Advisors

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Dr Nikhil Agarwal

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Dr Nikhil Agarwal is India’s foremost Innovation and Policy expert. He is currently the CEO, IIT Kanpur Startup Incubation and Innovation Center (SIIC). SIIC is an initiative of "Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST)" of IIT-Kanpur responsible for innovation work. He was Senior Advisor with FICCI on government innovation and convener of Denver based policy think-tank India Global. He was also the Vice Chairman of MILAP, GoM (Mahaashmita Innovation Livelihood Accelerator Program)

In 2017, he was nominated as Fellow of IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin. In 2014, Indian Prime Minister urged Indian diaspora to return to the country to serve the motherland. Dr Agarwal responded to the call and joined Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh as Chief Executive Officer (AP State Innovation Society) to kickstart the state-wide innovation agenda between 2015-2017.

In the past, he was the President and CEO of Cambridge Global Partners (CGP) and researcher at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the founder of Entrepreneur Café – a global movement spread in 110 cities and six continents, connecting over 45,000 entrepreneurs. Dr Agarwal has founded businesses and advised firms on strategic matters in the last 20 years of his career. He was the first Asian to be elected as Co-Chair of prestigious Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC-AC) for 2008-10.

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Jayakar Rao

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Jayakar is the VP of MRP Education Society, an NGO which runs Tagore Memorial Schoolproviding free education to over 300 poor & slum children & an orphanage. He is also an advisor to ESTAH (NGO)

Jayakar is currently the CEO of EM Solutions & Services; Partner at Barns International; Director of JECC Innovations Pvt Ltd; CoFounder of Aero Nero Solutions, a company which manufactures AWG’s which produce water from air. He is also a partner in several organization in India, Malaysia, Dubai, USA and Singapore.