Sanjay Jain CIIE

Sanjay Jain

Sanjay Jain is the Chief Innovation Officer at the Center for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad where he leads efforts to help create, promote, and encourage entrepreneurship in areas around digital technology. In this role, he leads the efforts at the Bharat Inclusion Initiative to bring more people into the formal economy, and workforce in India.

Sanjay is also a partner at the Bharat Innovation Fund, which invests in early-stage, IP driven companies. The Bharat Innovation Fund is associated with CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad.

Sanjay is also a fellow at iSPIRT, the software product industry think tank. He has been one of the key contributors to help create, and evangelize various government APIs, which are collectively referred to as the India Stack. These APIs have lead to a digitization of various processes, enabling them to go paperless, cashless and presenceless.

During his career, Sanjay has been responsible for the development of many large scale, high impact systems. As a volunteer with iSPIRT, he worked with NPCI to define the Unified Payment Interface. UPI has grown to be one of the largest digital payment systems in India. He was the Chief Product Manager at the UIDAI, where he led the product development efforts from its early days till well after the launch. The UIDAI has issued over a billion numbers to Indian residents. He was also responsible for the creation and launch of Google Map Maker – a crowd-sourced mapping product that is responsible for Google Maps data for 170+ countries (including India).

Sanjay holds an M.S. in Computer Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

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