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Lokesh V

Lokesh V

Managing Director & Sr. Innovation and IP Leadership Consultant

Lokesh V is Managing Director at Innomantra. He brings with him more than 20 years of professional experience in intellectual Property management, New Product Development, and innovation management. Prior to Innomantra, he managed innovation and intellectual property activities at Larsen & Toubro. He began his career with the Medical Equipment and Systems Group at L&T where he spent 12 years in mechanical design and development. At Innomantra, Lokesh has worked with clients in a wide range of sectors including Automotive, Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Information Technology, Engineering Services, Medical Electronics and Consumer Goods in the areas of Intellectual Property Management and Innovation Management. He has also advised educational institutions, entrepreneurs, industry associations and government agencies in these areas. He had also won India Innovation Challenge award in 2008.

Lokesh regularly chairs and participates as speaker in several Innovation & IPR conferences and seminars. He has delivered guest lectures at institutions like IISc Bangalore, IIM Indore and BITS-Pilani. Lokesh, a Mechanical Engineer, has an MBA in Marketing and PG Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from National Law School of India University (NLSIU).

Contact : lokeshv@innomantra.com


Stephanos George Eapen

Stephanos George Eapen

Principal Consultant - Strategic Innovation

Stephanos George Eapen, Principal Consultant & Heads Strategic and Value Innovation practice at Innomantra has 20+years developing and delivering programmes in executive education around the world, George has held various academic roles including Affiliated Professor of the Practice of Management at INSEAD in Abu Dhabi, Academic Programme Director at CEDEP in France and Visiting Professor at the Russian School of Business at Skolkovo.

He has been responsible for developing and managing relationships with large multinational clients such as Tata, Danone, Axa, Valeo and L'Oreal. He designed and delivered custom programmes all over the world. At Innomantra he designed and developed the Strategic and Value Innovation practice. He also practices functional Innovation methodology for leaders.

A member of the Blue Ocean Strategy Network, George co-founded Strategy Regeneration a group that uses the Blue Ocean methodology to run in-company workshops. He worked with Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, authors of The Blue Ocean Strategy, in the development and delivery of Blue Ocean Strategy Programmes and Seminars for Executive Development in the global marketplace, such companies like Abbott, AXA, Aviva, Danone, Pfizer, Starwood among others. He adapted the methodology to challenges at the Base of the Pyramid and Sustainability, working with the Centre for Social Innovation at INSEAD.

Prior to his academic career, he spent a decade in research and consulting, focusing on innovation in the field of management and strategy. He has worked in industries such as healthcare/pharmaceuticals, electronics, software and Infrastructure.

George has an MBA from INSEAD (1975) and Bachelor in Commerce Honours from University of Calcutta (1973). He has resided between India and France since 1975. He speaks fluent English, French, German, Hindi as well as other regional Indian languages.

Contact : stephanos.eapen@innomantra.com


Rakesh Babu K L

Rakesh Babu K L

Director & Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant

Rakesh Babu is Director at Innomantra. He is a master innovation trainer who has designed and delivered highly acclaimed innovation engagement and training programs with several Global Fortune 500 firms. He specializes in training senior executives in the areas of innovation tools, collaborative innovation and innovation leadership.

He is a co-developer of the Functional Innovation Methodology, a systematic approach for product, process and business model innovation. Since 2011, more than 1000 innovators from 50+ leading global firms have been trained on this approach. Recently he has worked with leading firms like ABB, NetApp, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Alcatel Lucent, BEL and Larsen and Toubro in developing and designing result-driven innovation engagements.

Rakesh heads the training division of Innomantra Consulting Private Limited. Rakesh has more than 20 years of experience in innovation management, entrepreneurship and marketing. Prior to Innomantra, he managed a consumer packaged goods business and served as the director of Marquess Financial Services. He has a degree in Computer Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

Contact : rakeshb@innomantra.com


Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra

Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra

Principal, Innovation Research & Strategy, Design Thinker & Innovation Coach

Dr. Kumudhini Ravindra, an Innovation Researcher, Coach and Design Thinker has over eighteen years of multidisciplinary experience. She has worked in Innovation Management and Design Thinking Methodology, Technology Management, Knowledge Management, e-learning, Academia and Business research. She has a strong quantitative modeling and system simulation background along with Innovation Product Lifecycle Management (iPLM) experience. At Innomantra she leads the Innovation Research and strategic Innovation at Innomantra and currently working on Innovation research and case development.

