Ajay Agrawal

Ajay Agrawal is the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-founder of the not-for-profit organization NextAI. Professor Agrawal is also a co-founder of Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence, an annual conference on the business of artificial intelligence. In addition, he is a co-founder of Kindred, a company that seeks to build machines with human-like intelligence. Professor Agrawal is co-author of Prediction Machines and founder of the University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab. He was named the engineer of a “Billion Dollar Breakout” by the Globe and Mail. Professor Agrawal was named Professor of the Year by the Rotman School MBA students seven times and received the Martin-Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple management and economics journals and served as a visiting scholar at MIT, London Business School, and Harvard University and as a visiting professor at Stanford University. He earned an M.Eng./MBA and a PhD in strategy and economics from the University of British Columbia.