Vishnu Swaminathan

India Country Director, Ashoka Innovators

Vishnu joins Ashoka with more than 14 years of experience as entrepreneur and innovator. He started two IT based companies in Singapore in the areas of financial transactions and animation technology. Following acquisition of one of the companies, he moved to India to head a leadership school based in Pune, where he led the school's social effort by creating a independent Centre for Social Development. He worked on large government projects with an aim to donate the surplus for funding citizen sector organizations. Most recently he ran an assignment with National Innovation Foundation, a government sponsored organization working on grassroots Innovation at national level in India. He started his career as a 3D and Film Special effects artist, later turning towards project management. He holds couple of patents from his ventures. He has worked on a wide range of technologies, projects, training and strategic business models and been a leader at those initiatives. He holds a MBA from University of Southern Queensland.