Mr. Sam Pitroda has been an influential policymaker, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is credited with having laid the foundation of India's technology revolution in the 1980s, when he was advisor to the Prime Minister, with cabinet rank; his inventions have included the electronic diary (1974) and the mobile wallet (1996); and his ventures have included C-SAM Inc., which was acquired by Mastercard (2013). In this talk, Mr. Pitroda will reflect on his professional journey, culminating in his most recent book, “Redesign the World: A Global Call to Action.”


This event is a part of the Center for Emerging Markets‘ Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Lecture Series.



About the speaker

Mr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policymaker, inventor, and entrepreneur who has spent over 55 years in Telecom & IT.

Credited with having laid the foundation of India's Technology revolution in the 1980s, he was advisor to the Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi  in 1980s and Dr. Singh in 2010s with a cabinet minister' rank. He invented the electronic diary in 1974, mobile wallet in 1996, and set up C-SAM Inc., acquired by Master Card in 2013. He was Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, National Innovation Council, Smart grid task, Railway modernization, & Public broadcast reforms.

Mr. Pitroda holds over 100 patents, 20 Hon. Ph.D.s, and has published and lectured extensively globally. He is a member of the American Academy of Engineers. His biography was published in 1992, autobiography “Dreaming Big” in 2015 & “ Redesign the World” in 2021.

Those interested in his work on India should also read “Development, Democracy, and the Indian Village,” Harvard Business Review, 199