SURENDRA LAXMINARAYAN RAO is an economist by training, a noted commentator on current issues, newspaper columnist, author, Board member of companies and non-profit institutions, and an accepted authority on management. He has worked as a professional manager for 28 years in marketing and general management positions in multi-national companies, and as an independent management consultant for five years. He has taught management for many years in reputed institutions, and was the first executive chairman of the National Management Programme from 1988 to 1990, a cooperative programme of major institutions, the participants being mid-career officers from central government services and industry. He was Director-General of NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research) from 1990 to 1996 and first Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. He has written or edited thirteen books and hundreds of articles. Among his recent books are "Negotiating to Success", "Governing Power", and in 2007 "From Servants to Masters? The Evolution of Professional Management in India". He was President of the All India Management Association in 1985-86.
Until 2009 Prof S L Rao (Surendra Laxminarayan Rao) was the chairman, Board of Governors, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, established in 1972, a multi disciplinary institution in the social sciences. It works on a number of areas including decentralized development, health, education, macroeconomy, agriculture, etc.