Mr. Ravi Godbole


Qualification - Global Manager Research & Adv Engineering: AGCO Corporation


About -

Global Manager Research & Adv Engineering: AGCO Corporation

– Lead Agronomic Smart Sensors program for Connected Crop Cycle
– Manage corporate ‘Seed Funds’ program to promote and foster ‘out of box’ ideas
– Drive technology commercialization utilizing pilots, demo farms, etc.
– Creator of internal innovation newsletter, Knowledge management tools.
– Grow innovation partnerships with external partners such as Universities, Startups, and Suppliers

AGCO Corporation is an American agricultural equipment manufacturer, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment headquartered in Duluth, Georgia,


Ph.D.  Ag Engineering, Statistics, Analysis: Iowa State University

Executive Program, Shaping Innovation Leaders:  Kellogg School of Management

Executive Program, Strategic R&D Management : The Wharton School

BE Mechanical Engineering , First Class with Honors : University of Mumbai

Dr. Godbole is a key member of AGCO’s R&AE leadership team focused on research and investigation of new technologies. The team is responsible for coming up with proof of concepts ahead of new product development projects, and often partners with universities, govt. institutions and strategic suppliers. Ravi built this function from scratch and developed it into a global team that focused on technology investigations and proof of concepts. For 5 years, he managed this global team of 25+ people spread across 3 continents. He also built global groups around simulation, IP, sustainability, and handed them over to capable subject matter experts. Ravi currently focuses on converting powerful machines into smart and connected machinery solutions for the end user. His other mission is to develop – manage the external innovation ecosystem to leverage internal expertise.

Ravi has been with AGCO for more than 15 years in various innovation, strategic projects and product engineering roles. Ravi had returned to India for  4 years  and successfully developed component and engineering sourcing hub for the company. He has had a career in Ag and  Off-road machinery since 1989 working for companies like Mahindra Tractors, Caterpillar and Titan Wheels. Ravi gained 6 years of research experience at land-grant universities and has been published in research and machinery journals since. His writings on social or biographical topics in Marathi have been published in Antarnaad, Pune since 2012.

Honors & Awards

  • Invited Panel Member: Manufacturing in India
  • Member Scientific Advisory Committee, LaSalle-France
  • Keynote Speaker and Panelist, SAE Brazil
  • Invited Presentation on Biomass: Governor of Georgia, USA
  • External Advisory Council, Ag Engineering, Iowa State University