CEO & co-founder European Innovation Academy (EIA), Estonia
Anni is a co-founder and CEO of the European Innovation Academy (EIA) where she leads strategic, organizational, and operational processes. Under her guidance, EIA (a premier non-profit educational institution) has become a recognized leader in tech entrepreneurship education, with a mission to reach one million students by 2025.
In 2018, EIA was recognized by the Financial Times and Google for being one of the top digital champions in Europe.
Ali A. Houshmand
President, Rowan University, New Jersey, USA
A lifelong believer in the power of education, Dr. Houshmand holds masters and doctoral degrees in industrial and operations engineering and has applied an entrepreneurial approach to growing the University. His four overarching goals: increasing access, improving quality, ensuring affordability and promoting economic development.
A natural social innovator, Dr. Houshmand invented the successful “Houshmand Hazardous Hot Sauce” which goes entirely to support the Student Emergency Scholarship Fund.
Abdul is a recovering engineer that is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs, especially African social entrepreneurs.
Abdul has led the direct investment and portfolio management of investments in excess $15 million. Abdul is currently an Investment Manager at Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), responsible for overseeing GCC’s mHealth and humanitarian portfolios and GCC’s work deploying development impact bonds. Prior to joining GCC, Abdul was based in Ghana sourcing early-stage FinTech and AgTech investments.
Dr. H. Purushotham
Chairman & MD, National Research Development Corporation
Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India New Delhi
Dr. H. Purushotham is the Chairman & Managing Director of the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and the Director General of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC); both under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. Dr. Purushotham possesses more than 33 years of broad experience in different reputable Government Institutions and held several top level Engineering, Management and Leadership positions in the Industry, Research and Consultancy.
Dr. Purushotham has delivered more than 200 invited, plenary and keynote lectures in India and abroad and led many Science & Technology delegations to USA, Canada UK, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Ghana. He has been Instrumental in establishing dynamic Academia-Industry Partnerships and was Awarded a Meritorious Young Consultant Award in 1991 by DSIR and a SKOCHBSE 2016 Award for Nurturing Creativity and Innovation in the Country.
Now, as a CMD of NRDC, he is spearheading Commercialisation of Innovative Technologies which have contributed significantly to Start-up India and Make in India Missions of Government of India. A lifelong innovator and independent thinker, Dr. Purushotham’s initiatives have generated significant sustainable socio-economic development of the Nation, as well as large employment opportunities and economic development through entrepreneurial ventures.