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Kumaran Venkatesh

VICE PRESIDENT-Strategy and Operations at IESA,
Start-up Mentor & Advisor


Venki has over 25 years of of work experience in consulting, sales management, marketing ,operations and excecutive leadership roles across IT, Semiconductors, Embedded software and system design at various MNC's and Indian companies at Hong Kong, Boston and India. At present he heads the strategy and operations at an Industry body on electronics and semiconductors and is passionately working to grow the ESDM industry as well as creating an IOT and hardware ecosystem in India. In a short span of time he was instrumental in getting the final approval of India's first brownfield Electronic manufacturing cluster for $5Million. He has curated 16 IOT start-ups across MedTEch, Wearables, gesture control ,Home automation and is passionately mentoring, coaching and advising them on Execution, Market Capital and funding capital. Venki is an Active member of the Ministry of Defense task force and is working on developing India's Defense Electronics policy. He is the co-chair of Deftronics and IOTNEXT and also a charter member of TIE.


Prior to his current role Venki was spearheading Intel'​ s Wind River business as India Country Manager. He passionately worked to open Wind River India Design Center, which helped Indian customers design world-class embedded solutions for the Aerospace , Defence, Networking , Industrial and mobile markets. Prior to Wind River, Venki was Regional Manager (US East and Canada) with Tata Elxsi in the US . From 1987 to 2003, he held various senior management positions in India and overseas in companies such as Modi Olivetti, OnMobile, Motorola, and others He is also a well-known personality in the media. His article and opinions are often published in leading technology and business publications. He was also featured in “Next Big Thing” on NDTV Good Times channel as a thought leader. Venki was the first convener of Aerospace & Defense core group at ISA Venki is also a corporate faculty of the ART OF LIVING and has taught to various sections of the society.