Ravi Venkatesan

Business Leader, Author, and philanthropist in Bengaluru, India

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As Chairman of the Bank of Baroda between 2015-18, Ravi oversaw the turnaround of India's second largest public sector bank. As a board member then Co-Chairman of Infosys, he helped steer the company through a challenging set of transitions.Prior to this, 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 generation 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 is the founder of Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of philanthropists and a partner at impact investor Unitus Ventures. He is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review.

Ravi has a BTech 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 Global Influencers.

Having worked in the private, social and public sectors across three continents, Ravi brings a wealth of experience in leadership, globalization, innovation and approaches to social change.

  • Work
    • Bank of Baroda
  • Education
    • MBA, Harvard business School