Ashish Sonal

Ashish Sonal is the Founder & CEO of ORKASH, a ‘make in India’ cognitive-computing and AI data-sciences company. ORKASH has developed massively-scalable automated Intelligence Systems in the areas of ‘tactical operations & intelligence management’, OSINT, cyber threat intelligence, and advanced information systems for Defence and Homeland Security. Ashish been in business leadership roles with multinational companies as well as a serial entrepreneur. He is advisor to many Fortune 1000 Companies and international financial institutions for risk management needs in emerging markets. He has worked extensively with the strategic security community of India, USA and Europe post 9/11, and as an advisor for technological solutions for safe cities, homeland security, costal security and cyber threats to the highest echelons of National leadership in the Government. He is Lead Author and Advisor on public policy frameworks to the Government on i) Technology architecture for Public Safety & Security in Smart Cities, ii) Social Unrest Management through the use of Non-lethal weapons, iii) Technology Architecture for Safe Cities Public Roles: Ashish's research interests encompass human-terrain analytics, scenario gaming, cognitive computing and persistent cyber threats. His past Public Roles include: Co-chair Technology Group, NASSCOM's Cyber Security Task Force for the Prime Minister National Committee Member, Homeland Security for FICCI and IACC National Committee Member, Disaster Management, CII Education & Research: Ashish did his MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad). As a Times Fellowship Awardee he undertook post-PHD level field-research into the Human Element in terrorism and insurgency (later published as a book). More recently, Ashish was awarded the Best Technical R&D Award at the Map World Forum, amongst participants from forty countries for his research paper 'Intelligence Creation and Decision Support through Integrated Semantic Expert Systems on Geospatial Platforms’. A Special Forces & Intelligence operative prior to his corporate career, Ashish is also a graduate of the US army’s Ranger School, Fort Benning, and a recipient of ‘Vir Chakra’ for gallantry during combat.

Delhi, India