Episode 19

How Life is Our Greatest Leadership Instructor

With VR Ferose
Episode 19

How Life is Our Greatest Leadership Instructor

With VR Ferose

Young Global Leader. Head of SAP Academy of Engineering. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker. Guest Lecturer at Columbia University.

Ferose is an acclaimed leader and world changer. As the head of SAP Academy, he works on creating the next generation of engineers to solve some of the world's most complex problems. At 33, Ferose became one of the youngest Chief Executives of a Global Multinational in India and transformed SAP Labs India into an innovation hub. Ferose is a sought-after speaker on leadership and guest lecturer at Columbia University, regular contributor at Forbes and is the co-author of two best-selling books: Gifted: Inspiring Stories Of People With Disabilities, and GRIT: The Major Story.


  • Thanks Ferose and Prof. Wadhwa. Could not have made this journey without the inspiration of Prof. Wadhwa! Jonah Zimiles
  • Congratulations for this amazing, insightful webcast! I look forward to perceiving this ongoing pandemic as our great leadership instructor to become change agents. May Fellores
  • A great reminder that INTENT matters! Thank you everyone for yet another stimulating, insightful session. This was special! Jerome Jewell


Ferose has founded SAP’s award-winning “Autism at Work” program, designed to broaden awareness and provide employment opportunities for individuals within the autism spectrum. His wide-reaching accomplishments, both within and beyond the workplace, have won him numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement award for Global Philanthropy from Transperfect. He is also the Chairperson of Specialisterne, USA, a not-for-profit foundation, with the goal to create 1 million jobs for people with autism and other disabilities, and founder of the India Inclusion Foundation, a non-profit aimed at bringing Inclusion to the forefront in India.

In this episode of Intersections, we are joined by VR Ferose to try answering the question: “How to build trust as a leader?” He shares his compelling personal journey as a young executive at SAP, a parent and a social impact leader - and the advice he has on how to learn from today's crisis.

“Intention has infinite capacity to organize. I’ve always believed that.”
VR Ferose

The episode “How Life is Our Greatest Leadership Instructor” offers key insights on:

  • How to apply the 10 percent rule for every person and how to make a difference
  • What to do when you don’t have a plan B
  • How to find purpose and go from a being a victim to a change agent in the world

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