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David Wittenberg, CEO

Known as India’s resident innovation guru, David brings world-class innovation to organizations around the globe. His experience includes service in one of the world’s leading innovation laboratories, the Advanced Concepts and Technology group at Pitney Bowes. An inventor (holder of two patents), author, songwriter, educator and visionary leader, David has created several multi-million-dollar business solutions. In a career spanning more than 40 years he has specialized in gathering and analyzing data to discover insights, conceiving innovative solutions, and developing concepts into profit-improving products, services, policies and programs.

A true innovation generalist, David leads innovation projects and workshops, conducts innovation audits, and advises top management on corporate innovation policy, programs and structures.

Educational Qualifications: David earned his MBA in International Management with honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and his BA in Liberal Studies from Norwich University.

Representative Organizations Served: Reliance Industries, Tata Sons, Aditya Birla, SAIL, Dell, Philips, Ericsson, Times of India, Marico, Pitney Bowes.




Alok Kumar, Senior Consultant

Alok is a senior innovation manager with a track record of successful product launches in Europe and the Middle East. His capstone assignment, stationed in Brussels, was as Global Head of Innovation for AB Inbev, the world’s largest brewery firm. Prior to that, he was the Head of Key Business in Russia and Eastern Europe for Unilever.

Alok’s greatest strengths include managing teams, customer insight development, assessing global market potential, and driving performance. He participates in all phases of our innovation projects and workshops.

Educational Qualifications: Alok earned his MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies at Delhi University and his BA (Hons.) in economics from Stephen’s Colege at Delhi University.

Representative Organizations Served: Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Unilever, JCB


George Eapen, Senior Consultant

George loves learning and teaching, and his focus is on applying knowledge for business results. He has achieved success in both teaching and business consulting. Fluent in three European languages, he is equally at home in Bangalore, Delhi, New York, Frankfurt and Paris. At INSEAD, the renowned French business school, he taught classes and also developed and facilitated corporate management development programs (MDPs) and consulting assignments for leading global enterprises.

George was privileged to mentor Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne when they were working on their best-selling book, Blue Ocean Strategy. He is a leading authority on this framework. George participates in our innovation workshops and contributes to our innovation projects.

Educational Qualifications: George earned his MBA from INSEAD and his B. Com. From St Xavier’s in Kolkata

Representative Organizations Served: INSEAD, Pfizer, Starwood, Axa, Aviva, Abbott, Danone


Prashant Joshi, Consultant

Prashant’s insights and skills earned him the position of Director of Research and Development at Nokia India. He not only led and managed researchers inside the corporation, he also taught and mentored young engineering students and professionals through various research and development projects. He remains in demand as a consultant, coach and instructor.

Prashant is an innovation all-rounder. He participates in all aspects of our innovation projects and workshops.

Educational Qualifications: Prashant earned his MS in Telecommunication and Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his B. Eng. in Industrial Electronics from the University of Pune

Representative Organizations Served: Nokia, Motorola, Freescale, Borqs, Siemens


Parasuram P. S., Senior Consultant

Parshu’s background in mobile and media enables him to help organizations set the pace in an era of rapid technological change. His innate good judgment about what consumers want has been honed through a successful career in both programming and application development. Prior to his consulting career, Parshu served as Group Head for Innovation and Content at India’s largest mobile carrier, Bharti Airtel.

Parshu’s strengths in innovation include discovering consumer insights, prototyping and user experience design. He participates in all phases of our innovation projects.

Educational Qualifications: Parshu earned his PGDBM (MBA) from IIM Calcutta and his B. Tech. in Electronic Engineering from IIT-BHU.

Representative Organizations Served: Bharti Airtel, Sony Television, Zee Network, IFFCO, Kissan Sanchal Ltd. IIT-Kanpur Media Labs


Manisha Phadke, Consultant

Manisha understands the importance of innovation for businesses of all sizes due to her varied experience in both large and small organizations. Coming from a background in visual design, she has applied her innovation and management skills successfully to product design, marketing, business services and education.

Manisha is particularly gifted in seeing innovation from the customer’s and user’s point of view. She takes part in all phases of our innovation projects, and she leads workshops in Design Thinking and Innovation.

Educational Qualifications: Manisha earned her Master of Design from IIT Bombay and her BA in Applied Art from Bombay University.

Representative Organizations Served: HCL, Tara Jewels, Learnet India, SP Jain Institute of Management


Bhaskaran Srinivasan, Senior Consultant

As a leader in one of India’s finest innovation labs, Bhaskaran was responsible for new product development, technological and market research, and training young graduates to become successful innovators. Since leaving the Philips innovation campus as Senior Director, he has consulted for various firms in India and the USA on innovation, strategy and leadership.

Bhaskaran is an innovation generalist who can address both the technological and customer aspects of the process. He participates in all phases of our innovation projects and workshops.

Educational Qualifications: Bhaskaran earned his MBA in Production Management at Bangalore University and his B. Tech in Electronics and Communication at NIT Warangal. He is accredited by the Indian Coaching Society as a CEO coach.

Representative Organizations Served: Philips, Bosch, BHEL, Manipal Global Education, General Motors


Benjamin Schwarz, Consultant

Ben combines extensive grounding and top-level experience in technology with an innate creative streak to produce innovation that delights customers. In addition to heading up new platform and product development programs at France’s largest telecoms company, he was selected to be the firm’s technology spokesperson in the mass media. Now, he provides innovation consulting and training for firms in multiple countries from his base in Paris.

Ben’s innovation strengths include program and team management, innovation strategy, and finding new applications for technologies. He participates in all aspects of our innovation projects and workshops.

Educational Qualifications: Ben earned his MBA from INSEAD and his BA in Computer Science from King’s College, UK.

Representative Organizations Served: Orange (France Telecom), Bouygues, Etisalat, Sky, Foxtel, British Telecom, Cable & Wireless


Pavan Soni, Consultant

Pavan served as the Innovation Evangelist at Wipro. In that capacity, he became well-known for bringing innovation best practices to his organization and the business and academic community at large through his articles, keynotes, workshops, and his innovation blog. After leaving Wipro, he went back to school to pursue a Ph.D. in the Management of Innovation through Corporate Policy and Strategy.

Pavan’s innovation skills include strategizing about innovation, motivating people to innovate, and teaching people to innovate. He leads innovation workshops and participates in innovation projects.

Educational Qualifications: Pavan’s Ph.D. from IIM Bangalore is expected in 2016. He earned a PGD (Master’s equivalent) in Industrial Engineering from NITIE and was a Gold Medalist at MBM Engineering College in Jodhpur while earning his BE in Electronics and Communication

Representative Organizations Served: Wipro, Titan Industries, ISB Bangalore





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