Prof Ram Kumar Kakani, faculty at IIM Kozhikode, has been appointed as the new Director of IIM Raipur. Dr Kakani, who has taken over the charge on March 8, 2022, succeeds Dr Bharat Bhaskar who has served as Director of IIM Raipur since 2017. Dr Bhaskar extended a warm welcome to Dr Kakani on his joining as new Director at IIM Raipur, to which Dr Ram responded, “Thank you IIM Raipur family for this warm welcome. Feel proud to be part of this. Regards Ram.”
As Dr Ram believes ‘often people are competent but not actionable’, he plans to consolidate his learnings by merging his cross functional insights in Business, Financial Analysis, Governance, Public Policy, and Leadership Development– and make life more meaningful.
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur is the second generation IIM set up in 2010 and has grown up to one of the top B-schools in India. It is ranked # 15 in Govt. of India MHRD NIRF Ranking 2021 for 100 Management institutes and is ranked # 17 in MBAUniverse.com B-school Rankings 2022. Apart from the 2 years full time Post Graduate Programme in Management, IIM Raipur also offers 2 years PGDM for Working Executives (PGPMWE) which is a part time programme with fortnightly weekend classes; Fellow Programme in Management and Executive Fellow Programme in Management.
Prior to joining IIM Raipur as Director, Dr. Ram was a Professor in Finance, Accounting & Control, and Head Center for Governance at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K). He has served as faculty at IIM Kozhikode since 2019. Before that, Dr Kakani had served as faculty at XLRI Jamshedpur multiple times from 2015 to 2019, from 2008 to 2012 and in 2005-2006. He had served as faculty at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, training the IAS officers from 2012 to 2015.
Dr. Ram has worked internationally as an academician in Denmark, Nigeria, Singapore, and UAE. He was ICCR Chair Professor, Lagos Business School (LBS), Lagos, Nigeria; Professor, S P Jain Center of Management (SPJCM), Singapore, 2006 – 2008; Research Scholar (Finance Area), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2000. Prof. Ram has also served as the Director of the Government of India’s National Center for Leadership Development and Competency Assessment.
Doctorate in Management from IIM Calcutta in Finance & Control and B. Tech from AU College of Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, in Chemical Engineering, Dr Ram Kumar Kakani, started his professional career as a technocrat in the corporate sector and moved towards the higher education world, focusing on the field of Finance-Performance-Strategy. He has co-authored multiple books in the domains of finance and public administration with publishers like Cambridge, Sage, Routledge and McGraw-Hill. He is an active case writer and researcher. Dr Ram has conducted a large number of Executive Development Programmes for senior level managers and officers from public sector, private and government organizations.
IIM Raipur was set up by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2010 at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, one of the fastest growing states of India with its rich mineral, forest, natural and local resources. Recently, IIM Raipur has shifted to its new 200 acre campus at Atal Nagar, Naya Raipur. Earlier it was operating from the Government Engineering College Campus, Raipur. The new campus is a state-of-the-art campus presenting a blissful mix of modern architecture, culture & heritage of Chhattisgarh
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