Advisory Board

TIPSGLOBAL depends on its advisory board members in addition to the management team to strengthen the curriculum and for continual improvement of the program. These members are renowned senior professionals in the industry and academia. In addition to the advisory board members, TIPSGLOBAL will have a network of long list of contributors from various parts of the industry, who will participate at various levels in the program.

Mr. Suresh Kumar

Mr. Suresh Kumar is the Chairman of the Values Group, comprising entities that focus on advisory and investment holding services with regard to M&A, private equity and other investments and financial services.He is currently Chairman of (i) Federal Bank Ltd, (ii) its financial services subsidiary, Federal Bank Financial Services Ltd (both in India) and (iii) IDBI Federal Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

Mr. Kumar commenced his 41-year banking career in the State Bank of India (SBI).He moved to Dubai in 1979 and for five years, engaged in project finance, as part of leading industrial initiatives by the Government, such as DubaiAluminium Company (DUBAL). In 1985, he moved back to banking by joining the Union Bank of the Middle East (UBME) and which became the Emirates Bank Group in 1987.

Since 1985, Mr. Kumar has been a member of the senior management of the Group; having held leadership positions covering treasury, capital markets, investment management, private equity, corporate / wholesale banking, remedial credit management etc. during his 27 years stint with (what is now) the Emirates NBD Group.He established Emirates Merchant Bank Ltd (EMBL), Emirates Financial Services (EFS) PSC and a number of other entities for the Group; as well as other innovating investments-related treasury and investment banking initiatives. Called officially as the 'Father of Capital Markets' in the UAE.

Until the 30th of April 2012, Mr. Kumar was a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Emirates NBD Group as well as being a member of the Board(s) of Directors of Group entities – namely Emirates Financial Services (EFS) PSC, Emirates NBD Capital Ltd (EmCap), Emirates Funds LLC (EFL) and, earlier, Chairman of Emirates Bank Austria.

Mr. Kumar graduated from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics of the University of Bombay with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree in 1971. He also completed (post-graduate) investment management programs conducted jointly by the Stanford University and the London School of Business as well as an Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Columbia Business School. He is a full-fledged 'Fellow of the Indian Institute of Bankers' as a high-ranking banking associate.

He is a recipient of several accolades including the prestigious "Hind Rattan" (Jewel of India) award in January 2012. He is a Founder (and Past President) of the Indian Business & Professional Council and the erstwhile Indian Business Council. He was member of the Founding Committee of the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre.

Prof. Ramakrishnan

Prof. Ramakrishnan has been teaching management for more than 40 years. He was Professor at the School of Management, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India and has taught at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Pennsylvania State University and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He was also a visiting faculty at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Throughout his teaching career he had been actively involved in the curriculum development process and has been responsible for introducing innovations. He has also been responsible for initiating and sustaining programmes for developing the soft skills of the graduating students.

Prof. Ramakrishnan has been active as a resource person for programs on case method of teaching and other in-service programs for young teachers through programmes of the Academic Staff Colleges of different universities, not only in management subjects, but also on topics such as "Effective use of education technology", "Education and Globalisation", "Issues in Accreditation" etc.

As the Director of the School of Distance Education, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Prof. Ramakrishnan expanded the operations significantly by introducing innovative services and new centers. As a member of the Syndicate of Bharathiar University (Nov 2001-Jun 2004), Prof. Ramakrishnan had an opportunity to look after the functions of the vice-chancellor, as a member of the sub committee constituted for that purpose

Prof. Ramakrishnan assisted the Tamilnadu State Planning Commission to evolve the 10th plan proposals pertaining to the education sector. He was also the primary researcher of a study – commissioned by the TN Sate Planning Commission – to assess the status of vocational education in TN and suggest approaches to strengthen the same and also served as an expert member of the sub committee on vocational education constituted by the Planning Commission, GoI during 2009-10. As a member of the Focus Group on Work and Education, he assisted the National Curricular Framework Review process initiated by NCERT in 2005. He has assisted, through a national level NGO, the National Literacy Mission and the Ministry of Rural Development for facilitating the implementation of Total Literacy Campaigns and related rural development programs across the nation.

Prof. Ramakrishnan has authored several articles both for academic journals and for the popular press and has contributed chapters in books published by Croom-Helm, Sage etc. Some of his research reports had been extensively reproduced by agencies such as UNICEF for circulation among interest groups. He had his engineering education at the College of Engineering, Guindy, has had management education at IIM, Ahmedabad as well as at several Universities in the United States.

Mr. John R. South

As the Chief Security Officer of Heartland Payment Systems, John South leads the company’s security and IT compliance programs which encompass the protection of sensitive data through risk and threat modeling and compliance with internal as well as industry and regulatory obligations.

Recently chosen the 2013 CSO of the Year by SC Magazine and the recipient of a Peer Recognition Award at the annual CISO Summit, South currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), the only industry forum for collaboration on critical security threats facing the financial services sector. He recently served on the Board of Advisors of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to help strengthen security standards and protect cardholder data against threats worldwide.

Under the FS-ISAC, South is spearheading a project that is building a Security Kit for Smaller Financial Institutions under which various modules cover the basics for developing a robust security and intelligence operation. The Kit is designed for institutions with limited resources and capital.

Prior to joining Heartland in September 2009, South held information security leadership roles for a variety of companies including Convergys (Intervoice) and Alcatel-Lucent, where he spent several years in Antwerp and Paris leading Alcatel’s European information security operations. In Europe, he oversaw the computer security operations in over 139 countries and coordinated the activities in three regional areas.

