Power Couple

Sonali Kulkarni & Ravi Venkatesan

Sonali Kulkarni & Ravi Venkatesan on their love for nature and animals

Sonali KulkarniThis was the interview that almost didn’t happen. Both Ravi Venkatesan and Sonali Kulkarni were extremely hesitant to be featured in this issue but were gracious enough to invite me to their home in Bengaluru when I requested them for a meeting. As people, both Ravi and Sonali are very understated despite their accomplished careers and are very gracious hosts as well. After successful stints with Microsoft and Cummins, the extremely articulate Ravi Venkatesan is now committing his time to philanthropy using his drive for innovation to find solutions. He identifies himself as a thinker, teacher and writer who loves new ideas. His warm and soft-spoken wife, who is also the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the most successful women CEOs in India. She heads the Indian arm of Japanese firm Fanuc Corp and since Sonali took over in 2006, revenue has doubled, with the company capturing an 80% market share in the industrial robots in India.