Alumnus of the Month (March 2011)

Mr. Faizal K E (PGDM 1988-90)

The Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Faizal K E (PGDM 1988-90) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for March 2011.

Mr. Faizal is the Founder-Chairman of KEF Holdings, a $400 Million enterprise based in the UAE, which caters to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries with cutting edge engineering products. KEF Holdings is the holding company for ETC Foundries, ETC Corrosion Engineering and JCF Valves. KEF Holdings is also a very socially responsible company. It recycles most of its wastes and uses the least amount of virgin raw materials, which has helped it maintain a very low carbon footprint.

Mr. Faizal is a Civil Engineer from MIT, Manipal and PGDM-Finance from TAPMI. He has also completed his MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chicago, USA. After his education, he worked in Inductotherm, USA for 2 years. He later came back to India to head his family business. He went to UAE in 1996 and set up his first ETC foundry in 1997.

Mr. Faizal and his wife Mariam Shabana are blessed with four children, Sophiya, Sarah, Zachariah & Czarina. Mrs. Shabana Faizal is also a Director of KEF Holdings and she currently heads the Admin/HR Department.

Mr Faizal is an avid sportsperson and has represented all his universities in various games. He plays tennis and basketball. In spite of his busy schedule, he religiously practices Yoga and Meditation in his daily routine.

Mr. Faizal has established the Shabana Faizal Foundation which supports many humanitarian causes like support of special needs children by running ‘Shanti’, a school in Mahe, India and actively supports the Sharjah Humanitarian Services in their programs for special needs children. A fully equipped charitable hospital with modern technology with a capacity of 100 beds is also being funded by KEF Holdings.

As a testament to its achievements, the Government of Dubai awarded KEF Holdings with the prestigious MRM Business Excellence Award for Manufacturing, 2010.

The Alumni Affairs Committee wishes Mr. Faizal success in all his future ventures and hopes that he continues to win laurels and accolades!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)


Alumnus of the Month (February 2011)


Ambuja Hegde (PGDM 1988-90)

It gives us immense pleasure at Alumni Affairs Committee to announce Ms. Ambuja Hegde (PGDM 1988-90) as our Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for February 2011.

Having majored in HR and Marketing at TAPMI, Ms. Hegde currently works with Wrigley, the world’s number 1 Chewing Gum company as HR Director for Middle East & Africa. Some of Wrigley brands include Extra, Orbit, Juicy Fruit, 5, etc. Wrigley is also a part of MARS, the makers of Mars bars, Snickers, M&Ms, Malteasers, etc.

Ms. Ambuja Hegde got her first break in a marketing role at NIIT, Mumbai. She then switched to corporate recruitment at BPL in Bangalore after which she moved to Siemens as a HR Manager. In 1998 Ms. Hegde moved with her husband and daughter to Dubai to join IKEA. She’s been in Dubai since then. After four years at IKEA, Ms. Hegde joined Black & Decker as HR Manager for the Middle East & Africa region.

Ms. Hegde’s job takes her all around the world through which she’s been able to fulfill and live her passion of meeting and developing relationships with a diverse spread of people.

On the personal front, her husband Pravin, daughters Nikita and Rhea also love to travel and spend time with friends. Ms. Hegde says that she’s blessed to have been able to continue friendships with some good ole classmates from TAPMI in Dubai. Music is her passion. She also loves reading, cooking and of course eatingJ. Her nicknames at TAPMI were Amby, JAZZ and Ambax.

We at TAPMI hope that Ms. Ambuja Hegde would continue to live her life with the same passion and bring more laurels in her career and personal life.

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (January 2011)

Mr. Ganesh Baliga (PGDM 1996-98)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Ganesh Baliga (PGDM 1996-98) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for January 2011.

Mr. Ganesh Baliga currently holds the position of Senior Vice President – Application Development Group Manager at Citi and is based out of London. In his current role, Mr. Ganesh is responsible for all developments in funds services technology in the EMEA region, including alternative investments as a part of Citi’s global transaction services’ technology. Additionally, he continues to be the area manager for alternative investments’ servicing in EMEA.

Mr. Ganesh Baliga graduated from TAPMI in 1998 and joined Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd. as an associate consultant. Over the years, he has progressed and grown in Citi taking up various roles including the role of Application Analyst in London on deputation from India where he  was involved in the support of the Recon Plus cash reconciliation system for European implementation.

