Deepak Maheshwari

Public Policy Practitioner

Deepak Maheshwari is a public policy practitioner with a keen interest in its interplay with technological innovation and socio-economic development. An oft-invited speaker, his views, reviews and comments have been published and cited widely.

Currently, he is Senior Consultant at Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), Advisor at the Indicus Centre for Financial Inclusion (ICFI) and Advisory Board Member of Software Freedom Law Centre (

As Senior Visiting Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), he led the project to support Department of Telecommunications during India’s G20 Presidency. He has also been a Distinguished Fellow at Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) and Senior Fellow at Centre For The Digital Future (CDF). He also served as the first CEO of Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI).

Earlier, he led the public policy function in Microsoft, Mastercard, Symantec, and Sify for over two decades spanning India, South Asia, ASEAN and China regions.

A strong believer in the transformative power of public private partnerships, he co-founded the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the ITU-APT Foundation of India and helped form the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

He has volunteered as Global Chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative, Advisor to the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee, Secretary of the ISP Association of India (ISPAI) and Advisory Board Member of the IIM Ahmedabad-Idea Telecom Center of Excellence. He has also served on several government committees – including that on AI and Accessibility.

An Indian Institute of Technology graduate in engineering, he also has a degree in law.

Topics & Formats
  • Politics & Policy
  • CSR & Social Empowerment
  • Environment / Climate
  • Understanding India
  • Management & Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership offsites


Nov13-17:30-Security-Deepak Maheshwari-Engaging Policymakers in the Standards Ecosystem