Prior to Innomantra she was a part of Noorgo Inc a U.S Innovation and Idea Management organization and she has also been a co-founder of several Cleantech and education based organizations and brings with her a focused approach to problem solving. She has created scaling up and growth strategies for companies in cleantech and hi-tech industries. Dr. Kumudhini led several senior roles as a Business Strategy Consultant, Senior Business Analyst and Systems Engineer for hi-tech firms include Tata Infotech, Daimler Chrysler India, Power Research & Development Consultants along several other startups like, Nisiki Technologies, Sky Group, Pranava Biofuels, Chalkboard Academy and Blue Lotus Inc.

Dr.Kumudhini has a Ph.D. in Energy Modeling and Management from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. She holds an MBA from the Department of Management Studies, IISc and a BE (Electrical & Electronics) from UVCE, Bangalore University, and was an exchange student at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2010. She is a University rank holder and has won several accolades over the years.

She has authored several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and publications and is a visiting faculty in many management and engineering institutions. She also mentors several government agencies, educational institutions, and startups with a focus on strategy, innovation, and process re-engineering.


Dr. Bala Ramadurai

Dr. Bala Ramadurai

Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant

Dr.Bala is an inventor, Innovation Leadership Consultant and researcher. He has worked with leading companies on several innovation engagements at Innomantra. Earlier he was a Systematic Innovation Mentor at MindTree Ltd, India and Research Scientist at General Electric Global Research, India. At Innomantra he is specialised in leadership consulting in Innovation Eco-System Design & Implementation and Technology Innovation

Dr.Bala has a Ph.D from Arizona State University, USA and a B.Tech from IIT Madras, India. He designed and crafted 5x50, a key innovation intrapreneurship program, at MindTree India. He has been cited as an expert in innovation and creativity by Harvard Business Review. He has three patents to his credit and more than ten publications in international research journals. He co-founded TRIZ Innovation India and is an entrepreneurship mentor at Mentor Edge, India. Played an role of mentor for an entrepreneurship course facilitated by Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He is currently authoring a book on Innovation.

Contact : bala.ramadurai@innomantra.com


Jenny Hyatt

Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant

Jenny is a Innovation Leadership Development Consultant with 16+ years of experience in the fields of Learning & Development, Innovation Leadership and Organizational Development Consulting with her experience living and working abroad, she add value to clients by bringing a global perspective and executing her work with the following motto in mind, "Develop Creative thoughts in People, Deliver Results through Innovation". At Innomantra she works in the area of People Innovation and Organisation Culture for Innovation. She is currently working in the area of Innovation Eco-System Design and Research.

Jenny has done her Masters of Science in Consulting Psychology (Org. Development) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA ,Post Graduate Diploma in Human Performance Improvement from Chapman University, Orange, California, USA Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, USA.

Contact : jennyhyatt@innomantra.com


Chander Nagpal

Principal Consultant - Innovation Management

Chander is an Innovation Leadership consultant with more than 18 years of global & multi-functional experience in manufacturing and financial services industry. Over the last 3 years, Chander has been engaged with some of the largest European and Global Banks and Insurance firms towards conceptualizing and executing their transformation programs with focus on Business & Operating Model Innovation, and Process Excellence.

In his earlier corporate roles, he led the internal consulting function at Dow Chemical Europe wherein he engaged with leadership teams across different business units towards business strategy development and driving holistic organizational excellence. As the Head of Program Management Office and Process Excellence at Thomson Reuters, Chander conceptualized and led several strategic programs including the Innovation White Knights and Content Transformation. Prior to that, as an external consultant Chander has worked with clients such as CII, Tata Rallis, L&T, Trident Group, Dr. Reddy’s Lab etc. where he led and participated in various engagements involving strategy design, new product development and business performance improvement across the organizational value chain.

A Master Black Belt and Senior EFQM Assessor, Chander actively writes on linkedin and has been a speaker at several global conferences on the topic of product & process innovation and excellence. He has an MBA from the International Management Institute, and a Bachelors in Mathematics.

A highly personable, accountable and dependable leader, Chander is pronounced with a passion for delivering results through leveraging a unique blend of thinking and execution capabilities, and engaging & developing people. Based out of Zurich Switzerland, Chander is heading the European operations of Innomantra.

