Ravi Venkatesan is the Chairman
of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder Chairman of Social
Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at
Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys
Ltd., and several advisory boards. He is the author of an acclaimed book
'Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere' published by Harvard
Prior to this, as Chairman of
Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build Microsoft 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 B.S. 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 IIT 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 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. His talks are very intellectual and full of
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.