Prof. V T Chandra Sekhar Rao is Dean, L&T Institute of Project Management (IPM), with campuses in Vadodara and Chennai. In his nearly four decades of professional experience, Mr. Rao executed large EPC and EPCM projects related to Oil and Gas, Refining, Power, Steel and Industrial Infrastructure sectors and provided guidance to several project managers, engineering managers and construction managers.
Mr. Rao started his project professional career with design engineering initially and later moved to project management of large capital projects. Prior to joining L&T IPM as Dean of L&T IPM, he has founded Shreshta Solutions LLP, with a mission is to impart and instill project management best practices and competencies in Engineering and Construction Industry through learning interventions, coaching and consultancy. He held various senior leadership positions in corporate roles of large multinationals such as Voest Alpine, FLUOR and Amec Foster Wheeler. During his tenure in these companies, he handled Engineering, Procurement and Construction management of large multi-discipline, multi-location, and multi-billion-dollar projects in US, Canada, Australia, India, Middle east, Nigeria and UK. His worked with Fortune 100 clients like ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Saudi Aramco, Woodside group and Indian Oil.
Mr. Rao is a postgraduate in Civil Engineering, with rich experience in program and project implementation and core strength in engineering management, project management, risk management, Contract and Claims management and operations management. Mr. Rao also spoke at several national conferences, PMI Conferences, and conducted many training sessions and workshops on the best practices of project management for Owner and Contracting Companies. He is also certified CEO Coach from Coaching Federation of India and has been involved in Executive Coaching of senior executives of IT and EPC companies. Mr. Rao held the position of chairperson of Forum Advisory Committee for Engineering and Construction Forum–a joint initiative by PMI Chennai, IIT Madras and the Industry. He is also a member of PMI India’s Academic Advisory Group. Mr. Rao chaired the technical committee for NPMPF (National Program/ Project Management Policy Framework) instituted by NITI Aayog and was author of major sections of Indian Infrastructure Body of Knowledge (InBoK) for Program and Project Management. Mr. Rao is also certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) from PMI and Fellow of Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors (FRICS), Institute of Directors (FIOD) and Institute of Engineers (FIE).