Gaia brings together three concepts that are changing and shaping how we live, work and interact with our living environment – internet of things, digital automation and smart cities.
Gaia is an augmented reality, value-added products and solutions firm.It provides sensing, metering, tracking, and analytics as a service using wide-area internet of things (IOT) technologies. It gives organizations greater visibility into their systems, processes and outcomes through new age technologies. Gaia offers innovative end-to-end solutions to enable cities and enterprises transform complex services and processes and measure, monitor, manage and improve the performance of people, processes, data, and assets.
Gaia’s uniquemetering and analytics products blend IOT, communications, machine learning, pattern recognition, smart data, visualization and design.
Gaia is pioneering a new ‘network of networks’ – integrating low-power sensing technologies to build a virtual, cloud-based digital communications and analytics platform for connected devices for cities. This will allow common data, common network, and shared information infrastructure across government and non-government organisations.
The company is inspired by the 'Gaia Hypothesis':Organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
We believe that even if we and the inorganic things are not connected by deep biological models,we can be connected virtually. A virtual Gaia. An Interconnected Intelligent Ecosystem.
Team & Culture
Gaia brings together a unique team of experienced minds and curious young innovators, brilliant technologists and disruptive marketers, intuitive designers and systems thinkers. Gaia is a fluid holocracy of collaborative, entrepreneurial leaders creating a zero friction work-life environment.
DR. SUMIT D CHOWDHURY
CEO & Founder
Dr.Sumit D Chowdhury is an entrepreneur, business leader and an international thought-leader on telecom, electronics and information systems and solutions for Smart Cities. Sumitwas the Project Director for the Swachh Bharat Mission (PMU), Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India. He was the President of the Enterprise Business and CIO of Reliance Jio. Prior to that, he served as Vice President with IBM as Head of Consulting for Telecom, Utilities and Entertainment industries. He was the CIO of Reliance Communications, Partner of KPMG, and Managing Director and CEO of BearingPoint in Australia. These roles have given him the opportunity to build and grow businesses and teams, and be recognized as one of the Top CIOs of the world. Sumit has lived in India, US, Australia and worked on assignments across the world managing industry professionals in large, hyper-growth companies.
Sumit has been appointed as the Chairman of the Smart Cities Expert Forum of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Sumit is aVisiting Professor of Smart Cities at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an invited International expert on Smart Cities at TM Forum and the Brussels Sustainable Development by TERI. An entrepreneur at heart, Sumit has been mentoring, angel funding, and incubating several start-up companies in diverse areas in India. Sumit is an active industry speaker and authority on technology and management issues. He has authored a career management book, 'Rules of the Game' published by Bloomsbury India. He works closely with several Universities in US and Australia where he is an adjunct professor. He is a B-Tech from IIT Kanpur and MS and Ph.D. in Urban Planning and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Sumit is a mutil-faceted marathon runner, cyclist, musician, and abstract artist.
BIPIN PRADEEP KUMAR
Co-Founder & Director, Product Development
Bipin is an established management and strategy professional and till recently was at Reliance Jio where he oversaw new areas in the Enterprise Ecosystem, before which he was responsible for all Products and Platforms in Jio interfacing with the core Telecom network. Bipin has been part of 2 start-ups in the Mobile Telecom space, of which the last, Ziva was on WSJ's 'top 10 startups to watch' list. He has provided solutions and deeply worked in new products with Airtel, Videocon, Idea, Nokia in India as well as telcos in SE Asia where he was on Intergovernmental panels for International messaging as well as part of low cost telecom initiatives under UNIDO in different capacities. He has also filed 3 patents in mobile web technologies.
Bipin is the Chair of the Smart City Group for the TEC, DOT, Ministry of Communication and IT and is a core member of the National Working Group on International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s SG on Smart Sustainable Communities. He is also an invited expert at TSDSI where until recently he led the group on Smart Cities.
Academically, Bipin has a dual MBA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service & School of Business and ESADE Business School and a MSc from University of Wales. Bipin is a marathon runner and world traveler.
Partner, Projects & User Experience Management
Mayuri, a Partner and member of the core founding team, is a passionate Strategy and User Experience professional with extensive global exposure in Telecom, IT, E-Learning, Design, Advertising, and Multimedia. Mayuri has worked on projects for reputed organisations such Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications, BARC (Broadcast Association Research Council), Aditya Birla Group, IL&FS, Advanced Digital Broadcast [Europe/APAC], PT Linknet [Indonesia], Signa Touch [USA], Celgene [USA}, VCAA [Australia], Ogilvy & Mather to name a few. Mayuri has managed large scale projects, UX & Product/Service Strategies [Business/User Requirements, Market Landscaping, Workflows & Processes to designing and developing end-to-end UX and UI experiences] with a portfolio spanning multi-screen multi-media solutions for Enterprise Applications, Converged TV [IPTV-Satellite-Cable], Web, Broadband, Mobile, Kiosks, Advertising & Media, eLearning and more.
An alumni of London Business School [Exec Education], Mayuri also holds a Masters in Virtual Communications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a bachelors in Applied Arts from Sir. J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Bombay University. Mayuri is passionate world traveller, home cook, teacher and collector of quirks& stories.
