Founder, Kairos Society
Ankur Jain is a philanthropist and entrepreneur, with a focus on leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to solve global problems. He is the Founder & CEO of Panjia, a company that brings innovative technologies into new markets in the United States, China, and Middle East. Jain is also the Founder & Chairman of the Kairos Society, an organization of young entrepreneurs working to create billion-dollar solutions to the world challenges. Ankur Jain graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2011 – the same year in which Inc Magazine named him “30 Under 30″ and the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World”.
Jain is the son of Intelius CEO and founder Naveen Jain and Anu Jain, Vice President of Community Relations for Intelius. Following in his parent’s entrepreneurial path, Ankur Jain founded the Kairos Society, a student-run, not-for-profit foundation created to tap the power of undergraduate entrepreneurs to develop business innovations with global impact. The Kairos Society has built a member base consisting of some of the brightest students from top universities around the world. Taking guidance from prominent business leaders and academics, these students work together to use entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle some of today’s most urgent issues, including alternative energy, education, and health. Kairos members hold a common belief that they will ultimately “Do Well by Doing Good.”
During his three years at the University of Pennsylvania, Ankur Jain has assembled a varied array of experience and accomplishments. Ankur Jain was selected as one of eighty students (out of 1,800) to participate in the prestigious Singularity University Summer Program, an interdisciplinary program based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley. This program’s mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies that address humanity’s greatest challenges.
Ankur Jain has worked as an intern for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spent a summer working in Hong Kong as an analyst for AEA Private Equity, and worked in business development for Intelius. Ankur Jain was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire as founding board member of the Youth Legislative Advisory Council for the State of Washington.
Ankur Jain also served as an Innovation Fund Board Member for the Weiss Technology House, a student-run center of technological innovation on campus that encourages and supports students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.