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Ranjit Nair

Dr. Ranjit Nair is the CEO of Germin8, a digital intelligence company focused on using data analytics and artificial intelligence to help companies become more customer-centric. He is passionate about artificial intelligence, innovation and the analytics to generate value for both companies as well as individuals.

Ranjit completed his PhD in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Southern California in 2004. His thesis focused on decision making in multi-agent teams involved in collaborative tasks in uncertain environments, like robots tasked with rescuing people in the aftermath of natural disasters. Post his doctorate, he worked as Senior Research Scientist with Honeywell Labs in Minneapolis, where he continued his work in developing algorithms for planning and decision making in the face of imprecise and incomplete information.

He returned to India at the end of 2006 to be a tech entrepreneur and to fulfill a desire to see India become known as not just as an exporter of IT services but also for world-class software products and innovation. With this goal in mind, he founded Germin8 along with his father, Raj Nair, who is a successful strategy consultant and serial entrepreneur. Today, Germin8 helps many large companies across sectors like financial services; automotive, FMCG and pharmaceuticals to use analyze their customers and become more customer-centric.

Apart from Germin8, Ranjit serves on the India Advisory Board of the University of Southern California and is the past President of the Alumni Club of Mumbai of the University of Southern California. In his spare time, he enjoys advising young entrepreneurs who have just begun their startup journey. He also serves as visiting faculty at several institutes like MICA and NMIMS.

Outside of his professional interests, Ranjit spends his time with his family and is the father of a precocious three-year-old. He spends the little time that remains on reading science fiction, running long distance, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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