Dr. Rajanish Dass

Dr. Rajanish Dass

Dr. Rajanish Dass is currently serving as the Manging Director of The CEEI. He is the founder President of a of a new age Value Acceleration & Knowledge Creation platform, Catallysts, along with a large number of well reputed and recognized academicians from around the globe from global top management institutes.
He has served as the Regional Director of India & strategic Global markets for Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University New York, a premier Ivey League University celebrating its 150 years since foundation. He had served as a full time faculty for nearly a decade at IIM, Ahmedabad teaching Strategic IT & Analytics. He has taught as a visiting faculty at IIM Udaipur and an adjunct faculty at AcSIR, and have served as a Distinguished Professor & Director (Reseach) at the Great Lakes Institute of Management. His name features in the exclusive global network VIP First Class, amongst the likes of Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Steffi Graf etc.

His primary area of work is in the areas of Strategic Management of IT throughout its complete lifecycle (Planning, Justification, Benefits Management, Adoption and Communication, Project Management and Execution, Value Creation, Impact Analysis, Strategic Sourcing and Governance), IS/IT Portfolio Planning of organizations, Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics.

He has worked extensively in real-life projects for clients spanning across government departments/ministries, public sector as well as private sector firms. Some of his associations and assignments with government department/ministries include working with Ministry of Finance (Government of India), Ministry of Human Resources Development (Government of India), Cabinet Secretariat (Government of India), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (Government of India), Department of Pharmaceuticals—Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (Government of India), University Grants Commission, Higher Education Department (Government of Gujarat), Department of Science and Technology (Government of Gujarat), CHiPS and Department of Sales Tax (Government of Chattisgarh), Department of IT (Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Delhi, Assam etc.), UNDP, NIC to name a few. His engagement with private sector firms has been across various verticals and includes organizations like Vodafone, HP, Reliance Industries, Max Bupa, MasterCard, UnionPay, iNurture, Easypay, Tammytrade, IBM, RedHat Linux, CallOne, Ceon, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, TATA Motors, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, HP, ACC Cements, Thomas Cook, Apollo Tyres, Crompton Greaves, Lupin, Indian Bank, Hemas (Sri Lanka), Astro (Malaysia), Maxis (Malaysia), Smart Global (Dubai), Volvo, Axis Bank to name a few. In the not for profit space, he works closely with SEWA, GESIA, CII, FICCI, various credit cooperative societies, rural banks etc.

He had been the External Consultant to the Ministry of Finance of India for all the IT initiatives for Direct and Indirect Taxes from May 2006 to March 2008 and had played key role in identifying information bottlenecks, advising on the overall IT portfolio, helping departments identifying roadblocks proactively for successful implementation of technology projects etc. Some of the initiatives started in his guidance are the e-filing initiative of the Income tax, Centralized Processing of Returns, Systems Integration of both Income tax and Customs & Excise, introduction of biometrics in PAN cards, BPR exercise of the Income Tax department. He was involved in the designing of the service portfolio of e-Seva centers in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and in select Common Service Centers in Jharkhand.

He had been invited for modernization of the Public Distribution System in Gujarat by the Government of Gujarat. Currently, he has been involved in the project with the Cabinet Secretariat for the design and implementation of Performance Indicators for sixty ministries of the Government of India. He has worked closely in the area of National Identity and his paper on the challenges and bottlenecks of a single National ID in India has been a key driver for the current Unique ID Project in India. He was a member in the advisory board for the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, in the working group for setting up e-Governance standards in India. Also, he had been invited member of the IT Standardization body of BIS since 2006. He is a member of the Standing Committee leading the National Mission of Education by ICT of MHRD, India for designing the technology strategy for higher education in India and has been a member of the core knowledge group in impact assessment of e-governance projects in India.

He has been involved in the BPR and IT Roadmap designing of SEWA. He had been the India Lead of a couple of cross country studies between India and UK on issues of Security & Identity Management, with a special focus on National Identity, sponsored by the Research Councils of UK and the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). He had been invited speaker at the China Education and Research Conference hosted by the Government of China and had been invited by the Ministry of IT of Indonesia to speak. He had been the India lead of a six-country study (with Harvard Business School) on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (ESP) for four years.

Under his leadership, Catallysts has seen growth in terms of a self-sustained boot-strapped startup whose clients include many organizations in India, Middle East and South East Asia. In this process of providing value acceleration to clients, Catallysts journey has been very exciting. The value provided to the clients has been recognized as Catallysts have been ranked by Silicon India independently as one of the top most promising consulting firms and also the example of an outcome oriented interventions.

Prof. Dass had received the prestigious Infosys Scholarship for pursuing his doctoral studies. He was also the recipient of the Competitive Scholarship from the Marketing Management Association of the USA in 2003 and was one of the four invited members from India at the Copenhagen Consensus, 2004. He has published a number of research papers in forums like national and international research conferences (like IEEE Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, IWRA World Water Congress, International Conference on e-Governance etc.), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) to name a few, journals (like International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, Journal of Information Technology, Cases and Annals, International Journal of Technology Policy & Management etc.) and as book chapters (from publishers like Mc-Graw Hill, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science of Springer-Verlag etc.). He has also co-authored the book on Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm with Laudon&Laudon (published by Pearson). He is a regular reviewer of various top rated international conferences and journals.

He had been invited by the World Customs Organization and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a speaker and panelist along with Sir Clive Granger, Nobel Prize Recipient in Economics of 2003 and has been featured as one of the IT thought leaders in India by CNN in February 2008. Prof. Dass had been awarded as the Best Professor in IT Management in Asia in Asia’s Best B-¬School Awards presented by the World Education Congress in 2012.