Shankar championed CIBI (FORGE), set its strategic vision, and guides the attainment of goals. A youth icon in Coimbatore, past National Chairman of YI, Executive Member in CII National Council, leads businesses, and institutions within The Sakthi Group.
Shankar Vanavarayar is an accomplished business and organization leader, a spirited patron of arts, history and heritage, a successful entrepreneur and an inspired educationist. In a highly dynamic and diversified professional career spread over 15 years he has held leadership positions in businesses, education institutions, social development organizations and programs within The Sakthi Group, and in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Shankar has a proven track record in building teams, strategic planning, managing programs and operations in multiple domains spanning business (textiles, automotive, financial services, agri-foods, retail), education (arts, science & technology), culture and heritage, community and social development, international youth affairs, cross-national institutions and alliances etc.
As the National Chairman of Young Indians (YI) in 2011-2012, Shankar played a key role in the creation of the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE). He also led Indian delegations and has represented India as the Global Young Leader in the BOAO Forum in Hong Kong (2011) and China (2012) and has delivered keynote speeches at the Commonwealth Business Forum London, CHOGM Perth summit (2011), G20 France, and Aspen Institute Seminar, Italy (2010).
In his role as Managing Trustee of The Vanavarayar Foundation and keeping with the legacy of his ancestors, Shankar has organized tours, lectures, book publications and awareness programs towards the cause of preserving and portraying the architecture, heritage, culture and history of the Kongu region. As Member of the Apex Body of Siruthuli, he led several projects aimed at enhancing water conservation and rejuvenation through education programs, communication campaigns, and by fostering wider community participation.
As President of KCT and as Vice-Chairman of National Council for Higher Education in CII, Shankar aims at transforming the Indian higher education system through path-breaking reforms in governance, learner-centric academic programs and infrastructure, research & innovation driven industry partnership, international collaboration among others. Shankar has led strategy, events, publications, communications and policy making within CII at the regional (South India) and the national level in areas such as higher education, youth affairs, entrepreneurship, family business and skill building.