Shailendra (Shail) Kumar is the Founder and President of Nalanda 2.0 (www.Nalanda2.org), a nonprofit 501c3 corporation, and author of “Building Golden India: How to unleash India’s vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now.” (www.shailkumar.com). In addition to receiving international acclaim from academic and business leaders, in 2017, a Nobel Laureate presented this book to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prior to writing the book, Shail was an administrator at two world-class multidisciplinary research universities: UC Berkeley (ranked #5 in Top 500 of Global Rankings, ARWU, 2017) and UC San Diego (ranked #15 in Top 500 of Global Rankings, ARWU, 2017).
Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of two start-ups and executive in several Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley high technology companies. Alumni leader since 1991, he was President of the IIT Foundation and co-founder of the Pan IIT alumni movement in the US. Shail is a recipient of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur’s Distinguished Service Award. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Lab-X Foundation.
He has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.Tech with honors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
He is a Vipassana and Yoga practitioner and an avid reader. Shail lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.