Our Guiding Spirit


Pradipta K Mohapatra (1950 – 2017)

co-founder and founding Chairman of CFI.

A truly loved and respected business leader, natural mentor and coach, Pradipta has helped shape the vision and direction of CFI since its inception.
As a coach and business leader he added great value to the lives of people he touched.As the co-founder and Chairman, Pradipta will be missed but his guiding spirit will keep energising us to go ahead and realise our potential as an institution.


Ganesh Chella

co-founder, Vice Chairman & Managing Director

Ganesh pioneered the use of executive coaching for leader development in India.
In his role as co-founder, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, he provides the vision, thought leadership and strategic direction to the institution and its programs and practices. He also leads some of its programs as a Program Director. Ganesh is also a seasoned and sought after Executive Coach.
Ganesh is a Human Resources and Organisation Development professional by training and experience, having worked in global and Indian corporates for 16 years. He also runs totus consulting, a highly respected boutique HR consulting firm which has worked with close to 200 clients in the past 17 years.
He has authored the book titled “Creating a Helping Organisation – 5 engaging ways to promote employee performance growth and well–being” and co-authored the book “Are you ready for the corner office”.
He has over 100 published articles to his credit. His also blogs regularly.
Ganesh is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is a professional member of ISABS and served on its Board as Dean–Publications for 6 years. He was trained and certified as a Master Coach by Dr. Skiffington, Australia in the year 2001.


R. Ramaraj

Co-founder & Director

Ramaraj 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 later served as a Senior Advisor at Sequoia Capital, and is currently in a similar position at Elevar Equity. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
He was on the Board of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and a member of the Global Board of Trustees of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).
Ramaraj is on the board of Olympic Gold Quest, a Not for Profit organization, committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world.He is also the Chairman of Villgro Foundation, an Incubator for social enterprises, and a Director of the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee at the IIT Madras Incubation Centre.
Ramaraj is co-Founder and Director at CFI.
R. Ramaraj holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management,Calcutta and a PhD from SRM University.


Ashok Jayaram

Director & Former CEO

Ashok’s professional career, spanning over 39 years, has taken him through a variety of marketing and general management roles. In his last corporate role, he was 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 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 holds B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.



Why customers choose us

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.!”

Harsha Viji / Managing Director / Sundaram Mutual

Mr. Ashok Dhingra

“Class room sessions were extremely lively and interactive and a practice session after every presentation was unique and great learning experience. Internship was rigorous and the seniors’ supervision was very reassuring. Excellent programme.”

Mr. Ashok Dhingra/ Executive Coach & Management Consultant/ SABMiller India

Our Clients