Sudhanshu Mani

Sudhanshu Mani

IRSME (Retd. General Manager/CF, Chennai) Spearhead of Train 18 / Vande Bharat Express project

'Disruptive thinking: the secret sauce of business transformation'

Sudhanshu Mani retired in the apex grade of GoI from the Indian Railways (IR) Service of Mechanical Engineering as General Manager, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai after serving IR for 38 years. He also served as Railway Advisor in the Embassy of India, Berlin for 3 years, interacting with railway systems of advanced countries worldwide on behalf of IR. He is a Fellow of Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London. He led the Train 18/Vande Bharat Express project, the first ever indigenous semi high-speed train of India, from concept to delivery. 


After retirement, he is engaged in advisory role in the corporate world, including technical, strategic and investment consulting.


His journey in leading and completing the unique Train 18 project is recounted in his best-seller book, ‘My Train 18 Story’. He has authored six more books, including four on a subject of his special passion, art and railways, and one each on greening of environment and collation of the works of Ghālib and Shakespeare.


Apart from his intense work as a consultant, he is also engaged in multiple activities like serving as Co-Editor for niche magazine Rail Business and on Advisory & Editorial Board of leading Railway & Metro journals, organisation of Awadh Conclave (a festival of free thought), Keynote/stand-alone speaker and panellist on platforms such as IIMs, IITs, TEDx, PMI, AIMA & CII conferences, anchor for news analysis, art and culture on YouTube channel thepublic.india and promotion and curation of Visual Arts in association with a prominent art gallery of Lucknow. 


He runs a ‘not for profit’ art and culture centre, Manis’ and presides over Rolling Cars’ Society, which promotes technical awareness.