Product & Program Management
Youngest member of the Core Founding Team of Gaia, Aastha is a management and strategy professional with experience in strategy development, product management, pre-sales and program management. She has managed large projects and multi-stakeholder engagements with the top corporate houses, having worked in completely unstructured to seamlessly structured environments. Currently, she is working in the project management capacity with the Ministry of Urban Development to facilitate strategic initiatives in the Swachh Bharat Mission. Prior to this, she was responsible for project management of the IT arm of Reliance Jio, where she managed a team of around 500 people from more than 10 different vendor organizations. She has also been a part of the Pre-Sales team at Tata Consultancy Services, where her focus area was on identification of new opportunities and business case assessment.
Academically, Aastha has an MBA from IIM Kozhikode, along with international exchange program at Copenhagen Business School Denmark, and a BTech from National Institute of Technology Jalandhar. She has a passion for reading, and a love for writing poetry, and maintains her own blog ‘Filling The Voids’.
PRASUN K AGRAWAL
Prasun has over 8 years extensive experience in the energy and environmental fields.Prasun was involved with India’s first biofuels plantation, afforestation and reforestation project in the Uttarakhand state. He has been part of the commissioning and operations of a bio-refinery and a bio-methanation project. Based on his experience in the bio-energy sector, Prasun was invited by Japan’s Ministry of Environment at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama for a case study on Sustainable Development for India, China, Indonesia and Japan.
He has experience of waste to energy, oil and biochar plants with feedstock of MSW, waste plastics and waste agricultural biomass. Prasun has assessed processes adopted by Japanese recyclers for WEEE (e-waste) and ELV (end of life) vehicles and has lead market assessment studies for introduction of electric bicycles from China -Taiwan and usage of biodegradable resin.Prasun has also pioneered introduction of energy management technologies of heat pumps and thermal storage in India and has worked extensively in the field of clean technology transfer between India and Japan.
Prasun holds an MBA degree and a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from NMIMS University. He is also a certified ISO 50001 Lead Energy Auditor.
Strategy & Business Development
Rakesh is an established management and strategy professional with 18 years of enriching experience in Telecom, Media and Internet Industries. He has worked with some of the best in the industry - Intel, Qualcomm, Motorola, Tata DoCoMo, Sify and Times of India. His last role at Intel was leading the telecom business where he was a core team member to have built Intel’s 1st smart phone in the world and launched it in India. He is credited to have built the M2M and LBS business for Tata Teleservices – launching multiple enterprise Location Based Services in India. He is also credited to have launched and built India’s 1st VoIP services. While at Qualcomm, he has partnered with Reliance and Tata to launch their data networks. He has anchored and driven the Open Market Handset Alliance at Qualcomm, driving the ecosystem to launch world’s 1st OMH CDMA handset in the world.
Academically, Rakesh has an MBA from Pune University with specialization in Marketing.
BUSINESS & MARKETING
Amrita is a business strategist and innovator. She has led growth and early stage businesses in India. She was President of DY Works, a branding firm part of Future Group portfolio. She served as Country Head & CEO for South Asia for Harlequin. She served as Associate Director, Education for Harvard Business School. Prior to that, she has provided strategy consulting and Board advisory for FTSE 100 and ASX 100 clients with Oppeus in Australia and strategy consulting with Fortune 100 clients with AT Kearney in the US. She has worked with clients across mining, automotive, consumer goods, government, waste management, legal, education, technology, services, insurance, and more. She holds 7 US patents in semiconductor manufacturing for work done at Applied Materials.
Amrita is an independent director on the board of BSE listed Simmonds Marshall, and on the board of a social sector tech startup Drishant. Amrita is a graduate from IIT Kanpur, followed by MS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon- Tepper Business School.
Amrita is passionate about content - spoken, written and visual. She has written 2 books of fiction, and frequently writes on business, technology, marketing and lifestyle issues in mainstream media, magazines and electronic platforms.She is a proponent of Design Thinking for smart cities.
Neetika has solid credentials in Enterprise architecture, Design, Development, Business Analytics and Project rollouts. She has extensive experience in Telecom, CRM and Data warehousing having worked with large vendors in the OSS and BSS domain.Her keys strengths are in implementing complete lifecycle of projects from Feasibility of business cases, Requirement gathering, Product evaluation, Vendor engagement, Application development to Rollouts has
Till recently Neetika was the Chief Architect - IT for Reliance Communications and played a key role in establishing and implementing IT practices and systems.
She is an MCA from Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan.
Prashun is a veteran with over three and a half decades of work experience, across India and overseas. His experience is an interesting mix of management consulting and industry. He was the CIO of Tata Power. Prior to that, he was the CIO at Reliance Infrastructure. He has managed the Business Analysis function at Polyester Fibre Group at Reliance Industries. As a management consultant with the National Productivity Council and later with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) he has worked in the areas of strategy, structure and systems for an array of business and governmental organisations.
Prashun is an engineering graduate with post-graduation in Industrial Engineering and a Fellow (equivalent to Ph.D) of the IIM Calcutta. His book on Systems Thinking is slated to be published soon.