Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has elected Google India Vice President and Managing Director Sanjay Gupta as its chairman from 2021-23.
On his appointment, Gupta said connecting over a billion Indians to the opportunities, the Internet can empower businesses, scale access to education, healthcare and drive financial inclusions in the country.
He further stated, "As a country, India has made tremendous progress and has proven the ability to deliver towards this vision. At this critical moment, the onus is on all of us to ensure that we make responsible progress towards delivering this vision, respecting everyone's right to privacy, ensuring their safety, and making the Internet a powerful engine for India's economic growth.”
Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director Ajit Mohan has been named as Vice Chairman of the association.
Gupta and Mohan succeed Amazon Senior Vice President and India Country Manager Amit Agarwal and Yatra.com co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dhruv Shringi.
In addition, Razorpay CEO and co-founder Harshil Mathur has been named as the Treasurer. He succeeds Times Internet Vice-Chairman Satyan Gajwani.
Mohan added that IAMAI has long played a positive role in ensuring that India's exciting digital transformation delivers for everyone in the country. He said, “At a time when digital is playing an increasingly important role in peoples'' lives, we are committed to bringing the best of this industry to be an enabling force for good for India."
Meanwhile, Mathur believes that India is amongst the fastest growing fintech markets in the world and that the country will be a hub for global fintech innovation even in the aftermath of the global pandemic.
As the country moves towards further digitalization, it will be interesting to see how IAMAI plays a more critical role under the new leadership.