Vivek Wadhwa, Singularity University
Vivek Wadhwa has become a leading voice in debates over technology policy, particularly with respect to entrepreneurship, innovation and immigration.Wadhwa holds academic appointments at Singularity University, Stanford University, and Duke University, and last yearwasnamedtoForeign Policymagazine's list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.An Indian-born U.S. citizen, Wadhwa worked at Credit Suisse First Boston earlier in his career, where he helped develop technology for creating computer-aided software-writing systems. He would later found software firm Relativity Technologies.
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In his recent book,The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent,Wadhwa describes howthe U.S. is now telling the best immigrants to go home, due to a lack of immigration visas.As a result of this reverse brain drain, as Wadhwa and his colleagues call it, highly skilled workers and professionals are increasingly looking to other global markets to locate their businesses. We're seeing a boom in technology entrepreneurship in India, China, and even Russia, because the U.S. won't let people stay here, Wadhwa recently told TIME.
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. He is author of ”The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012.
Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.