Dr Sumit Chowdhury
Founder CEO ,
Gaia Smart Cities
Dr Sumit Chowdhury is a global thought leader in the field of Smart Cities, Digital Economy, Telecom & Information analytics. He is the Founder CEO of Gaia Smart Cities, an innovative digital services and IoT company focused on solutions for Smart Cities. He was until recently the Program Director for PMU for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Initiative) and heading their IT / Digital initiatives with the Ministry of Urban Development. Sumit is working as the ICT/Digital Advisor to three Smart Cities in India and has IoT projects running in 60 cities across the country. He is a business leader, and entrepreneur, having led large, hyper-growth, multinational telecom and consulting companies in US, Australia & India. He is a Visiting Faculty teaching a course on Smart Cities at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) & Academic Advisor to UWS in Australia, & Dean’s Advisory Council of Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. He is expert with TM Forum Smart Cities Global Network. He is working closely with multiple cities in India’s 100 Smart Cities Initiative. His company, Gaia, is creating IOT based wide-area telecom solutions for cities, industries and citizens – like Smart Metering, asset tracking, industrial automation and smart health.
He provides mentoring & funding to entrepreneurs in areas like M2M, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, health-care, mobile internet & career services. Sumit is a graduate of IIT Kanpur followed by MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems and Public Policy. He has a Diploma from Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is the author of a bestselling career management book, 'Rules of the Game' published by Bloomsbury India that empowers readers to enhance productivity and fast-track their careers. He is represented by 'The Outstanding Speakers Bureau' and speaks in different forums on technology, career and management ideas. He is also a TEDx speaker, an avid painter, a trained musician and an active marathon runner and cyclist.