Renu Kulkarni

Principal Faculty & Managing Director of Custom Programs

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Rénu serves a Principal Faculty and Managing Director of Custom Programs at Singularity University. Her areas of teaching include Technology Strategy, Innovation, Enterprise Transformation and SU’s core focus on ‘Exponential Technologies’ to help organizations thrive in the future.

As a senior executive and an ‘accidental academic’,  Rénu has spent nearly 30 years working for and advising leading global organizations in technology, strategy, innovation, and enterprise transformation in higher education, high-tech communications, consumer electronics and media sectors.  She has held various strategic, operational and engineering roles at Motorola, serving as a corporate officer and Vice President of Technology Partnerships and Senior Director of Corporate Strategy in the CEO’s office, at Deloitte Consulting, BellSouth International (now AT&T), Sprint, and Verizon.

Her academic career includes leadership positions at the University of Chicago and Georgia Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining SU, Rénu was the chief executive and Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Booth School of Business and earlier as Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President. At Booth, the division she led offered education programs for executives at the university’s campuses in Chicago, London and Hong Kong, and at centers in Singapore and New Delhi in addition to client locations worldwide.  At Georgia Tech, as Founder and Executive Director, she built a university wide initiative called FutureMedia – an interdisciplinary research and economic development program exploring and shaping the future of digital, social, and mobile media connecting universities, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and industry.

Rénu serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola University in Chicago, a Judge of the New Venture Business Challenge at the University of Chicago, and an advisor to start-ups in the tech sector.  She has served on the Technology and Media Committee at the World Economic Forum and lectured at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University . She holds an MBA degree from Emory University, Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and an Executive Management Certificate from Booth School of Business.