STEWARD OF PURPOSE
Girija Pande based in Singapore is the Chairman of Apex Avalon Consulting, which provides Management Consulting and Business Research to businesses in the fast-growing Asia Pacific (APAC) market. Mr. Pande is ex-President of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Asia Pacific, a part of India's largest business conglomerate. He also Chairs the Asia Board of Advisors of Chain i Q Ltd, Zurich – a global sourcing and procurement firm. His current interests lie in Technology / Fintech, Sustainability & Healthcare.
Mr. Pande has over three decades of experience in senior positions in Banking and Financial Services with a Citibank affiliate and subsequently ANZ Banking Group, and in IT with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Ltd. TCS is a global Tech giant valued at over $100 bn with over 400,000 FTE. Mr Pande set up TCS-APAC and under his Chairmanship the company grew to 11,000 associates in 14 countries. Mr. Pande was also Vice Chairman of TCS’ joint-venture with the Chinese Government & Microsoft, and was instrumental in building the business to over 2,500 associates in six cities in China.
He was council member for the Singapore Government’s high powered Manpower Council set up by the Infocom Development Authority and served on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University, NTU Business School and Boards of National Council of Social Services & Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on Boards of Global Technology Companies, National Healthcare Group, Institute of South Asian Studies—part of NUS and serves as a Trustee of SINDA. He serves on the Advisory Board of a ESG Fund as well and mentors deep tech startups.He has recently joined the High Level Advisory Board of Brussels based Digital Goes Green Foundation working on sustainability issues of digitalisation.
Awards: He recently was awarded Public Service Medal by the Goverment of Singapore on National Day. He received the best CEO Award from Singapore HR Institute and two Social Services Award by Ministry of Social & Family Development. He was conferred “The Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2019 by Pan IIM Alumni in Singapore.
Mr. Pande holds an engineering degree and an MBA from India’s prestigious business school, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. He has extensive experience throughout Asia, as he held senior postings in Korea, Hong Kong, Bahrain and India. He was the Executive Chairman of ANZ Grindlays Asset Management Company in India and served on Advisory Boards of PE Funds focused on India /Technology.
Mr. Pande is well known among business circles in Singapore, India and Asia and has wide ranging contacts in these countries. He has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum & Boao Forum in China and recently spoke in TEDX Connect on Sustainability. He frequently speaks on business and technology forums in Asia. He is frequently interviewed on International TV Channels like CNBC, Bloomberg and the international press for his views on Asian and global business trends. He has co-authored a successful book on building business in China and India 'The Silk Road Rediscovered' published by John Wiley.