Vinai Thummalapally is an Independent Director at Cyient and former US Ambassador to Belize. With his engineering and manufacturing background and experience working in the US administration, he brings a robust understanding of the trade, policy, and regulatory landscape in the US. At Cyient, Mr. Thummalapally chairs the Committees on Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Engagement and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Leadership, Nomination, and Remuneration Committee.
At present, Mr. Thummalapally serves as the Executive Chairman of Red Fort Strategies. He has earlier been Executive Director of SelectUSA, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce to attract and retain business investment with the objective of creating jobs, spurring economic growth, and promoting competitiveness. Prior to being appointed US Ambassador, he was the President of MAM-A Inc. (formerly Mitsui Advanced Media), a leading manufacturer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs.
Mr. Thummalapally received his BS degree in mechanical engineering and completed his post-graduate course in business administration from the California State University (CSU), and has a diploma in Lean Production Systems from the University of Tennessee. He also serves on the board of The Indian American Impact Project, a non-profit promoting Indian Americans to run for public office.