The U.S. and India partnership is founded on an alignment in democratic values, strategic goals, and economic interests. Science & Technology are critical and transformative aspects of this U.S. – India relationship that shapes and accelerates the strategic and economic achievements of both nations. Both countries have repeatedly proven their commitment to cutting edge research and the development of partnerships at several levels to promote technology-driven innovation in shared matters of national interest.
Jay Gullish is the executive director, digital policy at the U.S. – India Business Council. He has passionately promoted digital development in more than 20 countries over his 25 years of experience in government, industry, and civil society across the telecoms, information technology, satcom, and cyber sectors.Most recently, he served as a digital policy officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi covering cyber policy, telecommunications, information technology, digital inclusion, and commercial space. While at the Embassy, he aligned U.S. cyber policy towards India across multiple in-country USG agencies and consulates. He was also the in-country lead for the U.S.-India ICT Working Group and the U.S.-India Cyber Consultations. Jay Gullish has previously worked in India’s outsourcing industry, and lived and worked in India for over five years. He has international technology experience in southern Africa, Israel, and Vietnam.
Dr. Nandini Kannan is Executive Director of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. She has leadership experience in academia and government, with an understanding of the critical role that science and technology play in this global interconnected society, and a deep commitment to education and workforce development. Since 2014, she has served as a Program Director at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) where her responsibilities included core disciplinary research, mathematical sciences research institutes, and workforce development programs in the Division of Mathematical Sciences as well as a number of cross-directorate and cross-agency activities. She has served as a co-chair for several Data Science related activities in support of Harnessing the Data Revolution, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. Dr. Kannan also helped to create partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support collaborative efforts in biomedical data science. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Statistical Association (ASA) and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.
Varsha Radhakrishnan, Research Fellow, Technology Policy & A.I. at CPPR. Varsha leads Analytics & Growth initiatives for an e-commerce platform at IBM, where she leverages choice architecture to drive positive user experiences and growth in engagement, adoption, and retention. Prior to this, she was developing AI-informed solutions to address IBM’s business challenges, using predictive technologies, robotic process automation, and recommendation engines. Her academic focus areas are in Economics and Public Policy. She is a Research Fellow with CPPR handling Technology Policy and Artificial Intelligence.