About


Vinay Dabholkar: (vinay@catalign.com)
(Address: D103 Purva Sunshine, Sarjapur Road, Kaikondrahalli, Bangalore 560035)

I work as a Catalyst in three areas: design thinking, strategic innovation and mindfulness. 

Design Thinking: I have been facilitating workshops on design thinking in which 3Es: Experience, Empathy and  Experimentation get emphasized (2011-present). The workshops typically involve empathic interviewsmetaphor-based problem discovery, rapid prototyping of ideas, field testing, and team presentations. These workshops have been conducted for CXOs, managers, engineers, school teachers and students. Along with Prof. Ganesh Prabhu, I have been conducting a 2-day open program on design thinking at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (2017-present). (see client list here).  

Strategic Innovation: For over a decade, I have been helping CXOs in strategic innovation initiatives (2006-present). My help revolves around three key challenges: building a pipeline of big bets, improving the velocity of ideas and enhancing the business impact. The interventions where I have played a role so far include co-innovation workshops, challenge campaigns, lab programs, innovation reviews, internal technology conferences etc. I teach a course "Strategic management of technology and innovation" at IIM Bangalore (PGPEM, term 6, 2019).     


I have co-authored a book “8 steps to innovation: from jugaad to excellence" – published in 2013 by HerperCollins. It won first prize in 2014 from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD). The first chapter from the book is available here and an article from Inc. Magazine summarizing the 8 steps is available here. I facilitate workshops related to the “8 steps to innovation” framework. Apart from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, my co-author, Rishikesha T. Krishnan and I have also conducted 8-steps related training for representatives from 50+ ministries and departments of Government of India.


I have been a visiting faculty at IIM Bangalore (2010-present) and IIT Mumbai (2016-present). As a visiting faculty, I also taught at TISS Mumbai (2010-2014). A Massively Online Open Course (MOOC) "Managing Innovation" where I am a co-teacher was launched on edX platform in 2019. I am currently teaching the course "Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation" to PGPEM and PGP at IIM Bangalore (2019 Jun-Aug).

Mindfulness: Since 2015, I have been facilitating workshops on “Mindfulness on the go”. In this workshop, we explore mindfulness as an investigation and something that can happen “on the go” – in the bus, while waiting for an elevator, in the grocery store, or even in the middle of an argument. It is not aligned with any teaching or religion or sect. A podcast series on "Mindfulness on the go", a result of a collaboration between my wife, Gauri and I, is available here

My book "Mindfulness: Tearing the veil of illusion" is scheduled to be published later this year (2019). 

The seed of this interest was sown in the mid 90s when I got introduced to spirituality literature by my Dad while I was in graduate school. Since then talks/writings/interviews from Jiddu Krishnamurti, David Bohm, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle have resonated deeply within. I have also participated in Vipassana silent retreats designed by S. N. Goenka.

Prior to consulting career, I worked in Motorola, Austin and Sasken, Bangalore. I did B.Tech from IIT Bombay and PhD from SUNY Buffalo, both in Computer Science.

I am a regular blogger since 2007 and the blog is available here.

Hobbies: I have been a jogger for more than half of my life. It is almost like a meditation to me. I jog 2-3 times a week and the Kaikondrahalli lake opposite our apartment has made the experience richer. I enjoy playing bamboo flute, especially Hindustani classical music. My expertise level is KG-1 for the past several years. But it hasn’t taken the joy away so far.

My one-page profile is available here and LinkedIn profile is here. A quarterly newsletter which I have been publishing since 2011 is available here.