The Great Circle

The Great Circle is an initiative by the Alumni Relations cell at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

This initiative is one of its kind where alumni get to share their expertise in various areas of management such as entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, operations, analytics etc.

The series started in July 2020 and is a bi-monthly one with a focus on building a stronger connect between Great Lakes’ 9000+ alumni and current, incoming students. In the words of our founder and chairman, Dr Bala Balachandran, “Your network is your net worth” and what better than having access to a strong network available right in your backyard.

Each Great Circle talk constitutes a 60-minute talk on a particular topic from the alum followed by 30 minutes of interaction with the current students.

Our first talk was scheduled on 4th July 2020 with Lakshmikant PB; an alum from the class of 2006 currently the Finance Controller at SRI Capital – a US-based VC fund. The session was well-received by all the students present as they were treated to an insightful talk on ‘Early Stage VC Investing and Portfolio Management’.


  • Chicago Booth
  • Hkust
  • Babson
  • Universite De Bordeaux
  • IIT Stuart School of Business
  • Bauer
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