Job Title : Advisor of Northeastern University, Previous Executive Director, TiE SV,
Raj Desai, Executive Director, TiE SV and global business executive with over 40 years of experience in building global teams and entrepreneurship after holding senior positions in professional services, telecom and non-profit organizations.
Raj started his career with the Coopers & Lybrand, UK practice where he held a variety of roles, including C & L Malawi. Subsequently, Raj joined British Telecom’s management team in the new and emerging value added services business and participated in several acquisitions in the US which resulted in his relocation to the US. In 1994 following a merger of British Telecom’s operations in the US with MCI, Raj ventured into the entrepreneurial world by acquiring a number of commercial printing businesses over a period of six years. After consolidating these businesses, Raj made a successful exit.
Raj has been with TiE since inception as a volunteer, then as the Executive Director for six years since 2000, doubling up as TiE Global ED until 2005. He took a three-year India assignment as the Country Head of Rhythm New Media. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Miista, a high-end women’s shoe company based in Europe. He returned to TiE SV early this year as a volunteer, serving as the Guest Relations Chair for TiEcon 2012.
Raj is a very experienced mentor and brings to the table tremendous understanding of global markets, a keen understanding of business dynamics, a sharp sense of operations planning & management and a deep knowledge about how the global investing eco-system operates.