VR Ferose, Senior Vice President, Head of SAP Academy for Engineering

In this episode of The Brand Called You, Ashutosh Garg engages in an inspirational dialogue with our guest, VR Ferose. Ferose is the Senior Vice President, Head of SAP Academy for Engineering, he has also authored three books.

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“You have to lead with empathy at the core and ambition at the edges.” – VR Ferose

In this episode of The Brand Called You, Ashutosh Garg engages in an inspirational dialogue with our guest, VR Ferose. Ferose is the Senior Vice President, Head of SAP Academy for Engineering, he has also authored three books. Ferose talks to us about his journey from working at a big corporate and then working for a non-profit for a very special cause. Ferose shares the story of his son who got diagnosed with autism when he was little and how that has inspired him to help and emancipate other people who are different too. In a country like India, where differences are kept in the corner, Ferose has made it his mission to transform people’s mindsets about disabilities. Also the Founder of India Inclusive Summit, Ferose tells us that things can really change if the government, corporates and non-profit organisations come together and work for it. He reckons that India is still lagging behind in this movement of diversity and inclusion, he remarks that unless there is collective anger, change cannot be driven. Being in a corporate for so long, he shares his wisdom on leadership, success and failures. Tune in to find more!

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Profile

V R Ferose

Senior Vice President, HEAD of SAP Academy for Engineering, SAP SE

Based in Palo Alto, Ferose heads the SAP Academy for Engineering. The mission of the organization is to create the next generation of engineers that are involved in solving some of the most complex problems in the world. 

He was formerly heading Globalization Services unit and was responsible for enabling the global adoption of SAP products worldwide. 

Ferose was also the Managing Director of SAP Labs India. Starting at the age of 33, he held this post for over 5 years during which he transformed SAP Labs India into an innovation hub. In 2012, the company was recognized as one of the “Great place to work” in India for its very first time.  

Ferose is the Chairperson on the Board of Specialisterne USA, a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation a nonprofit, aiming to bring the topic of inclusion at the forefront in India. The India Inclusion Summit, The Inclusion Fellowship, Art For Inclusion and The Inclusive Walkathon are some of the initiatives under the nonprofit. 

Ferose has co-authored a best-seller book on people with disabilities, GIFTED. The book has been translated into six Indian regional languages. The Kannada translation won the prestigious Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award. He also co-authored “Innovating the World: The Globalization Advantage” and “GRIT: The Major Story”. Ferose teaches “Personal Leadership” at Columbia University, New York and is a columnist for Forbes, New Indian Express and Mint.  

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