80:20 Vision: Akhila Srinivasan
November 11, 2010Akhila Srinivasan
49, Managing Director, Shriram Life Insurance
(Number of times in BT's Most Powerful list: 2)
Akhila Srinivasan devotes roughly 80 per cent of her time to managing Shriram Life Insurance, one of the companies in the Rs 40,000 crore Shriram Group. Just 20 per cent for other activities may appear inadequate to achieve any major goal, but Srinivsan packs a punch even when she is not overseeing operations of Shriram Life Insurance, where she is Managing Director.
The Shriram Foundation started by Srinivasan, of which she is the Managing Trustee, runs a free school and a community college to train the outlying village students and youth south of Chennai.
Srinivasan is also President of the Shri Shri Ravishankar University in Orissa, an honorary position. She is responsible for setting up the University from scratch, to be completed in phases by 2017. Srinivasan is targeting July 2011 to flag off an MBA course from the university; this will be followed by engineering, health sciences, law, and other curricula in the years ahead. "This university will become the Nalanda of modern India, incorporating ancient and modern wisdom,'' she says.