Contact : chander.nagpal@innomantra.com


Toshiba Tiwari

Toshiba Tewari

Sr. Innovation Leadership Consultant & Marketing Strategist

Toshiba Tewari is an Innovation Intervention Specialist focused on creating paradigm shift in the thought and behavioral patterns of people who are the change catalysts in introducing innovation in organizations. She has 14+ years of work experience in the field of marketing and business development. She has worked with Standard Chartered Bank, Tally Solutions and GTG. She has implemented 'People Innovation' solutions at leading organizations including John Deere, TCS and several others in Manufacturing and Oil industry. At Innomantra she has been instrumental in client engagement in Innovation Eco-System Design & Implementation and a strategist for marketing.

Toshiba has also guest lectured in several leading business schools. She has an exposure to diverse cultural right from her formative years she has the unique ability to see the 'extra' in the ordinary and make it extraordinary, a key ingredient in the field of People, Marketing and Business Model Innovation. She has conceived and instilled 'Innovation Incubation' centers in various Technology and Finance firms. She holds an Masters in Business Administration degree from Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. She is also an amateur artist and has studied – Art History, Painting, Sketching and Creative Design from the Parsons School of Design, New York.

Contact : toshiba.tewari@innomantra.com


Suchetha

Suchetha M S

Sr. Consultant & Researcher – Intellectual Property

Suchetha is a Senior Consultant and Researcher at Innomantra. She is an instrumentation engineer with more than nine years of experience in patent research, technology mapping and analytics on diverse technologies. She has specialized in technologies related to Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and software patents. Prior to Innomantra, she worked for a leading IP law firm focused on Software & Information Technology ​ patents. At Innomantra her expertise includes working with Fortune 500 companies, world’s leading law firms​ in patent research, technology landscaping, patent portfolio analysis​. She is also leads corporate IP education and consulting.​ Suchetha has won several global competitions and awards in patent analytics.

Suchetha is an active contributor to professional community​ as a speaker and chaired several national level seminars and conferences​ at industry bodies, academic​c institutions​ and other government. She has also published several technology client specific white papers. Suchetha has graduated from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysuru, India.

Contact : suchetha​s@innomantra.com


Dr. Vanishree Srinivas

Dr. Vanishree Srinivas

Sr. Consultant & Researcher – Life science /medical device

Dr. Vanishree is a senior consultant and Researcher at Innomantra. She is a doctorate in Microbiology with 20 years of experience in research in life science, Pharma and analytics. She has specialized in the areas of Life science, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. With Innomantra, she is also associated with a life science and healthcare company Pronet Informatix. She is also involved in collaborative research in the area of life science analytics.

Dr. Vanishree is an active contributor at both professional and academic institutions. She has been speaker in several national and international conferences, Institutions and Government bodies. She has published more than four research articles in international journals. She is doctorate from Mysore University, manasagangotri, Mysore, India.

Contact : vanishree@innomantra.com


Dr. Vanishree Srinivas

Mahesh Sanzgiri

Principal – Digital Transformation & Innovation

Mahesh is an Electrical Engineer has a rich 38 years of corporate experience across different engineering disciplines such as business development, product strategy, design & development, engineering, manufacturing, operations with P&L responsibility, quality & process, cutting across domains such as Automotive / Transportation, Industrial Automation, Healthcare & Consumer Electronics.

He has also 20+ years of expertise in product manufacturing organization and later migrated to product engineering services organization catering to international clients. His passion for technology & innovation, keeps him abreast with new upcoming technologies to provide strategic roadmap for developing optimized solutions, Intellectual Property and frameworks for providing efficient and faster deliveries and deployments.

Prior to his leadership role in Innomantra, Mahesh was Global Delivery Head and Associate Vice-President at Larsen & Toubro Limited – Embedded Systems (now L&T Technology Services Limited) responsible for setting up new businesses in product as well as engineering services areas. He was part of the founding team and contributed by building scalable, profitable and sustainable organizations, technology roadmaps, highly motivated and competent teams with appropriate skills and mindset by setting up the right ecosystem for Innovation. Mahesh has Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Mahesh also mentors on leadership and technology to several technology and consulting organization.

Contact : mahesh.sanzgiri@innomantra.com


D P K Muthukumaraswamy

D P K Muthukumaraswamy

Principal Consultant – IdeaLabs

Muthu is a Mechanical Engineer with post-graduation in Engineering Design from Anna University. He has over 14 years of experience in Automotive and Aerospace Industry, Innovation Management and New Product Development. His expertise is in transforming Ideas into Innovative products. He has facilitated several Innovation programmes, workshops and Ideation sessions. Prior to Innomantra, he did his research work at Indian Institute of Science and Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore India. Later he was part of organizations such as Bosch, Siemens VDO and Continental Automotive.

