Our Team

Lokesh V

Lokesh V

CEO & Managing Director

Lokesh Venkataswamy is a Design Thinker, CEO & Managing Director at Innomantra, He brings with him more than 25 years of professional experience in Digital, Innovation, Intellectual Property, and New Product Management. Prior to Innomantra, he managed innovation, new product development, and intellectual property at Larsen & Toubro ( L&T), India, starting his career with the Medical Equipment and Electrical & Automation Group at L&T where he served 12 years in product design and development. At Innomantra, Lokesh has worked with clients in a wide range of sectors including Aviation, Automotive, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, Engineering Services, Medical Electronics, Consumer Goods to name a few, in the areas of Innovation, Design Thinking, Intellectual Property and Digital Transformation. He has also advised educational institutions, entrepreneurs, industry associations and government agencies in these areas. He had also won India Innovation Challenge award in 2008 by Government of Karnataka and Confederation of Indian Industry. He was awarded a citation at Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK) South Asia Conference and in 50 Most Innovative Leaders at World Innovation Congress 2018. He regularly helps start-ups by mentoring, investing and, he was part of the jury at The Economic Times – Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad’s ‘Power of Ideas’ in 2013, 15 and 18.

Lokesh is also a visiting professor of business innovation and creativity and Intellectual Property Management in top business schools and published several papers to his credit on Innovation in top journals, he regularly chairs and participates as a speaker in several global Innovation and IPR conferences and seminars. He has delivered guest lectures at institutions like Indian Institute of Technology’s, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, several Indian Institute of Management’s and others. He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Marketing and PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from National Law School of India University (NLSIU).

Contact : lokeshv@innomantra.com

Stephanos George Eapen

Stephanos George Eapen

Principal Consultant - Strategic Innovation

Stephanos George Eapen, Principal Consultant & Heads Strategic and Value Innovation practice at Innomantra has 20+years developing and delivering programmes in executive education around the world, George has held various academic roles including Affiliated Professor of the Practice of Management at INSEAD in Abu Dhabi, Academic Programme Director at CEDEP in France and Visiting Professor at the Russian School of Business at Skolkovo.

He has been responsible for developing and managing relationships with large multinational clients such as Tata, Danone, Axa, Valeo and L'Oreal. He designed and delivered custom programmes all over the world. At Innomantra he designed and developed the Strategic and Value Innovation practice. He also practices functional Innovation methodology for leaders.

A member of the Blue Ocean Strategy Network, George co-founded Strategy Regeneration a group that uses the Blue Ocean methodology to run in-company workshops. He worked with Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, authors of The Blue Ocean Strategy, in the development and delivery of Blue Ocean Strategy Programmes and Seminars for Executive Development in the global marketplace, such companies like Abbott, AXA, Aviva, Danone, Pfizer, Starwood among others. He adapted the methodology to challenges at the Base of the Pyramid and Sustainability, working with the Centre for Social Innovation at INSEAD.

Prior to his academic career, he spent a decade in research and consulting, focusing on innovation in the field of management and strategy. He has worked in industries such as healthcare/pharmaceuticals, electronics, software and Infrastructure.

George has an MBA from INSEAD (1975) and Bachelor in Commerce Honours from University of Calcutta (1973). He has resided between India and France since 1975. He speaks fluent English, French, German, Hindi as well as other regional Indian languages.

Contact : stephanos.eapen@innomantra.com

Rakesh Babu K L

Rakesh Babu K L

COO & Executive Director

Rakesh Babu is a Design Thinker, COO & Executive Director at Innomantra. He is a master innovation trainer who has designed and delivered highly acclaimed innovation engagement and training programs with several Global Fortune 500 firms. He specializes in training senior executives in the areas of innovation tools, collaborative innovation and innovation leadership.

He is a co-developer of the Functional Innovation Methodology, a systematic approach for product, process and business model innovation. Since 2011, more than 1000 innovators from 50+ leading global firms have been trained on this approach. Recently he has worked with leading firms like ABB, NetApp, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Alcatel Lucent, BEL and Larsen and Toubro in developing and designing result-driven innovation engagements.

