6.0 Ravi Venkatesan - The full conversation

Mar 18, 2017, 01:20 AM


My sixth guest on the Play to Potential Podcast series is Ravi Venkatesan. He is the Chairman of Bank of Baroda and on the Board of Infosys and Rockefeller Foundation. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged leaders attempting to address complex social issues through venture philanthropy. He invests in young organizations through Unitus Seed Fund. He also works as a mentor with some start-ups that need guidance. Ravi is the former Chairman of Microsoft India and Cummins India. He is the author of bestseller “Conquering the Chaos – Win in India, Win everywhere” published in 2013 by Harvard Business Review. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay (B.Tech – Mechanical Engineering), Purdue University (Masters in Engineering) and Harvard Business School (MBA).

Ravi has had several interesting transitions through his career 1) Moving from the US to India to head Cummuns 2) Moving from heading Cummins in India to heading Microsoft 3) Leaving Microsoft to pursue his current portfolio of Board memberships, writing, speaking, philanthropy, investing, mentoring start-ups and more. We spoke about a range of topics including the transitions he has made, leadership in the social impact world, building a career in a growing gig-economy and more. 


Deepak Jayaraman is the creator and curator of the Play to Potential Poecast series where he talks to leaders from different backgrounds on topics around leadership, transitions and careers. Deepak is a Leadership Advisor and an Executive Coach. He works with leaders to improve their effectiveness and in helping them make better decisions specifically around organisational and career transitions. He currently runs Transition Insight (www.transitioninsight.com) and works with leaders to handle phases of transition thoughtfully. He has worked as an Operations Consultant with KPMG in UK, Strategy Consultant with McKinsey in the US and as a Leadership Consultant with EgonZehnder (a Swiss Leadership Advisory firm) where he helped companies recruit CEOs, CXOs and Board Members and worked on Leadership Development. Deepak is a certified CEO Coach and is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad and London Business School. His detailed profile can be found at in.linkedin.com/in/djayaraman


1.Vijay Amritraj 2.Amish Tripathi 3.Raghu Raman 4.Papa CJ 5.Kartik Hosanagar 6.Ravi Venkatesan 7.Abhijit Bhaduri 8.Viren Rasquinha 9.Prakash Iyer 10.Avnish Bajaj 11.Nandan Nilekani 12.Atul Kasbekar 13.Karthik Reddy 14.Pramath Sinha 15.Vedika Bhandarkar 16.Vinita Bali 17.Zia Mody 18.Rama Bijapurkar 19.Dheeraj Pandey 20.Anu Madgavkar 21.Vishy Anand 22. Meher Pudumjee 23.KV Shridhar (Pops) 24.Suresh Naraynan 25.Devdutt Pattanaik 26.Jay Panda 27.Amit Chandra 28.Chandramouli Venkatesan 29.Roopa Kudva 30.Vinay Sitapati 31.Neera Nundy.


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