Renu Kulkarni

Renu’s driving purpose is to help organizations and people leverage emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Often this means applying research efforts, across a wide-ranging ecosystem, to solve nascent/pressing business and societal problems. Her global leadership, business management, and board experience have positioned her to serve as a high-impact board member for commercial for-profit businesses, not-for-profit mission-driven organizations, and educational institutions.

As a senior executive and an ‘accidental academic’, Renu has spent nearly 30 years working for and advising leading global organizations in technology, strategy, innovation, and enterprise transformation in higher education, high-tech communications, consumer electronics, and media sectors. She has held various strategic and operational roles at Motorola, serving as a corporate officer and Vice President of Technology Partnerships and Senior Director of Corporate Strategy in the CEO’s office, a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, and sales and engineering roles at BellSouth International (now AT&T), Sprint, and Verizon at a time of massive growth and change in the telecom industry.

Her academic career includes leadership positions at Singularity University (a technology think-tank and accelerator in Silicon Valley), the University of Chicago, and Georgia Institute of Technology. At Singularity, Renu currently serves as Faculty and Strategic Advisor and until mid-2020, also served as Managing Director leading their global technology strategy executive education business where she worked with over 150 for-profit, non-profit, and government clients around the world – helping them create new strategic choices in light of a rapidly changing technological world.

At the University of Chicago, Renu served as the chief executive and Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Booth School of Business and earlier as Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President. At Georgia Tech, as Founder and Executive Director, she built a university-wide initiative called FutureMedia – an interdisciplinary research and economic development program shaping the future of digital technologies connecting universities, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and industry.

Renu serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola University Chicago, on the Questions Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, a Judge for the New Venture Business Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, on the Advisory Board of Illinois Tech’s College of Computing, on the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium and a Board Member for Pilot Light – a food education non-profit. Renu also serves as an advisor to the Oxford Leadership Institute and several start-ups.

She has served on the Technology and Media Committee at the World Economic Forum and lectured at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Renu holds an MBA degree from Emory University, Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Systems Engineering/Management Science from Georgia Tech, and an Executive Management Certificate from Booth School of Business.

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