Sam Pitroda

Senior Advisor
🇺🇸  Chicago

Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent over 55 years in Information and Communication Technology and related developments. Credited with having laid the foundation of India’s Technology and Telecommunications revolution in the 1980s Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. In the mid 1990s, he founded Worldtel in London and invented mobile wallet in 1996 and set up C-SAM Inc. acquired by Master Card in 2013. From 2005-2014, Mr. Pitroda was chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission and Advisor to the Prime minister of India with the rank of a cabinet minister. He was also Chairman of the National Innovation Council, Smart grid task force, Railway modernization and Public broadcast reforms. At present he is founder, investor and chairman of six start ups and several non profit foundations. Mr. Pitroda holds over 100 patents and has published and lectured extensively in US, Europe, India and Latin America. His biography was published in 1992 and his autobiography “ Dreaming Big” was published by Penguin in 2015.