About us

Global Business Inroads (GBI) is an international business, technology and innovation management consultancy, based in India, Europe, UK and USA that is specialized in technology access and deployment. GBI has expertise in technology transfer and project management with focus in technology, life sciences and ICT sectors. GBI has supported over 200 institutions, corporates, MNCs, SMEs and startups from around the world in various capacities - to internationalize in emerging markets by representing and managing their services and programs, developing ecosystems with both global and regional stakeholders including building local capacities, government liasoning and strategic financing & investment consulting.

 

To help facilitate innovation and technology access into and out of India, Global Business Inroads has developed online-offline strategy process and trademark tools, and research and program management capabilities, that can be leveraged by governments, private sectors companies, corporates, SMEs, start-ups, investors and financial institutions. We have expanded our services beyond India in to other markets like Sri Lanka and South East Asia.

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Team Profile




Leena Pishe Thomas

Director

Leena has two decades of experience in the field of International Business, Technology and Project Management in the Climate Change Mitigation, Energy, Environment, Transport, Biotech and ICT sectors working with numerous leading US, European and Indian organizations. Leena established Global Business Inroads (GBI) in September 2009 to assist and serve Governments, NGOs, Financial Institutions, and Private Sector organizations with their technology, sustainable energy, environmental project development, market access and international business needs.


Shibu Thomas

Director

Shibu Thomas leads Business Strategy, Finance and Investments at GBI. Shibu also manages the company operations, business development and commercialization for tech in the commercial and industrial sectors. Has extensive experience in identifying business opportunities, developing the same and raising funding. He has played a key role at planning and scaling the operations, coordinating finance, legal and business aspects. Shibu Thomas is a BA graduate in Industrial Relations from St Joseph's college of Arts and Science. Apart from being with GBI for the past 5 years, Shibu has been in the F&B business for the last 27 years.


Harsha Lingam

Chief operating officer (COO)

Over 10 years of experience working with international technology companies across the entire gamut of technology management. International work experience with good techno-financial analytical skills Dual Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA in Industrial Engineering followed by European Union Masters in Renewable Energy coordinated by the EUREC Agency- Brussels, Belgium. He has experience in liaising effectively with both the public and private sector in India to identify gaps and facilitated the scouting and identification of technology interventions.




Hariharan B

Technology Management Associate

Hariharan pursued his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai.


Jubin Shah, PhD

Consultant

He worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the BioMed X Innovation Center and carried out his PhD at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Jubin's experience also spans working in companies in India focused on Computational Systems Biology for a period of four years. He has served as the President of HISA (Heidelberg Indian Students Association) - 2015-16 and currently as the manager for the organization. Jubin has served on the elected committee of Doctoral Students Convention in Heidelberg University (2015-16) and represented officially as speaker of the International students working group. Jubin was the DAAD Young India Ambassador - 2017-2018. He also worked with the TedxUniHeidelberg team and arranged a Yoga workshop for the participants; He was involved in teaching school students concepts of science through visual art methods in Germany.


Zehan Teoh

Consultant

Zehan is our consultant engaging with GBI's the Southeast Asia stakeholders and clients, he is based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has 19 years of cross-sectoral/industry strategy and organizational design experience, worked on development related topics including supporting governments in developing comprehensive reforms and policies in the areas of high-tech industry development, innovation and technology value chain/ecosystem, private-public partnership engagements and center of governments delivery units. Have extensive experience designing and implementing nationwide economic reforms and setting up center of government delivery units in CIS, Africa and Asia regions, and passionate about economic growth and competitiveness at the LDCs through promoting enabling technologies, facilitating trade and investments.




Manu George

Technology and Innovation Manager

Serial entrepreneur and an enabler with great passion to race up with advancing technology and innovation. I have worked closely in technology and manufacturing space for the last 5 years. I have immense consulting experience with early stage social and for-profit ventures in areas like problem identification, strategy, prototyping and market acquisition. When I'm not working I enjoy playing basketball and going on road trips!


Rakshith Mukkatira Chengappa

Technology and Management Associate

Rakshith pursued his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on energy technologies from the University of Twente. Rakshith has worked with sustainable charcoal production technology and thermal energy storage technology for direct absorption solar collectors as part of his internship and thesis. He is taken part in many creathon/hackathon events.


Shradha Ganeriwala

Technology and Innovation Manager

Shradha has about 10 years of professional experience with a Master’s degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her core competencies lie in market research, secondary data collection and analysis, vulnerability analysis, and report writing. She has worked on consulting projects on climate change for clients including GIZ, UNDP, WWF, etc for various states of India. Now she works for International Embassies in India and International governments from Europe, the USA, etc to support their efforts and strengthen the cooperation between the technology and innovation ecosystems between the two regions.




Senthil Kumar

Sr. Technology & Innovation Manager

Senthil Kumar is a business relationship builder expert. MBA and certified business analytics professional with over 25 years experience in Sales & Marketing, precisely 12 years in EU - India trade facilitation. He worked on European Commission projects, delegation visits, and industry market research. He developed several partnership ecosystems in G2G, B2G, and B2B sectors. His domain exposures include space technologies like GNSS, GIS, Earth Observation and IT & Engineer consulting services, and Logistics.


Kichu Mathew Jacob

Innovation Manager, Cross Border Trade & Investments

Kichu Mathew Jacob pursued Masters in Business Administration and B-tech in Civil Engineering. 3 years of experience in promoting exports of South Korean goods and services as well as helping Indian companies to import, collaborate and joint venture with South Korean companies. Also got some opportunities to work with Government institutions on behalf of Korean clients. Interested in connecting with new people and discussing new things in the world of business.


Pratham Rajendra Sonawane

Web Developer

A very passionate coder who desires to learn and explore technical , analytical and problem-solving skills and has an interest in developing cross-platform applications.