Rakesh heads the training division of Innomantra Consulting Private Limited. Rakesh has more than 20 years of experience in innovation management, entrepreneurship and marketing. Prior to Innomantra, he managed a consumer packaged goods business and served as the director of Marquess Financial Services. He has a degree in Computer Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Contact : rakeshb@innomantra.com

Siva Kumar

Siva Kumar

Principal - Strategy and Growth Innovation

Siva kumar (Siva) is a Principal - Strategy & Growth Innovation Practice at Innomantra and Vice-President at Skanda Capital Advisors LLC, USA. He is a result driven proven problem solver, drives business transformation and growth innovation, his passion is New Product Development, and have led organizations at product driven companies in Business and Finance roles.

He has launched several new businesses and technology products with over $100 million in revenues and $16 million in EBITDA, consistently met or exceeded financial targets, successfully delivered revenue growth, cost innovation in material and operations, executed footprint rationalization, raised $250 million in funding from capital markets. Siva has a deep expertise in building and leading lean cross functional teams in fast paced environments at smaller and medium organizations with revenues in the $30-500 million range.

Siva is a strategic and design thinker, excels at market analysis, developing a product vision and product roadmaps, executing product plans and M & A with innovative strategies to win business, build customer relationships and close contracts, with his global experience, having worked with teams in Europe, China and India, spent years in Asia as an expat.

Siva’s areas of expertise include P & L, Strategic Innovation, Business Planning, Product Strategy, Program Management, Financial Planning & Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting, M & A, Treasury, Cash Management, Investor Relations, Capital Markets, Turnarounds, Operations, Sales & Marketing, Business Strategy, Product Strategy, Program Management, Cost Innovation. He has also led key roles in manufacturing and service businesses at Commercial Vehicle, Industrial, Automotive, Electric Vehicle Drivetrain and Powertrain, Axle and Brake companies

Siva is a Mechanical Engineer with master’s from Wayne State University, USA and has an MBA with high distinction from University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, USA. Earlier to Innomantra he had held a leadership positions at Ford Motors, Tenneco Automotive, Meritor etc.

Contact : siva@innomantra.com

Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra

Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra

Principal, Innovation Research & Strategy, Design Thinker & Innovation Coach

Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra, an Innovation Researcher, Coach and Design Thinker has over eighteen years of multidisciplinary experience. She has worked in Innovation Management and Design Thinking Methodology, Technology Management, Knowledge Management, e-learning, Academia and Business research. She has a strong quantitative modeling and system simulation background along with Innovation Product Lifecycle Management (iPLM) experience. At Innomantra she leads the Innovation Research and strategic Innovation at Innomantra and currently working on Innovation research and case development.

Prior to Innomantra she was a part of Noorgo Inc a U.S Innovation and Idea Management organization and she has also been a co-founder of several Cleantech and education based organizations and brings with her a focused approach to problem solving. She has created scaling up and growth strategies for companies in cleantech and hi-tech industries. Dr. Kumudhini led several senior roles as a Business Strategy Consultant, Senior Business Analyst and Systems Engineer for hi-tech firms include Tata Infotech, Daimler Chrysler India, Power Research & Development Consultants along several other startups like, Nisiki Technologies, Sky Group, Pranava Biofuels, Chalkboard Academy and Blue Lotus Inc.

Dr.Kumudhini has a Ph.D. in Energy Modeling and Management from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. She holds an MBA from the Department of Management Studies, IISc and a BE (Electrical & Electronics) from UVCE, Bangalore University, and was an exchange student at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2010. She is a University rank holder and has won several accolades over the years.

She has authored several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and publications and is a visiting faculty in many management and engineering institutions. She also mentors several government agencies, educational institutions, and startups with a focus on strategy, innovation, and process re-engineering.

