our founders

Dr. Romesh Wadhwani


Romesh is the Founder of the Wadhwani Foundation. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, he built three successful companies including the $3.5 billion Symphony Technology Group. He is a member of the Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge, and was appointed by President Barack Obama on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center. Romesh received his B.Tech from IIT Bombay, and MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
"AI is an incredibly powerful tool with the ability to revolutionize current social development work. Consider halting disease in its tracks, drastically lowering dropout rates, and boosting crop yields year after year - these are all examples of the large-scale impact our institute’s interventions could have in association with our partners."

Sunil Wadhwani


Sunil is the Founder-Donor of WISH Foundation, which runs over 300 technology-enabled health clinics in some of the poorest areas in India. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of iGate Corporation, an IT services firm which grew to over 34,000 employees and was sold for $4.5 billion in 2015. He has served on the boards of several institutions including Carnegie-Mellon University, George Washington University and United Way Worldwide. Sunil is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras and has a Master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
"AI has the power to make a difference in countless people’s lives if applied to accelerating social development. Working together with the best minds of our generation, we are confident that we will be able to transform the quality of life of the underserved."