At Innomantra he consults several multinational corporations in Collaborative, Functional Innovation, Design Thinking Practice and Technology Research. He also helps organizations to design and achieve their innovation and Intellectual property goals, by leading ideas to Proof-of-Concepts. Muthu is currently working on Technology Scouting – Collaborative Innovation, by Identifying, evaluating and collaborating technical startups with our clients in the space of Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering, and Internet of Things(IoT). He also mentors by being on the board of three technical startups in the field of 3D Printing, Advance Driver Assistance Systems, IoT and Virtual Reality – Augmented Reality. Muthu has two patents and has contributed significantly to Intellectual property creation in various organization. He is the winner of Continental Automotive Gold Award for Innovation in 2010.

Contact : muthu@innomantra.com


Nitin Mallikarjuna

Nitin Mallikarjuna

Vice President - Center for Innovation Learning & Research

Nitin is an Electronics & Communication Engineer from Vishveswaraya Technological University, with over 12 years’ experience in Software Engineering, Learning Delivery, Content Design, Instructional Design, Learning Strategy and Learning & Development Architecture. At Innomantra, Nitin heads the Centre for Innovation Learning & Research, which envisages to deliver holistic learning experience in Design Thinking, Functional Innovation & Intellectual Property Rights, apart from up-skilling workforce through customized Young Leaders Programs (YLP), Management Development Programs (MDP) & Executive Development Programs (EDP).

His expertise is in applying principles of Design Thinking to Learning & Learners and transforming training into innovative learning application within work-spaces. He has designed several training programs & delivered using ILT, e-learning & blended modes. Prior to Innomantra, he co-founded Blue Lotus Inc, which looks into the holistic development of students & faculty to create the next-gen employees. With extensive research into learning technologies & models; instructional techniques & strategies; assessments & evaluation he developed a strategic and comprehensive framework that delivers learning, knowledge, and skills.

Nitin aims to innovate at the intersection of work-in consulting, and Learning & Development space using technology augmented workshops that integrate clients’ strategic vision into the learning program that combines self-directed learning with facilitated interactive sandbox sessions.


Ashley Jegachandran Rajadurai

Chaminda Hermal Karunanayake

Country Head & Principal – Innovation Management & Research, Sri Lanka

Chaminda Hermal Karunanayake is the County head- Sri Lanka and Principal innovation consultant and innovation leadership and strategy consultant. Alumni of Herriot Watt University, oldest university alumni of the UK. Chaminda is the inventor of the first patent holder among Sri Lankan Company in the telecom sector.

Chaminda is an innovator, service industry specialist and seasoned techno marketer with proven track record in business developments, marketing and innovations for 20 +years. Founder and managing director of Hypernet Technologies, Sri Lanka’s premier distributor of high tech telecom equipment. He is also the founding directors of Evoke International, Sri Lanka largest digital content licensing company and Evoke International. He was also a member of the past executive committee of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and a member of Watt Club.

He holds MSc in Business Psychology from Herriot Watt University. He is Leipzig University’s Certified Innovation Manager. He is the first Sri Lankan recipient of Amebae Management Training from the AOTS Research Institute, Osaka, Japan. Certified Professional Marketer and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. His master’s thesis was on how bureaucracy impact creativity in Sri Lankan SMEs. His current research interests are in actor-network theory, how social theories construct business realities in post-modernism in the context of front-end innovations.

He also specialized in innovation and sustainability, green business, social responsibility, ethical trading and advances research methodologies.

Contact : chaminda@innomantra.com


Ashley Jegachandran Rajadurai

Ashley Jegachandran Rajadurai

Vice President – Innovation Management & Research, Sri Lanka

Ashley Rajadurai is the Vice President- Innovation Management and Research based in Sri Lanka. Ashley is an experienced Telecommunication Engineer with proven track record in complex product and business developments.

Ashley has served both technology innovations and business innovation domain for 30 + years. He started his career at Dept. of Post and Telecommunication, Sri Lanka and served in Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. He currently in the board at Hyperjet Technologies and Spec-Tech International. Has graduated in City and Guilds and Sri Lanka Telecom Training Centre, currently pursuing his Masters in Innovation Management. Ashley is also a passionate teacher and teaches Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics and lectures in vast areas of theology and philosophy. He is well known for his preaching and sermons in Sri Lanka.

