Ravi Venkatesan

Business Leader, Author, and philanthropist in Bengaluru, India

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Ravi is UNICEF’s Special Representative for Young People and also the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) , a multi-stakeholder coalition which aims to create 10m entrepreneurs in India and Africa by 2030. He is a Trustee of Rockefeller Foundation and a partner at impact investor Unitus Ventures.

Ravi has served as the Chairman of the Bank of Baroda, Microsoft India, Cummins India and board member and Co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd. He has also served on the boards of AB Volvo, Thermax and Harvard Business School.

Ravi is the founder of Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of philanthropists. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has trained over 40 million school children in India. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India’s first engineering college for women.

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 is the author of an acclaimed book “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere” published by Harvard Business Review. Ravi was voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50 and is one of Linkedin’s Global Influencers.

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