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Pattabi (Pat) Raman

Pattabi K. RamanPat Raman, with a 35 year career in international banking and finance, brings a wealth of expertise and a profound knowledge of international markets, having lived and worked in India, South East Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

A strategic thinker with an abiding interest in international trade, he has successfully assisted client corporations with their business strategy, innovative financing solutions and business issues in diverse markets.

Pat Raman specializes in helping Canadian companies navigate the complex terrain of business development, market entry, partnering, structuring and outsourcing initiatives with companies in India and vice-versa.

As Board member of the Indo-Canadian, Indo-Italian and Indo-EU Chambers of Commerce in India, he has actively provided support to companies and foreign trade delegations from Europe and Canada to India and from India to Canada.

As Executive Director of TiE Toronto from 2005-2008,  he has been involved with supporting and organizing  sector focused business delegations to and from India.

Background

Commencing his banking career in 1967, he worked in  India and South East Asia for 8 years gaining valuable  experience in the major centers of commerce and trade.

Moving to the UK in 1975, he worked for 3 years with a British corporate group in Africa and the U.K., in project finance and trade, managing two group companies engaged in the infrastructure supply sector.

Returning to international banking, with Banca Intesa  (formerly Banca Commerciale Italiana), a leading  European Bank he served for over 24 years, holding  challenging assignments in Europe, Asia and Canada,  focused on foreign trade, project and corporate finance. 

During an 8-year stint in Luxembourg, he developed the bank’s trade finance and advisory department, successfully setting up an active trade desk and structuring several multi-million dollar international trade transactions.

Initiating and heading the bank’s operations in India for 9 years (1992-2000) he developed a profound knowledge of the Indian market and a strong professional network of contacts, crucial for operating in this complex market.

During his tenure, he vastly improved the bank’s share of the Indo-Italian and Indo-European trade markets,  actively supporting the bank’s global clients with a wide range of logistic, advisory and financial services for their business with and in India.

During his two terms in Canada as senior executive with Intesa Bank, he successfully developed profitable trade  operations in setting up new relationships in Europe and Asia.

A passionate and motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills, he is also fluently multi-lingual in English, French, Italian, Hindi, Tamil & Kannada.