Lalitesh Katragadda

Former Country Head, India Products at Google

Lalitesh is the former country head of India products at Google and where he led Emerging Markets engineering with the mission to bring the next three billion users online. His most recent creation, Google Map Maker, doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions. Lalitesh has spoken at TED and the White House on crowdsourcing for development.

Lalitesh co-founded Google's first international engineering center in 2004. Prior to Google, Lalitesh served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon where he founded its Lunar Rover program and went on to found a robotics start-up which was acquired by Google in 2002.

Lalitesh received his PhD and MS from CMU in Robotics and Computer Science. He also has a MS from the Design Division, Stanford University, MS in Aerospace from Iowa State and B-Tech from IIT-Bombay.


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