Founder and President
Kumardev is a highly regarded youth innovation leader, top-tier ICT industry professional, European Commission appointed expert and New York Times published opinion leader. He has achieved all of this by the age of 35. Kumardev’s vision, opinions and views have been published by the New York Times, World Economic Forum, European Commission, European Business Summit, Microsoft and leading tech media across Europe. Kumardev is an Advisory Board member of the Journal of Innovation Management with Henry Chesbrough. In recognition of his innovation leadership and the high-impact achievements of EYIF, the Intel and the European Commission have awarded Kumardev as an Innovation Luminary – Young Innovation Champion. Kumardev is both the youngest-ever recipient of this award and the first-ever Young Innovation Champion.
Kumardev has been engaged in both the entrepreneurial world from the age of 14 when he started his first social business, and the ICT industry from the age of 19 when he started his first for-profit company as well as his corporate ICT career. He has broad experience in both public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as expertise in ICT Strategy, Innovation and Programmes in multiple industry domains over 15+ years, internationally. Kumardev leads EYIF’s broad community of young innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs and led Europe’s first-ever delegation of Young Innovators on a joint US State Department-EYIF program, the InnotourUSA. Kumardev is responsible for EYIF’s key stakeholder relationships with the European Commission, US State Department, World Economic Forum, European Investment Fund, and Fortune 500 companies.
He represents EYIF on various Expert Groups and Stakeholder Committees of the European Commission in the areas of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and ICT.
Kumardev in his role as a European Commission appointed independent expert has evaluated more than €86 Million EUR of grant proposals since 2013. He has evaluated across multiple topics and calls for both FP7 and H2020 framework programmes. He is also a Eurostars Technical Expert. He holds a MSc. in Computer Science, as a British Chevening Science Scholar.
In 2016, Kumardev has been chosen as one of the judges who will decide the prestigious and Official EU 2016 .EU Award on behalf of EUrid (http://www.webawards.eurid.eu/#jury).