Vikram Singh Parmar

Dr Vikram Singh Parmar is a CEO of the National Design Business Incubator, Ahmedabad (NDBI), and an Associate Senior Designer in the Product Design department at the National Institute of Design (NID).  Dr. Parmar has a decade of experience in teaching, researching and consulting in the European and South Asian Sector in the area of developing products and services for emerging markets. Particularly in the area of “Design for behavior change” in the domain of healthcare and waste management. He received his PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands on “Design Framework for Developing ICT Products and Services for Rural Development”. He did his masters in industrial design from IIT Bombay, India, and bachelors in Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.

He was a full time Assistant Professor for two years (2009-10), and (visiting from 2011-15) with the department of Design Engineering, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He was also a visiting faculty at IIT Gandhinagar and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Technology, India.  Dr. Parmar, has served as a Project leader of the “Emerging Market” theme in Design Initiatief organization, consultant for Dutch Ministry, and Board member (2010-12) for Finland network “Finode”-Framework for Sustainable and User-driven Innovations in the Bottom of the Pyramid Markets  for Kenya, India, and Mozambique.

Prior to joining NID, Dr. Parmar was the founding joint director and Associate Professor at VentureStudio- Center for Innovative Business Design, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat-India in collaboration with Center for Design Research (CDR), Stanford University. As an Institution builder at VentureStudio, his goal was to offer a platform to (a) young entrepreneurs, small medium enterprises, and grassroots innovators to refine their innovation by building prototypes, providing design and engineering support, and determining their viability, (b) Connect innovators to relevant venture capitalist or business houses for converting their ideas into sustainable enterprises, (c) Motivate Indian innovators to pursue their career as an entrepreneurs. In VentureStudio Dr. Parmar has closely worked with 35 entrepreneurs and mentored sixteen commercially viable ventures in the domain such as urban farming, education, women health, summarization tool, language entertainment, social connect, law, and design for users with special needs. VentureStudio continues to demonstrate a working model for an innovation eco-system that can be replicated in other parts of the country. Out of 16 start-ups, one start-up was acquired by KNO Inc, Silicon Valley for 4 million USD. Three start-ups have procured their first Angel investment.

His research work involves conducting research in the domain of Venture Design and entrepreneurship, design for reducing information poverty, design for sustainable living, shaping consumer behavior for social change, capacity development for rural communities, affordable toilets, smart and sustainable ambient environments, medical devices for affordable health, grassroots innovations in agriculture, water, and education. He has published in the area of persuasive computing, behavioral change in rural healthcare, capacity development and ICT4d. He has supervised several master’s thesis and currently he is supervising two doctoral students from TUD, Netherlands. In NID, he has been involved in subjects such as Design Studio’s, Design workshop, and Design elective. In IDE, TU Delft, he taught subjects such as integrated product design, Sustainability minor- Explore lab, Interaction and Electronics, Research and Design, Usability and Re-design, Design Manifestation, and Advanced product design.

vikram_p[at]nid [dot]edu

Responsibilities

  • CEO, National Design Business Incubator-Ahmedabad
  • Co-Head, Ph.D - Research Programme
  • Head, IPR Cell