Shail Kumar, Founder & President, Nalanda 2.0

Shail Kumar, Founder & President, Nalanda 2.0

Founder & President, Nalanda 2.0

Shailendra (Shail) Kumar is the Founder and President of Nalanda 2.0 (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming India’s higher education system.

He is also the author of Building Golden India: How to unleash India’s vast potential and transform its higher education system. Now. ( In addition to receiving international acclaim from academic and business leaders, in 2017, a Nobel Laureate presented this book to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prior to writing the book, Shail was an administrator at two world-class multidisciplinary research universities: UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.

Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of two start-ups and executive in several Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley high technology companies. Alumni leader since 1991, he was President of the IIT Foundation and co-founder of the Pan IIT alumni movement in the US. Shail is a recipient of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur’s Distinguished Service Award. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Lab-X Foundation.

He has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington and a B.Tech with honors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.