Dr. Anbu Rathinavel

Visiting Faculty

Area: General Management

Education Background:

  • B.E. Mechanical, College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai (1988)
  • M.S. Manufacturing, Ohio University, Athens, OH, U.S.A (1990)
  • Ph.D. Artificial Intelligence (Integrated), Ohio University, Athens, OH, U.S.A (1994)


  • Leadership & Performance Coaching
  • Basic and Advanced Human Process Lab


  • Life Design Facilitator
  • Designing Academic Mind Set
  • Design Thinking for Social Innovation
  • Faculty Mentoring & Development
  • 10x Growth for Entrepreneurs
  • Young Adults Transformation
  • OD & Change

Current  Industry Experience:

  • Chief Design Officer & Head, 8012 FinTech Design Center, Intellect Design Arena
  • Head and Co-Founder, School of Design Thinking

Previous Industry Experience:

  • Senior Vice President and Dean, Finance Academy, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Senior Vice President and Dean, Nalanda
  • Corporate University, Polaris FinTech Director, E-Commerce Center, CPDE, Anna University, Chennai
  • Project Manager, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (A U.S. Navy Undertaking), Johnstown, PA. U.S.A
With Life Architecting as his mission, Anbu has played a breakthrough role in coaching on the Design Mind, Engaging Learning Culture, Mindfulness Leadership Development and Transforming OD. As Chief Design Officer in Intellect Design Arena, he is currently focusing on balancing eastern (mind) and western (brain) philosophy to leverage Design Thinking as a problem solving approach in all walks of life.
The Strength Philosophy coaching model that he has designed, complimented by his deep experience in both Project Delivery for U.S Department of Defense (DoD) and Academics, helps corporate leaders, managers, Faculty and teachers in focusing on lasting impact and creating a tribe within the teams to ensure delivery excellence. He is a co-founder of School of Design Thinking and has been instrumental in launching several initiatives for academics to change the self-image of students and faculties. The copyrighted Design The Thinking™ approach is flagship program developed under his leadership.
With his strong research background in Artificial Intelligence, Anbu is passionate about understanding the evolving intricacies of Human Development. As Chief Mentor at Life Design Lab, he works closely with young adults and corporate adults in helping them understand the emotional aspects of relationships through Emotions Ladder and Collision Management, and appreciating values & culture. He also heads the training for Government e-Marketplace (GeM) – the breakthrough initiative of Hon’ble Prime Minister for faceless, paperless and transparent procurement needs of government buyers.
Anbu is an invited speaker in several forums such as NASSCOM, CLO Summit, DT Conclave, Chennai Talks, NHRD and academic institutions.


  • Key Facilitator and Chief Mentor, Life Design Lab
  • Executive Coach, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad
  • Member, Board of Studies, ICT Academy,
  • Corporate Advisor (CS) – SSN College
  • Member, Board of Advisors, SRM Innovation & Incubation Center 
  • Adjunct Professor, SRM University
  • Member, Executive Council, AACEG, Chennai

Email: anbu.rathinavel@d-thinking.com

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