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Harsha Kestur
Harsha Kestur

Harsha Kestur




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Job Profile:
Responsible for total functioning of Management Studies and Research Center in the capacity of Director reporting to Governing Council.
Developing people and TEAM is my strength that has been proved throughout my career.
Mentoring students, Professionals & MSME.
Sharing Best Practices in Procurement, Project & Program Management.
Recognizing Best Innovative Projects and Professionals.
Assisting in Placements & in getting scholarship.
About 3 decades of experience in Supply Chain Management, Project Management,Team Management, Procurement, Analytic, Logistics and SEZ STPI Compliance.
Proven ability in handling price negotiation, technical discussions with vendors
Expertise in setting quality standards for operational areas & ensuring a high customer satisfaction.RIMSR is a dedicated center for quality management education located in Bangalore. RIMSR offers value added E-Learning courses and Training prpgram like DPM, PGDPM, MBA in Project Management from PMI USA. visit
Working Life Management:
Plan & Organize your work and have plan B for critical activities.
usually week days for office, Saturday for Trade association and Sundays & Holidays for family.
Involve family in trade association meetings, events and outings.
break fast & dinner with family.
will do meditation and pranayama.
connected with family members through Facebook, whats-App, etc,..
Done Differently:
Will take Industry Certifications early in career,
Will work in different domains and different organizations to get 360 degree view of the Industry and increase competencies.
Growth Strategy:
Continuous Learning
Participating in many national & international conference
mentoring team members.
part of Board of Studies and Task force in Trade Bodies.
360 degree feedback, skip meetings, career path discussions, etc,.
Do many quality projects as Champion.
team development events
knowledge management
The Journey So Far:
I have done Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and Certified Materials Manager from IIMM. Presently I am the Director of Rangnekar Institute of Management studies Indian Affiliate of Brenau University USA. Earlier I was Chief Materials Officer of WIPRO ltd, I joined Wipro Ltd, Global IT service provider in 1987 and has nearly 30 years of experience in all areas of Procurement, Logistics, Supply Management, Project Management Reverse Logistics, Green supply chain, Global Sourcing and Team, category buyers Development. Wipro is one of first to start STPI & SEZ units in the country. I am certified green belt & six sigma champion. I am responsible for certification of standards like ISO, CMMi
I am Board of Studies member and Dy. Chairman E-Learning of IIMM. I am the recipient of the Outstanding contribution to Materials Management from IIMM. I have presented many papers in both national and international conferences. I am Dy. Director E-Learning-IIMM
Plans For The Future:
Actively involved in building world class Institute for Learning with collaboration with India ET100 companies and World TOP 50 universities using technologies like MOOC.
Active open net-worker in social media for knowledge management.
Career Profile:
My current role is in Education sector trying to bridge gap between Industry and Academia Interactions. Responsible for total functioning of Management Studies and Research Center in the capacity of Director reporting to Governing Council.
Developing people and TEAM is my strength that has been proved throughout my career.
Mentoring Project works.
Guide Project Management students, Professionals & MSME.
Sharing Best Practices in Procurement, Project Program Management.
Recognizing Best Innovative Projects and Professionals.
Assisting in Placements.
Assisting in getting scholarship
My earlier is Head of Materials in Corporate Sector, WIPRO ltd.
Handling SEZ STPI projects ensuring compliance.
• Smooth mergers and shifting of projects
• Proficient in handling demand fulfillment & ensuring smooth flow of supplies
• Inventory control through setting up optimum stocking level.
• Expertise in International Logistics and project management.
good knowledge in all fields of procurement & SCM
Degrees That Matter:
E-Learning courses like
Diploma in Project Management,
Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management Program,
MBA in Project Management, Operations, International Business, Entrepreneur Development Program, Healthcare , Human Resources
Study in USA for 4 weeks on International business,Entrepreneur Development Program for Professionals, students & MSME.
RIMSR is affiliated to Brenau University, USA.
Brenau University is Ranked in TOP 5 University in Project Management Programs and recognized by PMI USA. visit

Certification from Indian Institute of Materials Management like CMM, CSM, CLM for SCM professionals & E-learning courses for students. visit
Advice For New Professionals:
Continuous Learning
take certifications early
Adopt for Job needs based on SWOT
be focused & have patience
first five years Company Brand is your Identification afterwards you should be the Brand Ambassador
Enhance and broad base your competencies.
Required Reading:
knowledge management sites of their profession trade bodies, certification agencies.
MOOC of their profession and recommended books from these courses
social networking sites like LinkedIn,
Wikipedia, Professional Blogs, Professional online journals.
say for SCM & PM,,
Changes In The Professional Environment:
More Automated, focus on SLA, Customer satisfaction, Continuous Learning, Global best practices exposure.
More self centered, competition at door step, fast technological changes, moving from relationship based to rational & meritorious, Speed, bigger opportunities, risk taking, value and ethical system going down, more pressure on work-life balance,better salary, better work place, focus on knowledge management & outcome
Prized Accomplishment(s):
Starting FIRST IT SEZ ( WIPRO) for the country.
Member of 25 years CLUB in WIPRO
Receiving Outstanding Contribution to Materials Management field from Indian Institute of Materials Management.
Other Thoughts:
I am active in social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc,..and trade bodies like Indian Institute of Materials Management, MAIT, World Academy of Productivity Science.
Professional Strengths:
shared services for supply chain operations
six sigma and lean projects for supply chain
process automation
portals deployment
conducting national & international supply chain conferences
Supply Chain Management,
Project Management,
Team Management,
Global Sourcing
Vendor Development
Program Management
Contribution to the field
Was first to start STPI unit and SEZ unit (WIPRO) for IT industry and smoothly managed their compliance.
Conducting International Supply chain & Logistics Expo ( SCALE) annually from 2000 in Bangalore under IIMM umbrella
Started E-Learning courses & member certification in IIMM from 2011.
Received National President Appreciation Medal from IIMM in 2013.
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