Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao*
Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs
“A Visionary and a politician”
“A Visionary and a politician”
Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao popularly known as K.T.R., is an Indian politician from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. He currently serves as the Cabinet Minister for the Telangana State for different portfolios namely, IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), Textiles and NRI Affairs. His vision is to make Hyderabad a global city and Telangana the most sought after investment destination in the country. He’s focused on making Hyderabad into a world for startups and entrepreneurship activities. Thanks to him, Hyderabad is home to the largest start-up incubator in the country – T-Hub. -A 70,000 square feet facility constructed with an investment of Rs 40 crore that can house up to 300 start-ups and up to 800 people at once. He was key in roping-in close to half a billion dollars worth of investments from companies like google, Amazon, Uber. Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group announced investing $400 million in Telangana’s FMCG domain.
He facilitated the single window clearance mechanism for mega investors, paving the way for flow of investments worth $4 billion and creation of 70,000 new jobs. He initiated Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge to addresses the problems of unemployment in Telangana – The aim of TASK is to provide/ produce enough number of readily employable graduates in Telangana by improving their skills and knowledge
“Leader of cross functional teams”
Mr. Dinanath Dubhashi is the Managing Director & CEO at L&T Finance Holdings Ltd – An Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai with 50,000+ employees and a revenue close to $17 billion. With Mr Dinanath at the helm, LTFH has shown commendable progress on its well articulated strategy with a growth of 33% and 49% growth on net profits. Prior to that, he was the Head – Business Development, Gulf Region, Bahrain of BNP Paribas – An international banking group with a presence in 75 countries with an employee base of 189,000 and revenue close to $52 billion. He has also worked with CARE Ratings and SBI Caps in various capacities.
Mr. Shobu Yarlagadda is the CEO and Co-founder of Arka Mediaworks (P) Limited -One of the leading TV and Movie Production house based in hyderabad responsible for creating masterpieces such as ‘Baahubali’ (Close to $300 million in revenue), ‘Vedam’ etc. He has also co-founded Arka Connect – A Digital Media and 360 degree Marketing agency that builds strategies and campaigns for brands and films. He has won National Film Award for Best Feature Film (Producer) – Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) Nandi Award for Best Feature Film – Vedam (2010) and Best Popular Feature Film – Maryada Ramanna (2010).
Mr. Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player and the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. For his excellence in the game, he received the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 1999, the ‘Dronacharya Award’ in 2009 and the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2014. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy in hyderabad which has produced star players like Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu. He is a dedicated task master who has facilitated many medals for India.
“Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor”
Mr. Pradeep Mittal is the CEO of GreatFour Systems Inc – An innovative product development company specializing in automation solutions for myriad domains like HR, Legal, and Life Sciences among others. After working for nearly a decade in IBM, the urge to start on his own had led to the establishment of Magna Infotech initially in USA in 1995 and later on he moved to India to start India operations at Hyderabad in 1997. Magna has offices in 7 cities across India; 200+ blue chip companies as its clients; employee spread has been in 32 cities across India. Magna has deployed over 35,000 IT professionals in last 6-7 years and has the potential to grow 10 times of what it is today in the coming 3 – 5 years. Today, Magna Infotech ranks 20 in Headcount in IT Temp Staffing as per the statistics across the globe.
He successfully exited Magna infotech Ltd, USA (100+ Employees) and Magna Infotech India (7000+ employees) has been acquired by Thomas Cook in India in Feb 2013 thru Ikya Human Capital. Early 2014, acquired controlling stake in Goose Technologies Pvt Ltd, a software product company. The Label Artwork Manager (compliance product) is for Pharma, FMCG and packaging/printing related industries globally. Today it is deployed at 20+ clientele in India.