Published on 24 Jun 2021

GAIN Distinguished Speaker Series - Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan

Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of Infosys and Nanyang Professor of Practice, on What the Pandemic has Taught Us

Organised by the Global Alliance of Industries @ NTU (GAIN), the inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Nanyang Professor of Practice Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of Infosys was conducted on 4th May 2021.

This hybrid (physical and virtual) session was well attended by participants from Singapore and India.

During this session, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan shared invaluable insights on the topic of challenges and opportunities that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by an interactive Q&A session moderated by NTU President, Prof Subra Suresh.

Hybrid (physical and virtual) session was well attended by participants from Singapore and India
NTU President, Prof Subra Suresh moderating Q&A session with Mr Gopalakrishnan

Watch the recording of the session below:


Webinar Session: “What the Pandemic has Taught Us”


We are going through a “once in a lifetime” global crisis which is affecting all countries, businesses, and people. We are also witnessing unprecedented efforts to fight this pandemic through economic measures, scientific discoveries and innovations, and social collaborations. A crisis like this changes us all, disrupts businesses and transforms societies. Changes that would typically take long periods of time during normal times now get accelerated in a short period of time. Transition to “Work from Home (WFH)” happened overnight and we got used to WFH as well as the organisations that we work for. What can we learn from this crisis? How can we emerge out of this crisis stronger? What are the lessons for scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs? Which fields and disciplines will benefit from our experiences? Kris Gopalakrishnan works with entrepreneurs in building companies and supports scientists in research. He shares his perspectives on the lessons from the pandemic.


About the Speaker:

Mr Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan is the Chairman of Axilor Ventures, an accelerator that helps start-ups during the early stage of their business journey. Kris served as the vice chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014 and the chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys. Recognised as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. He also was selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers, in 2009. He was elected president of India's apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014.

In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Mr. Gopalakrishnan the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honour. Mr Gopalakrishnan serves on the Board of Governors of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and is the Chairman, Board of Governors of IIIT, Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Vision Group on Information Technology of Karnataka Government and the Chairman of CII Start-up Council.