Jayant Krishna

Senior Fellow (Non-Resident), Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies

Jayant Krishna is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and executive director (public policy) at the Wadhwani Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit based in New Delhi. He focuses on identifying and driving economic reforms to trigger job creation in India. Mr. Krishna previously led key initiatives of the prime minister’s flagship Skill India mission as CEO and executive director and chief operating officer of the National Skill Development Corporation. He was earlier with the Tata group, India’s largest conglomerate. At Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), he served as director of life sciences and healthcare, regional director for the United Kingdom and Ireland, delivery center head, and global relationship manager for one of TCS’s top five customers. His portfolio included TCS clients from North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa. At a division of Tata Sons, he executed management consulting interventions funded by the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund, and United Nations Population Fund. Mr. Krishna championed Indian apprenticeship reforms, leading to the Apprentices (Amendment) Act. He served as chairman of India's Special Taskforce on Apprenticeship Rationalization. He contributed to some key economic reforms in India and served on various government committees. He served as India's official delegate to WorldSkills, the India-EU Skills Steering Committee, and the National Skill Development Agency’s governing body. He has served as chairman of India@75 Taskforce on Skills and Entrepreneurship and led the Taskforce on Apprenticeship Reforms. He also co-convened the Employability Taskforce of Planning Commission, now NITI Aayog, and contributed to the National Skills Qualifications Framework evolution. A British Chevening Scholar, he also received the APJ Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance. A fellow of the All India Management Association and the Computer Society of India, he served as adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and is director on the boards of a few Indian companies.