Emeritus Professor, AcSIR at CSIR-URDIP, Adjunct Professor at DS Centre for Entrepreneurship at IIT, Mumbai and Visiting Professor IIT, Dharwad
Dr. Raj Hirwani has nearly 40 years of techno-commercial experience in Research and Industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from IIT, Mumbai. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was recipient of Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in Technology Policy and Management. His focus is on IP Management in Academic and Publicly funded R&D Institutions .Till recently he was Head of Intellectual Property Directorate in CSIR and Director of CSIR’s Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) at Pune. URDIP is responsible for Knowledge and IPR Management of major national CSIR programmes and provides services to clients in public and private sector. He has been actively involved in value added informatics activities. He pioneered the Patent Analytics services in the country. He created for the first time in the publicly funded system an R&D Service unit that recovers its full revenue budget by providing services to external clients. Before this he was Head of Research Planning and Business Development Division at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune where he was involved with pre-research appraisal and techno-economic evaluation of projects, IPR Management, technology transfer and business development. He coordinated World Bank funded Technology Institutions Support Services programme at NCL. He was a member of World Bank Consultancy Team for Strengthening of R &D Institutions in China and Indonesia. He has won many national awards and honours. He is also member of number of CSIR and Government committees. He has held numerous positions in academic institutions including Member of Senate and Academic Council, Adjunct Professorships and is recognized Ph.D. guide. He is President of Licensing Executives Society, India. He has travelled world over in a number of countries on official assignments and addressed international audience at WIPO, Geneva; Washington, USA and Fukuoka, Japan.