Rameesh Kailasam is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of IndiaTech.org. He is a noted governance reform, policy expert and a business strategist. As the CEO, he leads the strategy and government engagements on behalf of the IndiaTech.org. He advises various businesses in sectors such as manufacturing, textiles, cab-hailing, travel and tourism, fintech, ed-tech, insurance, e-medicines, FMCG etc. Rameesh has over 20+ years of experience in government relations and is well respected for his inputs and insights in leadership building, market entry, research, competitiveness, strategy formulation and implementation, building business, coalitions, policy advocacy, crisis management and business development. He has expansive experience in working in various first of their kind path breaking technology projects, across sectors resulting into critical policy changes.
Prior to joining IndiaTech.org, Rameesh was Managing Director at APCO Worldwide heading the firm’s India operations across different sectors on matters of policy and advocacy and investment promotion. Prior to APCO, he served as Vice-President for Governmental Programs at IBM for South Asia. He also worked closely on semiconductor fab and solar policies during his stint at Applied Materials. Prior to Applied Materials, he was leading the Oracle-Hewlett-Packard e-Governance Center and worked with a number of governments on e-governance and IT policies.
He has been involved in the creation of next generation administrative reforms and was actively involved in the set-up and running of the Centre for Good Governance at the Government of Andhra Pradesh wherein he drove various governance reforms in Financial Accountability, Finance, Urban, Rural governance, Health, Education and governance reforms.
Rameesh is a Fellow with the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) and a Fellow Cost and Management Accountant. He also delivers invited lectures on Governance reforms and public policies at various reputed Universities and Institutions in India. He has authored more than 200 whitepapers, articles and reports many of which have been adopted for creating regulations in India and other countries. He is a regular columnist in multiple media publications and appears on television on a number of varied topics.
Rameesh holds multiple qualifications in Accounting, Finance, Technology, as well as policy and e-governance reforms. He is also the recipient of the ICAI’s CMA’s “National Young Achiever Award” for outstanding contributions in the field of policy and governance reforms.