Shiva Subramaniam, PCC

Shiva is an ICF-accredited coach, facilitator and trainer, specialising in creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and cross-cultural skills. In his career spanning over 3 decades, he has worked with a multitude of organizations and teams, helping them with new ways of thinking, exploring connections, expanding their vision and realizing their potential.

Shiva is the co-founder of Biomimicry Compass (incubated at IIT Madras) that explores nature-based solutions to address challenges in the human world, and enables innovators and changemakers tap into 3.8 billion years of nature’s wisdom to solve problems.  Shiva also works with schools and colleges to equip students with a unique biomimicry-based toolkit to solve environmental, economic, and social challenges.

He is guest faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, where he teaches courses on creativity, systems thinking, biomimicry, entrepreneurship, cross-culture and life skills. At IIT Madras, Shiva is known for designing novel, interdisciplinary courses, covering a range of skills and subjects. He conceptualised a special course called ‘Engineers for Life’ to transform the engineering student into an inventor. He designed a first-of-its-kind, hands-on workshop titled ‘Laptops, cell phones and baking’ to foster creativity in students, in which students took apart laptops and cell phones, and learnt activities like baking, juggling and magic to develop their curiosity and imagination, build creative confidence and explore innovation in products and services. He created a theme-based life skills course for first-year students covering critical skills like coping with change, listening, and getting along with others.

During his stint at Tata Consultancy Services, Shiva evangelized innovation and facilitated project teams to explore and design creative solutions. Shiva worked with the Indian national cricket team with Greg Chappell on the connections between creativity and sports. He started his career as an advocate at the Madras High Court, where he specialised in constitutional law, matrimonial law and transportation law. He was also a member of the Legal Aid Board.