Dr. Pramod Varma is currently the Chief Architect and Technology Advisor to Unique Identification Authority of India. As Chief Architect of Aadhaar, World’s largest biometric identity system, he is responsible for entire system architecture and strategic technology decisions. He joined UIDAI in 2009 as part of the founding team and has been pivotal in ensuring an open, scalable, and secure architecture is built to meet the needs of Aadhaar project. Currently, in addition to working with UIDAI, he also sits on the advisory board of National Payment Corporation and several technology startups. He lives in Bangalore, India, regularly speaks at technology conferences and events, and participates in advisory groups of various national projects from time to time.
From 2005 to 2009 he was the Chief Technology Architect and Vice President of Research at Sterling Commerce, now part of IBM. He joined Sterling Commerce after acquisition of Yantra Corporation, a leading supply chain software company based in Boston, USA. He was one of the co-founders of Yantra Corporation and has been anchoring all technology and architecture strategies and has been key part in building Yantra’s retail supply chain application product suite. Over the past 20+ years, he has studied architectures spanning from mainframes to web and has worked extensively with most programming languages and databases. He has researched and taught various courses in Database Tuning, Distributed Computing, Internet Technologies, and Computer Architectures among others.
Pramod holds a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science along with a second Master’s in Applied Mathematics. His main areas of interest are Internet scale distributed architectures and intelligent systems. He is passionate about technology, science, society, and teaching.