Known for his entrepreneurial acumen, sense of customer taste, and the ability to leverage technical skills for business, Rajiv Sharaf keeps his mantra quite simple and befitting, "IT must go to business instead of business coming to IT".
Sharaf brings with him more than 23 years of experience in the fields of telecom, broadcast, and IT infrastructure and was recently elevated as CIO of Reliance Infrastructure, which requires him to oversee the IT function for the energy distribution, generation, transmission businesses, and the metro, roads, and cement businesses. Prior to joining Reliance, Rajiv has also worked for ISRO, GCEL, and NATELCO. He has initiated many technology driven programs at various capacities in his career.
In his stint at RInfra, Sharaf also leads the company's business initiative to participate as an 'IT consultant' and 'IT implementation agency' under RAPDRP program of MoP. Starting his career in 1988 as a scientist in the Space Application Center at Ahmedabad, Sharaf worked closely with many other organizations namely, with Gujarat Communication Electronics (GCEL), DoT, Indian Railways, Doordarshan, BSES, and Mumbai Discom and added many feathers to his hat with best performance in terms of revenue, profitability, and customer satisfaction.
Sharaf holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from M. S. University of Baroda and a PGDBM from ICFAI.