Rajesh Anandan

CEO, Ultranauts

United States

Rajesh Anandan is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur and growth architect. He is the founder of UNICEF Ventures and co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power, a wearable-for-good named one of TIME’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016 and one of the largest ed-tech programs serving high-need elementary schools in the US. He is also co-founder and CEO of Ultranauts, a neurodiverse technology company named one of Interbrand’s Breakthrough Brands in 2017 and one of the nation’s largest employers of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Rajesh began his career at Microsoft as a program manager, and then joined Bain & Company where he focused on business incubation and growth strategy for technology, media, financial services, healthcare and retail clients. For the past decade, he has worked in the impact sector, including running the Private Sector Division at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and setting up UNICEF Ventures, an incubator for digital, social enterprises.

Rajesh grew up in Sri Lanka, has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and N. America, and has a B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with concentrations in Artificial Intelligence, Systems Dynamics and Economics.

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