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Ganesh Chella

Co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman


In a career spanning over three decades, Ganesh has come to be respected and acknowledged for his contributions as a practitioner, consultant, coach and thought leader in the fields of Organisation Development, Human Resources Management and Executive Coaching.
Ganesh pioneered the use of executive coaching for leader development in India. In his role as co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman, he has helped build CFI’s coaching know-how, models and methodologies. He is also the Program Director for CFI’s flagship Post Graduate Program in Executive Coaching.
Ganesh Chella is also the founder of Totus Consulting, a boutique strategic Human Resource Consulting firm that has addressed the Organisation Development and HR needs of over 145 clients across 275 client engagements over the past fifteen years. While he has worked with a wide range of client organisations, his work with high growth entrepreneurial organisations to support their needs of managing growth, deserves special mention.
Ganesh is also the Founder of Totus HR School, an institution that strives to make HR functions in Organisations more aligned and effective by promoting the professional development of its HR practitioners.
His book “Creating a Helping Organisation – 5 engaging ways to promote employee performance growth and well–being” provides path breaking insights into the helping needs of Indian employees and the place of various helping relationships to address these needs.
He has also co-authored the book  “Are you ready for the corner office”. This is the first ever systematic effort to establish the efficacy of executive coaching in the Indian context through 25 Indian executive coaching cases.
He has over 100 published articles to his credit.


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R. Ramaraj

Co-founder & Director


Ramaraj, Co-Founder and Director of Coaching Foundation India, is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in ventures in IT, Cellular and Internet. His last venture was Sify, where he was the Co-Founder and CEO. Sify was the first Indian Internet Company from India to list on NASDAQ National Market in the US (NASDAQ–SIFY). He was recognized as the ‘Evangelist of the Year’ at the India Internet World Convention in September 2000 and was also voted the IT Person of the year 2000 and 2001, in a CNET.com poll in India.
Currently, he is the Senior Advisor at Sequoia Capital. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
He is the first Indian to be invited to the Board of Directors of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He was a member of the Global Board of Trustees of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).
In 2010, CII recognized him with a Life Time Achievement Award for nurturing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and for inspiring and mentoring numerous entrepreneurs.
R. Ramaraj holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras and a M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


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Ashok Jayaram

Director & Former CEO


Ashok Jayaram is the former Chief Executive Officer of Coaching Foundation India Limited (CFI), a role he held for over six years. Ashok is currently on the Board of CFI.
Ashok’s professional career, spanning over 39 years, has taken him through a variety of marketing and general management roles. Prior to joining CFI he had a 19-year stint as the Country Head and Managing Director of Rotork Controls India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK based Rotork plc., the market leader, globally and in India, in valve actuation and controls.
His marketing experience is derived from 16 years in Best & Crompton Engineering, Chennai and also in Guest Keen Williams, Calcutta, handling a wide range of engineered products (steel forgings, automotive electrical, lifts, pumps, industrial carbons) and electrical turnkey projects (sub-stations, transmission lines, railway electrification).
Ashok holds B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


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Aditya Vikram Somani

“Coaching is the most powerful training tool but, unfortunately, the most under-utilized opportunity in Indian companies. My organizations see a deep benefit in engaging with coaches to address specific leadership development needs. I am grateful to CFI for their strong network and innovative methods to make a positive difference in management teams which helps companies scale up.!”

Aditya Vikram Somani / Chairman / Everest Industries Ltd

Harsha Viji

“CFI has brought an edge to our executive coaching. I especially appreciated CFI’s ability to use a network of coaches to find the right coach for each person; and their ability to ‘project manage; to deliver quality and results over more than a dozen individual coaching engagements. We continue to work with CFI extensively across our whole group of companies, and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a partner.!”

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