Karunakaren Hariharan

Director of Memberships
(480) 307-3952

Karunakaren MH has four years of experience working in oil and gas refining at Indian Oil Corporation Limited, a Fortune Global 100 company, in Operations Management, Business Development, Contract and Vendor Management, Technical Consulting and Project Management roles. He has worked on a variety of initiatives involving value chains, technical consulting and technology implementation. He has won the 1st place in APICS West Coast Supply Chain case competition for two consecutive years now and has represented as one of 12 teams in the 2014 international competition. Karunakaren is currently working for African Development Bank as a consultant to provide a diagnostic tool to analyze the “inclusive growth” model and execute its growth strategies. He is also working on team of market intelligence consultants for United Health Care evaluating the market entry strategy for health insurance market in Chicago. Most recently, He was the leader for a consulting project team commissioned by the consortium of regional international banks aimed at identifying the industry best practices, current banking trends and resources requirement planning. He worked to design a survey, collect responses and provide analysis on the survey results into actionable recommendations. He has also worked as Operations Consultant intern for Associated Materials LLC to develop a strategy for the energy efficiency implementation and goal setting for sustainability. His recommendations improved the efficacy of business processes along with technological and process improvements to improve manufacturing efficiency. Also, he created a roadmap for project implementation and developed a new self-sustainable fund to improve the ability of the company to sponsor the energy efficiency projects. Karunakaren has always been fascinated by new cultures and is a keen traveler. Being able to complete an MBA in a global setting persuaded him to join Thunderbird. Prior to Thunderbird, he graduated as a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India. Upon completing the MBA, he would like to pursue a career in Supply Chain management as a consultant.

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ASCM Los Angeles positions held:
2012-2013 VP Marketing APICS
Other ASCM positions held:
Thunderbird Student Chapter Lead
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