Director-Government Affairs, Applied Materials India
Chairman, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) 2017-18
Board Member- IESA 2015-2019
Ashwini has an earned PhD from AMU, is a Fellow of Institute of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers and is a Life Member of All India Management Association.
An M.Sc. in Physics and Electronics with distinction from St. Stephens College and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Ashwini has rich and diverse experience in handling Enterprise and Government segment for the tech intensive ESDM sector.
At Applied Materials, Ashwini handles the government affairs program which covers the public policy and market development initiatives relating to high-tech electronics including semiconductor electronics and solar. Ashwini is an industry veteran of 30+ year experience including, 18 years in Hewlett-Packard in several important and developmental roles. He has also worked with Omnicom Media Group, in their group company, CPM India as Vice-President, Strategic initiatives.
As IESA Advisor and Board Member, he is handling a range of advocacy and ESDM industry development initiatives. He was the Chairman IESA for the year 2017-18. He is the co-chair/Executive Committee member for key committees in IESA, ESSC, USIBC, CII, FICCI, ELCINA & IEEMA. He is also the Chairperson for the Solar-LED National Occupation Standards Committee of the Electronics Sector Skill Council and is actively engaged in upgrading the skill standards to global benchmark levels.
Ashwini is well known in the industry for his creative and breakthrough market/industry development initiatives at HP and at MAIT. He is a well-known industry speaker -and was the IT Channels ‘Most Favorite Marketing Manager’ for the year 2006. Ashwini has authored a book on Novell Netware.. He has a number of industry white papers as well as several peer-approved papers in international journals to his credit.
His thought papers “Financial Enablers for the Solar Sector” and “Making the Indian Solar industry shine” were placed by the MNRE on the industry comments section for the 12th Plan inputs. His work on “smart manufacturing program for India” is a recipe framework for building a globally competitive, profitable Indian industry. Ashwini is also a subject matter expert for the solar and semiconductor sectors for the Electronics Sector Skill Council.