Dr. R Balasubramaniam

Dr. R Balasubramaniam


Dr. R Balasubramaniam




CA-2, KIADB hebbal Mysuru- 570 016

Dr. Ramaswami Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development scholar, author, public policy advocate, leadership trainer and activist, known for his pioneering development work with rural and tribal people in Saragur and Heggadadevana Kote Taluks of Mysuru in Karnataka, India. He founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a development organization based in Saragur when he was 19. After spending 26 years in development work among rural and tribal people, he pursued academic degrees in leadership, organisational development and public policy. He was the Frank H T Rhodes Professor at Cornell University between 2012 to 2014, and continues to hold academic positions in Cornell and other universities. His books 'Voices from the Grassroots' and 'i, the citizen' are compilation of narratives and reflections of a development activist and are now globally acclaimed. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) A public policy think tank based out of Mysuru. Inspired by the message of Swami Vivekananda, he sees his life's mission as building a resurgent India by inspiring leadership in the youth of the country.

Organisations Founded

Organisations Founded

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)

Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM)

Expertise & Associations

Areas of expertise:

Human Development, Good Governance, Public Policy, Leadership & Management, Social Business, Healthcare, Civil Society Organisations, Higher Education


Associated With :

Advisor Consultant

Advises the CSR team and the senior management of Tata Steel on issues related to Social Development & Leadership

Life Member

Indian Medical Association & Association of Rural Surgeons Of India

Founding Advisor

Advises young students and faculty of top academic institutions including IITs, IIMs, NLSU across India who have come together to shape public policy thought.

The world bank

Short Term Consultant - Health, Social Development & Leadership

Visiting Professor

Former Head and visiting professor,Vivekananda Chair


Trust started by the Canara Bank to promote Financial literary


Karnataka health promotion trust-trustee


Member alumni board, HKS, Harvard University
Mason Fellow, Harvard Kennedy school
Mid Career Fellow, Hauser Center For Civil Society

Member Governing Body

Member, Governing Body & Governing Council, National Council of Research Institutes, MHRD, Government of India


Former Frank H T Rhodes Professor & Visiting Professor, ILR School, Cornell University, USA

Visiting Professor

Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi)


Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD India), Trustee

Reach Dr Balu At

  • CA-2, KIADB Industrial Housing Area
    Ring Road,Hebbal,Mysuru- 570 016
    Karnataka, INDIA

  • email@rbalu.com

  • +91 9686666307