About Us

The vision and the people behind it

Digital India Foundation (DIF) is a non-for-profit think-tank aiming to foster digital inclusion and adoption, and the use of the Internet and related technologies for the developmental process.

Our Vision

The digital debate is a cross-cutting one.

In India, and in the Indian social and socio-economic process, it aims to further and foster discussions on options and opportunities under the rubric of the entire ecosystem formulated by the Indian government and its Digital India programme (the name is coincidental; there is no direct connection between DIF and the government programme).

DIF’s ambit of interest extends to but doesn’t stop at discussions and debates within the frameworks of Make in India, Smart Cities, Technology Inclusion, Digital Literacy, Participative Governance, Innovation Incubation, Software Product Procurement, E-Business and Disintermediation of Markets.

Arvind Gupta, Samir Saran, and Ashok Malik hope DIF will contribute to the transformation of Indian society, and help the public sphere leverage the force-multiplier capacities of technology.

Our Team



Co- Founder
Arvind Gupta is the CEO of MyGov, an initiative of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to Empower Citizens of India with Participative Governance & Digitally Communicate Schemes and Policies to all Indians.
Arvind Gupta has over 25 years of industry experience, having worked in diverse sectors in a variety of leadership, policy and entrepreneurial profiles in India and Silicon Valley, USA. He has considerable experience in Consumer Internet, Digital Media, Big Data & Analytics, Digital Transformation, IT Policy, and e-governance. He has been awarded the Eisenhower Global Fellowship for Innovation for the year 2014. He was the Co-Founder of Digital India Foundation, a policy think tank working in areas of Digital Inclusion, Internet Governance, Cyber Security, Electronics Manufacturing & Indian Software Products. He is the founding member of iSPiRT and an active member of TiE, NASSCOM. He also co-founded startups such as Botworx.ai, apnaPay amongst others. Having served in his entrepreneurial capacity in various startups, he is now an independent director in STC, member of the venture investment committee at SIDBI and is also a court-appointed director at Urban Improvement Committee. He is the member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Economy & Society Futures Council and member of Production, Transformation and Development Committee at OECD.
Mr. Gupta graduated with a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi. He has a Masters in Computer Science and MBA (Finance & Marketing) from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


Senior Policy Associate
Vasudha Thirani is a Young India Fellow and member of the World Economic Forum’s Working Committee on Mitigating Risks in the Innovation Economy.

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