My name is Raj Aseervatham and my career in the last twenty years has been in the world of corporate governance, predominantly on social and environmental issues.
I started my career as a mining regulator, then moved into the mining industry because – well, frankly it paid better and you flew to very cool places in business class more often.
Back then I worked as a development engineer for two of the biggest mining companies on the planet for over a decade, building mines in Africa, South America and Asia.
I stopped being an engineer in the 1990s when I saw how badly large companies could screw up peoples’ lives and the environment. I thought I’d try to be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
I’m no crusader. I’m a cynical realist, but a hopeful one. I like working with corporates, shareholders, financiers, NGOs, governments and everyday people, because I believe we need all of the above to genuinely tackle the bigger problems of our developed, developing and underdeveloped economies.
For many years, I have tried to do this from within corporates.
For a while, I did this as a consultant, and shepherded a successful consulting practice that grew to offices on four continents with a loyal list of Fortune 500 clients.
I published a book in 2016 with CRC Press (a division of Taylor & Francis Publishing, New York) on consulting. It’s a step by step guide, with insights from a score of talented entrepreneurs (many of whom made more of a mark than I did), on how to grow and sell a successful consulting firm. You can find it on most business booksellers’ websites.