Manjunatha Hebbar (Hebbar) is a serial entrepreneur with over three decades of experience in global technology businesses and social enterprises.
Currently, he is the founder & Chief Executive of Buoyanci – a strategy consulting and professional services firm that works with corporate boards and business leaders and helps them incubate, develop and expand new business & services. He also leads EntirelySo! – a social enterprise offering tech-enabled professional services in finance & GRC, CRM, and Digital Business Support Services. EntirelySo! trains and employs hitherto unemployed women from marginal families and helps them get closer to their self-reliance goals.
Hebbar started and led NCP, a product design lab for over 13 yrs that developed and licensed 87 original products in avionics, telecom, networking, medical electronics, consumer electronics and industrial automation domains. During the same time, he was instrumental in building and selling three companies in Education, Marketing, and Product Services. Later, he has played key business and strategic leadership roles at Philips Software Centre, Agere Systems (Proxim – Wireless), iGATE Global Solutions, HCL Technologies and CYIENT (Infotech Enterprises). In the last three years, Hebbar has worked with large MNCs in setting up and running their corporate venture programs, startup accelerators, digital transformation initiatives, Centres of Excellence in IoT & IIoT. He mentors & advises global tech-startups and social enterprises. He serves on the board of studies of leading Engineering and Management Institutions. As a keynote speaker, he covers Business Innovation & growth acceleration, Digital Transformation, Building-New-Ventures and Inclusive Businesses.
He has played several key leadership roles as part of industry bodies and associations like NASSCOM, IESA, CII, IMA, engaged in promoting and nurturing Strategic Alliances & Eco-system development. He chaired the NASSCOM Engineering Proficiency Council working towards building a cohesive curriculum and system to get Engineering Students, Industry ready through several engagement and interventions across the country. He recently led the NASSCOM SSC IoT-SiG that worked towards building IoT Curriculum and Skill Development Programs.
He is an Electronics Engineer, a Fellow of The Institute of Engineers (India), with MBA in Systems & Marketing and Fellowship in strategic management.