Friday, October 1, 2010

Ramesh Venkataraman

"Fundamental to corporate governance is business ethics. Corporate governance is the framework or the supervisory mechanism, but the core of a company is its ethical ethos, which is the intrinsic component that drives behaviour. Currently, the perception about businiess ethics is narrow and mostly centred upon absence of bribery and so on. Business ethics has a wide connotation. It means making the right choices with all the stakeholders. There is tremendous business value to be derived from being ethical. It is a strength, not a weakness or a soft underbelly."
Ramesh Venkataraman, Head, Asia Pacific, CurAlea (
April 21, over lunch
Trustee, Junglescapes, Bangalore (
October 1, 2010, 3.30 pm

1 comment:

Murali said...

About Ramesh...

Ramesh Venkataraman heads the Asia Pacific operations of CurAlea, an international management consulting firm specializing in the areas of Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Risk Management.

Ramesh’s most recent work experience was with Unilever plc as Director – Corporate Audit, Asia during 2000-06. In this role he was responsible for providing independent reassurance on major risks to the business in over 15 countries in the Asia Pacific region, with a high focus on China, Australasia, India and South East Asia. A significant part of this responsibility involved the review of Governance risks and compliance to the Code of Ethics.

Prior to this Ramesh worked with Hindustan Unilever Limited for over 18 years in a number of Finance and Business roles. He was also Financial Controller at Pond’s India Limited during 1996-1999.

Ramesh has been actively involved in the academic and teaching aspects of Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. His involvement in this area include

Initiating and conducting a comprehensive 11 session full credit programme on this subject for a B-school in Bangalore during 2004-06.
Panelist and guest speaker at INSEAD, Singapore on the subject of “Asian Values and Western Management Practices – Are Synergies Possible?”, in 2004
Guest speaker at the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, in 2007, on “Leveraging Enterprise Risk Management for Competitive Advantage”
Guest speaker at the Institute of Directors, Bangalore on “New Approaches in CSR”, in 2006
Guest speaker at the National Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, in 2003, on “Risk Based auditing”.

Currently, as part of CurAlea, Ramesh is pioneering the concept of e-learning in the area of Business Ethics.