G. Nagesh Rao is a thought leader in the nexus of IP-Law, Innovation, Technology, and Design development. Over the last 20 years, Nagesh has been afforded the privilege to work and/or consult with numerous organizations in the public, private, and not for profit space. He has helped create programmatic endeavors such as i6 Green, Patents for Humanity, SBA Growth Accelerator Competition, SBAR Initiative, as well led the modernization and redesign of the highly acclaimed SBIR.gov digital platform. Nagesh’s musings (written and oratorical) have been featured and/or quoted via TechCrunch, WAMC-NPR, The Scientist, The Hill, NextGov, Daily Mirror (Sri Lankan version), Financial Times (Sri Lankan version), and The Courier-Journal (to name a few).

His credentials include a MBA (Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Maryland-College Park, a MSc in Legal Studies-Intellectual Property Law from Albany Law School, a BSc dual-major in Materials Engineering and Philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Patent Bar License from the USPTO (Registration Number: 69006). Nagesh is a former Mirzayan Fellow of The National Academies and a 2016 USA Eisenhower Fellow where he embarked on travels to Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Among many accolades that Nagesh has received over the years, prominent ones include the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman & Hind Rattan awards from the NRI Welfare Society, and the Scott McKay Commencement Prize & Alumni Key Awards from his undergraduate alma mater.