Shiva Venkatraman

Adjunct Faculty

LinkedIn Profile


  • Master’s in Business Administration, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (2006)
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, USA (1990)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India (1988)
  • Certificate in Web/Internet Systems Engineering, University of California (Santa Cruz Extension) (2001)
  • Marketing & Strategy
  • Family Business Management
  • Innovation, Decision-Making & Leadership
  • World Cultures & Communication
  • E-Commerce & Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • AI for Business
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Cross-Cultural Communication and Management
  • Project Supervision/Internship Mentoring
  • Sales Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sales Channels/Partnerships
  • Decision Science and Analytics
  • Digital Transformation
  • Analytics using Power BI
  • Agile Project Management
  • Organization Culture
  • Leadership
  • Computer Applications
  • Management Information Systems
  • BlockChain
  • Analytics and Data Science with R
  • Business Disruptive Technology
  • Business Ethics
  • Data Driven Decision Making and Analytics using R/Excel
  • Venture Capital

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Asia Campus, Singapore
  • Guest Faculty at Harvard, Lithan, Platform E, Tertiary Infotech, SMART (Singapore MIT Research Alliance for Technology) and Farleigh Dickinson University

Consulting Experience

  • 20+ years of consulting experience as a Practitioner in Management and Technology Consulting in Large corporations, Systems Integrators and Startup settings.
  • Industry experience in Banking, Telecom, Fintech, Insurance, Aviation, Airline, Software, Higher Education, Venture Capital and Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Logistics.

Corporate Experience

  • Founded Varidus, a new paradigm in a corporate venture capital/venture building and developed a network of > 2000 Board Members/CxOs/Family Office/Angel Investor contacts globally in 21 countries, across a variety of industries.
  • A Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer with over 20 years of executive and board-level experience across the commercial sector with experience in the telecommunications, finance, IT, technology and software development industries.
  • Delivered two profitable years at Varidus with dividends/retained earnings and solid year-on-year revenue growth.
  • An entrepreneurial business growth leader, Board Member and Executive Advisor to Boards, with experience in providing strategic direction in incubating and scaling technology/internet/telecom businesses from $0>$B.
  • Mentored over 25 startups across Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, IoT, Fintech, Blockchain, SaaS, Cloud, Augmented Reality, Energy; coached 25+ CEOs, Founders, NEDs as part of their advisory boards.
  • Led APAC Digital Services Business Strategy for HPE, creating > $60M in pipeline by influencing Asia Pacific CEOs, Board Members and CIOs to buy into HPE’s services.
  • Led the CTO function for two of HP/HPE’s businesses - over $500M in revenue.
  • Provided expert strategic development advice, corporate governance and compliance to the Board of Media Cloud Services and Mobikon Asia as Interim General Manager and Chief Operating Officer to ensure sustainability, growth and profitability.
  • Coached the Chairman of CEN, a Seattle non-profit and acted as a Board member helping the Chair in organisational design and operational expansion from US to Brazil.
  • Led Microsoft’s WW Online Services Partner Strategy & Programs delivering > $1B in new services and transformed the 250,000 strong Microsoft Partner Channel and influenced top VP, CTO, CMO and Heads of Business Units (GMs) at Microsoft
  • Trained as a Listed Entity Independent Director for Singapore Exchange (SGX) as well as trained on Corporate Governance from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Research Interests

  • Digital Transformation
  • Startup Exits via M&A in US and SE Asia (Research in Progress)
  • Startup Exits via IPO in US and SE Asia (Research in Progress)
  • Entrepreneurship (Research in Progress)
  • Emerging Managers in Venture Capital (Research in Progress)
  • Family Offices (Research in Progress)
  • Startups
  • Augmented Reality
  • Marketplaces
  • Order-based Supply Chain Algorithms

Conference Presentations

  • “How airports can innovate”, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (2020) and panellist on the same topic
  • “Digital capabilities for airlines and airports”, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (2019)
  • “How Businesses can Transform using Mobile Technologies”, HP China Mobility Conference (2014)
  • “Innovations in the Digital Workplace”, HP Singapore Conference with CIOs (Speaker, 2015)
  • “Innovation and Security in Digital Banking”, HP Taiwan Banking CIO Conference (Speaker, 2016)

Chapters in Books

Sales, Marketing and Channels (Book on Entrepreneurship being written by SMART, in progress)

Editorial and Reviewer Activities

Reviewer of Book Draft – “What is your comeback plan? (After COVID), by Harvard Lecturer Dr Ashley Prisant

Conferences & Workshops

  • Analytics for Airports, Singapore Aviation Academy (2020)
  • Digital Innovation in Airports, Singapore Aviation Academy (2019)

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Asia Campus, 2019
  • High Potential Leadership Award, Microsoft, 2007
  • Special Mention by Program Director of Sloan Fellows Program at MIT for getting perfect GPA at MIT, 2005
  • Institute Silver Medal for graduating top of the class in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1988


  • Former Member, Singapore Institute of Directors, Membership & Growth Committee
  • Former Member, Singapore Institute of Directors, Revenue Ideas Committee
  • Co-Founder, Global Emerging Venture Capital Fund Manager group
  • Founder, MIT Blockchain Investment Forum and Private Investor Syndicate
  • Co-Founder, MIT-Stanford Friendship Forum

Media Appearances & Coverage