Former Managing Director for Fortune 50 MNC, Author, Technologist, Innovator and Documentary producer | 26 years in the Corporate world
Raj Biyani served as the Managing Director of a Fortune 50 MNC’s India operations. Having spent 23 years in the tech industry in the US before returning to India, Raj brings a wealth of global experience into his coaching. Raj has co-authored a best-selling book on cloud computing. Raj has also collaborated with Hollywood directors as a technical advisor and has co-produced a documentary that was telecast on CNBC. The transformational journey of Microsoft IT India where the organizational leadership index moved from 51% to 99% under Raj Biyani’s leadership has been featured in business school case studies at Harvard Business School, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, & Singapore Management University.
Raj was the Managing Director for the Microsoft IT India center from 2010-2016. In 2014, Raj partnered with MNC leaders to co-produce a documentary featuring multinational best practices in India, “Inventing the Zero, Reaching for Infinity: The story of India and its IT industry,” that’s been telecast on CNBC (link to the 30-second promotional trailer).
Raj helped shape and accelerate Microsoft IT’s cloud strategy through the internal evangelism and adoption of Microsoft’s Azure platform through development and deployment of the first Windows Azure LOB application. The learnings from Microsoft’s own cloud journey were captured in a playbook for CXOs, “To The Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise” published by McGraw Hill, 2011. The Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption--a clear framework and proven best practices.
Raj worked on several engineering teams within the Microsoft product groups, including as Employee #1 on the Windows Marketplace team (precursor to the Windows Store).
During his seventeen years at Microsoft, Raj was awarded several US patents, one EU patent, and established himself as a thought leader by authoring or co-authoring ten “ThinkWeek” papers for Bill Gates.
Raj’s diverse track record includes driving Microsoft’s partnership with James Cameron’s blockbuster production, “Avatar,” which established Microsoft as a critical data management partner for the film.
MBA with Honors, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Bachelors in Computer Science and Accounting, Goshen College, Indiana