Prof. Abhay Karandikar is currently serving as the Director of IIT Kanpur. Earlier, he was the Dean (Faculty Affairs) and the Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay. He has been instrumental in developing many pathbreaking technologies and has been at the forefront of several large initiatives both at the institute and the national level. He is the founding member and chairman of the Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), India’s standards body for telecom. He has also served as the coordinator of Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center of Excellence in Telecommunications (TICET) and the National Center of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security.
Prof Abhay Karandikar joined FIRST on dated 17.07.2018 as a Chairman to the Board and Director by virtue of his position as Director in IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Subramaniam Ganesh
Dr. Ganesh received his PhD from Banaras Hindu University in 1996. After a short postdoctoral training in the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, he joined the RIKEN Brain Science (Japan) in February 1998 as a staff scientist. Dr. Ganesh joined the faculty of BSBE, IIT Kanpur in April 2002. Dr. Ganesh (born 23 May 1968) is an Indian geneticist, molecular biologist and a professor at the department of biological sciences and bio-engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Known for his pioneering studies on Lafora progressive myoclonic epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders, Ganesh is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India. The Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards, for his contributions to biosciences in 2008.
Dr. Ganesh joined FIRST on dated 22nd January 2019 as Director, Ex-Officio, Dean R&D, IIT Kanpur and currently he is acting as Deputy Director, Ex-Officio, Dean R&D, IIT Kanpur.
Prof. A R Harish
Prof. AR Harish serves as the Dean (Research & Development) at IIT Kanpur. He completed his PhD from IIT Kanpur in 1997 and worked in the UK until 2002. He joined IIT Kanpur as Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering department in 2002.
Prof. Harish joined FIRST on dated 29th September 2020 as Director, Ex-Officio, Dean R&D, IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay
Dr. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay conducted his doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Umadas Maitra at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Upon receiving his PhD in 2002 he joined the laboratory of Prof. Clifford Tabin at Harvard Medical School for his post-doctoral research. Dr Bandyopadhyay joined the faculty of BSBE in December 2006. He is also the Professor In Charge, Innovation & Incubation, IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Bandyopadhyay joined FIRST on dated 22nd Jan 2019 as Director, Ex-Officio, Professor in Charge, Innovation & Incubation, IIT Kanpur.
Mr. Manoj Kumar
Mr. Manoj is the Co-Founder and CEO, Social Alpha. Social Alpha has been strengthening the science and technology start-up ecosystem in India with a focus on “lab to market” enablement and has nurtured more than 150 start-ups. Social Alpha architecture integrates the innovation, incubation and investment ecosystems and allows for an effective mechanism for allocating resources to mission-driven entrepreneurs throughout their lab to market progression.
Mr. Manoj has been appointed as Director of FIRST on dated 22nd Jan 2019 for a period of two years.
Mr. Ajai Chowdhary
Ajai Chowdhry is one of the six founder members of HCL. A highly decorated Indian Industry icon, today he is an inspiration for young Indians. He is currently the Chairman-Board of Governors at National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi, International Institute of Information Technology, Naya Raipur.
Dr. Ajai Chowdhry has constantly been driving a vision of “IT for the masses” and has been on several Government committees working towards taking PC and broadband into every village in India. He is the Chairman of the Electronics Sector Skills Council and Chairman - FICCI Start up Committee. Dr. Chowdhry is focusing on incubating entrepreneurship by aiding start-ups. He was nominated by the Hon’ble President of India to be the Chairman for IIT Hyderabad and then the Chairman of IIT-Patna.
Mr. Saurabh Srivastava
Mr. Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman at Indian Angel Network; Co-Founder at NASSCOM, is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and institution builders. He has worked extensively in the US, UK, Singapore and India. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has presented him an award for contribution to the Indian IT Industry and the President of India has awarded him the Padma Shri. He co-founded and Chaired key institutions of modern India focussed on IT and entrepreneurship: NASSCOM, Indian Venture Capital Association; TiE; Indian Angel Network, world’s largest angel investor group with over 100 portfolio companies, 470 investor members globally.
Mr. Saurabh Srivastava has joined FIRST as a Director of FIRST on dated 22nd Jan 2019 for a period of two years./p>
Mr. Srikant built & sold two large services ventures in India & SE Asia. He is presently acting as board member/advisor to several emerging companies, university incubators, Government of India & Bihar state government. Co-founder at Crayon Data. Chairman, I3G Advisory Network. Mr. Srikant Sastri is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built and exited two successful ventures that have 2000+ employees and 15,000+ employees respectively. He co-founded Crayon Data, the ambitious Singapore & India-based AI start-up, and started the ‘चलो StartUp’ initiative. Through 10 web episodes, based on stories of real startups, he is distilling 10 key lessons for would-be entrepreneurs.
Aa an active Charter Member of TiE Delhi and Indian Angel Network, Mr. Sastri actively supports several incubators across India. He mentors several companies like LawRato (legal tech), Nyoooz (vernacular digital content), Admizzionz Campuz (education), SkillsHaat (skilling marketplace) & Khelfie (sports tech) that create India-centric impact. After an engineering degree from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, Mr. Sastri worked at Unilever India and McCann Erickson. Mr.Srikant has joined FIRST on dated 22nd Jan 2020 for a period of two years.
Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay
Professor In-Charge (Incubation & Innovation)
Sr VP (Compliance & Admin)
Sr VP (HR & Consulting) Program Director - Citi Social Innovation Lab