Opening Session: Keynote Speaker

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The conference will kick-off with a with a keynote speech from Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande.

Keynote Speaker Desh

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of the Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. He is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office, and the Chairman of Tejas Networks.

Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades.  He is involved as either the founder, a founding investor, or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems, and Curata.

Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.  

Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the set up of three other centers:  Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and a Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.

Dr. Deshpande was the co-chair of the National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.