Saturday, 12th February 2022, 10 AM- 12:30 PM
Dr Shankar Venugopal (Technology Innovation Leader), Vice President, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai
Dr Shankar leads technology innovation for the Automotive & Farm services business (AFS). He heads the intellectual property (Patents) and knowledge management functions. He is also the Dean of the Mahindra Technical Academy. Dr. Shankar is passionate about developing sustainable urban mobility solutions and his current interests span across electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and precision farming. Prior to joining Mahindra & Mahindra, Shankar has held technology innovation leadership roles at GE, Dow, Honeywell and Cummins. He holds ten international patents and numerous new product innovation awards. He was awarded GE’s Edison Inventor Medal early in his career. He has developed a proprietary innovation methodology – Innovation FLOW – and trained 1000 + inventors and innovators. Shankar obtained a Ph.D in Materials Science and a gold medal for the best doctoral thesis from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He completed his executive management program from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Dr. Shankar is an avid reader and is interested in physics, philosophy and psychology. He teaches technology innovation management at premier engineering & management institutes in India and abroad. Dr Shankar was recognized as one of the 50 Innovative leaders at the World Innovation Congress 2020. He is also a TEDx speaker. Dr Shankar leads the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)’s Technology, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Thought Leadership initiatives. He is a management committee member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and he chairs the committee for Branding and Communication (B&C).