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  • Passionate Toastmaster, Entrepreneur, Enabler, Servant Leader
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  • Philanthropist, Coffee Connoisseur, Family Man
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About Nagaraja Rao


Candidate for Second Vice President.

Executive Director at Bayar’s Ganesh Food Products.

A Toastmaster with Passion and a Leader with Experience. Being practical and value driven, he likes to focus on doing small things that make a big difference.


Servant Leader – Embodying the core values of Toastmasters for the past 16 years, Nagaraja has served as President’s Distinguished District Director (World #1), Region Advisor, and most recently as International Director. For his active contribution in growing the movement in South Asia, Toastmasters International awarded him in 2012 with the highest honor, Presidential Citation.


Entrepreneur – The business Nagaraja co-founded in 1988, Ganesh Food Products Pvt. Ltd., has grown from a regional entity to an international business. Serving global brands such as such as Ikea, Coca Cola, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, McCafe, DiBella Coffee, Aromas, au bou pain and Costa Coffee among others, it is built on the core values of Quality, Service, and Ethics, and has won multiple awards for business excellence.


Enabler – As a business leader, Nagaraja routinely addresses conferences sharing his experience in leadership and business. He also enables individuals and organizations mentoring them on leadership principles, financial planning, and business strategy.


Philanthropist – Nagaraja believes that the quality of leaders is reflected in the way they give back to society.  As a Trustee of Amruthur Education Trust and a volunteer of various charities, he works with his teams to provide scholarships for children and job opportunities for under-privileged sections of society.


Family Man – Happily married for 24 years to Arathi, a school teacher Nagaraja lives in Bangalore, the “Garden City of India”, now also known as the “Silicon Valley of India”. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters – Divya who is pursuing her graduation in Architecture and Deeksha who is pursuing her graduation in Business Administration.

work experience

Nagaraja Rao is a true Toastmaster at heart and carries the fervor of Toastmasters wherever he goes. He has applied the lessons he learnt in Toastmasters in his business and has achieved remarkable success. Nagaraja has coached several individuals to become champion speakers and great leaders. His ability to generate simple solutions to complex issues, along with his pleasant nature, makes him an excellent mentor.

His love for coffee and a penchant for entrepreneurship have blended perfectly to create business success. Nagaraja is the executive director of Ganesh Food Products (Pvt) Ltd., which owns the brand Bayar´s Coffee

Leadership Philosophy

From Member to International Director, Entrepreneur to Enabler, my guiding principle has always been to “Be the Difference.” I firmly believe that nothing of consequence happens in this world unless someone decides to make it happen. I live by three simple steps to “Be the Difference.”


Taking Ownership – Being the eldest of four siblings and the CEO of my company, I have always been expected to take ownership not only for myself, but also for my family and the people working with me. I have found success in both Toastmasters and business, by fostering a culture of ownership that stands on the pillars of Quality, Service, and Ethics.


Embracing Opinions – In my 30 years of international business experience and 16 years in Toastmasters leadership, I have found success working in diverse environments by keeping an open mind, encouraging dialogue, and facilitating consensus. As District Officer, Region Advisor, and an International Director, I embraced the culture of healthy debates, collective decision-making, and speaking with one voice.


Paying it Forward – I am as much a Go-Giver as a Go-Getter. As a Toastmaster I have enabled and empowered numerous members by helping them find clarity, conviction and courage propelling them towards personal and professional success.


To Attract and Retain a Million Motivated Members.

With Pathways and the power of technology, I envision enormous opportunities to engage, empower, and enrich the lives of people. In a world that thirsts for better leaders in homes, workplaces, and communities, I believe that by serving a Million Motivated Members, we can develop a Million Motivated Leaders to truly “Be the Difference,” and realize the vision of Toastmasters International.


I propose a five-step framework to achieve this goal:


Frameworks to achieve goal


Respect Legacy: Toastmasters is on the cusp of turning a hundred years old. This is primarily due to the fact that the movement is built on a strong set of core values – Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence – that are embodied by members at every level. As we empower a new generation of members and leaders, we must continue to uphold these core values.


Embrace Innovation: World over, people and organizations fear change but our roots are strong. Therefore, we must forge ahead without fear. We must innovate in People, Process, and Technology, to anticipate and exceed expectations. A culture of embracing innovation in order to improve the quality, efficiency, and reliability of our service is imperative if we are to remain relevant in the future.


Engage Members: As Toastmasters grows, we must be sensitive to the nuances of diversity and demographics. We must recognize that the needs of members in growing markets and developed markets are unique to their respective circumstances. Steps have to be taken to engage members. We must be responsive to members’ issues and deliver the value members seek from Toastmasters by introducing measurement metrics that are not just quantitative but also qualitative.


Generate Opportunities: We must create opportunities for members to translate the leadership skills they learn within Toastmasters into leadership experiences beyond Toastmasters impacting their homes, workplaces, and communities. These opportunities must allow members to showcase their Professional Leadership Competency.


Create Leaders: Pathways represents a fresh approach, designed to help members build the competencies needed to communicate and lead. We must continue to imbue the program with opportunities for members to develop Professional Leadership Competency. Experiential Leadership with constructive 360 degree feedback and a strong focus on tools to practise the core values of Toastmasters within the organization and outside, can enable and empower our members to be effective leaders who can “Be the Difference.”

Why Nagaraja Rao

What motivates Nagaraja is his belief that the core of leadership lies in the heart of the member. Having experienced the joy and power of servant leadership, he is inspired to create a culture of empowerment where every member enjoys a sense of ownership, purpose, and belonging through acts of service. Nagaraja has a proven track record of Peak Performance, Multi-Cultural Collaboration and Strategic Leadership.


  • Peak Performance: As Lt. Governor of Education & Training, District 82 (2009-10) and District Governor (2010-11), he led a large district to be # 1 in the world.
  • Multi-Cultural Collaboration: As Region 13 Advisor, he worked successfully with leaders in China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, and South Korea, in what is widely acknowledged as the one of the most diverse regions in Toastmasters; helping all the Districts to achieve Select Distinguished status or better.
  • Strategic Leadership: As International Director, he gained a keen insight into the organization’s dynamics, challenges, and opportunities enabling him to learn from the past, lead in the present and plan positively for the future.
  • Passion for Grooming Leaders: 10 of his mentees went on to become successful District Directors in 4 different districts. From 7 clubs to 700 in less than a decade, the foundation he helped lay has propelled 4 Districts to excellence, developing hundreds of leaders and motivating thousands of members.



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Member of Board of Directors

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Region Advisor

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The Presidential Citation Award

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President’s Distinguished District Award

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Excellence in Leadership Award

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President´s Extension Award

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District Governor

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Excellence in Education and Training Award

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Lt. Governor Education and Training

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Distinguished Toastmaster

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