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NEC Corp’s Aalok Kumar joins ADB advisory group on digital tech

Aalok Kumar, the Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President, Head of Global Smart City Business at NEC Corporation, and President and CEO of NEC Corporation India, has been appointed as a member of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) High-level Advisory Group on Digital Technology for Development, effective May 1, 2023.

Key Points:

  • The group is composed of eight members, including renowned industry leaders and academics, and is dedicated to increasing the utilisation of ICT technology in ADB activities for developing countries.
  • Kumar takes on this role from former NEC Corporation Fellow and one of the founding members of the group, Katsumi Emura.
  • Kumar brings his years of experience and broad knowledge to provide strategic suggestions for the optimal adoption of digital technologies for ADB to carry out its developmental work.
  • Kumar expressed his humility and excitement to contribute to this esteemed group of industry luminaries and help develop robust strategies for ADB’s developmental work in Asian countries.

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Advisory Group Aim:

  • The advisory group aims to devise digital strategies for ADB’s operational priorities, including poverty alleviation, reducing inequality, mitigating climate change, bridging the gender gap, and creating liveable cities, which align with NEC’s vision and priority areas for its work in the developing world.

How Aalok Kumar’s appointment will impact the NEC Corporation?

This appointment serves as a chance for NEC Corporation to further its efforts towards solving the challenges of the developing world and achieve its mission of enabling a brighter world through technology.

About Aalok Kumar:

  • Aalok Kumar is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and has nearly three decades of experience in senior leadership roles in business transformation, performance improvement, and margin expansion.
  • Prior to joining NEC India as President and CEO in 2020, he served as Senior Vice President of McKinsey & Company, and previously worked at GE Healthcare, GE Capital, and ABN Amro Bank.

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