Prakash Ambegaonkar

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Prakash Ambegaonkar, Founder and CEO of Bridging Nations.

"After a successful career in high-tech entrepreneurship, Dr. Prakash Ambegaonkar started Bridging Nations as a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Currently, Bridging Nations is privately funded by Dr. P and his wife Nunda.

"The Ambegaonkars have been active for many years in philanthropic, civic, and political affairs. Together with his wife, Nunda, Dr. P. has contributed to numerous causes including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Asia Society, the Orphan Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, and to the field of cancer research.

"Dr. P’s entrepreneurial efforts have included the formation of three high-tech companies. Tellus Technologies was one of the first software companies in India, while the digital signature products created by E-Lock were used by President Clinton to sign the e-signature law making internet transactions legally enforceable. Frontier Technologies was named one of Information Week’s Top 25 Intranet Companies and was honored as one of Upside Magazine’s Hottest 100 Companies. In all, Dr. P’s companies have won over 30 industry awards, including LAN Magazine’s Product of the Year Award three years in a row. Dr. P was also named Inc. Magazine’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year.

"Dr. Ambegaonkar obtained two Masters degrees in electrical and industrial engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Marquette University. He currently lives in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC." [1]

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  1. TiE-DC Holiday Gala, TiE-DC, accessed July 28, 2007.