Rajasekhar Ramaraj is the Founder of Sify, the pioneer and leader in Internet, Networking and eCommerce Services in India. Until recently he served as the CEO. Currently, Ramaraj is associated on a part time basis as a Venture partner/mentor at Sequoia Capital and is a member of the global Board of Trustees of TiE. He was a member of the ICANN Board from December 2006 to October 2012.
Ramaraj is a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras and an MBA from the IIM, Calcutta.
Beginning his career in Sales and Marketing, Ramaraj went on to pioneer the retail marketing of computers in India by establishing Computer Point in 1984. He was a Founding Director of Microland Ltd before becoming Director of Sterling Cellular. Ramaraj has also served as the President of the Internet Service Providers Association of India.
Ramaraj was selected by the 2006 Nominating Committee to serve as an ICANN Board Member.
Awards and Honors
Ramaraj was recognized as the ‘Evangelist of the Year’ at the India Internet World Convention in September 2000. He was also voted the IT Person of the Year 2000 in a CNET.com poll based in India. He was invited by the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to be a member of UN’s Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG).