Rena Singh Ghai
Strong Budget, Budgeting, Analytical, Planning/Monitoring/Evaluation, Research, and Writing Skills 15+ years of being part of teams conducting governmental studies, in responsible government position for over 5 years in USA, and independent research. Author of recently published book “Budget Busters” launched by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (a rendition is on www.budgetbusters.in). Actual in the field experience of analysis and evaluation of government policies, fiscal aspects, and monitoring projects/programs/departments at the County of Santa Clara, California – County Executive’s Office of Budget and Analysis. Also have been a Computer Science and IT Projects Judge/Evaluator for Faridabad Industry Association’s inter-collegiate competitions in 2011 and 2012. Manage People, Resources and Processes. In India primarily as a social entrepreneur employed persons with the minimum qualifications and after extensive training got them into large IT companies. Managed telecom based 24 * 7 projects in India. Well versed in numerous software and IT solutions. Strategic Networking and Team Player. Well networked person. Member of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce in Industry, Red Cross, Delhi Network among other organizations. Interactions with top corporate persons, government/political personalities. Strong on the benefits of working in tandem with diverse groups of persons in a multicultural setting.
~ Top Management Professional~
Visionary Executive with over 2 decades of enriched cross-cultural expertiseand year-on-year success in achieving business growth with organisations in diverse sectors such as Web Content Development, Publications, Public Administration and Education
Executive experience of leading businesses to improve revenue and increase client base. Reputation of being able to lead businesses through turnarounds and periods of rapid growth
↠ Vision and Leadership ↠ Strategic / Operational Planning ↠ Business Process Re-engineering
↠ Budgeting ↠ Programme Management ↠ Research & Analysis
↠ Products Launch & Development ↠ Business Development ↠ Operations & Cost Management
↠ Performance Improvement ↠ Change Management ↠ Capability Building
↠ Finance / Funds Flow ↠ General Administration ↠ Manpower Leadership
Leveraged entrepreneurial ability and skills in translating corporate vision, to overcome complex business challenges and deliver on high-impact decisions.. Demonstrated excellence in strategic business planning and executing programs for all phases of the business life cycle (startup, expansion, contraction and turnaround). Valuable contributions include capital expenditure management, waste reductions, cost control, P&L oversight and business plan development. Enterprising leader with a solid record of contributions that streamlined operations, invigorated businesses, heightened productivity & enhanced internal controls.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Since Jan’96 working with Green Ice Solutions Private Limited (Earlier known as Rishtey Database Pvt. Ltd.) as Managing Director Consultant, and Public Policy Research.Providing solutions related to Web, WAP, Mobile, ICR, Graphics, Content Portal, Website Design and Mobile Content & Applications – SMS / MMS / IVR CORE COMPETENCIES
↠ Effective and accountable in High-Profile Executive Roles: Overcome complex business challenges and make high-stakes decisions using experience-backed judgment, strong work ethic and irreproachable integrity. Deft in overseeing management of change and provision of business solutions in a fast moving environment. Conceptualised & planned various transformational processes, pricing strategy, business reengineering leading to successful transitions.
↠ Corporate Strategy & Development Specialist: Provided effective leadership and management to achieve top line & bottom-line targets and growth. Consistent record of ensuring that the organisation delivers on its mission by developing the strategic direction and managing its delivery, together with the trustees, staff and stakeholders. Managed all aspects of budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, expense management and operations.
↠ Steered the Delivery of Programmes: Supported proactive development of new and existing programmes in line with the strategic direction, increasing their effectiveness and ensuring ongoing learning. Ensured timely adherence to financial, legal and all other regulatory and organisational requirements.
↠ Strong orientations in Operations: Oversaw the fulfilment of all financial obligations and monitoring the financial situation. Ensured accurate and timely financial reporting to the trustees, including financial analysis and risk assessment. Built & maintained healthy business relations with clients and ensured maximum customer satisfaction in a demonstrative manner.
