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Dr. Santanu Paul ( BT-CS, 1990), CEO and MD, TalentSprint Private Limited

Santanu is the founding CEO and MD at TalentSprint, India’s leading Youth Career Accelerator. TalentSprint offers a digitally intelligent platform that empowers every young person to pursue an exciting career of their choice.

The platform seeks to enable ONE MILLION youth in sectors such as Information Technology, Banking and Financial Services, and Education by 2020. TalentSprint has won fifteen national and international awards till date and raised venture capital from Nexus Ventures and NSDC.

From 2003-2008, Santanu worked at Virtusa Corporation as Senior Vice President for Global Delivery Operations and the Head of Indian Operations. From 1999-2003, Santanu worked in Boston as Chief Technology Officer of Viveca and Openpages, both venture-backed technology firms. He began his career as a Research Scientist at the famed IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Santanu has a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Madras and a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where his academic performance earned him the prestigious Rackham Doctoral Fellowship, the IBM Canada Fellowship, and the LaCroute Fellowship. He is an author or co-author on 20 international technology papers and 2 United States patents.

He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Distinguished Fellow of IDRBT (set up by RBI), a Technology Advisor to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and a Visiting Professor at IIT Hyderabad. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and writes often for mainstream and business media.