Dato’ Tharuma Rajah is the founder and CEO of Garage Analytics, a digital consulting firm with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. He is also a board member of Teach for Malaysia and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Board Committee of AWJ Holding Company in Saudi Arabia.
Dato’ Tharuma was previously the President of Korn Ferry Advisory in the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that, he was the Global Managing Director of Hay Group for its markets in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. He Joined Hay Group in 1993 after a 12-year stint with National Semiconductor, a Silicon Valley-based US electronics multinational. He was an international partner and board member of Hay Group until its acquisition by Korn Ferry in December 2015.
Dato’ Tharuma has advised clients from a range of industries including telecommunication, retail, financial services, energy, aviation, healthcare and government sectors in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States on a challenging mix of strategic people, leadership and organisational issues. He is an executive coach to many Fortune 500 business leaders in Asia Pacific and the United States.
He speaks regularly at major international forums and is co-author of ‘The Indian CEO – A Portrait of Excellence’. He has led several seminal empirical research studies in Asia and the West which have provided new insights on the ethos and cross-cultural differences between Eastern and Western leadership styles in both public and private sectors.
Dato’ Tharuma is a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from University of London, and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.