Mallika Gummalla
Team | Investment Team, HorizonX

Dr. Gummalla is a Director at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on the management of AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Dr. Gummalla brings over 19 years of deep technical, innovation, business development and sales experience in Industrial and Aerospace markets. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Dr. Gummalla worked as a Sales Executive for the New England territory and Business Development Director for Airtech USA. Previously, she was with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) fulfilling roles of increasing responsibility and diversity. In her early years at UTC, she led the fuel cell programs at the research center and developed proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells for tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Gummalla and her team hold a world record for demonstrating PEM fuel cell powered unmanned rotorcraft. Later, she originated and supported revenue generating deals for UTC’s Innovation Business Development Office with total contract value in excess of $400 million. After that, she established the Strategic Innovation Partnerships practice and Innovation Hubs for UTC’s Building Integrated Systems (Carrier and Otis) to enable organic growth and accelerate product development. During this time, she established strategic partnerships with start-up ecosystems (Venture Capital, Private Equity, Accelerators and Incubators) with a focus on start-ups aligned with HVAC and elevator business growth.

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, PhD
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, BTech
Prior Experience
  • Airtech USA
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC)