Raghuram has been Director, IIM Bangalore, since February 2017. Prior to taking over as Director of IIM Bangalore, he was Professor and Chairperson of the Public Systems Group at IIMA. He has been Dean (Faculty), IIMA, Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University and Indian Railways Chair Professor.
He specializes in infrastructure and transport systems, and logistics and supply chain management. He conducts research on the railway, port, shipping, aviation and road sectors. He has published over 35 refereed papers in journals and written over 160 case studies. He has published six co-authored books. He was awarded (i) ‘Life-time Achievement Award’ for Transport Excellence, by Mahindra and Mahindra, supported by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in 2018 (ii) ‘MC Puri Memorial Award’ for contribution to Operational Research in India in 2016 (iii) ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contribution to Logistics and Infrastructure by EXIM News in 2014 and (iv) ‘Academician of the Year’ by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society of India, and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has teaching experience at universities in India, USA, Canada, Yugoslavia, Singapore, Tanzania, UAE and Japan.
He is a member of the Global Future Council on Mobility of the World Economic Forum and of the Board of Directors of four companies in the fields of infrastructure and logistics. Overall, he has been on the Board of 14 companies. He is on the Board of four educational institutions, one NGO and on the Advisory Board of a few other educational institutions. He has offered consultancy services to over 100 organizations including multilateral agencies. He has been part of various government policy making and advisory committees for the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping, Cabinet Secretariat, Comptroller and Auditor General, the Planning Commission and various State Governments.
Raghuram has a BTech from IIT, Madras; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad; and a PhD from Northwestern University, USA.