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3,000 books in top honcho’s library

As senior vice-president of SAP, V R Ferose’s job has taken him to as many as 40 countries. With back-to-back meetings and tight schedules, Ferose rarely has had any time...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Books
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Exploring the genre of books on books

As a bibliophile and technologist, I have struggled with the duality of the physical and the digital book. When Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, his inspiration was the invasion of...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Books
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Sketchy affair: Graphic novels are for adults too

The difference between a cartoonist, a graphic artist, and a caricaturist is the same as between a Baptist, a Protestant, and a Mormon. For a practitioner, there is a world of difference. Step back...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Books
This writer’s book Gifted, featured in the top left area of the picture.

Regional ties: Exploring the best of Bhasha literature

I became suddenly interested in regional literary writing when the Kannada translation of a book I co-authored, Gifted, won the Karnataka Sahithya Academy Award in 2017. Translated by R Manikant...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Books
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How Governments Can Use Intelligent Systems To Reflect The Needs Of Citizens

Many countries participated in a wave of digitalization in recent years, which created e-government initiatives worldwide. Many are now asking: “What’s next?” For many, the answer is to consider intelligent...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Leadership
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5 Ways To Help Find Your Purpose

The most frequently asked question in my MBA class at Columbia University is How do we find our purpose? I have been fortunate to lecture in the class on Personal Leadership...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Leadership
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6 Ways To Successfully Transform Your Business

The word ‘transformation’ is a widely used but misused term in the corporate world. Everyone wants to ‘transform’ their organization without understanding how and without the tools to do it....Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Leadership
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Act Of Giving: These Selfless Behaviors Reveal A Common Thread

Many giving people follow one simple mantra: ‘Give more than you can take and do more than you speak.’ But the narrative around giving has been uni-dimensional, centered mainly on...Read more
Published:  April 18th, 2019
Categories:  Leadership
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Can Team Sports Be Truly Inclusive And Unified?

In our professional lives, we have made significant progress on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Our teams are represented by people from all backgrounds – gender, ethnic groups, nationality,...Read more
Published:  January 14th, 2019
Categories:  Inclusion
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Differently-Abled People Remind Us of the Value of Compassion

Naoki Higashida is profoundly autistic. He is largely non-verbal, and he has typical autistic traits – he jumps, he has meltdowns, and he finds it difficult to make eye contact....Read more
Published:  January 14th, 2019
Categories:  Ideas

Journey

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Shares birthday with Charlie Chaplin

V. R. Ferose was born on 16th April 1974, in Erattupetta, Kerala, India.

1974
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High point in school

Studies at Sacred Heart (in Kharagpur, West Bengal) and Railway School (in Bilaspur, Madhya Pradesh). Becomes the school Flag bearer during the Annual Sports Day in Class 12th.

1980-1993
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Engineering

B.Tech in Computer Science (1993-97) at NIT Warangal; Falls in LOVE with his future wife, Deepali and learns more about LIFE than Computers.

1993 to 1997
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Systems Analyst

Joins Ramco Systems in Chennai as Systems Analyst.

1997 to 1999
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Joins SAP

On 16th August 1999, Ferose joins SAP Labs India as a Developer.

1999
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Moves to Germany

Moves to Germany as Executive assistant to SAP Board Member, Gerhard Oswald

2005 to 2007
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Youngest MD of a Multinational Company in India

  • Assumes role of Managing Director of SAP Labs India, Gurgaon.
  • Sets up Prayas Lab, as part of "Autism at work" pilot case study.
  • Selected as Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.
  • Founded the India Inclusion Summit.
  • SAP Labs India is ranked Great Place to Work for the first time.
  • Joins Board of Specialisterne People Foundation, Denmark.
  • 2007 to 2012
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    Senior Vice President

  • Assumes the role of Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SE.
  • Joins as Trustee of Autism Research Trust, UK.
  • 2013
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    India’s Top 40 under 40

  • Selected as India’s Top 40 under 40 by Economic Times and Spenser Stuart.
  • Authors bestseller book on People with Disabilities - GIFTED, along with Sudha Menon.
  • Relocates to SAP Palo Alto, California.
  • 2014
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    Rising Star of SAP

  • Releases the book “Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage”.
  • Honored as Rising Star of SAP by Business Insider.
  • Starts Contributing to Swarajyamag.com.
  • Starts giving Guest Lectures at Columbia University on Personal Leadership.
  • 2015
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    "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study

  • Attends the Harvard Program for Young Global Leaders.
  • "Autism at Work" becomes Harvard case study.
  • Joins Board of Going to School, New Delhi.
  • Joins the Board of Seat of the Soul institute (California).
  • Inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame at Stanford.
  • Wins the Eagle award by Disability Rights Advocates, USA.
  • Forms the NGO, India inclusion Foundation
  • Hosts the 5th edition of the India Inclusion Summit and launches the Inclusion Fellowships
  • 2016
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    Recognized by US Senator

  • Honored with the AUCD award by Senator Tom Harkin
  • Releases Malayalam and Bengali edition of GIFTED.
  • Wins the Iclif Leadership Energy Award(ILEA), Malaysia.
  • 2017
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    Truly Gifted

  • Gifted wins the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award
  • Wins the Lifetime Achievement award for Global Philanthropy from Transperfect
  • Appointed Chairperson of Specialisterne, USA
  • GIFTED translated in Tamil
  • Wins the India Vision award for Thought Leadership
  • 2018
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    New Roles

  • Takes a new role as Head of SAP Engineering Academy
  • Starts a monthly column FLYLEAF for New Indian Express
  • 2019