Kalai Anand Ratnam was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his Ph.D in Information Technology from PETRONAS Technology University in 2014. On another note, He received a Master of Network Computing from Monash University Australia in 2002 with a Distinction. His research interests includes in the area of Health Informatics, Information Systems, Operations Management, Advance Statistical Analysis, Software Design & Development, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Green ICT, Internet of Things & Social Media. He has published several technical papers in both conferences and peer reviewed journals, managed software projects for startup companies and mentored students for software design and development competitions in both local and international arena with outstanding results.

As part of his personal achievement and awards, he has received numerous awards at both local and international levels. The first was the InnoServe International ICT Innovative Services Contest 2013 which was held at Taiwan from November 9th to November 11th 2013. He was awarded the Best Innovation for the design and development of the product names “Innovative and Eco-Friendly Cooling Fan – A Substitute for Air Conditioners”. The same project was also awarded as the Winner for the category of “Best of Tertiary Student project – Software / Hardware” at the MSC APICTA Malaysia 2013 in November 2013. In 2010, he received three (3) awards (Champion, Best Team Presentation & Best Implementation of Multipoint) at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Malaysia for the project titled “Project Apple”. He represented Malaysia at Global Finals of the Imagine Cup 2010 in Poland and emerged as the Top 6. Imagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corp. which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

On a professional note, Kalai Anand Ratnam is a Senior Lecturer, Research Leader (Cloud Computing & Information Systems Management) & Technology Specialist at the Asia Pacific University, an award winning University established in 1993 for the purpose of nurturing IT Talents. Till to date he has successfully managed and executed 12 software development projects since 2012 under the MSC Malaysia Innovation Voucher programme. MSC Malaysia Innovation Voucher is a programme designed to increase collaboration between Malaysia’s public and private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and Research Institutions (RI) with MSC Malaysia status companies, so as to tap into each other’s capabilities and strengths. This serve to create a cultural shift in the business community’s approach to innovation as companies can tap into experts/talents residing outside the company. The managed collaborative R&D activities would then facilitate the transfer of know-how from the collaborators to the MSC Malaysia status companies and vice versa. In turn, this will lead to the production of innovative prototypes, quality products and potential Intellectual Property (IP) creation.