Apart from his impressive career growth, Mr. Ganesh also holds many professional certifications that add to his credentials. Some of his certifications are-

• 2009 – Certified in Change Management from APM Group
• 2008 – Competent Communicator from Toastmasters’ International.
• 2007 – Prince 2 Practitioner
• 2005 – PMP certified project manager from Project Management Institute (PMI)
• 2004 – UK Securities Institute Regulatory paper

Mr. Ganesh graduated from Karnatak University specializing in Instrumentation Engineering. After having completed his engineering, he enrolled for TAPMI’s PGDM course (1996-98) specializing in Information Systems and General Management.  He was also an active member of the General Management Forum at TAPMI.

Apart from work, Mr. Ganesh loves reading books. Some of his reads include Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan, The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914 and The White Tiger.

We at TAPMI hope and wish to see Mr. Ganesh Baliga scale greater heights in his career!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (December 2010)

Mr.Sid Nair (PGDM 1993-95)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr.Siddharth V Nair (PGDM 1993-95) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for December 2010.

Sid Nair is Wipro’s Chief Sales & Operating Officer – North America. In his current role, Sid is responsible for driving higher revenue and profitable growth, with a strong focus on       growing faster than the competition in Wipro’s largest market. Sid will also focus on transforming the sales organization to mine deeper in existing accounts, win large deals, open new logos, leverage Wipro’s strong alliances and penetrate deeper with Wipro’s       world-class service lines. In his current role, Sid’s goal is to drive about 60% of Wipro Technologies revenue with high growth.

The business portfolio includes all the teams that focus on over Wipro’s 400+ existing accounts as well as new business across the North American market. Sid is also responsible for leading the teams that focus on special initiatives like Strategic Alliances, Global Programs, Program Management Group and the Atlanta Development Center. He also takes care of the functional teams that support North America that include Finance, HR, Recruitment, Marketing and Legal.

Sid joined Wipro in 1995 into the Software Products Division (India) where he held multiple roles across Business Development, Product Management, Channel Management & Operations Management. In 1999 he moved into a business strategy role and was responsible for creating Wipro’s entry strategy into the Asia Pacific market for software services.

Sid moved to the US in the year 2000 where he initiated and developed multiple strategic relationships for Wipro in the BFSI market for 7 years and became the General Manager & US Head for the Banking & Insurance business. In 2007, he joined the Retail, CPG, Transportation & Government (RCTG) SBU as Vice President & US Head. He has led his team to grow the RCTG US business over 300% in 3+ years.

Sid is a MBA in Marketing & Finance from TAPMI, Manipal and is based out of Dallas, Texas.

We at TAPMI hope and wish to see Sid scale greater heights in his career!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (November 2010)

Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (PGDM 1993-95)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (PGDM 1993-95) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for November 2010.

Mr.Sapthagiri Chapalapalli (Saptha) completed his PGDM from TAPMI and was a part of the 1993-95 batch. Saptha is the Director, Central Europe, at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is responsible for leading Tata Consultancy Services in Deutschland and Austria.

Saptha has been with TCS for the past 15 years. Prior to moving to Germany, he was part of the TCS leadership team in the UK, based in London. He was also part of the leadership team in TCS North America before that.

He was also involved with the TCS Telecommunications Business Unit leadership team. Saptha has managed multiple global programmes, including many in consulting covering Business Strategy, Business Processes and Systems. Over the past 10 years, Saptha has been associated with some of TCS’ large relationships in North America, UK and India.

Saptha holds a PGDM degree from TAPMI specializing in Finance and a Bachelors degree in Management specializing in Systems.

We at TAPMI wish Saptha the very best in his career and we hope to see him scale greater heights!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (September 2010)


Umesh Kamath (PGDM 1991-93)


Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Umesh Kamath (PGDM 1991-93) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for September 2010.

Umesh Kamath finished his PGDM from TAPMI and was a part of the 1991-93 batch. He currently works as a fund manager for SBI Life Insurance Ltd. Umesh Kamath manages the equity investments at SBI Life Insurance Ltd, one of India’s largest new-gen life insurance companies, involving about Rs.4000 crore of assets under management. In his last stint at Canara-Robeco Mutual Fund, the funds managed by Umesh achieved record returns and the Can Infra Fund at one point gave the highest annual returns of all mutual fund schemes in India and globally the second highest returns of all infrastructure focused funds. Canbalance II, another scheme managed by Umesh, received numerous awards and recognition.

Umesh has 17 years of experience in the financial services sector, spreading across equity research, mortgage lending, equity/debt dealing, fund management and other general management functions.

