Rajen Padukone is the Group President – Academia, Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG). He has a varied experience of over 38 years, which covers the healthcare, education, banking and financial services and manufacturing sectors. His experience in the area of education includes managing various initiatives covering the entire spectrum of university education - from campus-based education, distance and distributed learning to corporate and continuing education.
Rajen joined MEMG in 1998 and over the past 20 years has worked in both their health and education verticals. He was, till recently, the MD & CEO of Manipal Health Enterprises (Manipal Hospitals). He, presently, works closely with the Group’s Universities in India on their strategic growth and quality initiative plans.
Prior to joining MEMG, Rajen worked with ANZ Grindlays Bank for 13 years in the areas of investment banking, international finance and retail financial services. He has also worked with IL & FS Limited, Crompton Greaves Limited and Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited.
Rajen was responsible for turning around loss-making teaching hospitals to become self-sustainable, an entirely new approach to managing teaching hospitals of medical schools in the country.
He played a pioneering role in streamlining and revamping the distance education vertical and building it into a leading provider of distance learning. He has also contributed in making Manipal Hospitals one of the most respected healthcare networks in the country.
Rajen is a Post Graduate with a Masters in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune and a Masters in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.