Sandhya Shekhar works as an Advisor and Strategy Consultant to several corporates. She serves as an Advisor in SBI’s IT Advisory Council for digital transformation. She is a member of the expert committee constituted by BIRAC (a GoI enterprise) to scale the Biotech innovation
ecosystem nationally. She also works with leading educational institutions both in an advisory capacity as well as a visiting faculty. She serves as an independent director on the boards of Simpson & Co. Ltd., IP Rings Ltd., Amco Batteries and earlier in Bimetal Bearings Ltd. She is on several advisory boards has served on Government of India policy committees including India’s Science, Technology & Innovation Policy.
She has over three decades of professional experience, occupying various CXO positions. She has worked at the confluence of industry and academic fraternities helping to build and scale a vibrant innovation ecosystem, in her former role as the founding CEO of IIT Madras Research Park, the first university research park in the country, the success of which triggered the setting up of several research parks in the country. She has extensive industry experience, having worked as Director, Asia Pacific Consulting – Gartner Inc.; CTO, BConnectB.com; Head, Knowledge Management Research – Aptech; and Group Consultant – NIIT.
She has a management degree from IIM Bangalore and is a University Rank holder in her under- graduation. She earned her PhD from IIT Madras, with her dissertation winning the award for outstanding doctoral research from the European Foundation for Management Development and Emerald. She is a recipient of several awards and was felicitated as an Outstanding Woman Achiever during the 100th International Women’s Day. She is an author of several books, papers and articles. Her book on Knowledge management was the first book in India on the subject and her latest book titled ‘Managing the reality of virtual organizations’ published by Springer has received worldwide acclaim. She is a frequently invited speaker to international and national forums including London Business School, TEDx, World Innovation Summit Doha, KM World Conference Santa Clara, ISOne World Conference Las Vegas, BITKOM Germany, roundtables
hosted by the United Kingdom Trade & Investment department and NESTA, CII, FICCI NASSCOM, MMA, TiE, etc.