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Gayatri Keskar

VP of ResearchEx-Material ConneXion

New York, NY

Member Since January 2022


Product Development


Dr. Gayatri Keskar is a product strategy, innovation, and sustainability leader with expertise in next-generation materials and manufacturing and a track record of fostering cross-industry collaborations to meet business and environmental goals. She is a former vice president of research at Material ConneXion, a leading materials-driven design consultancy and library, helping clients create better products through human-centric innovations and design thinking. She holds numerous patents in next-generation materials for smart technologies and consumer products and has served as a technical advisor to several start-ups and Fortune 500s, such as NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, Nike, and Estée Lauder. Through her work, she identifies strategic opportunities and provides out-of-the-box material thinking and eco-conscious solutions to global brands, arming them with best practices from conceptualization to production. Gayatri earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University.

Published content

From mass to mastery: On-demand manufacturing, services, and the evolution of personalized experiences


The leading on-demand manufacturing technologies are harnessing the strength of robust hardware and sophisticated software for fast, tailored, and convenient experiences.

Can industry conferences make you a stronger business professional?

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If you want to strengthen your professional network, skills and knowledge, making time to attend industry conferences can be a great strategy. As a business professional, attending an industry conference can be a valuable opportunity to learn from experts, network with peers and stay current with the latest industry trends and innovations. Whether attending in person or virtually, these events provide a unique chance to gather insights, ideas and best practices that can help you stay ahead of the competition. Below, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members share some of the big benefits you can gain from attending an annual industry conference, from creating new partnerships to learning new information about your industry. Consider their insights the next time you hear of an upcoming event you may want to attend.

10 ways leaders can encourage team collaboration instead of competition

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Apply these tips to keep employees motivated without comparing themselves. In a competitive workplace, it's important for leaders to foster an environment where employees feel safe to express their challenges as well as successes without feeling intimidated or insecure about how they measure up to other team members. Bonding over common and personal interests outside of work is another opportunity to strengthen relationships. And when employees celebrate each others' wins and learn how to support others in collaboration it enhances mutual respect and admiration for the next person. Below, 10 Fast Company Executive Board members share their best practices on how to connect with colleagues in a healthy way without comparing their own success or lack of it.

Human-centric, eco-transformative mobility experiences charting the future on wheels


Emerging business models can promote economic sustainability through mobility as a service by lowering emissions and connecting people to nature and one another, thereby mitigating the effects of rising energy and living costs.

13 ways companies can reduce waste and protect the environment

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It's easy to help your company do its part to create a more sustainable planet. It doesn't have to break the bank. Global environmental change, and the sustainability of our Earth, continue to be a rising topic of conversation in our personal and professional lives. If business owners, in particular, are looking for affordable ways to save the planet, they can start by assessing their company's carbon footprint beyond their walls and implementing small steps to improve their efficiency to make a better impact in their own community, first, and eventually worldwide. Below, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members share one easy, economical suggestion for business leaders who want to invest more of their time and resources into a "green-first" philosophy so they can cut waste as a company at-large.

The spirit in matter fueling augmented mutualism in an evolving world


Recent advances in fermentation, culturing, and engineering microorganisms and natural polymers are ushering in a new paradigm of biomolecular materials with brand-new functional and aesthetic properties.

Company details

Ex-Material ConneXion

Company bio

Material ConneXion helps product ideas move from inspiration to ideation through material education, curated libraries, and experienced advisory. With 25+ years of experience, MCX experts provide a unique cross-industry perspective on material selection, sustainability, and innovation. Start-ups and Fortune 500s partner with MCX when they need help finding the best materials, process technologies, or sustainability strategies for their cutting-edge products and spaces.



Area of focus

Advanced Materials

Company size

11 - 50