Dr Ajay Prabhu is the President, Technology Services at QuEST Global (www.quest-global.com).
He hails from a small city in Southern India, where he completed his primary education in a vernacular Junior Technical Government School where early on he got fascinated by Electrical Engineering. Ajay went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT, Suratkal (India), and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts (USA). His research on very high frequency amplifiers was awarded by the IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and bagged the Microwave Society Fellowship. He holds two US Patents.
After successful stints with HP and Agilent Technologies in the US, Ajay joined QuEST in 2002, when it was a 200-strong organization. Under his leadership as the Chief Operating Officer, QuEST increased its global presence with new delivery centres across 14 different countries including Germany, Japan, US, UK and India, and employs more than 11,800 professionals today. His passion and commitment to excellence permeates the organisation's functions, and his relentless drive to build a best-in-class company through delivery and people process excellence has resulted in AS9100, PCMM Level 3, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 27001, ACE Gold and the CMMI Level 3 certification. He has architected a unique business process and institutionalized a rhythm for QuEST that has resulted in scalability, predictability and enhanced customer and employee satisfaction across the various organizational functions.
In his current role as the President, Technology Services, Ajay ensures alignment of the organization’s technology solutions infrastructure with the evolving needs of the industry and the customers. He designs the strategy to build and establish QuEST’s customer relationship ecosystem globally.
Ajay is the Chair for NASSCOM Engineering and R&D (ER&D) Council, representing 1,500+ member companies in ER&D in India and is currently driving the vision to create a $100B industry by 2025.
Ajay is on the Board of Aequs Pvt Ltd since its inception. Aequs is a unique ecosystem of precision manufacturing, engineering and technology in Belgaum, India, which has grown to create employment for more than 2,000 in the region.
He is an avid angel investor helping start-ups across industries, with an underlying theme of uplifting the lives of next-Billion in India, by sharing his insights and experiences. He is equally passionate about education for the underprivileged, and has been helping many to gain access to higher education.