Arun Diaz is a Management Consultant working with local and multinational clients in India and abroad. With a degree in Mathematics from the University of Madras and an MBA from Xavier Institute, Jamshedpur, India, Arun joined Standard Chartered Bank in India in 1973. His early career covered all areas of banking and included assignments in Europe and the Middle East. From 1985 he was Operations Manager, India with responsibility for Technology and Operations.
For the 10 year period from 1992 to 2001, Arun was based in Singapore and headed several group level projects including Profitability Improvement, Cross-border Processing and Re-engineering. Following a stint as Head of Integration for a major acquisition in Indonesia, his last assignment as Head of Programme and Change Management involved setting up and overseeing a group of 20 projects designed to reduce the Bank’s cost base through outsourcing, centralization and off-shoring.
Since leaving Standard Chartered Bank in late 2001, Arun was Head, Reuters Consulting South Asia for a 15 month period before becoming a freelance consultant. Arun is also a director of two private limited companies; one which provides recruitment, training and staffing services to clients in the banking, insurance, telecom and BPO industries and the other which runs a clinic which is a franchisee of The Apollo Clinic in Thane, near Mumbai.
He also volunteers his time to entrepreneurship development through Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund of which he is a trustee and member of the Investment Committee. The fund invests in small businesses which are socially relevant, environmentally friendly and economically viable. Arun enjoys providing handholding and mentoring support to many of the funds investee companies. In addition he takes a keen interest in social entrepreneurship and NGO activities.