Lijo is an engineer who retired from the Indian Navy as a Commander after two decades of service. He holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Business Management and Marine Engineering and is an alum of the Yale School of Management. An avid outdoors person, his climb of the Mt. Everest has been published in Malayalam (a regional Indian language ). He has been in the developmental sector post his Naval career, especially with grassroots level NGOs and CSOs in India and Africa with organizations/individuals working in sectors ranging across water & sanitation, education, health, low cost housing, agriculture, visual disabilities and solar electricity for rural areas.