Kris Gopalakrishnan

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Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan
Gopalakrishnan at the World Economic Forum on India in 2012
Senapathy Gopalakrishnan

(1955-04-05) 5 April 1955 (age 69)
Alma mater
Occupation(s)Executive vice chairman, Infosys
Years active1981–2014
SpouseSudha Gopalakrishnan

Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan (born 5 April 1955) is an Indian businessman and the Chairman of Axilor Ventures, an accelerator that helps start-ups during the early stage of their business journey. [1] Kris served as the vice chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014 and the chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys. [2]

Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. He was elected president of India's apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013–14 and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014.

In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Gopalakrishnan the Padma Bhushan, the country's third-highest civilian honour.

Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of Itihaasa Research and Digital which publishes the history of the Indian IT industry as [3] microsite as well as reports on industrial and academic research in India.[4] He is the Co-author of Against All Odds – The IT Story of India.

Gopalakrishnan invests in promoting research on Brain sciences, ageing ageing-related disorders as well as investing in start-ups and start-up ecosystems. His family philanthropy is Pratiksha Trust and his investment arm is Pratithi.

Early life[edit]

Gopalakrishnan was born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 5 April 1955. He studied at the Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School.

He obtained an M.Sc. in Physics in 1977 and M.Tech. in Computer Science in 1979, both from IIT Madras. He started his career as a software engineer with Patni Computer Systems, Mumbai, in 1979.

Positions held[edit]

Kris Gopalakrishnan has served in leadership roles in several research/educational and industry/startup institutions and forums.

Positions in research / educational institutions and bodies[edit]

  • Chairing the governing board of India's 3,660 crore National Mission on Cyber-Physical System Technologies[5]
  • Member of DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance's Strategic Advisory Council
  • Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation[9]

Positions in industry / government institutions and bodies[edit]

  • Chairperson of India's committee on Non-Personal Data Governance[11]
  • First Chairperson of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub[12]
  • Chairman of CII Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-ups[13] and former chairman of CII Start-up Council[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Top CEO by Institutional Investor (2011)
  • Thinkers 50 (2009)[17]
  • Member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society


Support for research and entrepreneurship in India[edit]

Through Axilor Ventures, Kris has invested in innumerable startups and venture funds. He has used some of his wealth - as of May 30, 2023, according to Forbes, estimated at $2.9 billion, towards causes such as health research, specifically brain science as well as technology-driven innovation that has a direct impact on society. [18]

Kris is supporting and guiding several world-class India-focused initiatives, through his leadership roles in various Government committees/bodies and philanthropic initiatives, in the following areas:

Brain science and computer science[edit]

Kris has contributed 225 crores to develop a Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He is the donor of the largest philanthropic gift ever received by the 105-year-old institute from an individual.[19] He has contributed an additional ₹60 crores to set up distinguished visiting chairs in Neurocomputing and Data Science at the IISc Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Technology Madras of Chennai.[20][21]

Another cutting-edge project Gopalakrishnan has funded at IIT Madras is the "Sudha Gopalakrishnan Brain Centre", which he says is the first of its kind in the world. The centre is undertaking the cellular-level image mapping of the brain. [22] [23] [24]

Kris is chairing the governing board of India's ₹3,660 crore National Mission on Cyber-Physical System Technologies which is overseeing the establishment of 25 hubs related to CPS and allied technologies.


Kris has furthered ageing research in India through the Srinivasapura Aging Neuro Senescence and Cognition Study,[25] and GenomeIndia, a pan-India initiative focused on Whole Genome Sequencing of 10,000 individuals from representative populations across India.[26] He is also supporting the Accelerator Program for Discovery in Brain Disorders using Stem Cells at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, Karnataka.

He is on the Board of Swasth Digital Health Foundation, a not-for-profit consortium charting an innovative healthcare model in India.[27]

Nurturing the Indian research and innovation ecosystem[edit]

Kris instituted the Gopalakrishnan – NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships, focused on Industry 4.0, Smart Cities.[28]

He supports young researchers in India through the Pratiksha Trust Young Investigators Award at IISc, Pratiksha Trust Scholarship and travel grants for Winter Schools on Quantitative Systems Biology at ICTS, and the Young Faculty Recognition Award and Travel Grants at IIT Madras.[29][30]

Kris established the Gopalakrishnan – Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT Madras in August 2017, to be able to solve India's society's problems by applying the full capabilities of the scientific and technological knowledge of Indian academic institutions through world class innovation and entrepreneurship.[31]

Creating social impact and rediscovering Indian science / technology[edit]

Kris supports the nurturing of livelihoods of farmers through programs like the Naandi Foundation[32] and Centre for Collective Development.

He has supported several interesting history projects – such as the History of Indian IT through and a research project on History of Mathematics in India at IIT Gandhinagar.[33]


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  11. ^ MeitY Office Memorandum No. 24(4)/2019-CLES dated 13.09.2019
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