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Mr. Raj Nair

Distinguished Service
2016
Chairman, Avalon Consulting, AGR Knowledge Services, Ugam Solutions and Germinait Solutions
B.Tech., 1971 Metallurgical Engineering

Mr. Raj Nair is the Chairman of four companies - Avalon Consulting, AGR Knowledge Services, Ugam Solutions and Germinait Solutions. Today, these companies have been awarded and recognised by various institutions, associations and rating firms like Gartner, Forrester, Nasscom, vault, iSpirit, etc. Mr. Nair has won merit scholarship awards at IIM Ahmedabad. 

After graduating from IIT Bombay in Metallurgical Engineering in the year 1971, Mr. Nair completed his postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from IIM Ahmedabad and LLB (Gen) from the University of Bombay. He has plenty of memories to share from his student days at I IT Bombay, starting with a monitor lizard (some say it was an iguana) in his hostel wing in the first week to receiving the degree with a broken wrist from Minister C. Subramaniam in the convocation hall. The protective 'space suit' that was made available to him to conduct experiments with radio-active materials for his Home Paper and the brilliance of many of the faculty members are his fond memories. 

Mr. Nair has 43 years of varied experience ranging from consumer durables marketing to merchant banking, from market research to strategy consulting, from big data analytics to artificial intelligence based social media analytics. He has also served as a member on the Boards of private and public limited companies and industry associations in India, UK and Singapore. 

He represented IITB Alumni Association as a Director on the Pan I IT Board and is currently the adviser to IITBAA. He was part of the team that organised PanllT 2006 in Mumbai and the Global Business Forum set-up by IITBAA. 

Motivation towards contribution to IITB:

The realization that IITB made me what I am. One of the many things IITB gave me is the ability to think and question, indeed a rare gift. It is payback time from the moment one leaves the campus.