The best of India coming together

Arogyaswami Paulraj

Arogyaswami Paulraj

Chancellor, Ekagrid
Professor-Emeritus, Stanford University. Inventor of MIMO wireless technology. Recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Marconi Prize, IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, National Inventors Hall of Fame, and Padma Bhushan. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Shailendra Kumar

Shailendra 'Shail' Kumar

Chief Operating Officer, Ekagrid 
Founder & President, Nalanda 2.0. Author of Building Golden India: How to unleash India’s vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. Formerly, co-founder and CEO of two start-ups, executive in several Silicon Valley-based high-tech companies, and administrator in UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. He is the convener of the initiative and member of the Global Advisory Board of the planned university since 2018.

Anil Kakodkar

Anil Kakodkar

Board of Directors, Ekagrid Foundation 
Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Science & Technology Commission. Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India. Former Chairman Board of Governors, IIT Bombay. Former President, Indian National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences, India. Recipient of several prestigious awards including Padma Vibhushan. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018. 

Juzer Vasi

Juzer Vasi

Board of Directors, Ekagrid Foundation 
Professor-Emeritus and former Deputy Director, IIT Bombay. Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Government of India (2006-2017). Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and IEEE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Juzer Vasi

Anand Deshpande

Board of Directors, Ekagrid Foundation 
Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director, Persistent Systems. Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the School of Informatics of Indiana University. Member of the Executive Committee of MCCIA. Founding member of iSPIRIT and i4C, and co-founder of DeAsra Foundation. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

Mukesh Aghi

Mukesh Aghi

President and Chief Executive Officer of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Trustee at Claremont Graduate University, and former Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech. Recipient of Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India. Member Board of Council on Energy, Environment and Water. Former executive at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Recipient of Padma Vibhushan. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Prith Banerjee

Prith Banerjee

CTO, ANSYS. Member Board of Directors of Cray  and on the Technical Advisory Board of Ingram Micro, Candi Controls, and Virsec. Former CTO/Senior VP at ABB, Schneider Electric, and HP. Fellow of the AAAS, ACM and IEEE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Chitta Baral

Chitta Baral

Professor and Graduate Program Chair of Computer Science, and Head of Cognition and Intelligence Lab at the Arizona State University (ASU). Member of the Association for the Advancement of AI. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

R Gopalakrishnan

R Gopalakrishnan

Author, Board member of Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka. Former Executive Director, Tata Sons, Vice Chairman, Hindustan Lever Ltd., and Chairman, Unilever, Arabia, and MD of Brooke Bond Lipton. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Ramesh Jain

Ramesh Jain

Professor, Computer Science, UC Irvine (UCI) and Founding Director, UCI Future Health. Founding Director of University of Michigan's AI Lab in 1986. Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

Pankaj Jalote

Pankaj Jalote

Founding Director of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi. Formerly, Assistant Professor at University of Maryland College Park, Chair Professor at IIT Delhi, and Head of Computer Science Department at IIT Kanpur. Fellow of the IEEE and INAE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha

Executive Producer of Delhi Safari and winner of the National Award for Best Animation movie. CEO at Krayon Pictures. Recipient of over 50 awards as a creative person in advertising and has written 2 TV serials. Formerly, global head of corporate marketing and branding at Infosys and guest speaker at leading business schools like MIT Sloan, Johnson School at Cornell and London Business School. He has been a member of the core team since 2019. 

Mohan Kankanhalli

Mohan Kankanhalli

Dean of National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing where he is the Provost’s Chair Professor of Computer Science. Previously, NUS Vice Provost (Graduate Education) during 2014-2016 and Associate Provost (Graduate Education) during 2011-2013. Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur

Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor and Asia Programs Director at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. Previously, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, holding the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp M Karbhari

Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering, and Former President, The University of Texas at Arlington. Formerly at University of Alabama, UC San Diego, and University of Delaware. Fellow of AAAS, National Academy of Inventors, and ASM International. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Pramod Khargonekar

Pramod Khargonekar

Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Formerly, Dean of Engineering, University of Florida and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan. Fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Gauri Kirloskar

Gauri Kirloskar

Member, Board of Directors, Kirloskar Oil Engines since 2014. Independent Director on the boards of Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company Limited and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Limited since early 2019. She has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar

Global Professor of Engineering at New York University (NYU), Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs at NYU Abu Dhabi, and Founding Dean of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi. Formerly, Graduate Dean and Associate Provost at NYU School of Engineering, and Department Head of Mechanical, Aerospace, Manufacturing Engineering. Fellow of ASME. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Vijay Madisetti

Vijay Madisetti

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and Executive Director of Georgia Tech's India Initiative. Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Arjun Malhotra

Arjun Malhotra

Pioneer of India's IT industry. Former Chairman of Headstrong’s Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, and co-founder HCL group. On the Boards of ISB, Hyderabad, RGIIM Shillong, IIT (Kharagpur) Foundation and Nalanda 2.0. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Vinay Menon

Vinay Menon

Managing Partner of Pravega Ventures, an internet focussed technology fund. Formerly at JPMorgan and Kotak Mahindra, where he held multiple leadership roles including Managing Director, Head of ECM and Co-Head of Investment Banking Coverage, JPMorgan. He has been a member of the core team since 2019.

Anju Patwardhan

Anju Patwardhan

Board Director and Fintech Venture Investor. Board Director at the Gulf International Bank in Saudi Arabia, Upgrade Inc. in the United States, and Curve in London. On the Global Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute and on the Advisory Council of Alliance for Innovative Regulation (AIR) in Washington DC. She has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Dheeraj Sanghi

Dheeraj Sanghi

Director, Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur and Dean of Academic Affairs at IIT Kanpur from 2011 to 2014. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

S Santhanakrishnan

S Santhanakrishnan

Senior Managing Partner, PKF Sridhar & Santhanam LLP. Board member of Consolidated Coffee Inc, USA, Tata Coffee Vietnam, Tata Consumer Products Ltd, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited and ICICI Home Finance Limited. Government nominee in the Central Council (Governing Body) of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) & High Level Committee on CSR. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2020.

Krishna Saraswat

Krishna Saraswat

Rickey/Nielsen Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford University. Honorary appointment of an Adjunct Professor at BITS, Pilani since January 2004, member of Nalanda 2.0 Board of Directors. Life Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Deepak Sekar

Deepak Sekar

Inventor with 150 patents. Founder and CEO at Prof Jim Inc. Previously Founder and CEO at Chowbotics, whose food making robots are now used in 200+ grocery stores, hospitals, universities and cafeterias around the world. He has been a member of the core team since 2020. 

Abhinav Shashank

Abhinav Shashank

Co-Founder and CEO, Innovaccer, the leading San Francisco-based Data Activation Company. He was selected in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Enterprise Tech”. He has been a member of the core team since 2019.

Ajit Singh

Ajit Singh

Partner at Artiman Ventures and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford. On the Board of Directors of CardioDx, CLICK, CORE Diagnostics, medECUBE Healthcare, Aditazz, Terapore, Max Healthcare, Cadila Pharmaceuticals and Sophie Biosciences. Formerly, CEO of Siemens Medical, CEO of Biolmagene and faculty member at Princeton University. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.

Nikhil Sinha

Nikhil Sinha

Chief Executive Officer at OneValley, a global based entrepreneurship and innovation services company. Formerly Chief Business Officer and Chief Content Officer, Coursera and founding Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University. Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems, Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd., a member of the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for the planned university since 2018.