Ram Kumar Kakani

Director, IIM Raipur

Ram Kumar Kakani is Director at the IIM Raipur, an institute of national importance, and on sabbatical at the IIM Kozhikode. Ram started as a technocrat in the corporate sector and moved towards the academic world, focusing on Finance-Performance-Strategy. Earlier, Ram was faculty at XLRI Jamshedpur and LBSNAA Mussoorie. Abroad, he worked as an academic in Denmark, Nigeria, Singapore, and UAE. Ram has co-authored books with publishers ranging from Cambridge, Sage to Routledge. His textbooks with McGraw-Hill run into multiple editions. In the last one decade, Ram has moved towards the Leadership and Governance domains to explore socially impactful initiatives aimed at Public Administration, including holding a director position of a registered society, Government of India’s National Centre for Leadership Development & Competency Assessment (NCLDCA).
Ram believes ‘often people are competent but not actionable.’ Thus, Ram hopes to consolidate his learnings by merging his cross functional insights in Business, Financial Analysis, Public Policy, and Leadership Development– and make life more meaningful.