Project Consultant at Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship(CSIE), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
Vice President, Development Office, International and Alumni Relations, IITM
Director of Impact, Innovation & Technology, Chilasa Venture Philanthropy
Member, Project Advisory Committee, Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia, Ateneo School of Government, Manila
Joseph is an engineer from IITM with 30 years experience in rural technology, including sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and more recently social innovation and entrepreneurship. He has had experience within Research, Not for Profit, Inspection/ Certification and Business organisations in India, South and South East Asia. At CSIE Joseph has been mentoring innovative social enterprise start-ups and entrepreneurial teams. He is also responsible for commissioning and undertaking research into social entrepreneurship and assists with the minor Course on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IITM. He is active in promoting and replicating the vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at IITM to other institutions of higher learning.
His initial research work in appropriate technology was with the Shri AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre. He worked with two IITM start-ups, n-Logue Communications Private Limited and Midas Communications Private Limited. He did a 16 month stint at the Byrraju Foundation before joining Villgro Innovations Foundation based in Chennai, (a Venture Capital incubator for rural entrepreneurs) as their Chief Technology Officer. Joseph served as a member of the Core Advisory Group on Sustainable Agriculture within the United Nations Global Compact in 2013.