Prasad Kaipa: Profile
Member DNA Global Thought Leadership/Advisory Network

Prasad Kaipa, splits his time between his role as the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad and Kaipa Groupconsulting practice in California. CLIC is a center of excellence focusing on integral approach (marrying lessons from wisdom traditions to traditional management approaches and scientific approaches) to develop innovative global leaders. Prasad has been an advisor and coach focusing on innovation, strategic thinking (outside the box) and leadership since 1990 for over 100 CEOs, executive team members and board members in Fortune 500 companies like Disney, Adobe, Boeing and also entrepreneurial/ International companies like Tata Steel, Aztec, BAE Systems, Lunar Design, Mastek, Olixir, Scintera Networks, Maxim, and Polaris.

Prasad co-founded Entrepreneur Institute for the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) in 2002 to help entrepreneurs marry their innovative ideas around products and services with innovative ways to engage, co-create with others in the ecosystem and over 13,000 entrepreneurs have gone through TiE Institute programs so far. He is a part-time faculty at the Saybrook Graduate School and works with students in the areas of Creativity and Innovation, transformational learning and leadership; and a visiting professor in the areas of leadership, mindsets, and change management in ISB. Prasad was/is on the board of directors/trustees for Society for Organizational Learning (created around Peter Senge’s learning organization concepts), i-Mantri, Aankhen, Turning Academy Global, Hindu University of North America, Integral Leadership Review, Intertec Communications and Catalyst.

The purpose of Prasad’s innovation coaching is to ignite the genius within individuals. Prasad’s unique competence is in helping his clients find their next significant step and take it.He found that unless he helps clients to examine their signature strengths that have turned into ‚core incompetence‛ and keep them stuck, it is difficult to ignite and channel their creativity to come up with innovative decisions, products and services. In doing so, he assists clients in becoming effective in managing people and also managing oneself (personal mastery); get reenergized and build new capacities; and explore more risk taking and make innovative and strategic decisions.

Prasad also worked with companies like Boeing, Mobil, Ford, Sun, Pepsi (Quaker Oats), Navteq, BAE Systems, Sasken, Syngenta, Mastek, State Bank of India, Union Bank, Canara Bank and AT&T (Pacific Bell) in the areas of change, innovation and management team development. Executives from Cisco and HP have worked with Prasad in developing innovative business models for creating a successful new business and in innovating unique, ‚brandable‛ product design that is consistent with their culture.

As a senior manager in Apple, Prasad was asked to create an educational menu for Apple engineers using innovative learning approaches. In 1999, as a research fellow in the Apple University, with a charter to help design ‘a learning processor that augments human intelligence,’ Prasad interviewed high achievers and exceptional people researching how they learn (and ‘unlearn’), create, communicate, relate and lead.

Prasad got his doctorate in physics (optical information storage materials) and as a professor in the University of Utah, helped build an international research laboratory with Dr. Ed Haskell (1981-87). Prasad received several awards for his contributions. Athena Interactive released three award winning CD-ROMs for leaders based on his learning interface concepts and his pyramid building (thinking in three dimensions) methodology.

Prasad has published an e-book ‘Discontinuous Learning: Igniting Genius Within by Aligning Self, Work, and Family’ ( and many of his writings, blog, pyramids and tools are available on the same website.

Prasad is married to Dr. Vinoda and is father of Pravin (23) and Vidya (18). He enjoys exploring and reinterpreting ancient wisdom (and its application in developing highly effective and authentic leaders), photography (, listening to classical music and playing tennis.

Core Expertise/Services:

  • CEO Advice and Coaching -One-on-one sessions with CEOs/CXOs
  • Innovation and Business Transformation -By mapping the organizational DNA
  • Executive Development Courses -In the areas of leadership, creativity, decision making and personal mastery