Dr. Ajay Kumar is the Additional Secretary in the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Telecom and IT, Government of India. Prior to this, he served for almost three decades in the state government of Kerala, where he steered the industrial and technological initiatives of three departments. Ajay is to be credited with helping create innovative solutions such as the development of an Indigenous Conditional Access System for Set Top Boxes - a project undertaken in PPP mode which has yielded a product which will roll out in the national and international markets. Dr. Kumar has also helped in the creation of an Electronics Development Fund, which is largely focused on developing technology start-ups. This fund is dedicated to innovation, R&D, and supporting start-ups in the Electronics and IT sector. This promotion of innovation is an important fillip to electronics manufacturing in India. Ajay is an IIT Kanpur alumnus. He did his MS in applied economics and PhD in business administration at the University of Minnesota, US.