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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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Books In Films: From Mere Objects To Symbolic Beings

One of my personal high points in the journey of co-authoring the book Gifted has been when a friend very excitedly messaged me saying, “I saw your book Gifted in the Tamil movie Taramani!” He...Read more
Published:  December 5th, 2018
Categories:  Books
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When The Name On The Book Ain’t Real, The Identity Just Might Be

My friend has a compelling story. It is his story. He is so scared of his wife that he wrote a book and published it under a fake name. Fortunately...Read more
Published:  December 5th, 2018
Categories:  Books
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When We Can’t Say Which Is Better – The Movie Or The Book?

Vikram Chandra is one of those rare talents who is as good a writer as he is a techie. He is one of my only polyglot friends with whom I...Read more
Published:  December 5th, 2018
Categories:  Books
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Booked By The Beautiful Game

I have lost count of the number of times I have kicked a tennis ball in my verandah at an imaginary goalpost during my years growing up in Kharagpur. Playing...Read more
Published:  May 21st, 2018
Categories:  Books
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The Multi-Sensory Consciousness Of Gary Zukav

When I started working, in Chennai, my desire to buy books was largely fulfilled by picking up pirated versions from the pavements of Mount Road. Early on, I realised that...Read more
Published:  May 7th, 2018
Categories:  Books
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A Timeless Tech Reading List

In mature fields like physics and mathematics, you can’t earn an advanced degree without learning a core “canon” of the classic works. Because of this shared understanding, experts speak a...Read more
Published:  May 7th, 2018
Categories:  Books

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