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IMD MBA grad gives back

Accomplished alumnus Venkatesh Tulluri and his spouse Usha recently donated to IMD’s scholarship fund

January 5, 2015

Venkatesh Tulluri graduated from IMD's MBA program in 1999. Over the course of his career he has risen to become Chairman and President of Kemide holding, part of the Kermel company, a leading European chemical company specializing in heat and flame safety, located in Colmar, France.

He recently joined the IMD Circle of Major Donors and contributed to IMD's MBA program through the Stewart Hamilton scholarship, an in-memoriam fund created to pay tribute to a beloved IMD professor who died in 2014. The scholarship provides financial aid to outstanding future participants with a strong commitment to corporate governance and responsibility.

Tulluri graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad in his native country of India before going on to further his expertise in the same subject at the University of Massachusetts in the United States.

After having become an expert in high temperature materials, and in the meantime having gained a great deal of exposure to marketing, Tulluri said he then wanted to orient his career towards management and was interested in gaining experience at a top business school in Europe. He chose to do his MBA at IMD. The one year format of the program, rather than two years like many other schools, also drew Tulluri towards Lausanne.

Since completing his MBA, Tulluri has been very pleased with how his career has progressed. "My experience at IMD helped me orient my career in exactly the way I wanted," he said.

"The MBA was not only about what we read, but it was also about interaction with IMD's excellent faculty and other accomplished participants. I keep in touch and do business with many of them today," he added.

There was another part of Tulluri's experience at IMD that prompted him to give back to the institution which he says contributed a great deal to his success.

While doing his MBA, Tulluri said he ran into financial difficulty and IMD arranged for emergency financial assistance to help him be able to complete his degree.

"I wanted to give back to the institution which helped me reach the happy point in my career where I am today," he said.

Although he did not have classes with the late Stewart Hamilton, Tulluri said he met him and knew of his reputation as an excellent teacher and as a source of inspiration to many.

IMD is highly grateful to Venkatesh Tulluri for his generous donation.

To find out more about the Stewart Hamilton Scholarship Fund or make a donation, please contact:

Sandra Bouscal
Director of Strategic Projects Development at IMD
(tel: + 41 21 618 4381 –

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