R. Raghuttama Rao
Chief Executive Officer, Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre For Innovation And Entrepreneurship (GDC)
Raghu is the Chief Executive Officer of the Gopalakrishnan Deshpande Centre For Innovation & Entrepreneurship (GDC) at IIT Madras. Prior to this, he was the Chief Mentor of ICRA, a credit rating and analytical firm in South Asia and a subsidiary of Moody’s. Raghu’s last executive role was as MD & CEO of IMACS, a management consulting business which he founded as a subsidiary of ICRA, with an operating footprint in over 20 countries.
Raghu has a post graduate diploma in management from IIM Ahmedabad, and is a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras. He is a qualified management accountant and was a Fulbright scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
Raghu was a member of ICRA's start-up team in 1991 and contributed to developing many areas of ICRA, including credit rating, management consulting, analytics, IT and research. Raghu has wide consulting experience in areas of public policy, risk, strategy and capacity building. Prior to ICRA, Raghu worked with Larsen & Toubro Limited and Maruti Suzuki Limited.