Ajit Balakrishnan

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Ajit Balakrishnan
Citizenship India
Alma mater IIM Calcutta
Occupation Chairman & CEO of Rediff.com

Ajit Balakrishnan (Malayalam: അജിത് ബാലകൃഷ്ണൻ) is an Indian entrepreneur, business executive and administrator. He is from Kerala. He is a resident of Mumbai, India. He is the founder and current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rediff.com, an internet company based in Mumbai.[1][2] Balakrishnan is also the current Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta).[3]


Balakrishnan holds a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Kerala and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from IIM Calcutta (1971).[4]


Balakrishnan's first business was Rediffusion, now known as Rediffusion DY&R (Dentsu Young & Rubicam), which he co-founded when he was 22. In 1995, he founded Rediff.com, which became a highly successful internet site, and was listed on NASDAQ in 2001.[5]


He writes a column in Business Standard[6] and has written a book published by Macmillan Publishers[7] called The Wave Rider.[8] He has co-authored a research paper, Generic Framework for a Recommendation System using Collective Intelligence,[9] with Alkesh Patel which was presented at the International Conference on Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, 2009.

Public service[edit]

Balakrishnan is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta.[10] He was named as the Chairman Emeritus of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).[11] He has served as the Chairman of the Govt of India, Ministry of Information Technology Working Group on Internet Governance and Proliferation. He chaired a Committee appointed by India's Ministry of Human Resource Development on 'Research and Faculty Enhancement at the 7 IIMs'. He is currently a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education of the Government of India.[12]


External links[edit]

  • [blogs.rediff.com/ajitb Ajit Balakrishnan's blog on Rediff.com]
  • The Wave Rider