Nitin Jayakrishnan

Born in South India into a family of educationists and industrialists, Nitin has lived, worked and studied in Singapore and New York, and recently moved to England. His global experience and education combined with a naturally curious mind have influenced his strong perspectives on happenings in India.

Nitin holds a bachelors degree in Finance from the Singapore Management University, and is currently pursuing his Masters in International Technology Management from the University of Warwick. He was a recipient of a Visiting Scholarship to the New York University’s Stern School of Business, in 2014.

Professionally, Nitin dons multiple hats - very closely involved with his family’s businesses in Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Education, Printing and Publishing and Logistics, Nitin heads a cross-functional team of engineers and managers, in his capacity as Director - Key Investments of the group. Determined not to let his international endeavours affect his professional pursuits, Nitin has remotely managed his responsibilities and successfully executed multiple multi-million dollar infrastructure projects in India, established teams and processes, and pioneered international partnerships.

Nitin recently cofounded iTrucks® PLC, a company that aims to increase efficiencies in the trucking and logistics industries in emerging markets, through the introduction of advanced connectivity of and data sharing between devices, information-systems, services and stakeholders without human intervention. The company, incubated out of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, recently won the Yale ‘Internet of Things’ Prize.

An avid debater and MUN-er, Nitin has participated in and won various awards at multiple national and international competitions and Model United Nations conferences: The Oxford International MUN, the Asia-Pacific MUN Conference and the Harvard Model United Nations Conference to name a few. In 2011, Nitin founded the Debate Club Foundation, in consultation with the British Council in India, and the Institute of Ideas, UK. The Foundation, today, one of the most robust high-school student-run not-for-profit organisations in India, conducts two annual events: ‘The Bait’, a debating championship that has grown to become a widely covered national event, supported by national and international leaders and corporates including the TATA Sons Ltd. and NDTV-Hindu, and ‘The Changemakers’ Conference’ a unique service project that connects high-school social entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and donors.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and ideation, Nitin’s other interests include Technology (especially in core industries), Value Investing, Indian Classical Music, politics, theatre, and physics.

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Sunday 18 October 2015, 10.00 Garden Room

Growth is good: mission or mania?

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