Speakers

Gopichand Katragadda

Dr. Gopichand (Gopi) Katragadda is the group chief technology officer and innovation head for Tata Sons. In this role, Gopi drives technology and innovation for the Tata conglomerate leveraging cross-company synergies. He is a director on the boards of Tata Elxsi, Tata Communications, Tata Teleservices, Tata Autocomp Systems and Flisom AG.

Previously, as the chairman and managing director of GE India Technology Centre, he facilitated funding of cross-business innovation, championed the commissioning of new research labs, developed research teams and helped build GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC).  Under his leadership, the JFWTC team was contributing to over 300 US patents a year.  Gopi also served as the chairman for GE-BEL.

Before joining GE, Gopi worked with Karta Technologies, San Antonio, Texas, as vice president of Research and Development.  At Karta, Gopi led the development of advanced sensor technology for US government agencies and research consortiums.  He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas and served on the board of directors for Texas Public Radio.

Gopi provides the voice of technology for various industry bodies in India including CII and NASSCOM.  He is the India chair for the technology track of the Indo-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee, which facilitates the government to government negotiations on market liberalization.  Gopi chairs the India Development Panel and is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.  He is on the India Council for AnitaB.org.  He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Gopi has over 30 publications and 5 patents.  He has authored a book on innovation entitled “SMASH,” published by Wiley.

Gopi holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.