Five famous and successful alumni of IIM-Ahmedabad to know about
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are the most sought-after business schools in the country that provide quality management education. Established in 1961, IIM-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is considered the best and also the most sought-after of these premier management institutes. IIM-A has produced many successful alumni who have made significant contributions to various fields. Here are five famous IIM-A alumni you should know about.
Raghuram Rajan, a world-famous economist and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, is one of the most famous IIM-A alumni. He was the 23rd RBI Governor (2013-16). After graduating from IIT-Delhi, he earned a PGDBA from IIM-A in 1987. He also served as the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (2003-06) and India's Chief Economic Adviser (2012-13).
Ajaypal Singh Banga, an Indian-American business executive, is also an IIM-A alumnus. He is the President and CEO of global payments giant Mastercard. He graduated from Delhi University's St. Stephen's College and pursued MBA from IIM-A. In 2015, US President Barack Obama appointed Banga as a Member of President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 2016.
Renowned Indian cricket commentator and journalist, Harsha Bhogle, is also one of the most famous IIM-Ahmedabad alumni. He earned BTech from Hyderabad's Osmania University and pursued PGDM from IIM-A. Bhogle, who was born in Hyderabad, began his career as a player for Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association. He started commentating at 19 with All India Radio and went on to become a celebrated cricket commentator.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani, the Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of leading Indian Internet firm, Info Edge India, is also an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus. After graduating from St. Stephen's College in Delhi, he completed MBA from the IIM in 1989. He founded Info Edge in 1990 along with a partner. It owns some of the most popular Internet portals like Naukri.com, Shiksha.com, 99acres.com, and JeevanSaathi.com among others.
Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO of leading online travel company MakeMyTrip, is also an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad. Kalra, who graduated in Economics from St. Stephen's College of Delhi University, obtained an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in 1992. He founded MakeMyTrip, which is headquartered in Gurugram, in 2000. Before establishing the company, he worked with top firms like GE Capital and ABN AMRO Bank.