Global Business Inroads (GBI) is an international business, technology and innovation management consultancy, based in Bangalore, India, 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.
Founder & 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. GBI works with 50+ technology clusters (cleantech, biotech, ICT) globally for tech access and deployment into and out of India. GBI provides tech transfer and commercialization (market research to deployment), program management/ ecosystem development and project management consulting services to international and domestic clients from the public and private sector. GBI developed and launched an online portal for technology collaboration – www.globaltechinterface.com – to create an online repository of technologies and opportunities making it easier and cost effective for tech to access markets.
Chief Operating Officer
Harsha has 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 international work experience with good techno-financial analytical skills, strong technology transfer skills which include commercialization and indigenization to suit local requirements as well as experience in business development and project management, with an ability to successfully manage and implement multiple projects on time. He has worked on a wide variety of technologies not limited to floating solar, solar aeration for lake restoration, decentralized water and water treatment, waste management, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and Hybridization systems for diesel buses (dual fuel). He had successfully worked with multiple clients to develop market entry strategies and supported with their business development activities, including identifying a pipeline of ~100 MW of Solar energy project in the distributed generation sector. He has also worked on conceptualizing and setting up technology centers in India where international entities can showcase their technologies and strengths, giving them a sustained presence in local markets. He has over 4 years of experience working with the European Business and Technology Center (EBTC), an EU funded program that offers complete end-to-end solutions to clean-technology companies who want to enter and ensure sustainability in the Indian market, developing business and managing technologies. He was the project coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) consortium in India. EEN is a network of 600 business support organizations from 54 countries that provide support for SME’s to internationalize. He has experience in working with and understanding international markets. He also lead an initiative to develop a sustainable transport cluster in the state of Karnataka with a consortium compromising of experts from the EU, Indian Institutes of Science (IISc) Bangalore, local and regional companies and the Government of Karnataka. Prior to which he worked for 2 years in the United States with MNC’s such as Caterpillar, Inc and Putzmeister America, Inc as an industrial engineer working on optimizing spends and lead times where, he also had the opportunity to be a part of the Toyota Supplier Support Center (TPS) implementation team, focusing on elimination of bottlenecks, streamlining operations and improving the utilization of employees. He has successfully completed multiple projects focused on process improvement, lead-time reduction, Lean Manufacturing, project management, etc. 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. He also has experience with supporting start-ups with idea validation, market access and technology indigenization – helping them understand local opportunities and business models.
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. Practical business models for adoption of tech in local markets is a key aspect of his work. Shibu has extensive experience in identifying business opportunities, developing the same and raising funding. At GBI, Shibu 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. He started his career with industrial catering for corporate clients in the early 90's . Gradually he moved on to start his own line of restaurants which included fine dining, casual dining, lounge bars, night clubs, cafes and QSR concepts, where the cuisines ranged from Asian, Indian and continental. Shibu as a business owner has been passionate in F&B concepts which gets him involved with the planning, conceptualization, execution and operations of the business. He has been instrumental in raising capital , building teams, and managing government regulations with regard to licensing. He was also involved in a partnership firm, where they started a retail business, opening 34 franchise stores for brands like Nike and Puma in tier 2 cities of India.
Technology & Innovation Associate
Supritha has Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Symbiosis Institute Of International business, Pune in Energy & Environment.Has worked with National Innovation Foundation-Govt. Of India,Business Development through transformation of a grassroots innovation technology into a startup/commercially viable enterprise. Worked with Infosys in new building project in context to Energy Management, Building performance & audit-Green building rated buildings. Monitoring and improving the performance of Water Treatment Plant, STP, Battery management system, Weather Station.Lighting retrofit design for existing buildings. At Global Business Inroads Supritha is managing and coordinating startup and innovation projects with our business networks including EBN, USMAC, InBIA. Project management for technology and innovation related projects with leading incubators and innovation stakeholders in India and internationally.
Jubin works as a Event and Congress Head at Xpomet, Berlin. 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.
Chris has worked to support environmental and climate technology deployment globally for the past 20 years, covering a range of thematic areas including waste management, air quality, water and energy resources. He began early in his career with the development of technical capacity building activities focused on municipal water supply, wastewater treatment and solid waste management in Latin America. While at the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC, he managed a multimillion-dollar USAID supported technical initiative designed to reduce energy and water consumption of municipal water utilities in Asia, Latin American and Eastern Europe. With the Clinton Climate Initiative, Clinton Foundation, he served as Senior Advisor on waste and water resource issues, supporting decision making in megacities around the world seeking to reduce their climate impacts via technology and process innovation. During his seven years with the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Climate Change Division, he managed methane mitigation activities, assisting cities to develop biogas resources from municipal solid waste and wastewater treatment, in support of the Global Methane Initiative. This included oversight of technical assistance and training activities in Southeast Asia and China, Latin America and the Middle East focused on cleantech applications in the waste and biogas recovery areas. Chris moved to Brussels in 2016, and launched THINKCities Consulting. Today Chris supports GBI’s global efforts from his Brussels base, working to further EU-India linkages in support of technology transfer and project management focused on cleantech, lifesciences and ICT sectors.
Technology Management Associate
Hariharan pursued his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai.
Joshua has worked with many non- profit organizations and worked for a multinational firm in Abu Dhabi . Currently he is working in the electric mobility and market research platform. He had done his Bachelors in Engineering and currently pursuing his Masters in Social work
Innovation and Policy Manager
Ashish Jha is an is a graduate of Development Studies from IIT Guwahati with close to 8 years of work experience in NGO’s Project Management Operations and Legislative Research work Psephology