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R A Mashelkar

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President, Global Research Alliance

Director General of Council, Scientific and Industrial Research (1995–2006)

One of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property (2003-05)

Dr R A Mashelkar was the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest chain of publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in the world, with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees. His transformation of this institution has been heralded as one of the top ten achievements of Indian Science & Technology in the 20th century.

Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, he is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation and Marico Innovation Foundation besides being a member of I-20, the global summit of innovation leaders. Dr Mashelkar is on the Board of Directors of several industries and is a Fellow of several prestigious societies and academies.

In the post-liberalized India, Dr Mashelkar has also played an important role in shaping India’s science and technology policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet set up by successive governments. He chaired twelve committees established to examine a variety of issues including higher education, national fuel policy, the drug regulatory system and the agriculture research system.

Dr Mashelkar has won over 50 awards and medals, which include the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Medal of Engineering Excellence (2003) by WFEO, Lifetime Achievement Award (2004) by Indian Science Congress, and the Science medal (2005) by TWAS, the Academy of Science for the Developing World. The President of India honoured Dr Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991) and with Padmabhushan (2000), which are two of the highest civilian honours in recognition of his contribution to nation building.

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"A tremendously inspiring speaker, Dr Mashelkar’s research have proved that India is a powerhouse for innovation. By re-engineering engineering, Dr Mashelkar has a vision of India being the creative capital of the world in the 21st century. His TED talk on this subject of Gandhian Engineering has received more than 380,000 views!"

Presentation to the President of India (2013)

TEDTalk: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products (2010)

[youtube http://www.ted.com/talks/r_a_mashelkar_breakthrough_designs_for_ultra_low_cost_products.html]

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