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Founders Talk 03 | Managing Change: Opportunities in the Face of Disruption
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 05:00pm - 06:00pm

Founders Talk 03 | Managing Change: Opportunities in the Face of Disruption

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 5pm to 6pm IST

Dr. Aravind Chinchure | Chief Mentor - PGPEI, FLAME University; Founder & CEO, QLeap Academy

MSMEs contribute over 35% to India's GDP and is aspiring to contribute over 50% in the coming years. However, the pandemic has forcefully disrupted every industrial and manufacturing sector. The MSME sector has been under distress due to demonetisation and GST, and COVID-19 has aggravated the crisis for this sector further.

This disruption has compelled organizations to change and reinvent. An innovation expert, Dr. Aravind will share his thoughts on how companies can innovate and rise to the challenges posed by Covid-19. Moreover, he will bring his experience on how Covid-19 is transforming traditional manufacturing and industrial practices through the latest smart technologies or Industry 4.0.


Speaker Profile

Aravind Chinchure holds a PhD in Physics, and has an experience spanning 25 years in R&D, innovation, intellectual property, startup incubation, social development, venture investment, policy, consulting and teaching. He is the Chief Mentor for the Post Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at FLAME University, Founder & CEO, QLeap Academy and recently also served as the Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Symbiosis International University. Till recently, he served as a Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. He is credited with designing and implementing India’s first two-year residential and experiential MBA course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune. He has worked closely with various universities around the world as a visiting scholar and professional, including:

  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
  • Southampton University, UK
  • Institute of Applied Physics (IAPD), Dresden, Germany 
  • Max-Plank Institute, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Max-Plank Institute, Dresden, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute IMW, Leipzing, Germany
  • Fraunhofer Institute IWU, Dresden, Germany
  • Technical University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • HTW University, Germany
  • MIT, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • Princeton University, USA
  • Rutgers University, USA
  • Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) Zurich, Switzerland
  • University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • European Institute of Asian Studies, Brussels, Belgium
  • University of British Colombia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada
  • MITACS, Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Chinchure is actively engaged with several national and international organizations including:

  1. Member of the International Committee constituted by the World Bank to develop programs for Higher Education Acceleration & Transformation (HEAT) for South Asian countries
  2. Member of International Advisory Board of Intellectual Property Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions (IPACST) project executed by the team of researchers at the University Cambridge, UK, Lund University, Sweden, Freie University, Germany, HTW University, Berlin and IISc, India. (
  3. Member of Scientific Advisory of Centre for Translational Cancer Research, IISER, Pune (
  4. Member of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and Advanced Materials (, Hyderabad, India
  5. Research collaborator of Centre for Frugal Innovation, Hamburg Technical University, Hamburg, Germany (
  6. International Expert (IP & Innovation) for World Bank funded project in Bangladesh. Offered guidance to over ten scientific research projects to develop innovative solutions for resource poor people (
  7. Board member of Gyanome ( focused on education for all
  8. Board member and mentor of India’s largest social and for-profit incubator Sandbox Startups (
  9. Board member and advisor to Swayan Sikshan Prayog ( focused on creating grassroot women entrepreneurs and leaders for sustainable development.
  10. Member of Scientific Advisory of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (
  11. Advisor and mentor to Development Dialogue (,
  12. Member of Advisory Board of India Cyber Connect (
  13. Jury to several corporate and social innovation awards including Mahindra Group Innovation Awards, Tata Group Innovista Awards, Tata Motor’s Imagineering.
  14. Served as a Member of (a) CII’s national committees for innovation, startup and entrepreneurship for four years, (b) Sectoral Innovation Council for Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Government of India, (c) State Innovation Council of Government of Gujarat
  15. Received “Exceptional Leaders of Excellence” award from Women Economic Forum and “Innovation Excellence Award” award from Indira Group of Institutions  

Dr. Chinchure received fellowships from the European Union, Dutch Academy of Sciences, Max-Planck Institute, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Department of Science & Technology (India). Previously, Dr. Chinchure was working as “Asst. Vice President – Innovations” at Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre (RILC), Pune. Prior to joining RILC, he has worked at Honeywell Technology Solutions, Bangalore, General Electric (GE) Global Research Centre, Bangalore, Kammerlingh Onnes Laboratory, Leiden University, Netherlands, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. He has authored 28 research articles published in international journals in the area of condensed matter physics and has filed 4 patents as lead and co-inventor in different geographies including US, Europe, Japan in the area of fuel cells. You can find more details of his past and current activities at