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Ashwin Mahesh brings winds of change

Ashwin MaheshAshwin, an innovator and Public Policy professor at IIM Bangalore, believes that the value of one's thinking is best expressed by the service you render to others. In 1998, his exploration with social and development issues led him to co-found India Together, an online magazine that covers public affairs, policy and development in India.  After having spent many years in the US pursuing his PhD and then working with NASA, he decided to return to India for good in 2005. Ashwin discovered that most commercial technology companies fail to develop innovations that are affordable and accessible to the public sector. To address the need for technology to help the public with large scale and complex social challenges, he started Mapunity to deliver what the private sector did not. Regarded as an independent R&D entity, his company is reversing the trend of a government lagging behind technology.
Wired magazine has listed him as one of the smartest 50 people who will change the world. Some of his achievements include ABIDe Task Force, and co-author of PlanBengaluru 2020, which proposed a new road map for planning and development in the region of Bengaluru.
He is also associated with reforms in Traffic Police and MBTC including the Big10 bus system (an attempt to re-orient the bus routes along directional arteries, introduced in Feb 2009) and India's first Traffic Management Centre which is being replicated in other cities as well. He has also created a model for citizen led development  of Puttenhalli Lake which is now being applied to other lakes.

Ashwin is currently standing for MLC from Bangalore's Graduate Constituency as the Loksatta Party candidate. Pledge your support on his Facebook page


Ashwin Mahesh brings winds of change