Arun Jain is the Chairman & Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Ltd. He is a leading proponent of ‘Design Thinking’. Intellect Design Arena Ltd. was incubated within Polaris Financial Technology Ltd., a global leader in products, solutions and services that enable unprecedented operational productivity for the global Financial Services industry with annual revenues of over $413mn USD, 40 Relationship Offices in 30 Countries, six International Development Centers and eight fully owned Business Solution Centers.
The over 11,500 solutions architects, technology and domain experts at Polaris provide solutions to the banking, financial services and insurance markets.
Arun is the recipient of prestigious accolades including the ‘Indo-ASEAN Business Initiative Award’ and the 'ICICI Venture – CII Connect Entrepreneur Award'. His contribution was recognized by the Times Group, with an award and a feature in a book titled ‘Pathfinders’ that lauds the achievements of extraordinary personalities in the IT & ITES industry.
Several national and regional fora benefit from Arun’s experience and counsel. Arun has served as Chairman of Tamil Nadu State Council, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Southern Region during 2003–2004 and Chairman of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce – Tamil Nadu Branch during 2001–2002. He was on the Board of Madras Stock Exchange Ltd. and Board of Xavier's Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and a member of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. He was the Chairman of recently concluded – CII BANKing TECH Summit 2014. He is now a member of the Managing Committee of MMA (Madras Management Association) and also the SEN (Social Engineering Network), and Ambassador at YPO (Young Presidents Organisation).
Arun is also a social engineer, who works towards creating a safer environment and a better community. Innovations such as the FT Grid envision high-end technology, accessible to the remotest corners of the country. Ullas, the signature social initiative, was begun 16 years ago, and has grown along with the organisation. This brainchild of Arun provides vital professional skills to adolescent children across the country. In 2013-14 alone, over one lakh children in rural areas have been touched by Ullas’ transformative sessions.
An approach to learning as a constant pursuit, and firm belief that it is possible to arrive at the extraordinary from the ordinary, led to Arun researching and creating a Learning Architecture for the organisation, designed for the advancement of associates (employees) at every level. At the centre of this learning architecture is the workshop, 'Preparing the Design Mind', which he presents to the associates himself.
This path of deep domain expertise, vision and planning began in 1993, with just $250 and a dream. Arun’s passion for innovation and his constant quest for excellence, have led the organisation into Phase 4.0 of its growth journey.