Rameesh Kailasam, acting managing director in APCO Worldwide’s New Delhi office, heads the public policy and government business for the firm’s India operations. He brings more than 18 years of experience in regulatory, public policy, governance reforms, business and market creation strategies, in addition to economic and political insights, having directly worked with many governments and multinational corporations.
Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Kailasam served as the vice president of governmental programs at IBM for India & South Asia, managing IBM’s regulatory and policy issues in the region, which included labor issues, import-export regulations, technology policies, security, market access, new business and promoting renewable energy adoptions.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Kailasam served as head of government affairs for Applied Materials, where he was involved in the promotion of semiconductor manufacturing policies and contributed to the creation of India’s National Solar Mission policy. Earlier, he was a director at Oracle, responsible for running the e-governance practice and successfully contributing towards drafting of state IT policies and e-governance plans.
Previously, Mr. Kailasam was actively involved in the initial set-up and running of the first-of-its-kind Centre for Good Governance in India at the Government of Andhra Pradesh under the aegis of the chief minister's office. Through this Centre, he drove various governance reforms in finance, urban and rural governance; administrative reforms; and anti-corruption strategies. Most of these have been adopted by various state governments in India and abroad as best practices including CVC. Mr. Kailasam has been closely associated with various multilateral agencies, including the World Bank, ADB and DFID, on a range of governance and policy reform issues.
Mr. Kailasam has been part of various government and industry committees. He has also actively contributed in the area of creation of skill development and employability skills across sectors through various government and quasi-government bodies in India. He is a regular speaker on policy reforms, having spoken at various reputed institutions in India including IIM, MDI, ICAI, ICFAI and OPJGU, in addition to various international forums of the World Bank, Commonwealth, and UN organizations. He has also authored more than 30 papers on a range of policy reform issues, which have been widely accepted and adopted.
Mr. Kailasam holds multiple certifications from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Indian Institute of Management and Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan.