Kumardev, who just turned 40 years old, is a serial tech innovator and entrepreneur, British Chevening science scholar and computer scientist from University College London, INTEL and EU awarded young innovation luminary, appointed Expert on Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum, New York Times published thought leader, one of the co-authors of ‘Digital Minds for a New Europe’ alongside Vint Cerf and Eric Schmidt, European Commission appointed expert on Tech and Innovation and Member of the Telegraph’s Advisory Board on UAV
Kumardev started as an entrepreneur at 14 building a social business, the proceeds of which were donated to Mother Teresa and built his first tech company at age 19 during the height of the first internet boom.
Kumardev has more than 20 years of global management, technology and business experience spanning executive leadership, technology strategy, hands-on deep tech and business development, both in startups and at and for Fortune 500 conglomerates and major organisations, where he led large strategic initiatives and cross-functional, multinational, teams across three geographies – Europe, USA, Asia and architected, built and deployed large-scale distributed systems for multiple industries.
Kumardev has led strategic initiatives for major corporations like British Rail (ATOC, Network Rail), THALES, GE, Adobe, Mercer, AirTel, European Commission, Eurocontrol, SESARJU and NATO, amongst others. He has both breadth and depth of competence and experience in Large-Scale System of Systems, Large Distributed Systems Software Architectures, Autonomous Systems, Drones and Management (> € 10M size) in multiple domains including Telco, Transport (Rail, Air), Service, Public Sector and Government.
Kumardev has a long history in the multi-Billion euro Automated Transport vertical – ground, rail and air projects, at THALES, one of Europe’s biggest multinational, global engineering firms where he worked for almost ten years, starting as a solutions architect and later managing both technology strategy, programmes and hard revenue and customer acquisition targets. At THALES, he designed the British Rail (ATOC) virtualised software architecture that is being currently implemented and the Software Reference Architecture of the European Airspace for SESARJU and EUROCONTROL and delivered more than 50 M in sales and revenue over his entire tenure.
Kumardev’s thought leadership and expertise has led to his views being published by the New York Times, Bloomberg, BBc and CNN, organisations like the World Economic Forum, European Union, European Business Summit, Boao Forum Review and tech companies like Microsoft, Deutsche Telkom, and leading tech media across Europe.
Kumardev’s vision, technology and innovation expertise has led to him being invited to speak and present at leading institutions and high-level forums across the world including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, US State Department, London School of Business, Standford University, European Parliament, European Commission, Office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, State of Europe high-level roundtable, IEEE, Kauffman Foundation’s Global Innovation Summit and major conferences like World Summit AI, Mobile World Congress, Websummit, Slush, TechCrunch and South Summit.
Kumardev is also the Founder and Chairman of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for youth innovation in Europe that reaches over 50,000 young people across Europe, and who’s work has been recognised by President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Angela Merkel, amongst other leaders and institutions like the World Economic Forum.
In recognition of his Innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements, INTEL and the European Commission and awarded Kumardev as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion. He is the youngest Innovation Luminary in a group that includes Sir Richard Branson and other eminent innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists.
Kumardev holds a MSc. in Computer Science from University College London on a full scholarship as a British Chevening Science Scholar, as a guest of Her Majesty The Queen.
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