Sukla Chandra

Senior Managing Director - Licensing, GE Corporate

Appointed August 2019

Biography

Sukla Chandra is Senior Managing Director of Licensing in India responsible for technology transfer and licensing collaborations for GE technologies in India.

Sukla in her last role was responsible for developing and executing multi-generation product & commercialization strategies for GE’s Rural Electrification Platform. Additionally, she drove measurable progress by GE towards electrifying those without basic access to electricity in the world today through GE’s packaged hybrid offering based on customer needs. She is a board member of Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) based out of Belgium.

In her previous role, Sukla was the General Manager, GE Global Research, Bangalore, where she was responsible for all the operational aspects of a research group of 300+ scientists. She has also served as Director, PACE (Patents and Analytics Centre of Excellence) at the GE John F. Welch Technology Centre. As the Director of PACE, she managed a team of Intellectual Property professionals providing strategic IP support to GE Global Research and several other GE businesses.

Sukla has several patents, and is registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office. She also co-led the GE Women’s Network Initiatives for India for past 5 years.

Sukla graduated from Jadavpur University Kolkata with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Subsequently, she received her Master’s degree from the US in Chemical Engineering, and worked in Air Products and Chemicals in Attentown, PA, in their process engineering group.

Sukla moved back to India in 1999, and headed the Process Engineering group at British Oxygen. In 2000, she joined GE as a research scientist and took up several leadership roles at John F Welch Technology Center Bangalore India as described above.