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Balaji Selvaraju, a first-gen entrepreneur, is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of ProMinds® Consulting Pvt Ltd., India.  He transformed the company from a start-up to a respected brand in the chosen field of business with versatility under his leadership.

Balaji’s passion for entrepreneurship helped build ProMinds against all the odds to position as a brand in the market. It was under his leadership, ProMinds achieved the prestigious Worldwide SEI Partner for CMMI® & People CMM® Product Suite with a worldwide license; and the Empanelment with CERT-In under Ministry of ICT, Govt. of India, as an Information Security Auditing Organization  to be in the elite list of companies having versatile capabilities.

Balaji has a reputation for himself of his expertise, professionalism and integrity as an individual. As part of his entrepreneurial endeavor, as an Executive Management he had demonstrated strong abilities in Leadership, People Management, BD, CRM & Account Management. He helped ProMinds emerge as an undisputed leader in this space for Small and Medium Businesses and entering in to a newer orbit.

He has over 15 years of rich experience in the field of Software Engineering, Process Improvement, Information Security, Governance, Risk and Compliance and PM amongst others in diversified verticals in the industry. While practicing entrepreneurship, he has successfully managed and/or delivered 200+ projects for 280+ clients since inception of ProMinds in June 2005.

Balaji had been extensively working and promoting the SEI's various product suite such as SW CMM, CMMI, P-CMM for over a decade with over 200+ IT and Software organizations. He had won awards & published couple of articles in SPI & Business Continuity with publication and universities of international repute.
Balaji is a Certified PMP from PMI, USA; Certified Quality Analyst (CQA), QAI, USA; Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) from ISACA, USA, Certified Vulnerability Assessor (CVA), DNV, ITIL V3 Foundation Certified, OGC; Information Security Manager, CIS, Austria; Information Security Auditor, CIS, Austria; a Lead Auditor for BS 7799.

Balaji had won a technical paper presentation contest at Anna University -TVS Center for Quality Management, Chennai, India on Software Reliability Engg. He authored and presented a technical paper on Information Security Management, in the paper presentation contest held as part of QQUEST2003 organized by Anna University-TVS Center for Quality Management, Chennai, India.

Balaji had publication of his article on Business Continuity in July 2002 edition of Security Management, an international magazine. He was awarded Runner-up in the SPI Quiz contest held as part of SPICON2002 organized by SPIN Chennai, India participated by leading IT companies.
Balaji is an Engineering Graduate from University of Madras, India; a Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and holds a Diploma in Management.

Kumar G is a Senior Vice President of IT –GRC Practice at ProMinds, Chennai, and serves as the Practice Head – IT GRC. He has over three decades of experience in Banking, Information Technology, Information Systems Audit and Information Security domains.

Kumar is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA), Certified Anti-money laundering Professional (CAMLP), International Certificate holder in Banking Risk and Regulations (ICBRR) from GARP, USA, Certified Information Security Professional (CISP) by STQC and Lead Implementer for ISO 27001. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

He has worked in Indian Bank and was part of initial Information Technology team and held different positions. During his tenure he successfully planned and implemented several critical projects in the IT across different domains. He also has rich experience in different areas of banking operations.  He had extensive experience in Project Management having successfully planned and executed projects for banks while he was Asst Vice President at a leading banking solution provider. He had successfully lead many IT Risk Assessment projects and ISO 27001 projects while he was Lead Consultant, Information Assurance at a leading Information Security Group.

Kumar has worked on several audit assurance and consulting assignments while he was working in IS consulting organization in Chennai, Pune, Riyadh, Mauritius. He worked as head of Information Security Group in one of the top software companies in Chennai. He has a rich experience in IT audits, IT internal controls reviews, IT Risk assessment and Information Security Management System (ISMS) – ISO 27001:2005.  In his audit and assurance profession, he has successfully handled several engagements in banking and financial services, Retail, Telecom, oil, IT and manufacturing industries.

Kumar is also experienced in training employees and students on Information Security, Compliance and Risk Management. He was a guest faculty for RBI, Chennai, ISACA Chennai.  Currently he is guest faculty at IFMR, Chennai, a Business school and few IT companies and colleges.

P M Shareef is a Certified Lead Appraiser and Auditor; a Principal Consultant at ProMinds has over 15 years experience in IT/ITeS Process Industry with consultancy, training and appraisal experience in multi-domain and multi-cultural environments. As Principal Consultant he is overall responsible for leading a specialist consulting and auditing team to deliver consulting, implementation, training and assessment/appraisal/certification services using process improvement models/standards such as CMMI, ITIL, eSCM, ISO, Six Sigma, etc.

