Based in Palo Alto, Ferose heads the SAP Academy for Engineering. The mission of the organization is to create the next generation of engineers who are involved in solving some of the most complex problems in the world.
He formerly headed the Globalization Services unit and was responsible for enabling the global adoption of SAP products worldwide.
Ferose was also the Managing Director of SAP Labs India. Starting at the age of 33, he held this post for over 5 years during which he transformed SAP Labs India into an innovation hub. In 2012, the company got the Great Place to Work certification in India for its very first time.
As people say, leadership has nothing to do with one’s position in a company or the hierarchy. It has nothing to do with seniority, job titles, personal attributes, and management either. Ferose, having served in the highest positions of biggest corporates at a very young age, believes in three main values to keep himself motivated.
Ferose, is a champion of disability rights in India. Though presently residing in the United States, he remains at the forefront of the movement to increase inclusion awareness in India. His efforts have resulted in an improved understanding of the abilities of people identified as “handicapped”.
A voracious reader himself, Ferose is an ardent worshipper of Literature from all around the world. He believes literature is something that can change everything ranging from a person’s lifestyle to a person’s life lessons. His books have helped inspire many budding entrepreneurs too.
Featured in The Economic Times-Spencer Stuart ’40 under 40′ listing of India’s hottest young executives, Ferose is surely a leader par-excellence. With all his groundbreaking innovations, the billionaire is best-known today as a kind, compassionate and soft-spoken philanthropist.
Grit: The Vishwas Story
Grit: The Vishwas Story is an illustrated ode to a man who surpasses unimaginable hardships and comes out the other end with integrity, optimism and gratitude. This powerful and tender tale will break your heart and put the pieces back together with a hopeful, life-affirming touch.
Vishwas dons many hats, and he dons them well.
The Invisible Majority
Navigating a range of topics with lucid ease – from history and laws to widespread social attitudes – it meticulously records and amplifies the diverse, vibrant voices of persons with disabilities. Equally, it turns its gaze on those inextricably linked to their lives – health professionals, educators, trainers, employers, caregivers and activists – highlighting the key roles they play.
Insightful, informative and moving, The Invisible Majority: India’s Abled Disabled is a timely and invaluable book that inspires societal transformation while addressing the crucial question: how do we make India a more inclusive nation?
Grit: The Major Story is the true account of a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a hero. Faced with the tragic loss of a limb while serving on the frontlines during the Kargil War, Major Singh’s indomitable spirit came to the fore. With the support of his family, friends and dedicated healthcare professionals, and aided by the training he received in the army, he set a fresh course for his life.
Today, Major Singh is a well-known athlete and motivational speaker, inspiring thousands of people to believe in their innate strength and resilience. Vividly portrayed in graphic form, his story will spur every reader to face life’s challenges with spirit and goodwill.
While the rest of the world has taken great strides in mainstreaming the differently abled into the larger contours of their society, life continues to be an uphill struggle for the differently-abled in India. Born ‘different’ from the rest of us, they have been put in a position of disadvantage in a world where being ‘normal’ is at such a premium.
Written by the bestselling author of Legacy and Leading Ladies, Sudha Menon and the MD of SAP Labs India, V.R. Ferose, Gifted celebrates the journeys of these very Indians who are neither CEOs nor part of any influential po wer clubs, but special in their own way. These are stories that can inspire even the most ‘abled’ among us.