Rajesh thrives on the intersection of ideas and is a firm believer in interdisciplinary thinking as a key lever for innovation, and his career has focused on innovation and new product development in several contexts. In both his teaching and consulting work, Rajesh integrates a collaborative spirit with a broad perspective, drawing from his diverse sector experience and interdisciplinary training that spans engineering, design and business strategy. He currently teaches innovation and human-centered design as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Parsons School of Design (The New School), and has delivered guest lectures centered on innovation and product development at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Northwestern University. Rajesh’s research areas are focused on corporate innovation strategy and the intersection of innovation and society.
Most recently, Rajesh spent eleven years as a leader at Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy. As a vice president, Rajesh focused on identifying the right opportunities for innovation, working with clients to identify the right questions customers and consumers need us to ask. As a practitioner at Continuum, Rajesh led a range of projects for leading global companies in the hospitality, financial services, media, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods sectors. For each of these clients, Rajesh has effectively combined humanistic and business-driven thinking to create market-ready ideas that work to improve people’s lives. In addition, Rajesh led innovation process development projects to help his clients increase their capability and capacity for innovation.
Prior to joining Continuum, Rajesh worked at WPP, where he worked across the firm’s agencies. Previously, Rajesh worked at Ford Motor Company, developing its product strategy for sport utility vehicles. Rajesh earned a BS in Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology and an SM in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.