Ram Iyer has led the discussions for the Great Decisions Group, which meets in Overland Park, for over ten years. For those of us who have attended his discussions, I can honestly say that he is like a fine wine, and has improved with time.
Born in Thrissur, India, Ram provides a truly unique and global perspective. His academic background of a B.S. in electrical engineering, M.S. in computer science, and M.S. in political science also probably shaped his thoughtful and very rational approach to international relations.
Most Great Decisions participants have well-established views, and it is possible for discussions to digress from the topic and become fractious. Ram's civility, graciousness, and analytical skills have kept us on track many times so that differing views can be expressed. He invariably comes well-prepared with supplemental information.
Ram is married, has two sons in college, and is a computer professional.
Those of us who have benefited from Ram's commitment of time, energy, and enthusiasm to the IRC for many years feel very fortunate. We look forward, in these times of great change, to having a forum to share thoughts and insights with him.
Ram was nominated for the Member Spotlight by Jack Shelton. To nominate another IRC member or to share your own story as it relates to international relations, please click here ».