Advisory Board

The advisory board is comprised of an independent group of renowned industry experts who are leaders in their respective fields. They provide strategic and technical advice to the long term operations of Eastcom Systems.


shivaShiva Bhaskaran

Shiva Bhaskaran (Shiva), brings over 25 years of experience in IT Infrastructure Operations Management, Program Management and Services Delivery Management.

Shiva had a long career with Citibank and held various roles within IT Infrastructure Operations. In his last role with Citibank, Shiva was Chief of Staff and managed CTI’s Regional Business Office for CTI Asia Pacific Region. Following Citibank, he has completed roles with Credit Suisse (Infrastructure COO for AP Region), Standard Chartered Bank (Head of Global Data Center West ), DBS Bank (Group Technology & Operations Strategic Sourcing Program Lead) and Tech Mahindra (Senior Program Director).

His areas of expertise are IT Service Management, IT Finance, Cost recovery and Cost Optimization, Transformation and Transition Management, IT Risk Management & Governance & Project/Program Management.

Shiva has a Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics) from Mumbai University and Post graduate Computer and Systems Management from JBIMS, Mumbai.



Dr Rajah KumarDr. Rajah Kumar

Dr. Rajah Kumar is President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and advisor and senior consultant to Philips Healthcare in Asia/Pacific. Dr. Kumar also serves on the board of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) in addition to being on several workgroups in the Malaysian Economic Planning Unit (EPU). Previously, Dr. Kumar was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia from August 2002 until October 2008. Dr. Kumar is often invited to speak on various topics in management by SMU, ASLI, Marcus Evans and many other organizations and business schools in the region.

Dr. Kumar is a physicist and electronics engineer with an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)



Deborah Torres Patel Deborah Torres Patel

Deborah Torres Patel is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, educator and communication consultant. She has worked in more than 65 countries and is the creator of a unique 5-part communication training program called Expressing You!®

Deborah taught at UCLA (Los Angeles), NUS and NTU in Singapore and is currently on the Faculty at Nanyang Polytechnic for the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS) and Asia Spa Institute (ASI) teaching brand communication, marketing, copywriting, executive presence, and voice & presentation skills.