US-based Expert to Lead Design Thinking Workshop for Innovation in Public Sector in India

The sixth annual edition of One Globe Forum to also focus on Artificial Intelligence, Role of Science & Technology in Economic Development, and Women’s Economic Empowerment in addition to Digital India, Make in India, Smart Cities and Entrepreneurship


New Delhi, Feb 6, 2017:  Dr. Makarand Chips Chipalkatti, Managing Director at Boston-based Dr. Chips Consulting LLC and a founder board member of Global Innovation Management Institute, USA, will conduct a workshop on Innovation through Design Thinking during the One Globe Forum 2017 in New Delhi. This collaborative workshop will provide a stimulating and hands on approach to design thinking methods for public service innovation. The workshop will be held on Friday, February 10 in the Emily Eden Hall of New Delhi’s Hotel Imperial on between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. It will cover the basic tenets of Design Thinking, emerging tools & applications to public sector illustrated through examples & activities to optimize the learning.

Design thinking is fast emerging as a globally-popular holistic method for innovation that comprises ethnographic-inspired user research, creative ideation processes, visualization and rapid modeling of service prototypes to develop new products and services through a systematic, step-by-step user-centric process. Countries like Denmark, UK, Germany, USA, Finland, Singapore and Australia are leveraging design thinking in a wide range of applications in public sector settings from rethinking waste management, crafting new policies, transforming services for special needs, and public services.

An expert in enabling industry-wide transformation through innovation, Dr. Chips Chipalkatti is recognized as a global pioneer in LED lighting and a leading advisor on lighting and energy policy. His global executive consulting practice focuses on enterprise innovation management and entrepreneurship through product, service, and market strategy with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation in the technology intensive verticals mainly focusing on energy and environmental efficiency. Dr. Chips earlier led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM Americas. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts and a B. Tech from IIT Bombay and mentors early-stage companies and students of entrepreneurship and innovation. The workshop will be co-led by Manoj Kothari, MD & Principal Strategist at Turian Labs, a Design Thinking and Business Innovation consulting company in Pune founded by alumni of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai) and NID (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad). Turian Labs has been working with Indian and global brands including Volkswagen, Microsoft, Google, Suzuki, Hyundai, Samsung, Godrej, Usha International, LG, Otis and Kohler. It has also partnered with the Government of Finland on future-research initiatives for the Indian market. Turian Labs’ Design Thinking Workshops are based on two decades of practice and structured on blending two powerful anchors of Design Thinking namely, user research & future insights, to make it holistic and contextual. Sessions will cover global landscape of Design Thinking, its concept, methodology and framework; and a gamified immersion in Design Thinking through hands-on group activities on connecting with the user through empathy, problem redefinition, creative ideation & rapid prototyping.

Harjiv Singh, Convener, One Globe Forum 2017 and founder and CEO of Salwan Media Ventures, says, “One Globe Forum strives to bring together global experts with a futuristic vision to shape the future of India and South Asia as a 21st century knowledge economy. We are privileged to have Dr. Chips Chipalkatti collaborate with India’s Turian Labs to conduct this live skills workshop at One Globe Forum 2017. Design thinking has the potential to redefine digital transformation for sustainable development of societies and businesses.”

One Globe Forum is India’s leading gathering that brings together global thought leaders to discuss how to build a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. The Forum explores the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education. The 6th annual edition of the Forum will be held on 10 and 11 February, and will specifically focus on ideas, issues and impact of “Digital India”, “Make in India”, “Smart Cities”, “Entrepreneurship”, “Women’s Economic Empowerment”, “Role of Science & Technology in Economic Development” and “Artificial Intelligence”. The Forum is produced by Salwan Media Ventures in partnership with Cisco, Knowledge@Wharton and USIBC. WION is the global channel partner while VCCircle and India Briefing are among the other media partners. Braingain Magazine is the education partner. The Forum is also supported by Kodak, ANZIBA, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, European Business Group (EBG) and ISAP. To learn more and register for the One Globe Forum 2017, please visit

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The annual One Globe Forum brings together global thought leaders to discuss how we can build a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. It is India’s leading Forum exploring the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy. Connect with us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn. One Globe Forum 2017 will be held on February 10 and 11 at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi. For a full list of speakers, updated agenda and to register, please visit:

About Salwan Media Ventures

Founded in 2004, Salwan Media Ventures owns a portfolio of businesses in education, consumer and business information. Our mission is to connect, inform, and empower our audiences to succeed in a globalized world powered by knowledge. Headquartered in New Delhi, Salwan Media Ventures also has offices in New York and London. Salwan Media Ventures produces the annual One Globe conference.