↠ Consistently deliver Mission-Critical Results: Driven by a visceral “hard-wired” need to strategize and to innovate. Gifted with the vision, determination, and skills needed for high-level revenue-building strategies and tactics. Have a fair perspective on the Business Environment.
↠ Respect and Leverage Human Capital: Expertise in building and motivating large teams that well exceed corporate expectations. Effectively managed teams to meet the needs of market, underpinning a positive and committed organisation culture and ensuring appropriate professional & personal development of staff team members. Supervised that the organisation has appropriate HR policies in place and that they are adhered to. PRECEDING ASSIGNMENTS
Mar’90 – Aug’94 worked with Santa Clara County (Local Government), San Jose, CA, U.S.A. as Senior Budget/ Program Analyst (Civil Services) – Office of Budget and Analysis (OBA)
↠ Formulated & implemented both Operating and Capital budgets for major agencies in the county.
↠ Carried out extensive analysis of complex expenditure and revenue transactions such as debt service, expenditure reimbursements and fund balance issues; analysed & interpreted accounting reports / transactions.
↠ Conducted investigations and created reports with recommendations on fiscal / policy issues for presentation to Director – OBA, Agency / Department Management, County Executive, and the elected Board of Supervisors.
↠ Served as Liaison between OBA / County Executive and County Agencies / Departments on budget, policy and program issues.
↠ Worked in close coordination with various county agencies and department staff as Project Leader.
Feb’89 – Feb’90 with Bureau of Drug Abuse, Santa Clara County (Local Government), San Jose, CA, U.S.A as Prevention Program Analyst I (Civil Services)
↠ Holds the distinction of managing budgeting, internal audits and general administrative activities.
↠ Successfully executed research on specific subjects including data collection and statistical analysis of projects/ programs implemented by the Prevention Office.
↠ Supervised all Management Information Systems in the Office. Sep’87 – Jun’88 with Associated Students (Student Government), San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, U.S.A as Director of Publications Key Highlights
↠ Successfully developed & analysed Budget for the Board of Directors of A.S. Publications.
Served as overall In-charge of A.S. Newsletter.
↠ Won Special Services Award presented by the Department of Political Science, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, U.S.A.
Dec’87 – Feb’88 with Office of Management and Budget, City Hall, San Jose, CA., U.S.A. as Student -Intern
Feb’80 – Apr’86 with Hoerner School Mahangar, Lucknow, U.P. as Administrator
↠ Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, U.S.A. in 1988.
↠ Recognised as Who’s Who Among students of American Colleges and Universities (given to Top 1% of the students at the University for Academic Achievement and Outstanding Leadership).
↠ Won Burton Brazil Scholarship Award for Political Science Department, San Jose State University.
↠ M.A. (Medieval History) from Lucknow University, Lucknow, UP in 1986.
↠ B.A. from Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, U.P in 1984.
↠ Trials and Tribulations of Women in Leadership in Santa Clara County presented to Susan Wilson, Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County.
↠ The Compromise at City Hall: The Study of Charter Amendment Measure J for the Western Governmental Research Association, Mayor and City Council, San Jose, CA.
↠ Can Volunteer Programs Help Supplementing Personnel and Augment Public Services in Local Government, given to Mayor, Council members and other officials at City Hall, San Jose, CA.
↠ Others: Author of Book – Budget Busters in 2010.
↠ Editor of “A.S Outlook” published by the Associated Students, San Jose State University in Spring’88.
↠ Editor of “Master of Public Administration” published by the Political Science Department at San Jose State University in Spring‘87.
↠ Member Phi Sigma Alpha – Political Science Honor Society in 1987-88.
↠ Wrote Academic Articles for Journals pertaining to Public Administration.
↠ Vice-President of Student Executive Council at Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, U.P.
↠ Class President at Isabella Thoburn College during 1982-84).
↠ Won numerous National, Intercollegiate and College Awards for Creative Writing, Debate, Mono Acting, and Elocution in India.
↠ SUN Workstation, Macintosh, Mainframe Systems and Software for Projects / Research.
↠ Operating Systems and Hardware.
↠ Internet Applications.