Mr. Ashok Kamath


Mr. Ashok Kamath is currently the Chairman of the Akshara Foundation, which is a public-private partnership that strives to make Education Systems Work for Every Child.


Mr. Ashok Kamath completed his MSc in maths from IIT Bombay in 1981 and then worked in the semiconductor industry till he "retired" in March 2004 as the Managing Director of Analog Devices India and has since focused full time on social initiatives on a pro bono basis.

He is also a Co-founder and Trustee of Pratham Books which is a public charitable trust that believes in 'A Book in Every Child's Hand. In the past five years alone, Akshara's work has impacted over 7 million children at both the pre-school and primary school levels in Karnataka, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. With a strong belief in the Creative Commons, all of Akshara's content is published in open source and made available globally, as a public good. He is also currently the Secretary of the IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru, a unique entity that seeks to bring the IITs and Industry closer together for the benefit of our industry and country at large.

He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Bangalore International Centre and is currently a Trustee at Shreyas Foundation in Ahmedabad. He has also been a member of the XPRIZE Connect Advisory Board. As an advisory board member, he is contributing to the XPRIZE CONNECT mission to cultivate a new wave of innovators by leveraging the power of technology and XPRIZE global youth competitions.

Achievements and Honors

  • Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award, IITK 2023
  • Namma Bengalurean of the Year Award, 2019
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Bombay, 2013
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2011