CIO Award Judge 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
CIO Award Team Member 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 (Co-chair)
Sudhir Desai conceives, designs and leads strategic innovation initiatives and helps change agents
elevate their game. He advises startups and mature enterprises on identifying viable white spaces for
emerging opportunities and designs innovative pathways to positive, distinctive, and enduring impact
In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Desai has led businesses, global innovation initiatives, consulted,
and designed systems of varying complexity in multi-national environments. He has led and managed
Fortune-100 Global Professional Services businesses, and established management consulting, systems
integration, educational services, and knowledge management practices.
Beneficiaries of his work have included for- and non-profit enterprises, cities, and public sector entities
at the local and national levels. Mr. Desai has helped established and emerging enterprises develop
business strategies, launch new value streams, design offerings, re-engineer business processes, and develop capabilities. He has also designed and developed control and automation systems in various
industries. He now focuses on challenges in systems innovation, design (business, service, process, and
enterprise), the application of technology, and associated capability development.
Mr. Desai holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering, an MBA from the University of Texas,
and an MS in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He regularly helps social
and non-profit organizations with strategic challenges as a volunteer, and served as a co-chair of the
Awards Team for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium from 2013-2015. He is Head of Strategy, Foresight and
Innovation at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and the India National Chairman for the
Workshop on the Future of Work and Technology, for the Millennium Foundation.