Kenneth Mikkelsen

Kenneth Mikkelsen

Principal –Digital. Transformational Thought Leadership

Kenneth Mikkelsen is Principal – Digital, Transformational Thought Leadership at Innomantra, founder of Future|Shifts and an associate of Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and the Drucker Society. Kenneth is a writer, speaker, leadership adviser and executive learning designer. Together with Richard Martin, he co-authored The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go is Who You Are, which explores the value of multidisciplinary thinking, of living in more than one world. Inc. Magazine highlighted it as one of three books about creativity, innovation and leadership to read when it was published.

In recent years, Kenneth has operated as an leadership consultant in digital and a lead designer of large executive programs for companies such as Carlsberg, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and A.P. Moller - Maersk. The importance of making wise choices is a thread that runs through his work. He combines leadership, history, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology and sociology in unique ways. His work goes deep and wide and focusses on what it takes to be relevant both as individuals and organizations in the 21st century.

Kenneth has published widely on issues of leadership and the shifting nature of business in the 21st century. He speaks a conference and facilitates workshops around the world. Furthermore, he is a strategic adviser to governments, boards and senior executives and educates leaders for globally renowned companies. He is also co-founder of St. Martin’s School, a non-profit organization that provides education for underprivileged children in Cameroon and sits on the international advisory board of the Oscar Foundation in India.

Kenneth is educated as a journalist from The Danish School of Media and Journalism with highest honors and a distinction for the best foreign policy coverage.

Dagmar Boettger

Dagmar Boettger

Principal – Digital Innovation Leadership & Design Thinker

Dagmar is the Principal – Innovation Thought Leadership at Innomantra and Managing Director at Ignition Global, Hongkong. Prior to this she worked in Strategic HR Management for BASF in Europe and Asia triggering mainly the question: how to translate strategic goals into people-related leadership concepts and people Innovation. She co-led the transformation of a Shanghai based production joint venture to become one of the most innovative sights in China.

She co-crafts innovation management in companies to lead teams to better innovation results and to manage the transition to new thinking and handling of change. Her focus remains to unleash the power of people to overcome organizational and mindset barriers. She facilitates small- and large group Innovation leadership workshops to ignite creativity, innovation, growth mindset and learning agility into teams. She loves her work with (culturally) diverse teams as they combine the strengths that innovations need.

She loves Asia, is passionate about dancing and music, and loves a good sense of humor. Her area of expertise includes Change Management, Performance Management and Culture Transformation. Dagmar has a Master’s in International Political Economy from University of Warwick and Bachelor Business Administration from Coventry University.

Contact : dagmar@innomantra.com

Usha Raghunath

Usha Raghunath

Director - People Innovation and Organizational Transformation

Usha Raghunath, heads the People and Organizational Transformation practice at Innomantra. Prior to Innomantra, Usha worked for fourteen years at Wipro Ltd, from 2002-2017, with a short stint, setting up the Consulting Education Practice at IBM in 2008-09. She has been an Executive and Life Coach from 2010.

She brings more than 30 years of wide-ranging professional experience. She spent the first eight years of her career developing software and managing software projects and the rest in organizational learning, leadership development, and organizational transformation. She has consulted and worked with organizations of every size – from start-ups and mid-sized companies to large global organizations of more than 150,000 employees, including international non-profits and government organizations. A large share of her experience is with the Information Technology industry and more recently with Digital Transformations across industry verticals.

Usha brings a global perspective to the table and has experience of leading organization transformation initiatives in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Malaysia and across Europe in Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands and also as part of business development and acquisition integration scenarios. Usha is visiting faculty and delivers programs and course on business and digital transformation, design thinking, entrepreneurship and human and organizational behavior in many business and engineering schools, including the Indian Institute of Management. She is regularly invited to share practitioner perspectives and best practices at the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business Annual and Regional Conferences and contributes to the Academic Research around people and organizational transformation practices.

Usha has an MA from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, an M.Ed. from Annamalai University and an MBA from the OUBS, Milton Keynes, the UK with specialization in International Business Strategy and a distinction in Creativity, Innovation, and Change.

