Alumni Speak


Uppili Ramabadran

Director, Sys Two Analytics & Research
PGPM Class of 2005

Progressing from a Trainee Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers to Director in a Private Limited Company, Great Lakes has been a game changer as it enabled me to learn from world class faculty at an affordable cost.

What was your position when you joined Great Lakes?  What position do you hold right now?

I was working as a Trainee Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers before joining Great Lakes. At present, I am working as Director with Sys Two Analytics & Research (India) Private Limited  which provides equity research services to US clients based out of Chennai.

How has Great Lakes been a game changer in helping you grow in your career?

Great Lakes have been a game changer as it enabled me to learn from world class faculties at an affordable cost. I learnt that most learned people are humble and committed. Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes, famously said by Peter Drucker. The education by Great Lakes embodied the same principle which was instrumental in enhancing my career.

Can you think of an interesting incident or a talk given by a guest speaker or faculty that has made a profound impact in your life?

There were three faculty members who impressed me the most. The faculty member name is Prof Jayaraman. He guided us in setting up management consultancy division in Great Lakes during first year. He didn’t charge a dime for his services. His actions acted as a testimony to the principle “Nishkam Karma (action performed without any expectations of results).  Prof S.P Kothari (MIT Sloan) and Prof. R. Vaidyanathan (IIMB)  teachings had a profound impact in my life.

What are the two good things you feel proud about Great Lakes?

Great Lakes provides immense scope for learning and world class management education at an affordable cost.

What new initiatives would take Great Lakes to go to the next level and how can Alumni contribute to it?

Great Lakes should establish a venture capital fund to fund start up by his students addressing social challenges faced by Indian citizens. Will support the  initiative to best of my abilities


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