Arnab Kumar is Program Director, Frontier Technologies for NITI Aayog, and leads NITI Aayog’s strategy, policy and implementation initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Blockchain and Digital Economy. Arnab has co-authored India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (released Jun 2018) and has been driving the architecture of the proposed National Programme on AI. He has also co-authored “Blockchain: The India Strategy” (released Jan 2020). Arnab joined NITI Aayog as part of the leadership team for Atal Innovation Mission, and developed strategy for AIM’s key initiatives including tinkering labs and early-stage technology fund, before setting up the Frontier Technologies practice.
An ex-investment banker, Arnab has worked for Deutsche Bank’s New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices and has raised more than USD20bn in M&A, equity and debt transactions, primarily in FinTech, Financial Institutions and Technology deals. Arnab has also previously led product teams across 3 global locations for Oracle. Arnab is an alumnus of Indian School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chevening CRISP Fellow (2019).