Jenny Hyatt

Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant

Jenny is a Innovation Leadership Development Consultant with 16+ years of experience in the fields of Learning & Development, Innovation Leadership and Organizational Development Consulting with her experience living and working abroad, she add value to clients by bringing a global perspective and executing her work with the following motto in mind, "Develop Creative thoughts in People, Deliver Results through Innovation". At Innomantra she works in the area of People Innovation and Organisation Culture for Innovation. She is currently working in the area of Innovation Eco-System Design and Research.

Jenny has done her Masters of Science in Consulting Psychology (Org. Development) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA ,Post Graduate Diploma in Human Performance Improvement from Chapman University, Orange, California, USA Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, USA.

Contact : jennyhyatt@innomantra.com

Chander Nagpal

Principal Consultant - Innovation Management

Chander is an Innovation Leadership consultant with more than 18 years of global & multi-functional experience in manufacturing and financial services industry. Over the last 3 years, Chander has been engaged with some of the largest European and Global Banks and Insurance firms towards conceptualizing and executing their transformation programs with focus on Business & Operating Model Innovation, and Process Excellence.

In his earlier corporate roles, he led the internal consulting function at Dow Chemical Europe wherein he engaged with leadership teams across different business units towards business strategy development and driving holistic organizational excellence. As the Head of Program Management Office and Process Excellence at Thomson Reuters, Chander conceptualized and led several strategic programs including the Innovation White Knights and Content Transformation. Prior to that, as an external consultant Chander has worked with clients such as CII, Tata Rallis, L&T, Trident Group, Dr. Reddy’s Lab etc. where he led and participated in various engagements involving strategy design, new product development and business performance improvement across the organizational value chain.

A Master Black Belt and Senior EFQM Assessor, Chander actively writes on linkedin and has been a speaker at several global conferences on the topic of product & process innovation and excellence. He has an MBA from the International Management Institute, and a Bachelors in Mathematics.

A highly personable, accountable and dependable leader, Chander is pronounced with a passion for delivering results through leveraging a unique blend of thinking and execution capabilities, and engaging & developing people. Based out of Zurich Switzerland, Chander is heading the European operations of Innomantra.

Contact : chander.nagpal@innomantra.com

Toshiba Tiwari

Toshiba Tewari

Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant & Marketing Strategist

Toshiba Tewari is an Innovation Intervention Specialist focused on creating paradigm shift in the thought and behavioral patterns of people who are the change catalysts in introducing innovation in organizations. She has 14+ years of work experience in the field of marketing and business development. She has worked with Standard Chartered Bank, Tally Solutions and GTG. She has implemented 'People Innovation' solutions at leading organizations including John Deere, TCS and several others in Manufacturing and Oil industry. At Innomantra she has been instrumental in client engagement in Innovation Eco-System Design & Implementation and a strategist for marketing.

Toshiba has also guest lectured in several leading business schools. She has an exposure to diverse cultural right from her formative years she has the unique ability to see the 'extra' in the ordinary and make it extraordinary, a key ingredient in the field of People, Marketing and Business Model Innovation. She has conceived and instilled 'Innovation Incubation' centers in various Technology and Finance firms. She holds an Masters in Business Administration degree from Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. She is also an amateur artist and has studied – Art History, Painting, Sketching and Creative Design from the Parsons School of Design, New York.

Contact : toshiba.tewari@innomantra.com


Suchetha M S

Principal & Head - IP Research & Management

Suchetha is a Principal & Head - IP Research & Management at Innomantra. A design thinker and instrumentation engineer with 14+ of experience in Innovation and IP Research and Management, technology mapping and analytics on diverse technologies. She has specialized in technologies related to Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Software patents. Prior to Innomantra, she worked for a leading IP law firm focused on Software & Information Technology ​ Patents. At Innomantra her expertise includes advisory and consulting with Fortune 50-500 companies, world’s leading law firms​ in invention disclosure advisory, patent research, technology landscaping, patent portfolio analysis​, IP Education.​ Her passion are patent analysis and technology informatics has won several global competitions and awards.

