Ravi Venkatesan

Former Chairman of Microsoft India and Cummins India and the Chairman of Bank of Baroda


The former Chairman of Microsoft, Ravi Venkatesan, is also the founder and Chairman of ‘Social Venture Partners India’, a network of engaged philanthropists which address social problems.

 As the Chairman of Microsoft, he helped make Microsoft the second largest presence on the planet. He was the mind behind Microsoft's Project Shiksha, a computer proficiency program that helped over 40 million school children. 

Before Microsoft, Venkatesh was the Chairman of Cummins India and helped make them a primary power supply. He built the Cummins College of Engineering, Pune, the first ladies-only design school in the country. 

Ravi advises several global firms & serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd, & Strand Life Sciences. Ravi Venkatesan is on the Board of Directors of AB Volvo & Infosys Ltd. & a member of the Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School & Purdue University.

 He authored an acclaimed book 'Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere' published by Harvard Business Review.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He was voted one of the best management thinkers by Thinkers50. He was also awarded the Purdue University’s ‘Outstanding Industrial Engineer’ award in 2000 and the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by the Indian Institute of Technology in 2003.

Why Ravi Venkatesan ?

Ravi persuasively talks about business, innovation, globalisation, social entrepreneurship, & developing leaders for a better world.

He shares the challenges and successes of Microsoft, advising his audience on a wide range of topics. His highly personalised, rememberable presentations give unique insights into the technology industry. A fascinating speaker, he never fails to inspire audiences around the globe.

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