Meet our Chevening Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellows (CRISP) 2021-2022
This programme enables fellows to understand the UK science field, innovation management processes, and the interactions between research, innovation, and economic development. The programme also covers wider issues including global challenges, politics, and international relations.
Chalinda supports start-up companies spanning various industries by guiding them in strategy, growth and execution techniques, as well as raising capital on their behalf from various investors. In total, Chalinda has mentored over 3,000 entrepreneurs, across the globe.
Utkarsh is the CEO of Network Capital, one of the world’s largest mentorship platforms that empowers 150,000+ millennials to do what they love, teach what they love and make a living doing so. He is a writer at Harvard Business Review and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper who represented the community at the Annual Meeting in Davos. His book “The Seductive Illusion of Hard Work” has become a global best seller. Utkarsh is also a trained actor and played “Major Metcalf” in one of the world's longest running plays. He loves to travel and has been to more than 80 countries.
Gitanjali is a social entrepreneur and educationist. After having founded several business and social ventures, she has set up the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh, as its Founding CEO and Dean. Gitanjali is recipient of the Women Transforming India national Award from the Government of India.
Siraj is a med-tech innovator and founder of IndioLabs, a research-based design lab with a mission to invent medical device technologies that are safe, appropriate, and affordable. He is also the co-founder of Omya Healthcare, a company focused on the value range of intensive care devices for mid-segment hospitals.
Sireesha is a research scientist, innovator and technology strategist with 11 years of work experience at BHEL. She has expertise in developing new products using computational studies and data analytics to drive business imperatives. Sireesha also mentors students and is a certified energy auditor.
Randhula de Silva
Randhula drives systemic change across sectors to enable individuals and ecosystems to grow in sustainable ways. Her work stands at the intersection of creativity, people, and the old and new economies. Randhula specialises in creating regenerative business models, delivering transpersonal leadership, and incorporating eastern innovation practices into businesses.
Nrupal is currently a product management professional with Paysafe, a fintech company. Previously, he has co-founded and successfully led two start-ups in the digital marketing and analytics domain. Nrupal's interests lie in digital product management and entrepreneurship. He also helps and mentors Indian start-ups in his free time.
Sreemoyee Ghosh Dastidar
Sreemoyee is currently the head of IT at Marico, where she leads on the overarching IT strategy. She is a senior technology professional with over 14 years of experience in leading globally transformative and business critical projects at FMCG majors, Unilever and Procter and Gamble.
Kamal is senior scientist at AIIMS, New Delhi and conducts research for developing medical leadership capacity in India. His work has been published in the BMJ-Leader and presented at international forums. He is a recipient of the Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship (Warwick) and the NHS Leadership Academy Award.
Paridhi is the vice president of the medical devices park at the Government of Telangana where she promotes the medical devices sector and other life sciences initiatives of the state. Paridhi attends various forums, where she states the case for the state as a hub for manufacturing and innovation.
Sandhya is a group product manager at Microsoft and leads the commercial financial platform product team at India Development Center. She has over 20 years of industry experience and has been with Microsoft for the last 16 years working across various domains, including AI, search, mobile, commerce and emerging markets .
Nitesh is an electronics engineer with experience in defence, industrial automation and health tech. Nitesh is a co-founder of Coeo Labs-InnAccel, a health-tech company with a vision to stop preventable deaths in emergency and critical care. He was also a part of the Stanford India Biodesign Program, where he developed and commercialised a device to treat pleural effusion. Nitesh is an active innovator holding 16 patents and has won several awards including the CES IFC Women Health Tech 2021 award the Commonwealth Innovation Award.
Samudyata Kadur Shivaram
Samudyata is a digital transformation expert with over 13 years experience. She is currently the associate director of Deloitte, managing government transformations in tech, strategy and operations. She has pursued women's leadership from IIM Calcutta and is passionate about diversity & equity in leadership and STEM.
Suparna is an engineer with nearly 20 years of project management expertise in telecoms and aerospace. She is currently part of the learning and development team at HAL Management Academy, where she is focused on talent development and capability building in engineers and managers. She also co-leads a unique master's program to develop the country’s aerospace ecosystem.
Abarnah is a senior lecturer at the Informatics Institute of Technology, with 12 years of experience lecturing in the field of computer science and IS. She is a member of IEEE WIE and Yarl IT Hub where she works on empowering girls and people at a grassroots level. She has also authored and co-authored research papers.
Sairajan Kolasseri Kuttappan
Sairajan leads the structures team to design, analyse and test the spacecraft structures for various missions on behalf of the Indian Space Research Organisation. He specifically researches the subject areas 'structural dynamics' and 'advanced materials for aerospacae applications'. Sairajan also supervises postgraduate and PhD students.
Pradeep is an expert in innovation and open innovation programmes. He has previously worked for a $12.5M conglomerate incubator fund that focused on multisector early-stage start-ups. He is the author of three best-selling non-fiction books in Tamil and cofounded a start-up to sell Indian vernacular languages books online.
Smita has over 27 years of experience spanning the corporate, social and government sectors, and further, a combination of both grassroots level work and board level governance – unique combinations that give her an unparalleled perspective on both policy and implementation.
Suyash is an accomplished international sales and marketing professional with over 13 years of experience in building consumer brands across 5 continents with leading companies of the likes of ITC, Marico, Nestlé, and Emami. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi, Suyash actively dwells on policy matters related to exports whilst advising Indian start-ups on market entry strategy. He is a recipient of The Economic Times Young Leader Award, among a dozen global honors in recognition of his work in the field of international business and marketing.
Nirmalesh Sampath Kumar
Nirmalesh is a director at Vee Technologies, India and Sona College of Technology. He is both an Erasmus Mundus Scholar and a Marie S Curie Fellow. He is currently the team lead and the co-founder of Isotonik Solutions Inc. and is a finalist in the $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition.
Abdul researches ways to produce metals from waste instead of ores, contributing to resource conservation and pollution mitigation. Additionally, he facilitates positive and efficient working environments so researchers from different fields come together and work productively.
Chochong is a faculty member of the National Council of Educational Research and Training, Delhi, a highly-regarded body for school education in India. Her work majorly focuses on environmental education. She has written her own book, contributed in many textbooks, conducted studies in India and US and published several research papers.
Lincy is an advocate for new businesses and fintech innovation. She specialises in corporate development, including FinTech partnerships, building digital capabilities and driving adoption of emerging technologies. She has worked with Barclays, Deloitte, Capgemini and the start-up, eClerx in these domains.
Prasanjith has worked across both the public and private sectors where he has attracted foreign direct investment in priority areas, based on Sri Lanka's short and long-term goals. Prasanjith has experience with a range of industries, including financial services, retail and branding.
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