Shareef is a Research Scholar: Phd (Software Engineering), Anna University– In Progress; holds M.S, BITS Pilani; M.B.A (Gold Medallist) in Information Systems; PGDFM, B.Tech (Honors) (Gold Medallist).

Shareef has a wide range of professional certifications and qualifications includes, SEI Certified and Authorized SCAMPI Class A High Maturity Lead Appraiser ITSQC Authorized eSCM-SP Lead Evaluator, SEI Authorized SCAMPI Class B & C Team Leader, IRCA Registered and Certified ISMS (ISO/IEC 27001) Lead Auditor, IRCA Registered and Certified QMS (ISO 9001: 2008) Lead Auditor, RABQSA Certified IT (ISO/IEC 20000) Lead Auditor, RABQSA Certified BCMS (BS 25999) Lead Auditor, CSSBB - Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, CRISC, CGEIT, CISM, CISA from ISACA, USA, CSQA, ITIL V3 Foundation Certified, itSMF Certified ISO/IEC 20000: 2005 Auditor and a PMP.

He has led over 80+ SCAMPI Class A appraisals across the world and conducted over 100 ISO third party audits.

He had led, consulted, coordinated & participated as Appraisal/Determination Team Leader, Assessment/Appraisal/Determination Team Member for SW-CMM/ CMMI (Staged & Continuous)/eSCM based high maturity/capability CBA-IPI/ SCAMPI Class A/Capability Determination/People CMM/Six Sigma assignments. Consulted, trained and appraised major IT/ITeS companies in the US, Brazil, Greece, Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vitenam, India like HP GDCC, Politec, EDS BPO, Cognizant BPO, Cambridge, DMS International, Financial Technologies, Panasonic, Syscom Engineering, Patni Computers, in IT Governance, Information Security, Service Management and Software Engineering.

He had established a distinguished recognition on integrated process definition & training (awarded best trainer) for ISO 9001:2000/ISO 27001, Software CMM, CMMI, Six Sigma & People CMM model/standard best practices and requirements, its implementation & continuous process improvement.

Professionally as software process improvement consultant, has undertaken & successfully completed various software process-engineering consultancy & research assignments. He was instrumental & key player in the achievement of ISO 9001 certification for more than 20 software companies. He has special interest & expertise in organization wide information security resource planning, protection & management.

Prior to ProMinds, Shareef had served various capacities in delivery, operation and executive roles in his past employments including Trimentus Technologies, SSI Technologies (Xchanging India), and Polaris Software Lab in Chennai, India

Apparao G a Certified Lead Auditor, Lean Lead and Master Black belt in Six Sigma; is a Principal Consultant at ProMinds. He has over 30 years experience in IT/ITeS Process Industry with implementation, consultancy and training experience in multi-domain and multi-cultural environments. As a Principal Consultant, he is responsible for leading specialist consulting assignments to deliver consulting, implementation and training services using process improvement models/standards such as CMMI, ISO, Six Sigma, LEAN etc.

He was acknowledged for combining Technology, delivery and quality process perspectives to develop and achieve strategic organization level goals. He has ability to create and nurture quality/delivery teams and motivate them to achieve new heights of performance excellence. He worked in Public sector and various private sector industries. He developed strong passion for Quality while working with customers across the globe. He is also accepted as a guiding factor for achieving operational as well as business excellence through his rich and extensive experience in various areas like Project Management, Software Testing & Quality Assurance, Process Improvement, Six Sigma, Lean, Business Development functions, CMMI implementation, Process/Product Quality Consultancy, Software Quality Model Implementations etc,

Apparao holds an M.Tech in Integrated Electronic Circuits, IIT, Delhi, B.Tech from JNTU, Kakinada, AP

Apparao has a wide range of professional certifications and qualifications includes, IRCA Registered and Certified ISMS (ISO/IEC 27001) Lead Auditor, IRCA Registered and Certified QMS (ISO 9001: 2008) Lead Auditor, RABQSA Certified IT (ISO/IEC 20000) Lead Auditor, RABQSA Certified BCMS (BS 25999) Lead Auditor, Wipro - Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and LEAN Lead.

He had led, many Quality Initiates at Wipro Technologies involved in definition and implementation of ISO, CMM, CMMI, Lean and Six Sigma based processes across SBUs. He also led various consulting assignments in USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Prior to ProMinds, Apparao had served various capacities in delivery, operation and management roles in his past employments including Semiconductor Complex Limited, Chandigarh, OMC Computers Ltd., Hyderabad and Wipro Technologies.