Contact : ashley@innomantra.com


Innomantra Advisory Board


Waltraut Ritter

Sr. Adviser - Innovation, is research director of Knowledge Enterprises, which she founded in Hong Kong in 1997, specializing in research and advisory services relating to innovation, knowledge, intellectual capital. Her special interest is the development of R&D and Innovation clusters in the Asia Pacific region, and assessment of emerging center of excellence in India and China. She holds teaching and research assignments at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Singapore Management University (SMU), and advises universities across Asia on curriculum development in the field of knowledge management. She holds an M.A. in information science and sociology from the Free University of Berlin (Germany), and an M.B.A. from Anglia University, Cambridge, UK.

Tojin Eapen

Tojin brings to Innomantra experience in technology innovation, new product management and marketing. Prior to joining Innomantra, he was General Manager at a technology company which developed RFID, biometrics and automatic identity solutions. He began his career at Larsen & Toubro where he worked in product development and marketing. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Padampat Singhania award for 'Best Young Manager' by the All India Management Association. He was awarded the India Innovation Challenge Prize in 2008 by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Government of Karnataka State. At Innomantra, Tojin has engaged with several leading firms including Alcatel-Lucent, ABB, Atkins, BEL, Bosch, HAL, Ingersoll-Rand, Google, L&T, LM Windpower, Meritor, NetApp, Qualcomm, Samsung, SKF and Trelleborg. Tojin has an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB) and a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

Pradeep V. Desai

Sr. Adviser - Innovation, has over two decades of experience in managing innovation, research and development in the business of Information Technology. He has worked in number of reputed Information Technology Companies. He is the founder of Innovation for Value Creation (I4VC) an innovation intermediary. Dr. Pradeep specializes in setting up Global R&D and Innovation Centers. He provides thought leadership and pursues strategic engagements with the senior executives on Innovation in Business and Technology for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India. Prior to joining TCS he worked for Royal Philips Electronics as Director for Philips Research and subsequently Director for Technology and Innovation Management. He started Philips Research and Technology and Innovation Management for Philips in India. He has a Doctorate in Computer Science and a MBA with specialization in Information Technology. He did his Post-Doctoral at University of Dauphine, France,in the area of Symbolic Data Analysis.

T.C. James

Sr. Adviser - Intellectual Property, is currently Director of National Intellectual Property Organization (NIPO). He is a former Director, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Division,Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India. He has handled law and policy relating to patents, geographical indications of goods, designs, and trademarks and matters connected with WIPO, besides general policy and strategies in the area of IPRs, in addition to the administrative matters of the intellectual property offices (IPOs) of India. Earlier he had worked in the Copyright Office of India and in the Copyright Division of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He has also published papers and articles on intellectual property and education in various journals.

N. Subramanya

Sr. Adviser,brings experience in IP Contracts and enforcement laws. has After PhD he did research under UNHCR Chair on refugee law at National Law School, Bangalore and subsequently taught at JSS Law college. He has two published books and many journal articles to his credit in his areas of interest viz; refugee studies and human rights. He has presented many papers at conferences in India and Europe. He has served as the Head of Mysore zone of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has a been working on IP contracts, Intellectual property and related fields. He has B.Sc, LLB degrees and a PhD in Political Science from Mysore University.

Kunal Katdare

Sr. Adviser - New Product Development, is currently part of the Management Team at Stellaris Technologies Private Limited. Kunal has successfully led several projects for customers from different parts of the world - USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong and India. As a provider of software services in the niche area of Document Capture solutions, Kunal and his team continually innovate on their operations. Earlier, as Project Lead at Larsen & Toubro's Medical Equipment & Systems unit, Kunal led the development of a new series of products. His role covered all steps of the product development cycle. He helped establish new processes to rationalize the Accelerated design process. Kunal has an M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.E. degree from the University of Mumbai.

Prabu Kesavan

Associate, brings experience in the fields of Accountancy, Audit & Taxation and Valuation. He is also a qualified Information Systems Auditor. He is in the panel of audit of many companies in India like Insurance, Banks, Textile Corporations, Industries and other Business entities. He has travelled widely. He has also got hands on experience in working on accounting projects in US and Dubai. He is well versed in Accounting Standards both Indian and International. He has also worked with Bennet & Coleman, India's largest media company. He is also Director of operations at K7 associates. Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant, and has a degree in Commerce.