Speaker Bios

Pamela Kumar, DG TSDSI

Pamela Kumar 

Director General, TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India)

President & Founder Chair, CCICI (Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India)

Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry. 

TSDSI is involved in mobilising the technical experts in the country to develop standards based on National Priorities & requirements and influencing Global Standards, particularly at ITU, 3GPP and other forums. A major accomplishment has been the incorporation of Indian requirements and innovation for Rural Broadband in the 5G standards. CCICI published a Framework & Roadmap for Cloud Computing Adoption in India and provided technical consultation on various aspects of the Cloud Computing Strategy for India. CCICI also formed the IoT for Smart Cities Task Force which published a series of reports related to ICT deployments in Smart Cities. 

Prior to TSDSI, she has spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint with 2 startups, setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 80+ Local and Global forums. 

Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research, UIET, Panjab University. She also mentors a few Startups in the ICT space. She has been on the Governing Board of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology. 

Pamela was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She served on the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee for 7 years and has now been appointed to the IEEE_SA Nominations and Appointments Committee. She has held several other leadership roles as a senior member of IEEE – such as General Chair of IEEE ANTS Conference & IEEE 5G World Forum, Coordinator for IEEE Region 10 Industry Relations, Chair for IEEE Computer Society Chapter & Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section, etc.