Suchetha is an active in professional community​ as a speaker and chaired several national level seminars and conferences​ at industry bodies, academic​ institutions​ and other government agencies. She has also published several technology client specific white papers. Suchetha has graduated from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, India.

Contact : suchetha​s@innomantra.com

Dr. Vanishree Srinivas

Dr. Vanishree Srinivas

Sr. Consultant & Researcher – Life science /medical device

Dr. Vanishree is a senior consultant and Researcher at Innomantra. She is a doctorate in Microbiology with 20 years of experience in research in life science, Pharma and analytics. She has specialized in the areas of Life science, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. With Innomantra, she is also associated with a life science and healthcare company Pronet Informatix. She is also involved in collaborative research in the area of life science analytics.

Dr. Vanishree is an active contributor at both professional and academic institutions. She has been speaker in several national and international conferences, Institutions and Government bodies. She has published more than four research articles in international journals. She is doctorate from Mysore University, manasagangotri, Mysore, India.

Contact : vanishree@innomantra.com

Shailesh Bhosale

Shailesh Bhosale

Director & Country Head – Digital Transformation & Innovation Practice

Shailesh Bhosale is a Design Thinker, Director and Country Head - USA at Innomantra, He brings with him more than 30 years of professional experience in New Product Development, Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Manufacturing, Healthcare Industry, Digital Transformation, and Innovation.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the medical device and healthcare industry and has an excellent understanding in business as well as Clinical aspects of several product segments and the industry in general. Having experience in a customer-centric approach to sales as well as engineering services to end users and OEMs in the Medical Equipment’s/ Devices, he is adept at managing large teams in an Onsite/ Offshore model and effectively implementing corporate management objectives. He transformed several organizations to increase its revenues and profits by managing Business Development, Sales/Marketing, Regulatory Processes, Product Development, Customer Support, OEM relationships, and Channel/Account management.

Starting his career with Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), where he set up and grow the domestic sales of Medical equipment’s as a part of Electrical and Automation Division, later he led the US operations for International Sales, Shailesh was instrumental in launching several US new series of Vital Sign Monitors designed for the US market. Shailesh has helped several large corporations through product engineering and services include Medical Devices and Industrial Products North America through his stints with Mahindra Satyam US and EASi LLC, as a part of their Product Engineering Services vertical.

Shailesh received a degree in electrical engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India.

Contact:  shailesh@innomantra.com

Sabine Reppert

Sabine Reppert

Principal – Digital Transformation Leadership

Sabine Reppert is the Principal -Digital Transformation Leadership, Speaker and Author at Innomantra and founder and director of Intent-X Limited, consulting firm based in Hong Kong, enabling business leaders in driving digital transformation and innovation in the new digital age more effectively. Sabine has extensive experience in mastering technology innovations and change at a large scale. From 1995 to 2011 she worked as a software engineer, system safety manager, product manager, project management specialist and sales manager in the international railway industry in Germany and the USA. In this capacity, Sabine was involved in defining, developing and rolling out the European High-Speed Network and modernizing the New York City Subway Control System. In 2011, Sabine started her first business in Germany as a coach, consultant and trainer. Since 2014, Sabine is operating her consultancy firm out of Hong Kong. Sabine’s focus is driving intentional innovation and business transformation in the field of Smart City, IoT, Blockchain and FinTech leadership workshops, coaching, consulting and interims management services.

