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Sumit Chowdhury

Visiting Faculty and Dean's Advisory Board

Email: sdchowd@andrew.cmu.edu



Dr Sumit Chowdhury is a global thought leader in the field of Smart Cities, Telecom and Information Analytics. He is a business leader, entrepreneur and best-selling author, having led large, hyper-growth, multinational telecom and consulting companies in US, Australia and India. He has worked on technology based transformation of companies and is now focused on sustainable solutions for Smart Cities and Internet of Things. 

He provides mentoring & funding to entrepreneurs in areas like M2M, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, health-care, mobile internet, and career services. He is serving on the Board of 4 Start-ups. He's been a mentor with NEN, TotalStart, BusinessWorld Accelerate programs. He is part of Mumbai Angels & CIO Angels. He is the author of a bestselling career management book, 'Rules of the Game' published by Bloomsbury India that empowers readers to enhance productivity and fast-track their careers. He is also a speaker on the TEDx platform. 

Publications & Awards:   

  • Author of Non-Fiction book on Career Management published by Bloomsbury India, titled: “Rules of the Game”.
  • Paper: Chowdhury, Sumit; Carley, Kathleen: "Power and Influence in Inter-Organizational Networks" (in the Telecommunications, Information and Entertainment industries) presented at the American Sociological Meetings in August 1998, San Francisco, CA. 
  • Invited Chairperson for "Telecommunication Network & Service Planning" session- at INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science) - 97 at San Diego, CA.
  • Invited speaker on Telecommunications Network Planning at National Conference on Telecommunications Network Technology and Service Planning in New Delhi, India in 1996.
  • Paper: Sumit D. Chowdhury, G. Duncan, R. Krishnan, S. Roehrig, S. Mukherjee (1996), "Disclosure Detection in Multivariate Categorical Databases: An Optimization Approach".Published in Management Science Jan 2000.
  • Worked on National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (IRI-9312143) on Inferential Disclosure Risk in Computer Databases.
  • US Information Week Global CIO-50 (2009) – one of the TOP 50 CIOs of the World – in its first edition.
  • CTO of the Year (CTO Forum)-2009, Pioneer CIO (CIOL Dataquest)-2009, CIO Hall of Fame (2009)- IDG Media , IDC Enterprise Innovation Award, Network Computing EDGE, PCQuest Best IT Implementation Award (2009)
  • CIO-100 Awards for 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 for being one of the leading CIOs in India for managing Scale and Innovation, Ingenuity and working on bold projects.


B-Tech, IIT Kanpur in India
MS from Carnegie Institute of Technology in ECE
Ph.D in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University