Management Committee

Mr. G. Rathinavelu

Mr. G. Rathinavelu - Founder and Managing Director of INMA group of companies, a globally present group, engaged in overseas and domestic Turnkey Construction and Infrastructure Projects. The Group is also active in Technology Transfer between India and Developing countries. He conceived the concept and was instrumental in the formation of TEAM-9, a landmark for Techno-Economic cooperation between select eight West African Countries and India. He is striving for Pan- Africa India economic cooperation

Mr Pierre Atepa Goudiaby

Mr Pierre Atepa Goudiaby - Global Architect, Chairman of Atepa Group and also one of the initiator of TEAM-9. He is a “State architect”, an emblematic figure in the African architectural landscape, and also designed the African Renaissance Monument Statue in Senegal, a world renowned landmark. He was the President of Order of Architects Senegal and the Union of Architects, Africa. He is also member of the International Academy of Architecture. He has been honoured with the country’s highest awards not only in Senegal but whole of Africa. He is committed for the development of Africa.

Mr. Shashank

Mr. Shashank -Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India and Ambassador to Denmark, Republic of Korea, Libya and High Commissioner to Malta. He served as Political Minister and Dy. High Commissioner in Pakistan. He had been Senior positions in Indian Missions in New York, Brussels, Hanoi and Cairo. He is a fluent speaker, erudite scholar. He is also an Expert Commentator on International Affairs. He believes that Indian Expertise and experience can contribute to their international and economic development

Padmabhushan Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai

Dr A Sivathanu Pillai a Distinguished Scientist of India is currently DRDO DS Kothari Chair for Research & Innovation at IIT (M) Research Park. Regarded as the Father of BRAHMOS, he was former Distinguished Professor of ISRO and Chief Controller (R&D) of DRDO. His immense knowledge will benefit the young brains of Africa and will be tuned to meet the future technological challenges.

Mr. Ravi Kumar S Joshi

Mr. Ravi Kumar S Joshi a retired Indian bureaucrat has served in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Secretariat, in various administrative and research positions. He has done diplomatic assignments in Maldives, Kenya and Austria. While in Vienna, Austria, he was also the Dy. PR to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. His areas of expertise are Russia, Central Asia, Pakistan, Iran, West Asia and interested in African empowerment though Indian experience.

Mr. Rana Som

Mr. Rana Som is a seasoned corporate leader who has had over 40 years of management experience at the highest level, especially in the fields of metals and mining, in various large public & private sector organizations In India. Mr. Som had been the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of India’s largest iron ore mining company, viz., National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC). Mr. Som was also the CMD of another mining company, viz., Hindustan Copper Ltd., which had been the only copper mining company in India. Mr. Som holds a Masters degree in Economics and a Post Graduation Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Mr. Hiren Banu

Mr. Hiren Banu a Financial expert. He has extensive experience in business development and management worldwide more so in Africa. Under his leadership, innovative banking and financial solutions have been planned to meet the growing challenges of Individuals and Businesses including corporate specially to benefit MSMEs of India and Africa.

Mr. Adarsh Ramanujan

Mr Adarsh Ramanujan an Advocate with office in New Delhi and Chennai, specializing in the areas of trade remedies, other WTO laws, Intellectual Property, Technology Laws and general commercial litigation and commercial arbitration which will be ideally necessary for the emerging younger generation of Africa.

Mr. R. Kanchanavelu

Mr. R. Kanchanavelu holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Masters in Business administration. As a management consultant and a Project Engineer, he has gained wide experience in various infrastructure development projects in different environments across Africa and India.

Mr. Thierry Cabou

Mr. Thierry Cabou is a senior management professional with strong roots in Africa and rich experience over a span of 20 years in the field of business law, investment banking, fundraising, mergers & acquisitions. Mr Cabou holds senior positions in various global organizations. He is also the resident of Cabou Group, which is involved investment banking, construction, green energy solutions and advisory services to various countries in Africa. Mr Cabou is the youngest African among only 18 Africans to ever receive theprestigious title of Knight of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes & of Malta.

Dr. G. Balachandran

Dr. G.Balachandran was till recently a Distinguished fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, Delhi where he headed the centre for North American Studies. Trained as a Physicist (M.Tech. in Applied Physics, University of Calcutta), Engineer (M.Sc.(Engg) Imperial College of Science and Technology, London) and Economics and Computer Science (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison USA), he has had a varied work experience as a Software Engineer (IBM European research laboratories, Winchester, UK), Press (Development Correspondent of The HINDU and Consulting Editor ( Business Standard)), Consultant in Science and Technology (Embassy of Brazil, Delhi), Trade information network (India Director of the multi-country UNDP project TIPS), Academic teaching (Visiting fellow, Carnegie Mellon University) and research at various think tanks (National Maritime Foundation, NMF, IDSA etc). His interests and studies are in the areas of Defence Studies (Indian defence (expenditure, imports, industry, technology), Pakistan and Chinese defence efforts), Nuclear issues both strategic (nuclear doctrine, nuclear stability issues, nuclear disarmament) and civil (nuclear energy, nuclear liability issues, nuclear safety and security) and Technology (International trade in High technology, export controls and R&D). He has been a consultant to the Americas Division, MEA during the India-US NSSP dialogue, a member of the member of the Kalam Committee on Integrated National Security set up by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then Secretary, Department of Defence Research, Government of India. In recent times he had authored a number of studies for government – in 2008 on Nuclear Liability laws and related issues for the National Security Council Secretariat; in 2005 on “NSSP and Beyond” for the Perspective Planning Division of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA); in 2004 on “Economic Aspects of Pakistan war Waging Capabilities” for Net Assessment, Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) Ministry of Defence; in 2003 on “A Study of US Laws, rules and regulations governing exports and Indo-US high technology relations.” for the America Division of MEA. His other interests include Psephology (Consultant to various TV stations and newspapers on Indian elections).