Amrita Chowdhury is Co-Founder of Gaia, where she leads the Business & Marketing functions. Gaia provides solutions for Smart Sites and Smart Cities, blending IOT, ICT, AI/ML, and analytics to provide insights. Gaia has worked with cities and enterprises on digital transformation via new age technologies and digital workflow automation to impact business processes and operations.
Amrita is a business strategist, engineer & innovator. She brings a unique understanding of business growth, technology, digital spaces and brands. Previously, Amrita served as President & CEO of DY Works (Future Group); Country Head South Asia for Harlequin; and Associate Director, Education for Harvard Business School for South Asia. Amrita provided Board assessments and strategy consulting with AT Kearney is USA and Oppeus in Australia for clients in the mining, tech, automotive, professional services, and government sectors. She started her journey in innovation and product development with Applied Materials in California.
Amrita holds 7 US patents for semi-conductor manufacturing. She is an Independent Director on the Boards of Simmonds Marshall, Nesco, and Mahindra Lifespaces Developers Ltd, and on the Board of Drishtant, a tech startup for the social sector.
Amrita holds degrees in B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from UC Berkeley, and MBA from Carnegie Mellon - Tepper Business School.
Amrita has raised funds for Asha for Education, co-founded & served as Events Director for TiE Melbourne, served on the Education Committee of Indian Merchants Chambers, the Board of Deutsche Schule Bombay, & supports social causes related to education and health.
Amrita is passionate about content - spoken, written and visual. She has written 2 books of fiction and is a frequent commentator on business, technology, marketing and lifestyle issues in mainstream media, magazines and electronic platforms. She has also been featured and interviewed for leading magazines, newspapers and other media.