Umesh started his career with GIC Housing Finance Ltd, where he was responsible for credit analysis of individuals, projects, corporations and builders. His career in investments started with Canbank Investment Management Services Ltd., an asset management company for Canbank Mutual Fund and he joined as an Equity Research Analyst tracking various sectors in the industry. He then spent three years of his career as an Equity Dealer. In 2001, he took the responsibility of managing some of Canbank’s growth funds. He also managed Gilt and Income funds for almost two years from 2003 to 2005. Since then he is predominantly managing equity oriented funds.

Since December 2007 he is with SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd. managing some of their equity dominated ULIP schemes.

Educational Accomplishments: After completing his PGDM from TAPMI with Finance and Marketing as specializations, Umesh kept his academic pursuits active by obtaining the CFA charter from ICFAI. He again plans to venture into organised learning by pursuing the international CFA certification from the CFA Institute, USA.

Awards and Media Recognition:

– CanInfrastructure was second in the ranking list of the best performing Infrastructure Funds in the world in 2007 as per Lipper Global Fund Data.

– CanInfrastructure was also placed 9th among 195 diversified Equity Funds as on 31/12/2007 as per Value Research.

– Canbalance II won Platinum Fund award in 2006 by the Economic Times

– Canbalance II was awarded top hybrid equity oriented fund in 2006 by Value Research

– Canbalance II won ICRA mutual funds awards in 2007

– Canbalance II won Lipper fund awards 2007 for best fund over the past three years in Mixed Asset INR balanced

– Canbalance II won Lipper fund awards 2007 for the best fund over past five years in Mixed Asset INR balanced

Interests & Hobbies: Playing squash and tennis, listening to music, etc.

Memories of TAPMI: Last moment case studies, black and white TV in the hostel and monitors in computer labs, sitting places in and around Manipal (Aanegundi), well stacked library, End Point, afternoon naps and evening masala puris, bhel puris, hostel Life and the list goes on.

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We at TAPMI wish Mr. Umesh Kamath the very best in his career and we hope to see him scale greater heights!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)

Alumnus of the Month (August 2010)

Anand Khurana (PGDM 1995-97)

Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce Mr. Anand Khurana (PGDM 1995-97) as the Alumnus of the Month (AoM) for August 2010.

Anand is currently the Business Head – Out of Home (F&B Services) & Modern Foods (Bakery), Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He joined HUL as a management trainee from campus and over the last 13 years has moved across various roles in Sales and Business development, Key Accounts & Modern trade, Consumer and Customer marketing and General Management, having worked in the Domestic and International/Exports business of HUL and also seconded to Unilever in USA as key account manager on the Wal-Mart account.

Post the one year intensive management trainee program, he started out as a Business Manager in the Home & Personal Care exports division, responsible for developing the Hair & Home care portfolio. Post this he handled international marketing for HUL’s local jewels such as Fair & Lovely and Nihar in the exports markets.  From being in the international business domain it was then into brand building for the shampoo category as the Sr. Brand Manager of Clinic Shampoo.

As a part of HUL’s drive to create modern trade capabilities he then went on a one year assignment to Unilever USA, working with Wal-Mart. He returned to India and was a key member of the Modem Trade team, looking after Customer Marketing with a special focus on Category Management, where HUL worked with key retailers on cutting edge space management best practices such as store layouts, category adjacency, assortment, etc.

He now has a General Management role with business top line and bottom line responsibility for the independent divisions OOH and Modern, including sales, marketing, development and operations. In his own words, “Working for HUL has been a really enriching and rewarding experience. With so many categories, brands and business interests it is like working for 5 different companies with each stint being a new and learning experience.”

Anand is someone who believes that commonsense, intuition, entrepreneurial drive and passion are essential to make a real difference and are the key elements which set a leader apart more than his intellectual abilities or qualifications.


Traveling – has been fortunate in visiting and experiencing the culture and sights of over 25 countries

Driving – Mumbai- Goa, Delhi – Leh, Banagalore- Coorg. Just give him a set of wheels and a great road ahead!

Memories of TAPMI:

Egg puffs, Keshtos , Baccacus, Brand Scan , late night case studies – so many great memories of  fun , deep and long lasting friendships, of growing up, learning and changing in so many ways inside and outside the classroom . In his own words, “TAPMI and Manipal were one of the best phases of my life”

We at TAPMI wish him the very best in his career and personal life and hope to see Mr. Anand Khurana scale greater heights!

– Alumni Affairs Committee (AAC)