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Profile: Prof Dr. V. Sumantran

Dr Sumantran is Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several leading Fortune-100 organizations in autos, industrial equipment, defence and aerospace. He is the author of the book, Faster, Smarter, Greener: the Future of the Car and Urban Mobility, (www.fastersmartergreener.com) published by the MIT Press in 2017.

He is a MISI Adjunct Professor at MIT (USA) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and. He is currently writing a book on the future of the global auto Industry with MIT.

Previously (2006-2014) he was Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK, the auto and manufacturing sector holding company of the Hinduja Group as well as Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland. For their joint-ventures, he was the Chairman of Ashok Leyland Nissan Ltd, and Chairman of Ashok Leyland John Deere Ltd.

Prior to this (2001-2005), he was the chief executive officer of TATA Motors’ Car business, reporting to Mr. Ratan Tata. During this time, he led that fledgling business to become India's 2nd largest car maker, and oversaw the concept development for their landmark projects including the Tata Nano and the Tata Ace.

Prior to joining TATAs, Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors in Detroit and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director, SAAB Automobile AB.

Dr. Sumantran has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He was a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council and served as Chairman, National Defence Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry until 2013.

Dr. Sumantran holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Princeton University & Virginia Tech) and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology. He is a Fellow of SAE International and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.

He is a licenced Pilot and possesses a FIA Racing Driver's Licence.