Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao (Dr. ESR) was born and brought up in Visakhapatnam, the city of Destiny on the East Coast of India in Andhra Pradesh. Had his primary education at St.Aloysius School and secondary education Matriculation at V T College in 1974 and then went to prestigious Mrs. AVN College to do his Intermediate during 1974-76. Having an interest in engineering & technology, had done graduation in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the reputed College of Engineering, Andhra University.
In B.E he had designed and developed an innovative project in those days on 2716 EPROM programmer using the 8080 microprocessor and 8255 PIA along with his Electronics & Communications Engineering teammates in the ECE Department instead of his parent Electrical Department Branch. With the introduction of GATE in 1983 and after passing the first GATE exam went for a post-graduation in M.Tech Reliability Engineering, a new specialization offered at IIT Kharagpur, and had done a project in DRDO-NSTL on Torpedos recorder systems reliability and maintainability in 1984. After passing from IIT Kharagpur, served for 10 years in Telecom Systems and Power Systems manufacturing sectors and then again went to academics with a passion for research and joined IIT Bombay and had done Doctoral degree Ph.D on Telecom Infrastructure Services Project Finance & Technology titled " Techno-Economic Framework For Sensitivity & Risk Analysis Towards Network Effectiveness " using the Stochastic and AI-ANN simulation models on International Digital Telecom Services Networks having a innovative technological combination of PCM TDM Class 5 Switching Systems and transmission through evoloving IP Networks and linking the networks through Satellite C-Band transponders due to shortage of Optical Fibre in 2002. While persuing Ph.D he has also done PGDBA from Pondicherry Central University in year 2002 when serving in IDBI & IDFC.
Subsequently in the last 25 years migrated into Developmental Banking & Finance Sector and served in prestigious Govt of India, All India Development Financial Institutions at various levels in IDBI, IDFC Group, IIFCL Group and superannuated as MD & CEO of IFCI Group Ltd in 2020 and had an opportunity to be in Infrastructure & Industry, Banking & Finance, Equity & Debt Funds and CSR sectors. For last 10 years had served as Whole Time Director at Board Level Management and Institutional Development. Also served as Chairman of Board of Governors of reputed Business Schools MDI Gurgaon & Mushidabad and ILD Jaipur.