Sabine is a frequent speaker and moderator at Digital Transformation, Blockchain, Smart City, IoT and IT- Security events. For the at Hong Kong Polytechnic University Sabine served as a guest lecturer in Executive Master for Digital Leadership Development (EMDL) program. Sabine also works as a mentor coach for Blockchain Start-ups and is an active member of the Mettā entrepreneurs club in Hong Kong. Her meet-up group “Blockchain for Smart City” aims to strengthen the Hong Kong Blockchain ecosystem beyond Cryptocurrencies. Sabine received a Master’s in Mathematics from Philipps University, Germany, and specialized in cryptography. Sabine also holds a second Master’s in Business Coaching and Change Management from European University of Applied Sciences in Germany and earned additional certificates from HBX Harvard Business School®, ("Disruptive Strategies" by Prof. C. Christensen) and the Presencing Institute (MIT), USA ("Theory-U" by O. Scharmer). In her first book “Breakthrough - The Art and Science of creating magical Change by using the Example of Theory U”, on Lean pub, Sabine describes what it takes to align a complex system of stakeholders on driving innovation and get them into a “group flow”.

D P K Muthukumaraswamy

D P K Muthukumaraswamy

Principal Consultant – IdeaLabs

Muthu is a Mechanical Engineer with post-graduation in Engineering Design from Anna University. He has over 14 years of experience in Automotive and Aerospace Industry, Innovation Management and New Product Development. His expertise is in transforming Ideas into Innovative products. He has facilitated several Innovation programmes, workshops and Ideation sessions. Prior to Innomantra, he did his research work at Indian Institute of Science and Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore India. Later he was part of organizations such as Bosch, Siemens VDO and Continental Automotive.

At Innomantra he consults several multinational corporations in Collaborative, Functional Innovation, Design Thinking Practice and Technology Research. He also helps organizations to design and achieve their innovation and Intellectual property goals, by leading ideas to Proof-of-Concepts. Muthu is currently working on Technology Scouting – Collaborative Innovation, by Identifying, evaluating and collaborating technical startups with our clients in the space of Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering, and Internet of Things(IoT). He also mentors by being on the board of three technical startups in the field of 3D Printing, Advance Driver Assistance Systems, IoT and Virtual Reality – Augmented Reality. Muthu has two patents and has contributed significantly to Intellectual property creation in various organization. He is the winner of Continental Automotive Gold Award for Innovation in 2010.

Contact : muthu@innomantra.com

Ashley Jegachandran Rajadurai

Chaminda Hermal Karunanayake

Country Head & Principal – Innovation Management & Research, Sri Lanka

Chaminda Hermal Karunanayake is the County head- Sri Lanka and Principal innovation consultant and innovation leadership and strategy consultant. Alumni of Herriot Watt University, oldest university alumni of the UK. Chaminda is the inventor of the first patent holder among Sri Lankan Company in the telecom sector.

Chaminda is an innovator, service industry specialist and seasoned techno marketer with proven track record in business developments, marketing and innovations for 20 +years. Founder and managing director of Hypernet Technologies, Sri Lanka’s premier distributor of high tech telecom equipment. He is also the founding directors of Evoke International, Sri Lanka largest digital content licensing company and Evoke International. He was also a member of the past executive committee of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and a member of Watt Club.

He holds MSc in Business Psychology from Herriot Watt University. He is Leipzig University’s Certified Innovation Manager. He is the first Sri Lankan recipient of Amebae Management Training from the AOTS Research Institute, Osaka, Japan. Certified Professional Marketer and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. His master’s thesis was on how bureaucracy impact creativity in Sri Lankan SMEs. His current research interests are in actor-network theory, how social theories construct business realities in post-modernism in the context of front-end innovations.

He also specialized in innovation and sustainability, green business, social responsibility, ethical trading and advances research methodologies.

Contact : chaminda@innomantra.com

Innomantra Advisory Board

Waltraut Ritter

Sr. Adviser - Innovation, is research director of Knowledge Enterprises, which she founded in Hong Kong in 1997, specializing in research and advisory services relating to innovation policy with a focus on public sector and societal innovation. Her special interest is public-private-people innovation partnerships in the context of smart sustainable urban development and UN SDG goals across the Asia Pacific region. She holds teaching and research assignments at the University of Hong Kong, the Singapore Management University (SMU), and guest lectures at universities across the Asia Pacific region on curriculum development in the field of knowledge management. She holds an M.A. in information science and sociology from the Free University of Berlin (Germany), and an M.B.A. from Anglia University, Cambridge, UK.

