Managing Director
Accenture in India

Background :

  • Avnish Sabharwal is Managing Director in Accenture, responsible for Accenture Ventures
  • He has 25 years of distinguished track record of achievement and performance around developing, growing and turning around businesses for Top 500 Fortune clients in mature and emerging markets
  • He is currently serving as elected member of NASSCOM Product Council and Mentor of Change, Atal Innovation Mission
  • Avnish is part of the Big Data and Al Steering Committee for India headed by Ministry of IT and Telecom, Government of India
  • Awarded the Most Innovative Leader Award, 2018

Select Experience:
Managing Director, Accenture Ventures and Open Innovation, India:

  • In his current role at Accenture India, Avnish is responsible for designing and leading the Ventures and Open Innovation programme for India including managing relationships with start-ups, VCs, PEs, Accelerators, Incubators, Industry bodies, Government as well as Academia
  • His role includes scaling Accenture’s digital and innovation capabilities and work extensively with the Indian start-up ecosystem to identify, partner, invest and acquire leading edge technologies and digital platforms for Accenture and Accenture clients in areas around Al, Industry 4.0, AR/VR,Blockchain, Big Data, 3D Printing, CX/UX
  • Avnish is one of the most sought after speaker on the Indian start-up eco-system and a regular blogger on Social Media. He regularly writes on the state of the start-up eco-system in India and Corporate Innovation.

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy Accenture India:

  • Avnish led corporate strategy for Accenture in India, responsible for strategizing and executing initiatives to drive topline growth and expand EBITDA margins

Director, Market Development & Insights, IBM Growth Market Unit and India:

  • Prior to joining Accenture, Avnish worked with IBM’s Global Business Services in India and the United Kingdom for almost a decade in various leadership roles
  • Avnish was responsible for providing market insights to help design growth strategies, build financial models and investment cases needed to accelerate IBM’s growth in high growth segments like smarter planet, digital and emerging markets.
  • Avnish was instrumental in building both the IBM’s offshore strategy consulting practice as well as the captive knowledge process offshoring and building an analytics center of excellence in India

Lead Automotive Industry, UK :

  • Avnish was part of IBM’s leadership team for the automotive industry in Europe for five years—and working with some of the world’s largest automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Auto suppliers