Dr Arun Shanbhag, PhD, MBA is the Chief Innovation Officer, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology. Previously, he was on the faculty of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr Shanbhag is the recent recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Explorations Award. At the Innovation Center, Dr. Shanbhag inspires students to follow design thinking principles and develop innovations to solve local problems. The Innovation Center organizes a variety of competitions and challenges where students develop interdisciplinary teams, come up with socially relevant innovation, develop working