Raghu Raman

President - Reliance Industries & Former CEO NATGRID

Raghu has possibly one of the most unique career profiles spanning over 25 years. He spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. He currently serves as the Group President (Risk, Security and New Ventures) of Reliance Industries Limited, bringing technology industry leadership, security expertise and executive management experience to his role with the company.

Raghu started his career with the Indian Army. During his stint, he was in active combat in Punjab battling terrorists and in Siachen Glacier facing Pakistani troops. He has served as a UN peacekeeper, as well as been an instructor teaching leadership and strategy to officers at the prestigious School of Armoured Warfare.

After leaving the Indian Army, Raghu joined the Mahindra Group in 1998 and helped set up Mahindra United World College. Over the next ten years he led various companies, including First Choice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI, a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace before being handpicked to create and head the National Intelligence Grid, Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India.

Raghu is a frequent guest faculty in business schools, keynote speaker and author of a column on National Security Strategy and Leadership with leading publications. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation and also the author of "Everyman's War" - a book published by Random House.