SIKH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2015
November 12, 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm
One World Trade Center, Sky Lobby, 64th Floor, NYC
Suneet Singh Tuli
Suneet Singh Tuli is the founder and CEO of DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in low-cost Internet connectivity for emerging markets. He has 24 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, with DataWind’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Toronto Stock Exchange in June 2014 representing the third IPO of his career. His two previous ventures successfully conducted IPOs on the NASDAQ stock market. At DataWind and previous ventures, patented technologies were created to develop scanning, printing and imaging products that set world records in both price and performance. The innovative products and technologies created through these ventures have received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by the Guinness Book of Records.
Most recently, DataWind has received worldwide attention, as the Company executes its vision to empower the next 4 billion people and bridge the digital divide with its low cost tablets and smartphones bundled with free-internet-access. On November 28th, 2012, DataWind’s Aakash2 tablet computer was launched at the United Nations by the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. In 2014, DataWind was recognized by the MIT Technology Review among the world’s 50 Smartest Companies.
Suneet has been recognized by Forbes magazine in its 2012 Impact 15 list as a “classroom revolutionary” using innovative technologies to reinvent education globally. In 2014, the Intelligent Community Forum named Suneet as its “Visionary of the Year”. In 2015, York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering recognized Suneet as the “Renaissance Engineer of the Year”. He has also been recognized as the entrepreneur of the year for 2012 at the World Sikh Awards.
DataWind has been awarded:
- As UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company for 2012 by UK Trade & Investment
- The Outstanding Product Achievement Award by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
- The Technology Achievement Award by the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- CNBC TV 18‘s Young Turks Innovation award
- For Contributions to Technology and Education by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce
Suneet regularly speaks about social innovation and entrepreneurship at various forums internationally. In 2014, he delivered the prestigious Mercier Lecture. He has been a keynote speaker at TiEcon Southwest 2012, TiEcon Canada 2013, at the Indo-US Chamber’s annual conference and at the Darpan awards. In addition to speaking at numerous universities, Suneet has also spoken at the Internet Freedom Conference in Stockholm, the Beyond Access conference in Washington D.C., World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Andicom in Colombia and the Digital World conference in Dhaka. Suneet also participated as a celebrity judge in the 2014 season of the reality TV show ‘Stars of Science’.
Suneet is Member of the Board of EcoSikh a faith based NGO focused on environmental sustainability; a CEO member of i-Canada Governor’s Council; a National Board Member of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamer; a member of the National Broadband Committee at the Confederation of Indian Industries and a member of the Chair’s Advisory Board service at University of Toronto’s department of Civil Engineering.
Suneet graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto.