Former Advisor to the Prime Minister, Government of India
"Broadband offers unique opportunities world over to change the paradigm for social, political and economic development, specially for the poor at the bottom of the paradigm."
Dr Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent 49 years in Information and Communications Technology and related human and national developments. Credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered India’s technology and telecommunications revolution in the 1980s, Dr Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide.
During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s Dr Pitroda headed six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization Dairy and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. Dr Pitroda was Chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), an advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, set up to provide a blueprint of reform of the knowledge related institutions and infrastructure in the country. The Commission has offered a series of recommendations on various aspects of the knowledge paradigm to help India meet the challenges of the 21st century.
He recently served as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations.
He holds close to 100 worldwide patents and has published and lectured widely in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.