TEAM

Anita Rajan
Chief Executive Officer,
Tata STRIVE
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Anita Rajan is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata STRIVE and Vice President, Tata Community Initiatives Trust since 2015. Tata STRIVE is a Skills Building initiative of the Tata Trusts and has established itself as a leader in the Skill Development sector in India. Over 4 lakh people have been impacted through the skilling development work of the Tata Trusts.
Anita was deeply involved with the Indian National Skilling Ecosystem during its formative years having worked with the Advisor to Prime Minister on Skill Development as his Chief of Staff and later with the Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation
Anita has over thirty years of diverse experience in the education and management sectors. She has been with the Tata Group for 17 years. Anita is an active member of Industry bodies, she is the Co-chair of CII CSR committee (Western Region) and an active representative of Industry as a speaker at seminars in India and overseas.
Prior to Tata STRIVE, Anita was with Tata Consultancy Services for 13 years, where she worked closely with the CEO on numerous initiatives of the company; including supporting the publication of a bestselling book on the company. Prior to TCS she was head of Research and Training at Schoolnet India, an e-education company that aimed to leverage technology in education. Earlier she worked with the advertising firm Lintas in advertising research. Her corporate career was preceded by a decade of teaching in High Schools across India.
Her academic credentials include an MBA in Marketing from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, she is an alumnus of the prestigious St Stephens College, Delhi University where she earned a BA Maths Honours degree. She also holds a Bachelors in Education from Mumbai University.

Sudhakar Gudipati
Head, Progamme Development
& Partnerships - Tata STRIVE
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Sudhakar is responsible for creating strategies to drive Group Focus Initiatives in the Tata group companies across India. Prior to the formation of the TSG, he joined Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI as General Manager – Group Corporate Sustainability through an internal group transfer from Tata Teleservices Limited.
Sudhakar has 14 years of experience in the Human Resources function and has driven many people-related initiatives. He started his career in the manufacturing sector with Asian Paints and then moved on to the service sector with Bharti Airtel. Subsequently he moved to Tata Teleservices, where he worked for 9 years.
With skills in people management, and extensive experience in organisation level transformational projects in the areas of restructuring, culture building, competency development and change management, he has a passion for corporate sustainability and CSR. He is also keenly interested in the areas of leadership coaching and mentoring.

Ameya Vanjari
Head, Technology
& Innovation - Tata STRIVE
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Ameya heads the Technology and Innovation function at Tata STRIVE - a Tata Group initiative focused on skills development towards employability of the youth. For a programme to deliver significant impact, technology plays a key role. Ameya is responsible for planning and implementing technology solutions to support the capabilities and processes at Tata STRIVE, introducing various innovations for the programme to facilitate development of youth for success in the future; enabling developments of tomorrow's skills while maintaining quality.
Ameya believes that the more he learns about business sustainability for enterprises, the more he sees a possible role technology can play in enabling the quest.
Prior to this he has led the Business & IT Architecture Consulting practice at TCS for over 8 years, establishing and scaling the unit delivering profitable growth. He was responsible for delivery excellence for consulting engagements in this space, providing sales support for opportunities across the globe, demonstrating thought leadership and creating & managing assets. As a Strategist, Head of IT and practicing Enterprise Architect, he has shaped and driven technology enabled business transformation for multiple organisations. He has mentored and led programs involving IT Strategies, Business Architectures, Enterprise IT Architecture and roadmaps to enterprises across the globe. He has also managed technology programmes and teams delivering IT Services to large global customers.
Ameya has a degree in engineering in Electronics from V.J.T.I, Mumbai and has done a General Management programme from Iacocca Institute, Lehigh University, PA, US.
Photography and sports - especially cricket, are his passions apart from food and technology.

Bhaskar Natarajan
Head, Programme Execution -
Tata STRIVE
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Bhaskar is currently the Head of 'Programme Execution' function at Tata STRIVE, a group wide skill development initiative of Tata group. His role involves integrating coaching principles into various stages of the programme in training underprivileged youth on demand-driven vocational skills along with integrated life-skills to empower them for a brighter future. This role involves – curriculum / content development; facilitator / trainer development, and centre development for Tata STRIVE centres and implementation at partner centres spread across the country.
He has close to 16 years of cumulative experience in designing and executing Leadership Development solutions for organisations, top teams executive coaching, facilitating individual / team / organisational change using ‘Theory U’. He has also executed workplace performance improvement strategies and enhancing customer-centricity initiatives. Currently he is a research scholar at XLRI, Jamshedpur (India).
Bhaskar enjoys reading, travelling and surfing the internet in his leisure time.

Anita Rajan
Chief Executive Officer,
Tata STRIVE
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Anita Rajan is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata STRIVE and Vice President, Tata Community Initiatives Trust since 2015. Tata STRIVE is a Skills Building initiative of the Tata Trusts and has established itself as a leader in the Skill Development sector in India. Over 4 lakh people have been impacted through the skilling development work of the Tata Trusts.
Anita was deeply involved with the Indian National Skilling Ecosystem during its formative years having worked with the Advisor to Prime Minister on Skill Development as his Chief of Staff and later with the Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation
Anita has over thirty years of diverse experience in the education and management sectors. She has been with the Tata Group for 17 years. Anita is an active member of Industry bodies, she is the Co-chair of CII CSR committee (Western Region) and an active representative of Industry as a speaker at seminars in India and overseas.
Prior to Tata STRIVE, Anita was with Tata Consultancy Services for 13 years, where she worked closely with the CEO on numerous initiatives of the company; including supporting the publication of a bestselling book on the company. Prior to TCS she was head of Research and Training at Schoolnet India, an e-education company that aimed to leverage technology in education. Earlier she worked with the advertising firm Lintas in advertising research. Her corporate career was preceded by a decade of teaching in High Schools across India.
Her academic credentials include an MBA in Marketing from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, she is an alumnus of the prestigious St Stephens College, Delhi University where she earned a BA Maths Honours degree. She also holds a Bachelors in Education from Mumbai University.

Ameya Vanjari
Head, Technology
& Innovation - Tata STRIVE
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Ameya heads the Technology and Innovation function at Tata STRIVE - a Tata Group initiative focused on skills development towards employability of the youth. For a programme to deliver significant impact, technology plays a key role. Ameya is responsible for planning and implementing technology solutions to support the capabilities and processes at Tata STRIVE, introducing various innovations for the programme to facilitate development of youth for success in the future; enabling developments of tomorrow's skills while maintaining quality.
Ameya believes that the more he learns about business sustainability for enterprises, the more he sees a possible role technology can play in enabling the quest.
Prior to this he has led the Business & IT Architecture Consulting practice at TCS for over 8 years, establishing and scaling the unit delivering profitable growth. He was responsible for delivery excellence for consulting engagements in this space, providing sales support for opportunities across the globe, demonstrating thought leadership and creating & managing assets. As a Strategist, Head of IT and practicing Enterprise Architect, he has shaped and driven technology enabled business transformation for multiple organisations. He has mentored and led programs involving IT Strategies, Business Architectures, Enterprise IT Architecture and roadmaps to enterprises across the globe. He has also managed technology programmes and teams delivering IT Services to large global customers.
Ameya has a degree in engineering in Electronics from V.J.T.I, Mumbai and has done a General Management programme from Iacocca Institute, Lehigh University, PA, US.
Photography and sports - especially cricket, are his passions apart from food and technology.

Sudhakar Gudipati
Head, Programme Development
& Partnerships - Tata STRIVE
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Sudhakar is responsible for creating strategies to drive Group Focus Initiatives in the Tata group companies across India. Prior to the formation of the TSG, he joined Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI as General Manager – Group Corporate Sustainability through an internal group transfer from Tata Teleservices Limited.
Sudhakar has 14 years of experience in the Human Resources function and has driven many people-related initiatives. He started his career in the manufacturing sector with Asian Paints and then moved on to the service sector with Bharti Airtel. Subsequently he moved to Tata Teleservices, where he worked for 9 years.
With skills in people management, and extensive experience in organisation level transformational projects in the areas of restructuring, culture building, competency development and change management, he has a passion for corporate sustainability and CSR. He is also keenly interested in the areas of leadership coaching and mentoring.

Bhaskar Natarajan
Head, Programme Execution -
Tata STRIVE
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Bhaskar is currently the Head of 'Programme Execution' function at Tata STRIVE, a group wide skill development initiative of Tata group. His role involves integrating coaching principles into various stages of the programme in training underprivileged youth on demand-driven vocational skills along with integrated life-skills to empower them for a brighter future. This role involves – curriculum / content development; facilitator / trainer development, and centre development for Tata STRIVE centres and implementation at partner centres spread across the country.
He has close to 16 years of cumulative experience in designing and executing Leadership Development solutions for organisations, top teams executive coaching, facilitating individual / team / organisational change using ‘Theory U’. He has also executed workplace performance improvement strategies and enhancing customer-centricity initiatives. Currently he is a research scholar at XLRI, Jamshedpur (India).
Bhaskar enjoys reading, travelling and surfing the internet in his leisure time.