An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, R.A. Rao served the oil industry of India for more than three decades at senior management and board-level positions. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he had been actively involved in the formulation and updating of national standards for petroleum products. R.A. also represented India at the International Standards Organization. He is a Technical Advisor for Indian Additives Ltd. He is also actively involved in voluntary service with underprivileged women and children among India’s rural poor.