In the year 2000 he started an amusement park in Kochi (Veegaland, later as Wonderla ) which has become one of the most attractive destinations in Kerala. The success story made him to build another park in Bengaluru in 2005, presently the biggest amusement park in India. A third park in the chain was started in Hyderabad in 2016 and the fourth park at Chennai is getting formalized.
Mr. Kochouseph used to jot down inspirational thoughts over the years. This was then authored into a book called Practical Wisdom -1, a practical management guide that would come in handy to entrepreneurs, managers and management students alike. Due to popular demand it was also translated into Malayalam. The second edition Practical Wisdom -2 was also launched recently. He has also compiled a collection of his childhood memories in a book called 'Ormakillivathil'. The experience of donating a kidney is also taking shape in the form of another book, 'The Gift'.
He was also been bestowed with 'Samman Pathra Award' by Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Finance for being a top income tax payer. The theme park in Kerala has also been the recipient of Kerala State Pollution Control Award, Kerala State Tourism Award (The most eco-friendly tourism project), Kerala State Energy Conservation Award, apart from others.
Mr. M. Ramachandran
Mr. M. Ramachandran is the Chairman of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort.
He is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and an Associate Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
Throughout his career since 1974, he had worked in professional field except for initial 4 years in manufacturing industry (Tata Steel, Jamshedpur). He had retired as a partner of S.B. Billimoria & Company, Deloitte Haskins and Sells and Deloitte Haskins and Sells LLP in March 2017 after serving for nearly 29 years, of which 20 years was as Partner.
Mr. Ramachandran had the opportunity to audit some of the leading listed entities such as Federal Bank Limited, South Indian Bank Limited, NCC Limited, L.G. Balakrishnan and Brothers Limited, K.P.R. Mills Limited, etc., He had also undertaken consulting assignments for several reputed entities in private and public sectors.
Mr. Arun K. Chittilappilly
Soon after his Masters, Mr. Arun got involved in the operations of Wonderla Cochin- [earlier known as Veega Land]. Being well versed in industrial engineering and driven by his keen interest in the functioning of the amusement park, Mr. Arun set out to start his own venture. Believing that an amusement park in the same lines as the popular Veega Land [Cochin] would see great acceptance in Bengaluru, he initiated the project in 2003 which was completed by 2005.
Mr. R. Lakshminarayanan
Mr. Lakshminarayanan is the Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort.
An alumnus of IIT (Delhi) & IIM (Bengaluru) Lakshminarayanan spent the initial years of his career in Retail Sales, New Product Development & Brand Management with Hindustan Unilever, International Best Foods & Smith Kline Pharma.
He then moved to Ogilvy & Mather Direct as the National Account Director with operations across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai & Bengaluru. Soon he was promoted to head the Ogilvy office in Chennai. Then followed his stint at DDB Mudra Communications where he held several roles---Vice President South, Chief Operating Officer (New Initiatives) & finally CEO Mudra Marketing Services. He had been an Executive Director on the Mudra Board for over a decade by the time he moved out in 2008.
In October 2008, Lakshminarayanan set up his own Brand Consulting and Training outfit called Visalakshmi Consulting. In addition to his consultancy, till March 2020, he was with iNurture Education Solutions as their Chief Strategy Advisor and earlier as their Chief Learning Officer.
On September 28, 2013, he was conferred the Guru Vandana award by the Honorable Governor of Karnataka—as one of 100 senior professionals across multiple fields.
He is a Non-Executive Chairman of Jyothy Labs also.
Mr. George Joseph
Before joining Syndicate Bank he had worked with Canara Bank for 36 years. He joined Canara Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1969 and had worked in its different centers viz, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kerala, Srinagar, Mumbai, Delhi etc., Also while with Canara Bank, he was the Chief Executive of the Exchange Company at Bahrain under Canara Bank management.
He is a first rank commerce graduate from Kerala University. He also ranked 1st among the Indian candidates and 11th in the AIB Examination (London) of the Institute of Bankers, London. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking & Finance.
Apart from being passionate about theme parks, his other interests include music, cars, reading, traveling, adventure sports and swimming.
Ms. Priya Sarah Cheeran Joseph
Mr. Gopal Srinivasan
Mr. Gopal Srinivasan is a third generation family member of the TVS Group, a $4 billion (revenue) family-owned set up of automotive businesses. Mr. Srinivasan is the founder of TVS Capital Funds Limited, which supports and nurtures India's mid-cap businesses into world-class companies and manages assets of over Rs 1,100 crore of domestic capital, making it among the largest rupee funds in India.
Over a career spanning 25 years, he has founded several companies operating in diverse sectors including TVS Capital Funds Limited and TVS Electronics Limited, whose boards he chairs. He is also a Director in TVS & Sons Ltd, the holding Company, and on the Board of several Group Companies.
Mrs. Anjali Nair
Mrs. Anjali has recently started a series of initiatives to fundamentally disrupt healthcare in Kerala, in the belief that no one should struggle to get access to care when in need. Anjali has now dedicated her career for the well-being of the elderly, having already figured out how to manage 1,500 lives. She and her team are now on the path to create the infrastructure and ecosystem to support 10,000 lives in the next 3 to 5 years. She brings in the unique combination of technology, strategy, operational excellence and adaptability. Sensing the shortage of capital as a major reason for the state of Kerala not being in the mainstream despite being blessed with superior talent, she works with global funds to unlock this potential.
Mrs. Anjali is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the SP Life Group of Companies and Director on the boards of Healing Lives Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Altaire Insights, Season Two Management Services Pvt. Ltd. And Reflections Infosystems Pvt. Ltd.