Govi Rao has spent his life managing Fortune 500 businesses and creating his own endeavors from inception. He is driven by the betterment of humanity and putting an end to oppressed communities that lack the fundamental building blocks of education, keep women in the shadows, and misuse materials and resources.
Rao was previously the CEO of Noveda Technologies. With more than 30 years of global experience across several industries, he is a passionate champion of sustainability.
Before joining Noveda in 2010, Govi was the Vice President and General Manager of the Phillips Solid State Lighting Business, and spent over a decade with specialty chemicals leader Rohm and Haas Company in various leadership roles.
He has served as a Partner in Pegasus Sustainable Century Merchant Bank, leading the energy efficiency practice. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Science Group Corporation, and the Chairman and founding partner of Sunray Scientific. He was instrumental in envisioning and establishing Lightning Science as an innovative pace setter in the emerging LED space. He is a pioneer in the field of green chemistry for sustainable electronics related to conductive adhesive systems.
Govi received his Bachelor’s Degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad and his MS from Villanova.
He is an advisor to the US-China Center for Sustainability and a founding member of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. He also serves on the board of the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies (ASSIST) and is a board member of the New Jersey Technology Council.