Leader of Accenture Labs in Bangalore to embark on 6-week U.S. research fellowship
SAN FRANCISCO; June 27, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced that Sanjay Podder, managing director of Accenture Labs in Bangalore, India, has been selected as an Eisenhower Fellow (EF) in recognition of his exceptional leadership in driving innovation for Accenture and its clients. As part of EF’s Fall Global Program, which includes 20 other leaders from business, government and civil society from the Middle East and South Asia, Podder will embark on a six-week fellowship in the United States to engage in a transformative exchange of knowledge and ideas.
With responsibility for developing innovative Tech4Good initiatives at Accenture Labs that are focused on solving complex social problems through the use of technology, Podder’s objective while in the U.S. is to conduct research related to scaling the impact of such programs. Through conversations with leaders in academia, business and non-profit organizations around the country, Podder will explore the best practices and essential elements of successful Tech4Good programs, as well as the challenges associated with implementing such projects. Part of Podder’s focus will also include examining how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform business, including how the responsible adoption of AI and AI4Good initiatives can successfully benefit the workforce, the economy, and society as a whole.
“Accenture Labs is dedicated to leading and advancing Tech4Good and AI4Good initiatives, with the goal of providing better outcomes and positive, scalable societal impact for all people,” said Sanjay Podder, managing director, Accenture Labs. “Receiving the Eisenhower Fellowship is an honor and an incredible opportunity to engage in insightful conversations with experts and share insights that can enable other organizations to achieve more for the world around them. I look forward to applying the learnings to drive successful programs at Accenture using innovative technologies to deliver social change.”
Responsible for leading the Accenture Labs in Bangalore, India, Podder has global responsibility for the Labs’ Tech4Good program as well as Software Engineering research and development. Podder is a member of Accenture’s Technology Leadership Council and is also a Governing Council Member of the Digital India IoT Center of Excellence.
The Eisenhower Fellowship brings together innovative leaders and visionaries from across geographies and sectors who tackle big challenges to better the world around them. Since 1953, nearly 2,000 mid-career leaders from 55 countries have benefited from the unique, customized experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship. Eisenhower Fellows apply what they learn from their peers and in their meetings with experts in their respective fields to maximize their potential and produce sustained impact through their fellowship experience and collaboration within the EF global network.
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