Management Committee 2012-2013

Management Committee

A brief profile of the current management committee members is provided below.

 Arun Kumar (President)

 Arun obtained his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering IIT Delhi (1968), MSCE (1973), PhD (1976) Purdue University USA. He has held several management and leadership roles in research, industry and academia. He has chaired several committees and has been invited to speak in many international conferences/forums. Arun was previously Dean at RMIT University and now is Emeritus Professor at RMIT; Professor at Queensland University of Technology; and consultant/advisor to the World bank Washington DC. His areas of expertise include: infrastructure management & sustainability, project management, roads, and capacity building.


Dr Raj Rajakumar (Vice President)

Raj completed B.Tech. (Hons) and M.Tech. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay and PhD and DIC from the Imperial College of Science & Technology (London University). He has over 40 years experience in leadership roles in academia, research, development and commercialisation. At CSIRO (1982-2011) in Australia he led and managed major R & D programs with a large number of companies and universities in minerals processing, metals production and manufacturing.  He was Director of CSIRO’s Light Metals National Research Flagship program (2005-2011). Raj is coordinator of IITaV’s marketing and communications.


Surinder Lamba (Treasurer)

Surinder gained B.Tech. (1972) and M.Tech.(1976) degrees in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi respectively. He also holds post graduate qualifications in Business Management and Industrial Relations. He has been working in Business Improvement and  Program Management roles for over ten years. Surinder is a Judge of the Australian Business Excellence Awards Foundation. He enjoys Yoga, reading and music.



Abaran Deep (Secretary)

Abaran completed his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1990. He has been in working as a Management Consultant in Australia since 1995. He currently shares the responsibility of running a consulting firm which helps large businesses transform existing processes or develop new capabilities. Abaran enjoys cycling, woodwork and occasionally listening to the rock groups from the IIT days.

Abaran is coordinator of the membership activities of IITaV.



Ravi Singh (Committee Member)

Ravi holds a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee (1983), an M. Tech from IIT Delhi (1988) and also earned his Executive MBA degree from AGSM. Ravi has over 27 years of business development and general management experience in the electrical power and industrial automation industry. He held various senior leadership roles both in India and Australia with a large multinational company and focused on Energy Management and sustainability in his current role. Ravi is coordinator of IITaV events.



Satish Varma (Committee Member)

Satish completed his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1982.  He has over 30 years experience in Programme / Project planning and delivery at the intersection of Business & IT. Satish has successfully managed several programmes of work in areas like business transformation; enterprise systems development and systems integration. He has multi-sector experience including Business & IT Consulting Services, Automotive, Telecommunications, Discrete Manufacturing, Financial Services, Government and FMCG. Satish enjoys a circuit at the gym and loves travelling with his family. Satish is coordinator of IITaV’s networking and professional development activities.


Rajiv Lal (Committee Member)

Rajiv completed his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1976.  He has over 36 years experience in the mining industry in leadership roles. Rajiv has a successful record in asset management, process re-engineering, project management, and operations and maintenance roles that cut across a  range of cultures. Among his other activities Rajiv was a graded squash player, and enjoyed hockey and bridge. Rajiv was the initiator of IITaV in 2010.



Amar Garg (Committee Member)

Amar obtained his B. Tech (1966) and M. Tech. (1968) and Ph.D (1977) in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and IIT Bombay respectively.  He was in the faculty of Aeronautics at IIT Bombay for 18 years and now works for Boeing.  Amar has also worked as researcher at NASA Ames Research Centre, CA and Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK.  Amar has over 45 yrs of research, teaching and industrial experience in the field of aviation structures and composite materials.



Rahul Tyagi  (Committee Member)

Rahul obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2006. He worked with IBM before starting his own entrepreneurial venture promoting independent artists in India, called TempoStand which was hailed as one of the grooviest startup ventures by Business Today. Rahul holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and L. Stern School of Business, NYU (Exchange candidate). He currently works as a consultant in process improvement. Rahul enjoys reading, economics and watching sports, especially soccer which he played in various inter IIT tournaments.



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