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Rajamanohar Somasundaram

Co-Founder, Coastal Aquaculture Research Institute Private Limited

Rajamanohar(Raj) Somasundaram is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive experience in building Internet and mobile technology-driven businesses in South Asia and Africa. He is the Founder and CEO of Hexolabs Interactive that focuses on developing solutions around mobile telephony services to address the digital divide in emerging markets. He also co-founded Aqua Connect, South Asia’s largest Aqua farmers network. Aqua Connect aims to champion the ‘Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)’ set by United Nations and supports Aqua farming communities on Sustainability Goals, Technology Transfer, and Training. Raja works as advisory at startup incubators and serves on the advisory boards of emerging startups in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He received several awards for his work for digital intervention at the bottom of the pyramid, including featuring among the TR35 top 20 young innovators in India and winning the Social Innovator of the Year 2012 by MIT TechReview India for the speech-enabled mobile solutions for the Indian market. He became a ‘TED Fellow’ in 2009 for his accomplishments in ‘Mobile4Good’ initiatives in emerging markets. Somasundaram is a regular speaker at various industry forums and conferences. He holds a graduate degree in Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.