Anandi Iyer

Fraunhofer Office India

Anandi Iyer is the Director & Head of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, India Office. She has been working in the field of collaborative Technology and Innovation in the Indo-European corridor for the last more than 20 years. She is Chairperson, Women in Science Technology and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Council of FICCI and board member of a leading Automotive company in India. She has recently been awarded the distinction of being one of the top 75 Women in STEAM in India, by the Government of India and the British High Commission on the occasion of 75 years of Indian Independence.


Leading the establishment of Fraunhofer's presence in India, she has acquired projects of nearly 50 Million Euros in contract research in little over 10 years and established a strong network of research partners and industry clients, as well as Government. As Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Govt. of Germany for more than 5 years, she has coordinated strategic initiatives such as the German Research Marketing Campaign 2009- 2011 and the Science and Technology participation in the Initiative: Germany and India Infinite Opportunities- 2011- 2013. From 2009 – 2014. Ms. Iyer supported and advised the BMBF on strategic issues related to the IndoGerman Science and Technology initiatives, participated in the Jury for project evaluation and supported contact management to Indian authorities. As Deputy Head of the German Agency for Technology Cooperation (1995- 2002), was responsible for the strategic partnership with Institutions, managing a budget of nearly Euros 50 million annually for deployment in India.

Educational Background:

Ms. Iyer is presently pursuing her PhD from University of Leipzig Germany. Ms. Iyer is an Honors graduate from New Delhi and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School, UK (First Class Degree) and has an advanced qualification in German Language from the Goethe Institute New Delhi. She is trained in intercultural moderation techniques and change management. She writes in the national and international media on subjects of business interest. Ms. Iyer has won awards on leadership and excellence, including the Outstanding Woman Achiever Award 2013 by ISBR School of Management and Public Relations Council of India, and the 51 Most Innovative Smart Cities Global Leaders by the World CSR Congress in January 2019.

Honorary Activities:

Mrs. Iyer has been involved in several honorary activities and accorded expert status on a number of Industry and Government organizations.