Kasi Rao is a consultant and advisor based in Toronto providing guidance on India related strategies. In this capacity he advises corporations, universities, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, and, different levels of government. He is a member of the Government of Saskatchewan's Asia Advisory Council. As well, Kasi serves as the Senior Advisor (India) to Bennett Jones.
In 2005, he led a collaborative initiative relating to the automotive sector, as the founding Executive Director of the Beacon Project at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology. Immediately prior to this he worked for three-and-half years as the Director, Office of the President & CEO at BMO Financial Group.
At the University of Toronto, where he worked for seven years, Rao served in a twin-pronged role: Director of the Office of the President & Director of Government Relations. He worked for the Province of Ontario in various capacities over a period of five years: Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Government in New York, Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, and, Special Assistant in Cabinet Office.
He also serves as Vice President, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and as Director of the Foundation's Toronto office. He was recognized as “Member of the Year 2012” by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Rao has an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Political Science.