. After working at AT&T Bell Laboratories for a couple of years, he joined IITM as a faculty in 1986. He took over as Director, IITM in September 2011



Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Co-chairman and Faculty-in-Charge of IITMIC
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Madras and Faculty-in-Charge, IITM Research Park

A well-known figure in India’s scientific community, Prof Jhunjhunwala leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks (TeNeT) group, which has been IITM’s informal technology incubator launching over 35 companies in the last two decades. More recently, he has been instrumental in the setting up a society for the incubation of rural technologies and businesses – the Rural Technology Business Incubator (RTBI)



Prof Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dean IC&SR
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department and Head, Centre of Nondestructive Evaluation, IITM

Active in Nondestructive Evaluation research for more than twenty five years, he has served as a consultant to multinational companies including GE, Corning Inc., BF Goodrich, Gillette, Caterpillar, Lockheed-Martin, Nippon TV. He is currently the PI in sponsored research projects funded by DST, DAE, ADA, ISRO and DRDO organizations. He serves on Editorial Board of Ultrasonics and edits the ISNT Journal for NDE.



Dr Ashwin Mahalingam
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department and Faculty-in-Charge, C-TIDES, IITM

A graduate of IIT Madras and Standford University, USA, Dr. Mahalingam has been involved in entrepreneurship activities over the last decade. He has over 15 technical publications and his research interests are in the areas of public-private partnerships and the role of IT in infrastructure development.


Dr Rajan Srikanth  
Chairman & Managing Director, SmartKapital | President, Keiretsu Forum - Chennai/Singapore Chapter

A graduate of the Stern School of Business, New York University and IIT Madras, Dr. Srikanth brings over 20 years of experience in management consulting with senior partner-level positions at Accenture and Mercer Delta Consulting. Srikanth has been actively investing in and mentoring startups for the last 10 years. He also leads the Golden Jubilee Alumni Fund activities of IIT Madras, including the recently formed IITM Entrepreneurship Forum. Srikanth was also an Assistant Professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.


P. Senthil Nathan 
Co-founder and CTO, Benchmark group of companies

A graduate of State University of New York and IIT Madras, Senthil Nathan is a life-long entrepreneur with wide-ranging experience in multiple global technology-related businesses, with major strengths in product development/deployment and engineering management. He founded one of IITM's first start-up ventures, way back in the 80's. He is an active member of the IIT Madras Entrepreneurship Forum, one of the ventures of IITM's Alumni Association, and serves as mentor to a number of start-up and technology based companies