Brief profile of Dr.Rajiv Kumar Tayal, Executive Director, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

Rajiv Kumar Tayal is currently leading the bi-national Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) as its Executive Director. IUSSTF performs a substantial role in promoting cooperation between India and the US through a rich portfolio of programs and schemes customized to address the needs of Core R&D, Scientific Networks, Capacity Building and Technology Commercialization through Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition to providing overall leadership to IUSSTF, he personally drives Innovation and Entrepreneurial initiatives for start-ups to translate new ideas into tangible business opportunities.

He had earlier worked in industrial R&D dealing with various facets of technology development and project implementation / management. He had been involved in the development of several processes / technologies for new products, which were put to real life implementation. Prior to his current position in IUSSTF, he had been working as an Advisor in the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, dealing with overall Science &Technology policy framework and several direct interventions through a vast range of schemes and programs related to promotion of scientific research and capacity building. His work in DST, related to promotion and management of R&D at the national level, has been widely recognized as the gold standard by the peer group in the scientific community, which includes the foundational role he played in the formative years of SERB. He was also instrumental in developing several international partnerships, including those with NSF and NIH/NIBIB.

He holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Project Management. He had been a Certified Assessor / Trainer for Laboratory Accreditation Systems, Quality Management Systems and Environment Management Systems. His extensive professional experience in Science, Technology and Innovation space, spans across Industry, Government and a large number of academic institutions, research laboratories and industry. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, FNAE and The Institution of Engineers (India), FIE.