June 14, 2011

"Frugal Innovation and Engineering for Emerging Markets"

Radha Basu

Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Santa Clara University

June 14, 2011
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Frugal Innovation Lab exists within the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University .  The lab unites students and corporate partners who seek to introduce innovations and technologies into emerging markets.  Their ultimate goal is to allow the incubation and development of accessible and affordable ways to create "high impact" social benefits.  Their focus has included clean energy, public health, and mobile applications and instrumentation.

At our June cafe, Santa Clara Professor Radha Basu will discuss the promise and complexities of developing technologies that successfully improve lives in emerging markets.

Radha served a 20-year tenure as general manager for Hewlett Packard's international software division. Radha joined SupportSoft as CEO in July 1999 and is considered a pioneer of the support automation market having built SupportSoft into a global market leader in support automation software, with customers, including GE, Cisco Systems, Bank of America, BellSouth, Procter & Gamble, IBM and Siebel Systems.

She holds a bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications from the University of Madras, a master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management program. 

Radha has won numerous awards including Excelsior Leadership, Top25 Women of the Web, CEO of the Year 2000, Leader of the Millennium, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Upside Magazine and Economic Times. She has featured as a guest speaker at Wharton School, MIT Sloan School, Stanford Business School, Santa Clara University, and the Forbes Executive Summit. She is currently serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Simmons School of Management and on the boards of Interplast, MIT Global Climate Change Consortium, Center for Science Technology and Society and C.E.O. Women.