Anand was born in a small village in India that once had about 350 houses. But, never allowed his little town and humble beginnings to get in the way of his adventures and dreams. His childhood was full of unsanctioned experiments, which he believes have helped in building a solid foundation for continuous learning and experience all along.
He cashed in his first cheque when he was merely 18, by selling a circuit design to a popular magazine. For the next four years, he continued doing various odd jobs, turning electronics scrap into products & selling them while doing his graduation.
Anand is a Chartered Engineer and has studied Electrical, Electronics, and Power Systems Engineering. He also spent about a year in Civil Engineering class and is a self-taught Computer Engineer. Later in life, he pursued an advanced degree in the management of International Business.
After finishing uni and working as a trainee for one year, he finally landed his dream job at LG Electronics. He began working as a Senior R&D Engineer. Fast forward a few months, and he was leading the team working on some exceptional and prestigious projects, such as GoldenEye redesign, the first Slim Flatscreen TV (before LCD), wireless speakers for television (before Bluetooth), and so on.
Later he accepted a senior management role in HSBC and worked on large projects underpinned by people & process changes.
Seeking a change from corporate life, he put down his tools as Associate Vice President of HSBC. He decided to go on with his entrepreneurial journey, becoming a Founder of Knewron Technologies, where he built a new business that designed innovative products for customers, often from scratch; from idea (on a paper napkin) to reality (in the market) as some would call it. He and the team worked with nearly 65+ customers on 150+ different projects, designing 50+ full solutions, and 30+ nifty products. In 2018, one more time, he put his tools down, this time as Director of Knewron.
He is now on his next exciting journey and would love to play a more significant role. Since he has been with emerging technologies up close and personal, he understands the impact they will have in the coming years on human life - positive as well as negative. Anand is focusing his work on making this impact as positive as possible and amicable for everyone.
He loves sharing his stories from the corporate and entrepreneurial world. Especially the ones that he thinks can make a difference in people's lives as well as businesses.
Anand has presented around the world over the last ten years. From audiences of 30 to that of 5,000 and then some. His insightful messages and his counter-intuitive ways of looking at the world will inspire you to do things differently.
Often seen as a teacher, Anand is a full-spectrum thinker. He firmly believes, "Our future is whatever we make it, so let's create a better one!" His general advice is to avoid mere talking and prefer taking action, "Talking is often cheap; actions are almost always difficult!" he says.
Anand has worked with various prestigious institutions such as Venture Cafe Sydney, CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization), and UNSW (University of New South Wales) as an innovation mentor. He also has been Hon. Treasurer of CSI (Computer Society of India).
He is now an active member of ACS (Australian Computer Society) and also helps AI Australia in the capacity of Principal Advisor for AI Ethics.
In 2019, IoT Hub, Australia, nominated him for the "IoT Pioneer" award. He also bagged the "Best Author of the Year" award given by Consensus Group, Australia in Dec 2019.
Let Anand take you on the journey to understand the technology from business and the business from technology's perspective. Having seen both the worlds first hand, he will help you uncover myths, understand reality, and explore opportunities. The lessons he shares apply to all modern businesses and individuals facing the digital revolution and the ruthless speed of technological changes.
A thoughtful, affable, and straightforward guy, Anand is a polymath, and can often shed new light on a topic, which you feel has been "done to death." You will find his talks candid, deeply meaningful, full of common sense with a dash of satire.
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