Outside of the corporate world, South is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas where he teaches a course on the legal and compliance implications of security. He co-founded, with Dr. John Nugent, the university’s Information Assurance Program, which focuses on corporate security and risk management. The program has been designated a National Security Agency Center of Excellence since its inception. South has taught classes on Discrete Mathematics, Calculus, Digital Forensics, e-Commerce Security, Security Principles, Telecommunication Principles and Legal and Compliance Issues in Security.

Additionally, South has been an active participant with the United States Secret Service North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force since its inception in 2003. He is also the founding president of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s North Texas InfraGard Program, and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

South has also been awarded the 2011 Information Security Executive (ISE) of Year Award for the Central United States and the ISE Central Executive of the Decade Award, both by The Executive Network, and was designated a 2012 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. He holds the CISSP and CISA designations and is certified as an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Manager.

Dr. Venkateshwar 'Venkat' K. Reddy

Dr. Venkateshwar 'Venkat' K. Reddy has served as Dean of the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs since 2004. He also serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Online Programs for the university. Dr. Reddy has played a critical role in the success and external recognition of the college's academic programs. He was instrumental in some of the school's major initiatives, including the development of the Distance MBA Program and successful completion of its Maintenance of Accreditation with AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accreditation review recognized several successful programs at the college: Bachelor of Innovation™, Distance MBA, Undergraduate Online program, Daniels Foundation Ethics Initiative, and the collaborative relationship with the college's alumni and the local community. Under Dr. Reddy's leadership, the college was recognized by 'US News and World Report' as being among the top third of the AACSB International business programs in the country. He is most proud of the great group of faculty, staff, and alumni who work hard to further the college's vision of building successful futures.

Dr. Reddy strongly believes the College of Business should be a resource to the local community through educating business professionals and sharing the expertise of faculty and staff. He encourages faculty and staff to develop their entrepreneurial ideas into programs that benefit students and the community. His collaboration with the campus, community and alumni contributed to the college's recognition by the Colorado Springs Economic Development Council with the 2008 Community Enhancement Award. More recently, the Daniels Fund gave the college a five-year $1.25 million grant to establish the Daniels Ethics Initiative, which helps instill ethical decision making skills in students.

Dr. Reddy has been actively involved in the Economic Development Corporation board since 2005 and continues to serve the local community on several boards including the combined EDC-Chamber, Goodwill Industries, Wells Fargo, and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, among others.

Selected Service Activities
  • Board Member of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
  • Board Member of the Colorado Springs Police Foundation
  • Community Board Member of the Wells Fargo Bank
  • Member of the CU Presidential Search Committee
  • Member of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator Board
  • Member of the Junior Achievement's 21st Century Skills task force
  • Facilitator for Dream City 2020 project
  • Member of the Colorado Springs E-Commerce Readiness Assessment Committee


S.V.Krishnamurthy aka SVK is a successful entrepreneur & a pioneer in the outsourcing space. He entered into it as early as 1989 when he was appointed as one of the 1st group of Service Providers by Citibank's credit card operations in India. SVK co-founded and successfully exited Professional Management Consultants P Ltd (1995-2009), a 900+ BPO financial services company to SBS Ltd – A Sundaram Finance Ltd group Company . He continued as President & CEO upto March 2009 to enable smooth hands off to complete the transaction.

His experience encompasses operations of the entire gamut of financial services, with focus on retail banking. He is presently into Forensic Audits & Investigation – an emerging field in the Indian Corporate scene.

SVK is a Bachelor in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( 1982 ). SVK has a passion for law which prompted him to take up the Company Secretary course which he completed in 1983 and presently is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Prior to founding SmartKapital (, he co-founded Valley Creek Software Services India Pvt Ltd , a company in the CRM ( Siebel ) space which is doing work predominantly for the US markets. Then he became an active investor in emerging sector companies. He is a Co-founder of Micello Inc. ( , a US-based mobile VAS start-up. He co-founded Asirvad Microfinance Pvt.Ltd, ( India which has now over 80+ branches in Tamilnadu & recently opened a couple of branches in Kerala. He has also invested in a few startups in the US in the Healthcare & Identity Management Space.

Presently is a Financial Trustee for REACT ( Ranji Educational & Charitable Trust ). SVK is a Charter Member in TiE, Chennai, actively involved in mentoring entrepreneurs and is part of the evaluation group in PitchFest – where entrepreneurs are selected to pitch in front of the Investors for funding / mentoring - part of the TiE Conference, conducted yearly.

Mr. P. V. Vaidyanathan

Mr. P. V. Vaidyanathan has been "Project Administrator" at United Nations, where he handled United Nations Development Projects (UNDP) including planning, installation and commissioning of Telecom Networks in French Speaking Areas.  He was also responsible, while working for another UN project , for developing "Training Modules " in French, for use in several training centers all over the world. He also served as Advisor and Special Secretary, Ministry of Communications, GOI. Prior to that, he worked in the capacity of "SeniorDeputyDirectorGeneral" and "General Manager " where his overall responsibility was Policy Planning, Implementation, Operation and Maintenance of Telecom Networks, spanning a career of over 36 years in this space.

Mr. P.V. Vaidyanathan holds a First Class Bachelor¹s degree in Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy; M.Phil. in Public Administration from Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and an Advanced Diploma in French, from "Alliance Francaise" in India. He has also been trained in Digital Techniques, Electronic Switching and Cellular Technology. His publications include papers on ³Center for Development of Telematics: A new approach to R&D Organization and Management² and ³Identification of Training & Development Needs in the Department of Telecom².