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Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu

I am an innovator and entrepreneur with an industry background and the perspective of an academic. I now teach at the University of California Berkeley and live in Silicon Valley.


I teach, advise, and manage people to enable impactful and relevant innovation, which today demands a different kind of leadership. From me, people learn how to create new things that are technically complex and will actually have impact in the real world. My research combines data analytics with innovation leadership. 

I am an innovator in the narrow sense (e.g. 60+ patents, developed technology, and products) and I am an innovator in the broad sense (e.g. launched ventures, raised funds, founded organizations, led businesses, and navigated complex political challenges) within areas of data networking, telecommunications, and now academics. Most people describe me as technically capable, broad-thinking, genuine, and sometimes very focused. 

By now, I am probably most known for bringing an industry perspective to academia. I founded the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in 2005 and launched its many spin-offs programs. With Ken Singer, I co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies). Both of these frameworks add concepts of social-psychology, mindset, and journey to the traditional steps of innovation. The spin-offs from my work at Berkeley include the GVL in 2008, the Fung Institute in 2009, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program in 2011, SkyDeck in 2012, the Innovation Collider in 2015, and Data-X in 2016. 

* For a more information: http://scet.berkeley.edu/ikhla...
* Articles, papers, and programs at http://ikhlaqsidhu.wordpress.c...
* Entrepreneurship at Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, http://scet.berkeley.edu
* Engineering Leadership Program (ELPP) in held in Silicon Valley, http://scet.berkeley.edu/elpp/