Dean of Business Design at the Werlingkar Institute of Management,
Prof Sudhakar Nadkarni studied Graphic Design at the Sir J J School of Applied Arts (1954-1959) and Industrial Design at the School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung), Ulm, Germany (1962-1966).
from 1958 to 1962, he worked as an Art Director in Asiart Advertising, Mumbai.
He was a faculty at the the National Institute Design, Ahmedabad from 1966-1969.
In 1969, he was instrumental in starting the design programme at the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay. He was at this academic institution for almost 3 decades, including 18 years as the Head of the Center.
In 1997, he initiated and started the Department of Design at IIT Guwahati.
He has been member of several esteemed committees such as the Member of Industrial Design Committee, Government of India; Member of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design Working Group; Member of Working Group for Developing Countries / Design Information Group.
Prof Nadkarni has also been the Chairman of ICSID Education Committee, Asia Sub Group as well being the Project leader for UNDP Programme and convener, National Seminar of Design Education under the Co-sponsorship of the UNESCO and UNDP.
He is currently Professor Emeritus – Business Design at the Werlingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai.