He is the former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) a chain of 38 publicly funded industrial research and development institutions in India.>

Dr. Mashelkar is presently the president of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded research and development institutes from Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. He is also the President of India’s National Innovation Foundation. Before becoming a leading architect of India’s science and technology policies, Dr. Mashelkar did pioneering work in polymer science and engineering, which earned him many international laurels. He is deeply committed to championing the cause of the developing world.