Best Selling Author,Philanthropist, mentor, writer - Chairman of Bank of Baroda. Former Chairman of Microsoft India and Cummins India Independent Director at Infosys and AB Volvo. Ravi is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy.
Ravi Venkatesan is the former Chairman of Microsoft India and the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy. He is also a Venture Partner at impact investor Unitus Seed Fund. Ravi advises several global firms and serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd, and Strand Lifesciences.
Ravi Venkatesan is a Director on the Board of AB Volvo and Infosys Ltd. and a member of the Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School and Purdue University. He is the former Chairman of Microsoft India. Under his leadership from 2004-2011, India became Microsoft's second largest and one of its fastest growing geographies. He was recently voted the Most Influential MNC CEO for 2011 by the Economic Times.
"One of the most influential pioneers of the Indian technology Industry"
He is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review.
As Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world and one of its fastest growing markets. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi was the Chairman of publicly held Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune.
Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50.
Ravi persuasively talks about business, innovation, globalization, social entrepreneurship, and developing leaders for a better world.
Ravi takes a highly customised approach to each presentation he delivers, ensuring a topical focus for each client that is unique, conversational and an excellent tie-in with the overall event. Besides sharing the challenges and successes of Microsoft India he advises audiences on a wide range of business topics especially the emergence of new technologies.Ravis' highly personalised, unforgettable presentations are memorable insights into his unique viewpoint of the technology industry. He is a fascinating speaker who inspires audiences around the globe.