[[E100 Alert] R.A. Mashelkar - 2009 Ken Practitioner of the Year  
   

For decades of knowledge leadership in creating collaborative advantage.

 

The definition of ken...

ken v. 1. To know (a person or thing). 2. To recognize. 3. To descry (i.e. discern something difficult to catch sight of; discover through careful observation or investigation); to have an understanding of something.
n. 1. Perception; understanding. 2.a. Range of vision. b. View; sight; to make known

  Dear E100:
   
 

We first discovered Dr. R.A. Mashelkar (INDIA) with his seminal article on the “Economics of Knowledge.” At the time, we were editing our trilogy on Knowledge Economics which has now been picked up by BusinessWeek and others as Innovation Economics. Dr. Mashelkar was presented with the Ken Practitioner Award at the KAUST Inauguration Ceremony, Saudi Arabia (22 September 2009). 

   
 
Richard A. Bendis  

"Tomorrow’s societies will be knowledge societies.
Tomorrow’s markets will be knowledge markets.
Tomorrow’s wars will be fought not by the conventional weapons, guns, missiles and so on, but they will be fought in the knowledge markets.”

To create the best practice in economics of knowledge then it will have to carefully consider not just the two options of ‘making’ or ‘buying’, but also ‘buying to make better’, ‘making to buy better’ and ‘making it together’.

   
  Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
   
  Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, Thermax Innovation Council and Marico Innovation Foundation. Dr. Mashelkar serves on several Board of Directors (e.g., Reliance Industries Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., ICICI Knowledge Park, and Hindustan Unilever Ltd.), Scientific Advisory Boards, such as Microsoft (USA), VTT (Finland), et al.
     
    He’s received 27 honorary doctorates, over 50 awards and medals. He has been elected Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London, Foreign Associate of National Academy of Science (USA), Foreign Fellow of Australian Technological Science and Engineering Academy, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, USA.
     
    In the post-liberalized India, Dr. Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India's S&T policies. His visionary work on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) led to India's first Traditional Knowledge Digital Library and subsequently as chairman of the Standing Committee on Information Technology of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The President of India honored Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri and with Padmabhushan, which are two of the highest civilian honors in recognition of his contribution to nation building.
     
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Previous Ken Award Recipients:

     
   
2006    
Tayeb Kamali   Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali (UAE) is the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), and Vice Chairman of the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), the first Technology Park in the UAE. He is architect of the Festival of Thinkers and Chairman of the Board, ‘Education Without Borders’. A founding member of the World Federation of Associations of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFACP), he serves on the Executive Board Leadership Chair Academy – Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona, USA , Institutional Member of the International Association of Science Parks, Member of the British Business Group and Member of the Gulf Cooperative Council, Dean’s Council.
 
     
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2005    
Edward DeBono   Dr. Edward de Bono (Ireland) is the world’s leading authority on conceptual thinking as the driver of organizational innovation, strategic leadership, individual creativity, and problem-solving (e.g., His Six Thinking Hats®, and Lateral Thinking™). Edward de Bono has been called ‘the father of thinking about thinking’. Authoring over 69 books, work translated into over 42 languages, he is ranked amongst the world’s leading management gurus and thought leaders. Edward de Bono has been called ‘the father of thinking about thinking’. He is ranked amongst the world’s leading management gurus and thought leaders. Dr. de Bono has dedicated his career to linking minds across borders and generations.
 
     
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2004    
Leif Edvinsson   Professor Leif Edvinsson (Sweden) is best known as the first Chief Knowledge Officer in the world as he served as Corporate Director for Intellectual Capital, Skandia AFS and creator of the Skandia Future Centre. He currently serves as Professor of Intellectual Capital, University of Lund, and the founder and CEO of UNIC - Universal Networking Intellectual Capital AB. A member of the Board of knowledge intensive companies, he serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Brain Trust, which in 1998 awarded him the 'Brain of the Year.' He’s the architect of the New Club of Paris and is listed among the top 20 list of Most Admired Knowledge Leaders In The World.
 
     
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2003    
Dr. Thomas F Malone   Dr. Tom Malone is University Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at North Carolina State. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected Foreign Secretary in 1978. He also chaired the Academy's Geophysics Research Board and its Board on Atmospheric Physics and Climate. He left a tenured faculty appointment at MIT in 1955 to join The Travelers Insurance Companies where he went on to become Senior Vice President and Director of Research. While on leave from MIT between 1949 and 1951, Dr. Tom Malone is University Distinguished Scholar Emeritus at North Carolina State. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected Foreign Secretary in 1978. He also chaired the Academy's Geophysics Research Board and its Board on Atmospheric Physics and Climate.
 
     
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2002    
Admiral Bobby Inman   Admiral Inman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 with a degree in History, and from the National War College in 1972 and then served as assistant and chief aid to the to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001.
 
     
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    Indebted for their knowledge leadership,
     
    Debra
     
 
 
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