Distinguished Visiting Professor

Satheesh Kumar K. G.

Prof. K.G. Satheesh Kumar Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc.(Engg.)

Distinguished Visiting Professor
Career History of 39+ years
  • 19 years in industry
  • 6 years in consulting covering strategy formulation, organisational development, RFP preparation, detailed project report (DPR) preparation, and strategic innovation
  • 14 years in academics, research, and disability including teaching and research at IIMK, IIITM, Asian School of Business, Amrita School of Business, and NISH; setting up centre for assistive technology and innovation at NISH, and overseeing academics, research, and technology at NISH (National Institute of Speech and Hearing)
  • The Positions held include CEO, Dean, Professor, Consultant, Director

2015-2021: Director (CATI) / Executive Director (in Charge), National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH).

2007-2015: Professor / Dean, Asian School of Business

2001-2007: Management Consultant, VMA Consultants

2000-2001: Chief Executive Officer, Specialized Global

1990-2000: Project Manager / General Manager / Chief Executive Officer, Technopark.

Management, Innovation, Technology, and Organizational Development: Extensive practical, consulting, teaching and research experience in strategy formulation, planning, and implementation, innovation, management, and organizational development. Played leadership role in developing the plan and strategy for Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram (1990-2000) and promoting the park nationally and internationally. During 2001-2007, performed strategic consulting for several organisations and during 2017-2015, taught strategy, operations and innovation at Masters-level programs at Asian School of Business, Thiruvananthapuram (full time position as Professor / Dean), Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITMK), and Amrita School of Business. Held executive committee member / director – level positions in organisations like Electronics Research & Development Centre (now CDAC – Trivandrum), Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd., and International Association of Science Parks. Also functioned in leadership positions in national and international professional, industry, and management bodies like the IEEE.

Government policy formulation: Played a key role in drafting the first Information Technology (IT) policy of the Government of Kerala in 1998. This policy has played an important role in propelling the growth of information technology in Kerala by creating necessary institutions and structures. As part of the policy, a High Powered Committee for Information Technology and e-Governance, chaired by the Chief Minister of Kerala, was constituted in 1998 and was a member of this committee during 1998 – 2000.

Other Roles (Academics, government, boards, professional bodies)

Advisor (Information Technology), Kerala State Transport Project, PWD, Kerala (2013)

Secretary, India Council, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (2007 & 2008)

Member, Advisory Council, Dept of Management, College of Engineering Trivandrum (2000-08)

Director (Board member), Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd. (2000 to 2006).

Chairman, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. Kerala Section (2000 & 2001)

Member, Executive Committee, Kerala Information Technology Mission (2000-2002)

Member, Executive Committee, Electronics Research & Development Centre (1997-2000)

Vice President, Trivandrum Management Association (1999 & 2000)

Director, International Association of Science Parks, (IASP) Asia-Pacific Division (1997-99)

Member, Executive Committee, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (1997-99)

Member, Governing Council and Project Implementation Board, TECHNOPARK (1997 -2000)

Member, State Committee for Vocational Training, Kerala (1997-2000)

Secretary to the committee constituted by Government of Kerala for drafting the first information technology policy for Kerala, India (1998-99)

Member, Kerala State High Powered Committee for Information Technology and e-Governance, chaired by the Chief Minister of Kerala (1998-2000)

Select consulting projects (Innovation, RFP, projects, DPR, strategy consulting, MDP)

  • As-Is and To-Be study on the IT systems in PWD, Government of Kerala (2013)
  • MDP on innovation for State Bank of Travancore (2013)
  • MDP on strategic innovation for a software company in transaction billing (2012)
  • MDP on strategic innovation for a software company with global operations in TTL (2011)
  • Management advisory to incubator start-up in Bioinformatics (2009-2010)
  • Detailed project report for a knowledge park in South India (2009)
  • Enterprise architecture planning study for the Ministry of Commerce in an Asian country (2005)
  • RFP design and consultant selection for a UNIDO funded technology park project (2004)
  • Management advisory for a large animation company in India (2006)
  • Business planning for a business school in India (2004)
  • Strategic consulting and management advisory for software companies in India (2001-2004)
  • Advisory for developing a statewide IT system for a World Bank funded project (2002-03)
  • Information technology strategic review for IT Mission, Government of Kerala (2002)
  • Organisational restructuring consultancy for an ERP software company in Cochin (2002)
  • Organisational restructuring and strategic planning for two television channels (2001, 2004)
  • Advisory for a silicon city project in the Middle East (2002)
  • Advisory for manpower planning for a semiconductor fab in Germany (2002)
  • High-level design consultancy for a job vortal project (2002)


  • Technology courses for BASLP and MASLP programs - NISH - 2016, 2017. 2018, 2019
  • Management of Technology and Innovation - IIM Kozhikode - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation - Asian School of Business - 2007 to 2014
  • Strategic Themes in Operations Management - Asian School of Business - 2010 to 2013
  • Operations Management - Quantitative Techniques - IIITMK - 2009 to 2014
  • Product Management - Asian School of Business - 2006 to 2015
  • Strategic Management - Asian School of Business - 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015
  • Information Analysis for Decisions - Asian School of Business - 2008 to 2014
  • Management Science / Decision Science - Asian School of Business - 2006 to 2015
  • Operations and Supply Management - Asian School of Business - 2012, 2014
  • Game-changing business models - Amrita School of Business - 2015


  • Surendran, Akila and Kumar KGS ‘An Emerging Assistive Technology Centre In India : From Baby Steps, Aiming At Giant Strides’ published in e-proceedings of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference, 2018 held in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
  • Kumar, K.G.S., and A. Jyotishi, “Differences in approach to and output of innovation: study of “established” and “new entrant” small software businesses in India”, International Conference on Computers and People Research, ACM, Singapore, 29-31 May 2014
  • Kumar, K.G.S., and A. Jyotishi, "Transaction cost leveling to reduce incumbent's difficulty in innovation" International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation, and Enterprise, London, 10-13 Sep 2013
  • Kumar, K.G.S., and Rajeev, S. "Managing exploration and exploitation using industry-level integration as a guide". 5th International Conference on Innovation, Bangalore, 16&17 May, 2013
  • Suja K Kunnath, Vinita Mary George, KG Satheesh Kumar, Anithamol Babu, "Disability Empowerment in a Developing Society: Status Analysis and Vision for Kerala, India" (publication expected soon in an international journal).
  • Kumar, K. G. S., P. P. Thampi, A. Jyotishi, and R. Bishu, (2013). Toward strategically aligned innovative capability: A QFD-based approach. Quality Management Journal, 20(4): 37–50.
  • Gnaneshwaran, V., Thampi, P., Kumar, KGS, and Bishu, R. (2015). Evaluation of team quality. Industrial and Systems Engineering Review, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 37-48, Jan. 2015. ISSN 2329-0188.
  • Kumar, K.G.S., and A. Jyotishi. (2013). Transaction cost leveling to reduce incumbent's difficulty in innovation: a heuristic approach through critical review. International Journal of Knowledge, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 1(1-2): 25-39.
  • Vrinda R, Preethy Susan, Suja K Kunnath, Vinita Mary George, KG Satheesh Kumar "Telerehabilitation: A lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak-NISH experiences" Waves conference 2019 by State Commissionerate of Disabilities, Kerala