Pramod Varma, Chief Technology Officer, EkStep
Dr. Pramod Varma is the Chief Architect of India’s digital identity (Aadhaar) project. He is also the CTO for EkStep, a not-for-profit creating learner-centric, technology platform to improve literacy and numeracy. He joined the Unique Identity project in 2009 as part of the founding team and has been pivotal in ensuring an open, scalable, and secure architecture is built to meet the needs of entire country. In addition, he sits on the advisory boards of National Payment Corporation (NPCI), Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), and active in the startup community. He regularly speaks at technology conferences and advices various national projects from time to time.
Over the past 20+ years, he has studied architectures spanning from mainframes to Internet and has worked extensively with most systems and databases. He has researched and taught various courses in Database Tuning, Distributed Computing, Internet Technologies, and Computer Architectures among others.
Pramod holds a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science along with a second Master’s in Applied Mathematics. His main areas of interest are Internet scale distributed architectures and intelligent systems. He is passionate about technology, science, society, and teaching.