Anandi Iyer is the Head of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, India Office. She was for several years also Special Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Govt. of Germany (BMBF)
As part of the Fraunhofer activities, she has prepared the Strategy of Fraunhofer entry to India, acquired projects of nearly 8 Million Euros in little over 4 years and established a strong network of research partners and industry clients who are of the top 50 of the Indian Industry. As Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Govt. of Germany, she has coordinated the Research Marketing Campaign 2009- 2011 and the Science and Technology participation in the Initiative: Germany and India Infinite Opportunities- 2011- 2013. From 2009 – 2014 Ms Iyer supported and advised the BMBF on strategic issues related to the Indo-German Science and Technology initiatives, participated in the Jury for project evaluation and also supported contact management to Indian authorities. She is also a member of the Indo German expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy, set up by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Govt of Germany.
As Deputy Head of the German Agency for Technology Cooperation ( 1995- 2002), Ms Iyer broke through the glass ceiling being the first Indian to assume this post. She was responsible for the strategic partnership with Institutions, managing a budget of nearly Euros 50 Million for deployment in India. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in middle and top management, spanning a wide spectrum of journalism, development cooperation, technology partnership and corporate relations, most of which has been in the Indo European corridor.
Mrs Iyer is the Chairperson of the European Business Group ( EBG, Bangalore Chapter) and a National Council member of the Country Council of the EBG. She is also Member of the Indo German Expert Group on Green Economy, set up by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Govt of Germany.
Ms Iyer is an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School, UK specializing in Strategy and Business Communication, and has Masters in German Language. She is trained in intercultural moderation techniques and change management. She writes in the national and international media on subjects of business interest. Ms Iyer has won awards on leadership and excellence, including the Outstanding Woman Achiever Award 2013 by ISBR School of Management and Public Relations Council of India. Ms Iyer possesses excellent communications skills, is an excellent orator and speaks many Indian languages as well as English and German fluently.