Arnab Kumar

Program Director, NITI Aayog, India

Arnab Kumar is program director at NITI Aayog, and drives NITI Aayog's strategy, policy and implementation initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI), fintech, blockchain and digital economy. Arnab has co-authored India's Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (released in 2018) and has been driving the architecture of the proposed USD1bn National Programme on AI. His key projects include Imaging BioBank for Cancer, India UK Healthcare AI Catalyst, Blockchain and internet of things based Fertiliser Supply Chain solution. Arnab joined NITI Aayog as founding manager for Atal Innovation Mission, and developed strategy for AIM's key initiatives including tinkering labs and early-stage technology fund, before setting up the Frontier Technologies practice. An ex-investment banker, Arnab has worked for Deutsche Bank's New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore offices and has raised more than USD 20bn in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt transactions, primarily in fintech, financial institutions, and technology deals. Arnab has also previously led product teams across three global locations for Oracle. Arnab is chartered financial analyst and a Chevening CRISP Fellow (2019). He is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Birla Institute of Technology Mesra.


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