Dr. L. Ravindran, B.Com(Hons), PGDIM, Ph.D; CFP CM; with 36 years of work experience has employment spanning Senior management roles in manufacturing and financial services companies of repute in India and abroad. In his career, he has donned diverse management roles in strategic sales and marketing, customer centric initiatives, compliance and management reporting, etc . Prior to his entrepreneurial role, he was employed with Zurich financial services group, 20th Century Finance Corporation Ltd, GE Alstom, etc to name a few.
In his current role as MD & CEO of Wealthmax group of companies, based in Bengaluru, he with his team spread over 6 cities of India over the last 20 years are involved in handling families across the world in the businesses of financial services and energy management.
His company is the past winner of the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award and winner for few years of the CNBC TV 18 best performing financial advisor for South India.
He is an alumnus of St. Xaviers College, Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad. His Doctorate (Ph.D) in Finance is from AIMA – AMU on Management of Pension Funds in select sectors with analysis on Issues and Strategies.
He is a committee member of the IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Assn, Bangalore chapter and was a mentor at IIMA-CIIE Incubation centre.
At BCIC, besides being a member for 18 years he has chaired the Start up and Economic Affairs committee and carried out important events with the help of his team members and represented to the Government on few strategic matters and also formulated the BCIC Emerging Stars Award and the Start-up Clinic associated with mentoring, funding, running acceleration programmes, etc.
He was also a Board member of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table)-India and the FPSB (Financial Planning Standards Board) India.
He writes various columns in economics and finances in leading newspapers, bulletins, journals, etc and also participates as a lead speaker in various issues of importance.
He has travelled extensively around the world. He was short listed to be within the Top 1000 persons in the world and as one among 61 Indians out of 161000 applicants to be travelling to Mars when selected in the year 2013.
His hobbies include playing golf and wildlife photography.
In May’2020, he had self-published and co-authored a book titled 'ACBC- After Corona Before Corona' a topical subject of interest. The e-book is made available online in amazon.com and the paperback edition is available in Indian stores.
Devarajan has been associated with TVS Motor Company for 38 years. In the past, he has led new product development for the company.
He has also spearheaded the set-up facilities such as press shop, welding shop, painting plants and heat treatment plant.
Devarajan has overseen machining of steel and aluminium engine parts and assembly lines.
In his current role, he is facilitating the implementation of new process technology, lean manufacturing systems, digital manufacturing, TPM and JIT across the company.
He has been awarded the prestigious Rolls Royce Award for “Excellence in Manufacturing concepts and implementation in UK” and the “Thought Leadership Award” by Automotive Manufacturing Solutions UK.
He is an active member of NITIE, IMTMA, CII and in Board of studies in Engineering & Management Institutes.
Devarajan pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from_Bangalore University followed by an MBA_ University of Missouri and Manufacturing Systems MS and Engineering Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Warwick, UK.
He has represented State of Karnataka and Bangalore University in Table Tennis.
Vineet served Royal Calcutta Turf Club, one of the most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing institutions in the world from 1980 till 2003, having been appointed as its Secretary & CEO in the year 1993. He was also two times the Secretary General of the Turf Authorities of India. He was later invited to join Bengal Ambuja Metro Dev. Ltd, Kolkata in 2003 as their CEO. The company developed the award winning ‘City Centre’ Mall in Salt Lake, Kolkata. He was also responsible for the group’s hospitality business. While in Kolkata, he was actively involved in CII, ICC, Young Leaders forum, Bengal Chamber of Commerce etc. He was also the Member, Governing Body of Concern for Calcutta, a leading NGO in West Bengal.
Vineet was then invited to join Brigade Group in 2006. He is presently the Director- Brigade Hospitality, that develops and oversees the management of Hotels, Serviced Apartments, Clubs and Convention Centers besides Corporate & Institutional Catering and Event Management. Under his leadership Brigade Hospitality has secured 1st rank among the Top Mid-size Great Workplaces in India for 2021. He also serves as Managing Director on the Board of WTC Trades & Projects Pvt. Ltd which manages World Trade Centers in Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai. Brigade Group has plans to develop two more WTCs in Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram. Presently, Brigade Group has eight operating hotels and several more under various stages of development, with a target of creating an inventory of around 2100 keys by 2023-24.
Vineet is an active member of Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce and is also the longest serving Chairman of its Expert Committee on Hospitality, Travel & Tourism. He is also a Vice President of BCIC. He is Member of CII National Taskforce for Tourism in India and is the Vice President of Karnataka Tourism Society set up to promote Tourism & travel in the State in association with Government of Karnataka. Vineet has been acknowledged on numerous occasions for his contribution to the Tourism & Hospitality sectors. He is actively involved in promoting the cause of the Girl Child, in association with World Vision India. Vineet is also the Chair-Business Club Member Advisory Council of World Trade Centers Association, New York.
K.R. Sekar leads the Deloitte Private practice for Deloitte India. Sekar has a strong experience of advising companies throughout their business life cycle. His experience lies in working with clients in the high growth sectors and emerging markets on their business strategy and tax advisory.
In his previous role, Sekar led the Global Business Tax practice for Deloitte India. Over the last 30 years, Sekar has worked with a niche portfolio of clients on corporate and international taxation, inbound structuring, and controversy management. He is associated with many landmark litigation cases for global companies..
In addition to advising clients, Sekar is active in representing before the Government on various tax issues impacting industry through his positions in Chambers of Commerce. He is also a prolific writer, contributing regularly to tax journals and main line papers. He has authored many books including Transfer Pricing Law & Practice, Taxation of Merger, De- merger & Foreign Collaboration and Landmark Judgements of Supreme Court on Direct Tax Laws: An Analysis.
Sekar is a Member of the India Board of International Fiscal Association and also works closely with other chambers including NASSCOM. He is the founder director of International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF) a dedicated research body in the field of International Tax and has contributed in in the following papers.
COVID 19 impact on economy: How India can lead the way
International Taxation in the Digital Era
Challenges in Domestic and International Taxation: Emerging India Experience
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): The Global Taxation Agenda
Insights into Evolving Issues of Taxation: Existing and Continuing Challenges
Recognized as one of the leading tax advisers from India in the Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers published by Legal Media Group, Euromoney.
Recognized as one of the leading tax controversy leaders by International Tax Review.