Nivruti Rai

Country Head of Intel India and VP, Intel Foundry Services

A self-proclaimed risk-taker, Nivruti is a champion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). She strongly believes in its power to create value for humanity. She is using her position at one of the world’s leading technology companies to promote India’s digitalization with the focus on creating “population scale” solutions with technology.

“I don’t want to be in the 5% space.”

Machine learning will lead to a GDP increase of 15% in the U.S. and 25% in China. In the rest of the world, the increase will be 5%. Rai believes India could be a leading economy by 2030 if it invests resources in more startups in the ML space.  

“I know that technology is the cheapest way to help people. “

Rai and her team collected several hundred terabytes of data on Indian road conditions and made it open source. This information can be used to develop algorithms for road safety, driver assistance programs, and – in the future — autonomous driving applications. Within two weeks of announcing the data, there were more than 40,000 downloads from the dataset. 

“Often people believe that women are not risk-takers.”

Reflecting on her distinguished career to date, Rai says it was actually a mistake that best prepared her for the future. Her team made a mistake on a product with significant revenue on the line. She encourages women leaders to lean into those moments and not be deterred by missteps or setbacks.

“I make my own destiny. I have fallen down many times and learned each time.”
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Women are an untapped resource in India’s technology revolution 

Five of the 100 largest companies in India have women CEOs. These leaders are blazing a trail in a country where only 44% of people feel very comfortable with a woman as head of a major corporation, according to the Reykjavik Index for Leadership.

5 of the 100 largest Indian companies have women CEOs

The Index was established to quantify levels of comfort with the prospect of leadership and the views of men and women in India on this topic are relatively aligned with an index score of 68 out of 100. (A score of 100 indicates complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership.)

Perception matters. Expectations of womens’ role at home contributes to an average of 5 hours a day spent on unpaid care work and gender bias in hiring. To promote economic development, India needs more inclusive policies to encourage equality in business.

For India to grow to its economic potential, women must be included in a push for stronger economic development. Women are an untapped resource for India’s technology revolution. According to Nivruit Rai, head of Intel India, artificial intelligence creates a level playing field for men and women. 

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