Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa (http://wadhwa.com/) is a senior research associate atHarvard Law School, an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and a visiting scholar at the School of Information at University of California at Berkeley.

He is also an advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist forBusinessWeek.com, a contributor to TechCrunch, and writes for several international publications. Since joining Duke University in August 2005, he has researched globalization, its impact on the engineering profession and the sources of the U.S. competitive advantage.

In 2010/2011, Vivek has been busy jetting around the world giving advice and inspiration to entrepreneurs especially those in India, Chile, Brazil and the US.

He has been asked to speak in front of the Russian President and legislature, is one of the original proponents of the strategy of Startup Chile and met with global experts on innovation in Okinawa, Japan.

Vivek gave two talks at the Emerging India Summit , had discussions with Salman Rushdie and spoke at Columbia, Emory, and MIT.

Vivek is foused on Immigration laws blocking economic potential for the US and has been talking about the brain drain in the US and its consequences challenging the role of Silicon Valley.

Mr. Wadhwa holds an MBA from New York University and a B.A. in Computing Studies from the Canberra University in Australia. He is founding president of the Carolinas chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TIE), a non-profit global network intended to foster entrepreneurship. He has been featured in thousands of articles in worldwide publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, U.S. News and World Report and Science Magazine. He has also made many appearances on U.S. and international TV stations including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC and the BBC.

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co-CEOs, Wikimart