Prof Nikhil Agarwal , Senior Advisor of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed as High Commissioner for India. High Commissioner Agarwal represents India in the International Academics Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum
Dr Nikhil Agarwal is India’s foremost Innovation and Policy expert. He is currently Convener of the Denver-based policy think tank, IndiaGlobal. In 2017, he was nominated as Fellow of IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. He was CEO of the AP Innovation Society of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in India between 2015 and 2017. Dr Agarwal was involved in developing large-scale innovation projects such as a 300-acre cyber security industrial park and several rural innovation labs, incubation centres, and start-up ecosystems. Further, he was involved in the setting up of INR, a $1B start-up fund. He is also the founder of Entrepreneur Café, a global movement that has spread to 110 cities on six continents, connecting over 45,000 entrepreneurs. Dr Agarwal has founded businesses and advised firms on strategic matters over the past 20 years of his career. His interviews and his work have been extensively covered in the international media, including the Harvard Business Review Blog, Forbes, CNN Money, BBC Radio, and The New York Times, to name a few. Professor Agarwal has served on many international think tanks and holds leadership positions in global organizations. Between 2006 and 2013, he served as a high-level advisor to the United Nations Global Alliance on ICT and Development (UNGAID). He is an International Advisory Board Member at the World Entrepreneurship Forum (WEF) and the Open Mind Foundation. He was the first Asian to be elected as Co-Chair of the prestigious Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC-AC) for 2008-2010. He is a recipient of ‘Excellence in Promoting Innovation in Governance’ from the government of Rajasthan, India. Professor Nikhil Agarwal is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh.
Zakir Hussain, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of USense Innovative Solutions, has been appointed Senator at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Hussain represents India in the Global Impact Investors Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Zakir Hussain is a leader, innovator, and a visionary who changed the face of User Experience and Design domain on the Indian subcontinent. Hailing from a remote village in Tamil Nadu, India, he went on to become the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of USense Innovative Solutions. The USense brand also expanded to the United Kingdom, Bahrain, UAE, and Saudi Arabia under his guidance. An Arts graduate from Lucknow University, Mr Hussain began his career as an entry-level designer in the field of advertisement. From junior designer to senior visualizer, his skills were tested at various levels as he sharpened his creativity to a great extent. Gradually changing gears, he shifted focus to the IT sector, where his expertise would bloom while his career took a major turn. As Creative Director, he would manage high-end clients such as HP, Microsoft, and the Reserve Bank of India. One of the key assignments handled by Zakir was JIO 4G. India’s largest telecom provider, JIO 4G, was under his responsibility, starting from project management, planning, and research to various app design initiatives.
Another major turn in Mr Hussain’s career was in 2008, when he initiated his own start- up, ILM Innovates, where he served as CEO and Innovative Consultant. Motivating his 25-member core team, he mentored the young minds with entrepreneurial skills and guidance. Taking his entrepreneurial initiative to the next level, Zakir introduced a similar concept to develop rural areas of India. In the form of Human United Mission, he makes his contribution towards the uplifting of society. Under his guidance, HUM is steadily growing and pursuing its objectives of poverty eradication, rural entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment. Zakir is also an Angel Investor to start-ups such as Edusense Note, Visitor Management System, and Incident Tracking System. He has been named as one of the best 5 designers by Adobe. He has also been recognized for his start-up with a nomination to the ‘Top 50 Start-ups’ at Startup Istanbul, 2017.