I.S.N. Prasad, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Vijay Chandru announced as Science Gallery Bengaluru board members
Science Gallery Bengaluru are very pleased to announce the appointment of three new members of its board: ISN Prasad, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Vijay Chandru.
The members of the board jointly oversee the activities of Science Gallery Bengaluru and provide strategic support to director Dr Jahnavi Phalkey to lead this ground-breaking project.
“It is my privilege to welcome our three new Board members to the future journey of Science Gallery Bengaluru.”, said Phalkey about the announcement. “ISN Prasad has been the strongest supporter of the project at its inception. Kris Gopalakrishnan and Vijay Chandru are both known to us all for their contribution and commitment to to the development of research capacity in Indian universities. I much look forward to working with them over the next years.”
I.S.N. Prasad is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of 1986 batch. Over the last 32 years he has served in various departments in the State and Central Government. He is currently Additional Chief Secretary in the Finance Department of the Government of Karnataka in Bangalore
He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, and a Masters degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.
Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, popularly known as Kris Gopalakrishnan, is Chairman of Axilor Ventures, a company supporting and funding startups, and co-founder and former executive vice chairman of Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company based in India. He was elected as the president of India's apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry for the year 2013-14.
Gopalakrishnan obtained a Masters of Sciences in Physics in 1977 and a Masters of Technology in Computer Science in 1979 from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. In 1981, Gopalakrishnan co-founded Infosys with six other entrepreneurs. His initial years at Infosys included management of design, development, implementation and support of information systems for clients in the U.S. consumer products industry. In 2007, Gopalakrishnan took over as CEO and managing director of Infosys Technologies Limited. During his 4-year tenure, Infosys' topline doubled to $6 billion. He was later appointed executive vice-chairman of Infosys's board. He served as non-executive vice chairman of Infosys's board until October 2014.
In 2014 Gopalakrishnan co-founded Axilor Ventures, a venture capital platform for young entrepreneurs. On 8 March 2016 Gopalakrishnan launched the 5th edition of IBETO hosted every year by Govt. Model Engineering College, Kochi.
Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and vice chairman of the Board for Information Technology Education Standards (BITES) set up by the government of Karnataka. In April 2012, Gopalakrishnan was appointed as a member of the reconstituted United Nations Global Compact Board for three years. On 5 April 2013 he was elected as the president of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2013–14. He is a trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation and a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, as well as the chief mentor of Startup Village.
Vijay Chandru Reddy
Vijay Chandru Reddy is an Indian entrepreneur and scientist. He is a co-founder and chairman of Strand Life Sciences, a computational biology company, which he currently leads as Chairman and Chief Executive. Strand specialises in applying decision sciences and systems modeling to understanding the biology of disease and towards the design of novel diagnostics and therapeutics.
Chandru received his bachelor's degree from BITS Pilani in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science from UCLA in Engineering Systems and a PhD from the MIT Operations Research Center in 1982. He served as professor at Purdue University from 1982-1992, and then joined at the Indian Institute of Science. From 2003 to 2013 he served as Research Affiliate of the Lab for Information and Decision Systems at MIT.
Chandru co-authored the book Optimization Methods for Logical Inference, published by Wiley Interscience in 1999. He is also a founder of the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE) and continues to serve as an executive council member. Chandru was elected as a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1996 and of the Indian National Academy of Engineers in 2010. Chandru has received the Dewang Mehta Award for innovation in information technology for the development of the Simputer in 2001. In 2006, Chandru received the President's Medal of INFORMS – Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. Chandru was named a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2006 for his work with Strand Life Sciences and biotechnology.