Dr Sumantran, Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several Fortune-100 organisations in autos, industrial equipment, and aerospace will be a special speaker for the inaugural session of Asian Powertrain Conference (APC) 2018. The event, organised by AutoParts Asia, will be held on November 15-16, 2018, Hyatt Regency, Chennai, India.
Dr Sumantran has served as Special Advisor to Carlos Ghosn, Chairman Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance on alliance and global strategy. He is the co-author of the book “Faster, Smarter, Greener: the Future of the Car and Urban Mobility” published by the MIT Press in Fall 2017. He was Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK (2006-2014), the auto and manufacturing sector holding company of the Hinduja Group, as well as Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland. Prior to this (2001-2005), he was the chief executive officer of TATA Motors’ Car business in its formative years, reporting to Ratan Tata. He led this business from a tentative start to become India’s second largest car manufacturer.
Before joining TATAs, Dr Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors with their R&D operations in Detroit and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director-R&D at GM-Europe. He has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He was a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council and served as Chairman, National Defence Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry until 2013. He was President, Automotive Research Association of India (the national vehicle testing and homologating authority) and Co-chairman of the Engineering Services Division of NASSCOM. He was nominated as Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and serves as Adjunct Professor at MIT-MISI.
Dr Sumantran possesses a Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering (Princeton & Virginia Tech) and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. He served on the Board of SAE International and was Editor, SAE Transactions between 1994 and 2000. He is a Founder-Director of Chennai City Connect – a non-profit think-tank and advocacy that works with local city administration and citizen groups to address issues related to urbanisation, mobility, environment and affordability.