Dr. Ganesh Natarajan

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan

Executive Chairman and Founder

5F World


Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Founder of Global Talent Track and Skills Alpha and co-founder of two Indo-US Joint Ventures – Kalzoom Advisors and the Center for AI and Advanced Analytics.

Ganesh has a Masters’ in Industrial Engineering from NITIE, PhD from IIT Bombay and AMP from Harvard Business School. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Bombay and NITIE and has been recognized by EY and the Asia Pacific HR Forum for excellence in technology entrepreneurship and people-centric leadership. He has completed two successful CEO tenures over twenty-five years at APTECH and Zensar Technologies. Harvard Business School has written and teaches two case studies on Dr. Ganesh Natarajan and his success through Vision Communities.

After completing three five-year terms as Vice Chairman and MD of Zensar, Ganesh has also served on the Boards of Principal Asset Management and Fino Payments Bank where he has also chaired the Board Committees for Digital and IT. He is also on the Board of Directors of Hinduja Global Services, LHI Digital, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and Social Venture Partners (SVP) International. He is Chairman and Board Director of Social Venture Partners India and Pune City Connect.

Ganesh has been Chairman of NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation and various National Committees of CII and President of the HBS Club of India. He chaired NASSCOM’s first US event in New York in 2016. He is keenly interested in the role of digital technologies for reengineering business processes and is an author of eight books and numerous articles. He lives in Pune, India.