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Gopi Krishnaswamy is Managing Director at IDEO, Mumbai and oversees the India strategy and business. He helps clients think about innovation at a macro level and what platforms of innovation they should be building to be successful leaders in their businesses. He is also passionate about and skilled at developing teams that can effectively serve what is required to make sustained innovation happen. As a founding member of IDEO’s India operations, Gopi has been instrumental in developing IDEO’s strategy for India and establishing a successful new location in addition to creating operational efficiencies that have allowed the business to scale.
Gopi has a unique combination of corporate and start-up experience rooted in 20 years of consulting experience and entrepreneurialism. He founded Insight Instore, a trend research and shopper marketing firm, and has worked with stakeholders across companies, geographies, and cultures to build high-performance teams that deliver impact. Earlier in his career, Gopi consulted with Booz Allen Hamilton in Europe, where he was part of the retail practice and also worked with Marks and Spencer in their supply-chain as part of the retailer’s expansion in the Middle East market.
Gopi holds an executive MBA from INSEAD France, a distinction he earned on a scholarship from the Financial Times UK. He also holds dual bachelor’s degrees in arts and in science from the Nizam College in Hyderabad and a master’s degree in business, from the Central University in Pondicherry. Gopi is a life coach and mentor in his spare time and an avid Harley-Davidson biker.