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Srinath Sridharan

Independent markets commentator. Media columnist. Board member. Corporate & Startup Advisor / Mentor. CEO coach. Strategic counsel for 25 years, with leading corporates across diverse sectors including automobile, e-commerce, advertising, consumer and financial services. Works with leaders in enabling transformation of organisations which have complexities of rapid-scale-up, talent-culture conflict, generational-change of promoters / key leadership, M&A cultural issues, issues of business scale & size. Understands & ideates on intersection of BFSI, digital, ‘contextual-finance’, consumer, mobility, GEMZ (Gig Economy, Millennials, gen Z), ESG. Well-versed with contours of governance, board-level strategic expectations, regulations & nuances across BFSI & associated stakeholder value-chain, challenges of organisational redesign and related business, culture & communication imperatives.

Latest Articles By Srinath Sridharan

Municipal Finances: Test of States’ Governance

Srinath Sridharan

In its last released ‘State Finances 2021-22 report’ the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) noted that the urban local bodies and municipal corporations have “come under severe strain, forcing them to cut down expenditures and mobilise funding

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Tighter Economic Time Ahead

Srinath Sridharan

Inflation is like a headache; there is no point in finding solace that one’s headache is less severe than someone else’s ! With global issues impacting national economies, let us brace for some economic pain ahead

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India’s Sustainable Inclusive Economy of Scale

Srinath Sridharan

As India gets set to meet its Net Zero 2070 goals, much of the actual feet-on-field efforts have to come from Corporate India. Currently #ESG is a hashtag for stakeholders, excluding a few outliers. We need proactive policies that demand ESG positivity, and yet not ESG shame. The markets will reward those who adopt these in true spirit and measure. With a sixth of the world on its shores, India has no option, but to adopt ESG

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LIC & Entry Into Public Markets As A Participant

Srinath Sridharan

For India, it’s a big positive step, as it starts to bring its large public enterprises into public view as listed entities

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Is Sense Of Disbelief Part Of Our Societal DNA?

Srinath Sridharan

Mere posturing and verbal diarrhoea won’t solve for anything. Let us start believing in ourselves, as a nation, about our capabilities and direct it with intent.

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Book Review: Indian Background On A Western Foreground

Srinath Sridharan

Holding up industry icons like Kiran Mazumdar Shah and Harsh Mariwala as examples, Steve Correa describes the characteristics that make the Indian leader distinctive and adaptive, agile and effective, both in India and abroad. It is our ‘Indianness’ that’s working so far, in our professional journey

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India: 2-Minutes Meal To 10-Minutes Delivery

Srinath Sridharan

The availability of cheaper internet data, a plethora of smartphones with cost barriers being slashed down, ecommerce is becoming an easy adoption facility. It is not just restricted to top Indian cities, but well accepted across India. The majority of Indian demographics being in the less than 30 years of age bracket, the concept of instant gratification is a consumer priority. This has sparked the 10-minute delivery trend

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Global Russian Roulette 2.0

Srinath Sridharan

With the current global disarray, thanks to each nation playing and playing up to its own political imperatives, the concept of what’s the outcome expected in the current Russia-Ukraine war is increasingly uneasy

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Startups & Satrups - The Governance Debate

Srinath Sridharan

Are Indian corporate boards, including that of the large startups, meek and mere puppets, when it comes to dealing with anger issues or public-outbursts of CEOs or Founders of their organisations? It’s amazing that many founders or CEOs get carried away with their swagger and throw away their hard earned goodwill

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MSME Associations’ Unsung Efforts

Srinath Sridharan

Can more state governments grant large tracts of industrial land (with built-infrastructure) to industry associations so that their members ‒ the local state MSME manufacturers ‒ can set up shop and benefit from it?

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