Mentor & Business Advisor
Vijayalakshmi Rao, (Viji) is an Independent Consultant with over 35 years’ experience in industry, consulting and entrepreneurship. Viji offers mentoring and business advisory support to help entrepreneurs scale their business. For over five years, Viji was a Mentor for Women Entrepreneurs being trained by Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. She is associated as a Mentor with Keiretsu Forum, Chennai (where she leads the Women Investing and Supporting Entrepreneurs initiative), TiE Chennai, IIT Madras and NEN.
Until July 2011, Viji was Director and Chief Operating Officer of Scope e-Knowledge Center Pvt. Ltd, Chennai, overseeing Operations and HR functions. As part of the Board, she helped shape the company’s strategic vision and future direction. She was part of the management team that built Scope into a global Knowledge Process Outsourcing organization.
Viji is passionate about women’s education, empowerment and entrepreneurship. She is an Advisor & Founder-Member of Empowering Women in IT (eWIT) a voluntary forum that seeks to enhance the share & sustainability of women in the IT/ITES industry. She is a Management Advisor for ‘Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women’ (ANEW), an NGO that trains under-privileged girls and helps them find employment in the formal sector.
Viji holds an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and is a Science graduate from Osmania University.