• March 10 - 14, 2025

Dr. V. Sumantran

Celeris Technologies


Dr. Venkat Sumantran is Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several Fortune 100 organizations in autos, industrial equipment, defence, and aerospace. He is the co-author of the book Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, September 2017). Previously (2006‒14) he was Executive Vice Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK, as well as Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland. Prior to this (2001‒05), he was the Chief Executive Officer of TATA Motors’ car business in its formative years. Prior to joining TATAs, Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors in Detroit and subsequently at GM-Europe. Dr. Sumantran has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He was also a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He was nominated as Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and serves as Adjunct Professor at MIT-MISI. Dr. Sumantran possesses a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering (Princeton & Virginia Tech) and a master’s degree in management of technology.

Sessions With Dr. V. Sumantran

Monday, 11 March

  • 07:30pm - 09:00pm (CST) / -

    Driving Change: Cities as the new frontier of mobility

    Panel Transportation/Mobility Technology/Innovation

    Cities are the "New Frontier" where new power train and autonomous technologies are being tested and where new business models like ride hailing have quickly taken hold. But cities are responding to concerns about emissions, congestion, and equity with new policies that could determine the early development of "new mobility." How significant will be the effects of bans on gasoline and diesel vehicles in European cities? Which cities will follow New York’s lead to curb ride hailing registrations?

Thursday, 14 March

  • 10:30am - 11:15am (CST) / -

    Voices of Innovation with Dr. Venkat Sumantran: Faster, Smarter, Greener

    Interview Technology/Innovation

    Envision a new world of mobility that is connected, heterogeneous, intelligent, and personalized. Come hear from Dr. Venkat Sumantran about how the world is moving from the century of the automobile to the century of mobility. Interviewed by Atul Arya, SVP and Chief Energy Strategist, IHS Markit.

  • 11:15am - 11:45am (CST) / -

    Book Signing with Dr. Venkat Sumantran


    Join Dr. Venkat Sumantran to receive a signed copy of his book, Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility.