Chief Mentor - Impact 5000 by 18

Dr.Krishna Tanuku

Executive Director

Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (WCED), Indian School of Business

As Executive Director of the WCED, Dr. Tanuku’s current focus is to help create an effective and holistic ecosystem for broad-based entrepreneurial development in India. His mission is to promote purposeful entrepreneurship that fosters equitable socio-economic growth in the country.

He has a 25-year long illustrious, career across diverse geographies such as the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked in the areas of R&D, product management and marketing and has played leadership roles in major joint ventures in Europe, S. Korea, Japan and India.

Dr. Tanuku started his career at AT&T Bell Labs in 1978. In 1986, he became their General Manager and played an active role in their global expansion efforts. In 1989, he set up AT&T in India and played a key role in shaping their telecom vertical as well as their offshore software development in India. During his tenure as the CEO of AT&T in India, he helped found the American Chamber of Commerce in India and was elected as its co-chairman for five years.

In 1994, he was awarded “Man of the Year 1994 – Management and Business Vision” for “business acumen, innovative ideas, services and leadership in the field of telecommunication and informatics”. This award was conferred in recognition of his efforts in globalisation of technologies. After his successful tenure with AT&T India, he returned to the US and assumed responsibility for marketing strategies for AT&T online services. In 1997, he took on the challenge of enhancing the Bell Labs R&D activity across the globe. As part of this, he initiated the R&D efforts of Lucent in India and was responsible for R&D centres in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Egypt as well as satellite centres in Ireland, UK and Germany.

He has an MS in Computer Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. He also received advanced executive management training from INSEAD, France. Prior to UC Berkeley, he received his M.Tech from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a BE from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

Currently, he is working to help build next-generation global enterprises based on innovative business and customer models of partnerships.

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