H.L.Shivananda was born in Hodeyala, a village in N.R Pura Taluk, Chikkamagaluru District in the year 1956. He did his schooling in Malnad area and completed his pre- University from Sahyadri Science College, Shivamogga. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIE, Mysore in 1979, he started his career as a planning engineer in 'Bharat Fritz Werner', Bengaluru for 2 years. He joined as an Assistant Director with the Industries and Commerce Department, Govt of Karnataka in 1982.
He worked for a span 34 years in various capacities and different district headquarters including Bengaluru and New Delhi. He retired as Joint Director of Industries and Commerce in June 2016. During his service in the Government, he assisted thousands of investors to invest in Karnataka in multiple sectors including manufacturing, infrastructure, IT, BT, tourism etc. He also facilitated and accompanied high profile delegations from the state to various countries.Presently he works as a freelance industrial consultant to Japanese industries who are setting up their manufacturing plants in Karnataka. He served as President of "Karnataka Rajya Idiga Nuakarara Kshemabhivriddhi Sangha" for a period of 6 years from 2011 to July 2017. One of the initiatives during his term was to provide training to underprivileged rural youth of the community to secure employment in Govt and corporate sectors. He is a member on the board of directors of Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar. He is the President of "R L Jalappa Academy" from June 2015.