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Ajit Chakravarti Chairman and Founder Director, Mindware Management Services Pvt. Ltd.

Ajit Chakravarti is Chairman and Founder Director of Mindware Management Services Pvt. Ltd. He is a BTech from IITK (1972) and holds a postgraduate qualification (1974) in business management from IIM Calcutta. He has held several senior management positions in HCL (corporate personnel manager, 1974– 1980), Hawkins Cooker Ltd. (factory personnel manager, 1980–1983) and Asian Paints (head of corporate HR function, 1984–1987). He has also had a five-year stint, from 1987 to 1993, as an independent management consultant and behavioural trainer based at Bombay, with a client list comprising of a number of blue-chip companies. In 1994, he was appointed as the CEO and Executive Vice President of the software entity (called Mindware) of Pertech Computers Ltd (PCL), which clocked the fastest growth in the software industry during that period, becoming the second largest software company after TCS in Japan. He was one of the pioneers in opening up the gate for Indian software companies in Japan. He served as the President and CEO of Ashok Leyland Information Technology Ltd, later rechristened as HTMT, from 1994 to 2002. Thereafter, he worked as the Vice President Global HR in K. K. Birla Group and was a member of the management committee (MMC), overseeing the group company’s corporate HR from 2002 to 2005.

He was the past chairman of the Karnataka chapter of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) for the year 2001–2002; Senior Vice President, South India Council of IACC for the year 2002–2003; and member of the National Executive Committee for the period 2010–2012. Since 2006, he has been rendering training, consulting and advisory help to companies and individual entrepreneurs. His areas of expertise cover business leadership, enhancement of individual effectiveness through self-exploration, building effective teams and strategic people management. 

He was Adjunct Professor for three years (2006–2009) in T. A. Pai Management Institute, offering courses in business leadership, career planning and management, HRM in the postgraduate programme in management. He was the Convenor of the Tapmi Centre for Collaborative Learning—a platform for engagement with the industry to facilitate collaborative learning. He was also an Adjunct Faculty at Presidency College, Bangalore, from 2011 to 2013.

Further, Chakravarti is engaged as a mentor to the founder CEOs of two start-up companies. He is also the sole investor of Mindware Management Services Pvt Ltd, a business rating company, and a sole distributor of a software app for vehicles for the city of Bangalore. He is a joint trustee of Cinderella Charitable Trust, a registered trust engaged in the upliftment of the girl child. Chakravarti enjoys travelling and building lasting relationships, and he is a quintessential HR person.