Dr. Saji Gopinath currently heads Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation And Technology as its Vice Chancellor. Dr. Gopinath served IIM Kozhikode (IIMK) for 17 years as Professor, Dean-Development and Dean-Academics. He was associated with IIM Kozhikode ever since its inception in 1997 and played a pivotal role in making IIMK one of the top 5 Institutions in the country. He also served as founder Dean of School of Management at Bennett University, a new age university set up by Times Group, world’s largest media company. During 2009-2011, Dr. Gopinath also held the position of Director of T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal, one of the top 15 Business schools in the country.
A Mechanical Engineer from Kerala University with Masters and Ph.D in Management from the Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Gopinath started his career with Larsen & Toubro Ltd and later worked with Oil and Natural Gas Commission. Before joining IIM, he was working with National Institute of Technology (Regional Engineering College) Calicut in the faculty of Mechanical Engineering for 8 years. In his career of 30 years, Dr. Gopinath had set up several iconic projects in the organisations he worked. Notable among them is NALANDA, digital library of NITC (ranked by google as one among top 10 Digital Libraries in 2000); Asia’s first Synchronous e-Learning Programme at IIM Kozhikode which grew to be the first on-line program in the World to gain coveted AMBA Accreditation; Satellite campus of IIM at Kochi; AACSB Accreditation to TAPMI- the second Institution in South Asia after ISB Hyderabad to get this global recognition; PRISM project at Nadakkavu School, Calicut which transformed an obscure Govt. school as one among the top 3 schools in the country prompting Govt. to adopt the same model in more than 100 schools in the State; SUBICSHA – a rural livelihood project which became a national model for women economic empowerment and rural entrepreneurship Etc. As a mentor and advisor, Dr. Gopinath also helped Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Kozhikode (ULCCS Ltd), a small labour society from a rural hamlet in Calicut to grow into an iconic organisation, being recognised by UNIDO as one of the model co-operative Societies in the world.
As an Academic, Dr. Gopinath also serves as visiting faculty to a few Universities in Australasia, Europe and Africa and also function as the member of Academic Senate of U21 Global, the world’s biggest and most reputed on-line University promoted by top Universities in the world. He also serves in the Academic Board of Project Management Institute (PMI), World’s largest professional association of Project managers. His research in the areas of Project Management, Finance and Operations Management published in top journals has been highly cited in scholarly circles and he is also a distinguished invited speaker in the top global academic forums like POMS, DSI, PMI etc.
He also consults many corporate, PSUs and Govt. in the area of Operations Excellence, Business Strategy and Sustainable Development. He has also conducted over 800 training programs for leading corporate like Reliance Industries, NEC, GMR Group, JK group, HUL, BEL, NTPC, Indian Army, IOFS etc. in the areas of Operations Excellence, Blue Ocean Strategy, Risk Management, Project Leadership, Supply Chain Management etc. He also serves as expert member in several committees of Govt. like member of National Level Core Technical committee on Academic Governance by World Bank for Engineering Colleges, Expert member for restructuring of Vocational Education Programs in Kerala; Expert member of the committee on Expenditure, Planning Board, Govt. of Kerala; Member, Innovation Council etc,
He is a recipient of several national and international awards for his scholastic and professional achievements. Education Leadership Award (2015), British Council Knowledge Partnership Fellowship (2012), London Business School Best case Study award (2009), B-School Affairs National Award for Best operations management Faculty (2010), ISTE National award (1997) National award for the best integrated agri processing project(2005) etc. are some of them.