Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, 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, leaving a deep imprint on the organization with his visionary and transformative leadership.He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Mashelkar is on the Board of Directors of several companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd., Tata Motors, Thermax Ltd., Piramal Enterprises Ltd., KPIT Technologies Ltd. etc. He chairs the Boards of Reliance GeneMedix and Vyome Biosciences.
Dr Mashelkar has significantly influenced the intellectual property rights and innovation movement in India. He is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, Thermax Innovation Council, and KPIT Technologies Innovation Council.
Thirty universities have bestowed honorary doctorates on him.
The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991), with Padmabhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2014) which are three of the highest civilian honours in recognition of his contribution to nation building.