Profile of Ramesh Manickam
CEO & Design Director – Centroid Design Pvt. Ltd.
Date of Birth – 18 September 1975
- 1992 – 96 – BE, Madras University – Gold Medalist
- 1996 – 98 – M.Des, Industrial Design from IIT Delhi
- 1998 – 2004 – Industrial Designer at Royal Enfield- Setup Design Studio, Designed Thunderbird Motorcycle
- 2005 – till date – CEO & Design Director at Centroid Design Pvt. Ltd.
- 2006 – IYDEY – British council – International Young Design Entrepreneur of the year.
- 2009 – TED Fellow – Mysore India
- 2014 – Jury for India Design Mark Award along with GOOD Design Japan.
Ramesh Manickam an alumnus of IIT Delhi with specialisation in Industrial Design is the founder and CEO of Centroid Design, providing services in new product design and development. He was also instrumental in starting the Design studio at Royal Enfield and designing the Legendary Thunderbird Motorcycle.
He started Centroid in 2005, with a passion to do-good design and vision to make a mark in the Design field creating an Identity in Product Design. With over 18 years of experience in designing over 400 products ranging from Tractors to pens in the automotive, heavy and light engineering, consumer durables, electronics and FMCG segments. A Strong believer on Innovation and System Design thinking has implemented and seen it through in various areas.
Ramesh was the National finalist and represented India in the International Young Design Entrepreneur of the year 2006 in London, award conducted by British Council to nurture design and entrepreneurship.
The product Halo Life Cell, a mobile security device designed at Centroid won the Communication product of the year at IFSEC Security Industry Awards 2008, which took place in Birmingham, UK. The product “Namma Toilet”, a public / community toilet designed by Ramesh for Commissioner of Municipal Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu was launched in February 2013 and has received positive feedbacks from users and the design fraternity. The Wheel loader designed for L&T, won the India Design Mark Award in 2014, and the Surface Miner project had good appreciation from the L&T team.
Ramesh is a TED fellow and was part of the TED India event held at Mysore in 2009. TED brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, to share ideas worth spreading.
He is an avid speaker on design, innovation and entrepreneurship. A visiting faculty gives lectures on design thinking and design processes at MIDAS – Architecture College in Marg Swarnaboomi and also motivating student entrepreneurs as a part of NEN – Entrepreneurship programs. Ramesh was also the jury for the India design mark award conducted jointly with GOOD DESIGN – Japan 2014. Organized the “Think, Make, Change – Makers design Challenge” – through CII in 2014.
Contact address: Ramesh Manickam, Centroid , 149 Defense Colony, Guindy, Chennai – 600 032
Ph: 044 4264 7240, Mob: +91 9840446014