Governing board



Sundareswaran Venkataraman

President, The KAITEKI Institute

In his role as President of The KAITEKI Institute, Sundar leads a team in the Innovation function at Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings. With the support of his talented team members, he engages in global collaborations to “scan the future” to enable innovative business approaches for KAITEKI – the sustainable well-being of people, society and the planet earth.

Associate Director

Chair, Steering Committee

Haruhiko Kusaka

Chief Operating Officer, Representative Director of the Board, The KAITEKI Institute

Co-Chair, Steering Committee

Leaders of research programs

Research Program I: Circular Economy in the Chemical and Materials Industry

Bhavik R. Bakshi


Bhavik Bakshi is the Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, and the Director of the SE3RG (Sustainable Engineering-Ecosystem-Economic Research Group). He is also on the Faculty Advisory Board of OSU’s Sustainability Institute

Research Program II: Social Value of Innovation and Business for a KAITEKI Future

Research Program III: Sustainable Food Systems

Research Program IV: Design, Development and Testing of Innovative Materials for Urban Cooling

Research Program V: Climate Change as a Waste Management Challenge

Research Program VI: Self-Actualization and Well-Being: Wearable Hybrid Robotic Suits


Participate in research projects

All members of the ASU community are encouraged to participate in various research and educational activities of The Global KAITEKI Center. To explore existing or potential opportunities, contact Professor George Basile, the Associate Director of the Center, or the corresponding principal investigator of the six research programs.