Manoj is co-founder, director and principal strategist at Onio Design Pvt. Ltd.; one of India’s leading innovation strategy consulting companies. Onio was founded at the inflection point of Indian economy globalising in a major way. Manoj bootstrapped Onio when Indian enterprises started realising the potential of design-led innovation strategy in business.

With more than fifteen years of experience, Manoj has led hundreds of innovation consulting assignments for Indian and global clientele ranging from nimble start-ups, growth-oriented SMEs to Fortune 500 companies encompassing domains like brand strategy, product innovation and strategic innovation & scenario consulting.

Manoj started his career in 1992 in New Product Development & Quality Assurance at Eicher Tractors where he was instrumental in the launch of Eicher’s first water-cooled 30 HP tractor. He was also part of the team that implemented the ISO 9000 standards at Eicher Tractors.

Manoj is frequently quoted in the Indian & international media for his forthright views on how design-led innovation is the way ahead in business strategy. Manoj has been a speaker on various platforms like -
CII-NID Design Summit (2005, 2006 & 2007), Pune Design Festival (2006 & 2007), Design for BRICs at Korea Institute of Technology (2007), World Design Congress, USA (2007), FICCI Design Conclave (2008,2009), India Summit, Aalto University, Helsinki (2008), CNBC Young Turks Transformers (2010), SIAM Styling & Design Conclave (2010).

A thought leader on innovation, foresights, scenarios and blending design with business strategy, his writing can be accessed at Manoj is a Mechanical Engineer from the
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
(1992 batch) and PG in Industrial Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India (1996 batch).


Prakash is a co-founder of Onio Design and heads the product design & engineering team. He has over 14 years of experience in innovation, design, research & strategy in the domains of consumer durables, consumer electronics, healthcare, transportation, security & defence equipment, retail, HUI, sustainable development & new mobility solutions. Over the years, he has led more than 800 domestic & international projects at Onio Design.

Prakash is especially passionate about inspiring MSMEs to adopt innovation as their core value. Prakash has been instrumental in developing a strong liaison with local, national & international vendors who have supported Onio on many technologically-challenging, complex innovation projects.

He led the design team on Godrej Vita Hospital Bed project which won Onio the Businessworld - NID Design Brilliance Award for 2008. India Today named this bed as one of the top ten Indian medical innovations for 2009.

Prakash uses his keen engineering design skills to drive technology-led innovations, manufacturability of new ideas and IP creation initiatives at Onio. He is an engineering graduate of VJTI (1993 batch) and PG in industrial design from National Institute of Design (1997 batch), Ahmedabad.

Prakash is a walking encyclopedia of mechanical engineering. He has trekked through Himalayas; been through meditation camps; can work through several nights without blinking an eye and can rattle out world history anytime.

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