Profile

With business advisory and consulting experience of over a decade, Raj has worked in India and abroad with firms across IT, retail, pharmaceutical, financial, mining and manufacturing industries. After being associated with leading consulting organizations like Deloitte, Raj Shankar started ichiban Business Consultants Pvt Ltd, an entrepreneurial firm  with the passion to enable Indian SMEs negotiate challenges of start, sustain and scale phases. Raj Shankar works closely with aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME organizations implementing the frameworks and techniques that have been customized to suit both their scale and local context.

Raj spear heads the research activities at ichiban and has published papers in both national and international journals. His column ‘Strategy Lite’ features in BFSI World magazine wherein he writes about contemporary thoughts on economics, entrepreneurship and SMEs.  He also writes  for the web magazine http://www.yourstory.in related to Entrepreneurship and Small Business issues.

Raj has authored three books.  His latest book “Essentials of Entrepreneurship” released in June 2013 will serve as a primer to the subject of Entrepreneurship, especially at the undergraduate level courses. His earlier book “Entrepreneurship – Theory and Practice” has been published by Vijay Nicole in collaboration with Tata McGraw Hill in December 2011. This title is being used widely as a text for students of post graduate courses and a ready reference by practitioners. His first book titled “Entrepreneurship – A Life of Commas, not Full Stops” (November 2010) is aimed to kindle perspectives on the entrepreneurial journey amongst its readers.

Raj has designed and delivered management development programs for CxO level executives.  His programs have been hosted by various institutions such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Software Technology Parks of India  (STPI), Invest Bhubaneswar, Asia Pacific Incubation Network (APIN), Indian STEPs and Business Incubators’ Association (ISBA) Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) amongst others.

Raj teaches courses on Strategy and Entrepreneurship at many campuses across India such as  IIT Madras, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Mumbai Business School, Symbiosis institute of Operations Management (SIOM), Park Global School of Business Excellence, M.O.P Vaishnav College, SMOT Business School,  Alpha Engineering College, Anand Institute of Higher Technology, Dr. M.G.R University,  PSG Tech, TREC-STEP and VIT University.

Raj is a certified NEN-Goldman Sachs faculty mentor in “Entrepreneurship”. He is a sought after speaker and trainer at faculty development programs, mentoring sessions and training of entrepreneurs and students across India.

Raj Shankar holds a Masters from Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune, India. He is currently pursuing advanced Vedanta course from Chinmaya International Foundation.

Domain Interests: Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Vedanta

Blogs:    “Raj’s Lab”        http://rajshankar.wordpress.com

Twitter Handle: @ichibanraj                       Contact:  ichiban.raj@gmail.com