Prof. Manindra Agrawal – Project Director
Prof. Manindra Agrawal received his B. Tech and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He was a fellow at the School of Mathematics, SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai from 1993 to 1995, and a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany, from 1995 to 1996. He joined the faculty at IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 1996. He was appointed as the N. Rama Rao Chair Professor in 2003. He is the recipient of several international awards including the Fulkerson Prize 2006 and the Gödel Prize 2006 and has published and presented papers in reputed journals.
He was also the recipient of the first Infosys Prize for Mathematics and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Mathematical Sciences in 2003. He has been honored with Padma Shri in 2013.
Prof. Sandeep K. Shukla – Project Director
Prof. Sandeep K. Shukla is an IEEE fellow, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. He is currently a professor of Computer Science and Engineering department at IIT Kanpur which he headed during 2017-2020. He was the editor in chief of the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems during 2013-2020. He is currently associate editors of ACM Transactions on Cyber Physical Systems, and Journal of the British Blockchain Association. In the past he has served as associate editors of IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Design and Test, and IEEE Embedded Systems Letters.
Before joining IIT Kanpur in 2015, he was a professor at Virginia Tech, USA. He served as ACM Distinguished Speaker, and IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor in the past. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, and authored/edited 10 books. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) in 2004, The Bessel Award by Humboldt Foundation in 2009, a Distinguished Alumnus Award by SUNY Albany in 2007, a Ramanujan Fellowship in 2015. His major research interest is Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructures, Cyber Security of IT/OT systems, and Applications of Blockchain Technology in Security and Privacy.
Dr. Nikhil Agarwal – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Nikhil Agarwal is currently serving as the CEO of FIRST "Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology," a Section 8 company promoted by IIT Kanpur. He is the former CEO, Innovation Society, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The role of the innovation society is to kickstart the innovation agenda and promote entrepreneurship in the sunrise state of India.
He has served as a high-level-advisor to United Nations Global Alliance on ICT & Development (UNGAID) between 2008-12; a board member at World-Entrepreneurship-Forum and Open Mind Foundation respectively. He was the first Asian to be elected as Co-Chair of the prestigious Internet Society Advisory Council (ISOC-AC) for 2008-10. In 2017, he was nominated as a Fellow of IC2 Institute, the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Nikhil Agarwal is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Tanima Hajra – Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Tanima Hajra currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at C3i Innovation Hub, IIT Kanpur. Previously she has worked at RAMA University and IISER Bhopal followed by IIT Kanpur in 2017 as Senior Project Scientist.
Dr. Tanima Hajra received her MSc. and PhD in Chemistry from Jadavpur University and IIT Kanpur, respectively.
Ajaya Kumar Misra – Chief Financial Officer
Ajaya Kumar Misra is currently CFO of C3i Innovation Hub. He superannuated from IIT Kanpur as Joint Registrar (Finance & Accounts). He has also extended services to IIT Jodhpur and IIITDM Jabalpur while they were mentored by IIT Kanpur.
He has served as a member of finance committee of various education institutions like BHU, Sagar University, UPTU, IISER Bhopal and others.
A K Misra is an alumnus of the University of Kanpur and holds a Masters degree in Commerce.
Ranjeet Mishra – Chief Industry Relations Officer
Ranjeet Mishra currently serves as Chief Industry Relations Officer at C3i Innovation Hub, IIT Kanpur. Before Joining C3i Hub, Ranjeet worked as Regional Manager – Asia for Analog Devices and was responsible for their security business practise. With more than 20 years industry experience in various MNCs he has held various senior positions for many technology leading MNCs like Hughes Software Systems, Bharti Telesoft, Nokia-Siemens, Ixia Technologies, and Analog Devices. He has spearheaded many leading Cyber security driven initiatives and has extensive work experience in various technology domains like Network Security, Cyber Range, IT-OT security, Critical Infrastructure and Security Resiliency.
Ranjeet Mishra is an alumnus of Western International University Arizona and holds Master’s Degree in International Business.