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Dr Aravind Chinchure

Aravind Chinchure holds a PhD in Physics, and has an experience spanning 25 years in R&D, innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, policy and teaching. He is a Founder & CEO of QLeap Academy ( focused on creating 21st century professionals and leaders in the areas of Industry 4.0 and Innovation. He served as a Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. He is credited with designing and implementing India’s first two-year MBA course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune.

Aravind has worked previously in academic and industrial research organizations including Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai), Kammerlingh Onnes Laboratory (Leiden, Netherlands), General Electric Global Research Centre (Bangalore), Honeywell Technology Solutions (Bangalore), and Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre (Pune). He is recipient of research fellowships from the European Union, Dutch Academy of Sciences, Max-Planck Institute, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Department of Science & Technology. He is actively engaged with several national and international organizations in research, innovation, social development, teaching and policy including:

  1. Global Expert to the VISION project which is engaged with 120 global stakeholders and experts across higher education, business, policy and society to pave the way for the future of teaching and training for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship (

  2. Board member and mentor of India’s largest social and for-profit incubator Deshpande Startups (

  3. Board member to Swayan Sikshan Prayog ( focused on creating grassroot women entrepreneurs and leaders for inclusive and sustainable development.

  4. Served as a Chief Mentor at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Flame University, Pune. Designed and developed one-year post-graduate program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

  5. Member of Technical Advisory Committee of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Department of Science & Technology (DST) project on Indian Innovation Systems Study. The study is expected to contribute to policy initiatives to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and performance of Indian organisations in research, technology & innovation

  6. Served as a Member of the International Committee constituted by the World Bank to develop research and innovation programs for Higher Education Acceleration & Transformation (HEAT) for South Asian countries (

  7. Member of International Advisory Board for global research project on Intellectual Property Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions (IPACST). The project is executed by the team of researchers at the University Cambridge, UK, Lund University, Sweden, Freie University, Germany, HTW University, Berlin and IISc, India. (

  8. Served as International Expert (IP & Innovation) project in Bangladesh funded by the World Bank. Developed policy guidelines to enhance research and innovation in the universities of Bangladesh. Offered guidance to over ten scientific research projects to develop innovative solutions in partnership with local industry (

  9. Senior Fellow at the Pune International Centre (PIC), Pune. Leading policy research in the areas of Industry 4.0 and Innovation (

  10. Board member of Gyanome ( focused on education for all

  11. Research collaborator of Centre for Frugal Innovation, Hamburg Technical University, Hamburg, Germany (

  12. Member of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and Advanced Materials (, Hyderabad, India

  13. Member of Scientific Advisory of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (

  14. Member of Innovation Council of KLE Tech University, Hubli (

  15. Member of Core Committee at the ICFA University ( to draft Innovation and Startup Policy (ISP)

  16. Advisor to startups – Renalyx (, Metamorphosys ( EHE Innovations ( ), Autoyos ( & other startups

  17. Member of Innovation Council of L&T Electrical and Automation Business (

  18. Jury to several corporate and social innovation awards including Mahindra Group Innovation Awards, Tata Group Innovista Awards, Tata Motor’s Imagineering and other.

  19. Served as a member of national committees for innovation and entrepreneurship of India’s largest industry association - Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for four years

  20. Served as a member of Sectoral Innovation Council for Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Government of India, and State Innovation Council of State Government

  21. Associated with various universities around the world as a research scholar and industry professional, including:

  • University of Oxford, UK

  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK

  • Southampton University, UK

  • Institute of Applied Physics (IAPD), Dresden, Germany

  • Max-Plank Institute, Stuttgart, Germany

  • Max-Plank Institute, Dresden, Germany

  • Fraunhofer Institute IMW, Leipzing, Germany• Fraunhofer Institute IWU, Dresden, Germany

  • Technical University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  • HTW University, Germany

  • MIT, USA

  • Stanford University, USA

  • Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) Zurich, Switzerland

  • University of Leiden, Netherlands

  • Maastricht University, Netherlands

  • European Institute of Asian Studies, Brussels, Belgium

  • University of British Colombia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada

  • MITACS, Vancouver, Canada

Aravind has received “Exceptional Leaders of Excellence” award from Women Economic Forum and “Innovation Excellence” award from Indira Group of Institutions for promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, technology & IP to over 100,000 students, professionals and faculty members in India. He has authored 28 research articles published in international journals in the area of condensed matter physics and has filed 4 patents as lead and co-inventor in different geographies including US, Europe, Japan in the area of fuel cells. More details on the past and current activities can be found at


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