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Real Life Letters: Thumbing Through Remarkable Human Records

With letter writing a nearly forgotten medium now (where everything gets home-delivered, except handwritten letters!), a good place to rediscover the joy of letters is in a literary genre that...Read more
Published:  January 12th, 2018
Categories:  Books
The “Top 10” lists are a favourite on the web.

The Seduction Of Lists – Why We Find It Hard To Resist Them

Who can resist those ‘best of’ (or ‘worst of’) lists that pop up at the end of a year – the 10 best films of the year, the 20 worst...Read more
Published:  January 5th, 2018
Categories:  Books
Ernest Hemingway at La Consula, Bill Davis’ estate in Spain, in 1959. Photograph by Mary Hemingway.

On collecting books signed by Nobel laureates

You need more than money and passion to get hold of books signed by Nobel laureates. You need a lot of luck It was a visit to the Nobel Museum...Read more
Published:  January 5th, 2018
Categories:  Books

Movie Posters Of The Past That Have More Than One Story To Tell

When I decided to spend a long weekend at Bodega Bay in California I did not realise that I was visiting a sacred place for all Alfred Hitchcock fans! At...Read more
Published:  October 23rd, 2017
Categories:  Books
The Gorgeous Nothings

Ode To The Odd Books: The One-Sentence Novel And Other High-Concept Books

The one-sentence novel – Solar Bones – that won the Goldsmiths prize and is long listed for the Booker – made me think right away of other ‘odd books’. Are there other...Read more
Published:  October 23rd, 2017
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Nujeen with Ferose

Nujeen: The Girl from Aleppo

Here are Nujeen Mustafa’s two principles: First: No one is born evil. Second: Don’t watch the news. Because if you watch the news, it will shake your first principle. For...Read more
Published:  July 17th, 2017
Categories:  Inclusion, Books

The Road To Sparta: The Story Of One Of The World’s Greatest Ultramarathoners

I was at the book launch for The Road to Sparta, legendary ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes’ fourth book at Kepler’s in Menlo Park, California. When I entered the bookstore, the store...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
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A Tale Of Two Friends And Their Discovery Of How The Mind Works

I spent a large part of 2016 following the American election and then trying to understand Trump’s shocking victory. Since Trump defied the odds (and the polls) to come out...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
Categories:  Books

Gift Of The Finest Facsimile: A Collector’s Tribute To Printers And Illustrators

A visit to Morgan Library and Museum in New York gave me a chance to view first hand many landmarks in printing history. The Morgan Library and Museum, one of...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
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World Book Day: An Ode To The Bard, The Best Of Them All

My earliest memory of Shakespeare is watching Merchant of Venice played out at my school annual day. Tarry a little; there is something else. This bond doth give thee here...Read more
Published:  April 29th, 2017
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