Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda
National Information Platform for next Billion
Katragadda, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a doctor of philosophy (Robotics) from Carnegie Mellon University, is credited with developing Google Mapmaker, a tool that eventually led to the creation of Google Maps. He had joined Google in 2002, when a robotics start-up he founded in San Francisco was acquired by the search giant. Subsequently, he moved to India to set up Google’s India operations.
After quitting his lucrative job as Google’s India head for products in March 2014, Katragadda is building a national information platform — an exhaustive database of information on the ‘next billion’ people in India.