Tojin T. Eapen

Tojin T. Eapen has been advising Innomantra on new product management and marketing strategy since June 2022. He is a faculty member at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. Tojin's research interests include idea generation, bioinspired strategic design, and sustainable innovation. He was an executive director of Innomantra from 2010 to 2015. He began his career at Larsen & Toubro where he worked on developing and marketing energy metering products. Tojin has consulted with ABB, Alcatel-Lucent, Atkins, Bharat Electronics, Google, Guhring, Harman, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Ingersoll-Rand, Larsen & Toubro, LM Windpower, Meritor, NetApp, Qualcomm, Robert Bosch, Samsung, SKF and Trelleborg. Tojin has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from the Indian School of Business, and a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. He has served as a member of the United States TAG for ISO/TC 279, the technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization entrusted with developing the ISO56000 series of standards on Innovation Management. Tojin has taught innovation, marketing, and data analytics courses at business schools in India and the United States.

Pradeep V. Desai

Sr. Adviser - Innovation, has over two decades of experience in managing innovation, research and development in the business of Information Technology. He has worked in number of reputed Information Technology Companies. He is the founder of Innovation for Value Creation (I4VC) an innovation intermediary. Dr. Pradeep specializes in setting up Global R&D and Innovation Centers. He provides thought leadership and pursues strategic engagements with the senior executives on Innovation in Business and Technology for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India. Prior to joining TCS he worked for Royal Philips Electronics as Director for Philips Research and subsequently Director for Technology and Innovation Management. He started Philips Research and Technology and Innovation Management for Philips in India. He has a Doctorate in Computer Science and a MBA with specialization in Information Technology. He did his Post-Doctoral at University of Dauphine, France,in the area of Symbolic Data Analysis.

T.C. James

Sr. Adviser - Intellectual Property, is currently Director of National Intellectual Property Organization (NIPO). He is a former Director, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Division,Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India. He has handled law and policy relating to patents, geographical indications of goods, designs, and trademarks and matters connected with WIPO, besides general policy and strategies in the area of IPRs, in addition to the administrative matters of the intellectual property offices (IPOs) of India. Earlier he had worked in the Copyright Office of India and in the Copyright Division of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He has also published papers and articles on intellectual property and education in various journals.

N. Subramanya

Sr. Adviser,brings experience in IP Contracts and enforcement laws. has After PhD he did research under UNHCR Chair on refugee law at National Law School, Bangalore and subsequently taught at JSS Law college. He has two published books and many journal articles to his credit in his areas of interest viz; refugee studies and human rights. He has presented many papers at conferences in India and Europe. He has served as the Head of Mysore zone of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has a been working on IP contracts, Intellectual property and related fields. He has B.Sc, LLB degrees and a PhD in Political Science from Mysore University.

Kunal Katdare

Sr. Adviser - New Product Development, is currently part of the Management Team at Stellaris Technologies Private Limited. Kunal has successfully led several projects for customers from different parts of the world - USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong and India. As a provider of software services in the niche area of Document Capture solutions, Kunal and his team continually innovate on their operations. Earlier, as Project Lead at Larsen & Toubro's Medical Equipment & Systems unit, Kunal led the development of a new series of products. His role covered all steps of the product development cycle. He helped establish new processes to rationalize the Accelerated design process. Kunal has an M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.E. degree from the University of Mumbai.

Prabu Kesavan

Associate, brings experience in the fields of Accountancy, Audit & Taxation and Valuation. He is also a qualified Information Systems Auditor. He is in the panel of audit of many companies in India like Insurance, Banks, Textile Corporations, Industries and other Business entities. He has travelled widely. He has also got hands on experience in working on accounting projects in US and Dubai. He is well versed in Accounting Standards both Indian and International. He has also worked with Bennet & Coleman, India's largest media company. He is also Director of operations at K7 associates. Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant, and has a degree in Commerce.