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Babbage Lecture Series with Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK

Published on May 19th 2022

Babbage Lecture: Indro Mukerjee CEO of Innovate UK

Thursday 19 May 2022  |  18:00 – 19:30  | IfM, 17 Charles Babbage Road and online

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In this Babbage Lecture we will be joined by Indro Mukerjee who took on the role of Chief Executive of Innovate UK last year at a time when innovation is being recognised as a key driver of the UK’s post-pandemic growth strategy. Critical to the delivery of the government’s innovation strategy, he has been tasked with transitioning Innovate UK from a grant funding body to an agency focused on driving economic growth.

Indro Mukerjee is an experienced CEO with board-level leadership experience in publicly listed, corporate multinational, new venture and private equity backed fast-moving technology and industrial companies.

Previously CEO of Watchstone Group plc – brought in by institutions to stabilise and reshape a high-profile company operating in insurance, telematics and healthcare software and services; Plastic Logic plc – restructured major venture capital-backed disruptive electronics company and created FlexEnable Ltd. spin out; C-MAC MicroTechnology Ltd. – private equity backed LBO from which he built and sold three successful high technology companies operating in aerospace/defence, automotive and communications markets.

Indro’s main corporate leadership experience was based in the Netherlands with Philips (now NXP) Semiconductors BV, where he held several global board positions, including Executive Vice President – Global Marketing & Sales, Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of the Automotive and Contactless ID/Smart Card Businesses. Most of his time was spent in Asia and the US.

The lecture will be followed by drinks and networking at the IfM for those attending in person.

Industrial Innovation is a key determinant of economic growth. It is widely recognised that science and technology provide essential foundations. The dynamics of industrial innovation are however also driven by wider economic and managerial influences. Institutional arrangements may be particularly important in understanding and potentially co-ordinating these diverse influences.

The Babbage Lecture series includes lectures by leading figures associated with aspects of industrial Innovation.


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