Kasi Rao

Kasi Rao

Senior Advisor, Toronto Office

Prior to his current role as Senior Advisor, Kasi Rao was Vice-President and Director for the Foundation's Toronto Office as well as a Senior Fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Kasi Rao also currently serves as President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council and consultant & advisor based in Toronto providing guidance on India related strategies. In this capacity he advises corporations, universities, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, and, different levels of government. He served on the Government of Saskatchewan's Asia Advisory Council. As well, he serves as the Senior Advisor (India) to the law firm Bennett Jones.

In 2005, he led a collaborative initiative relating to the automotive sector, as the founding Executive Director of the Beacon Project at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Immediately prior to this he worked for three-and-half years as the Director, Office of the President & CEO at BMO Financial Group.

At the University of Toronto, where he worked for seven years, Rao served in a twin-pronged role: Director of the Office of the President & Director of Government Relations. He worked for the Province of Ontario in various capacities over a period of five years: Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Government in New York, Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, and, Special Assistant in Cabinet Office.

He was recognized as "Member of the Year 2012" by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Rao has an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Political Science.

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