Business Leader, Author, and Mentor in Bengaluru, India
Ravi Venkatesan is the Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder of Social Venture Partners India, a network of philanthropists across India committed to doubling the incomes of a million people. Ravi is a partner at impact investor Unitus Seed Fund and serves on the board of Rockefeller Foundation and Infosys Ltd. He is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review.
Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world. 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. Ravi was previously the Chairman of 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 served on the boards of Harvard Business School, AB Volvo, Bunge and Thermax.
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 and is one of Linkedin's Top Global Influencers.
Ravi brings a wealth of experience in corporate leadership, globalization, innovation and private sector approaches to social change in addition to a deep understanding of the political economy of India.