Broadband India Forum ropes in Aruna Sundararajan as its chairperson
The Broadband India Forum (BIF) has brought on board Aruna Sundararajan IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary (Telecom), Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Chairperson, Digital Communications Commission (DCC), as the Chairperson of the organisation with immediate effect. BIF shared that Sundararajan will chair the forum and guide the organisation in its mission of improving affordable broadband proliferation and usage access in India.
Announcing the Chairmanship of Aruna Sundararajan, TV Ramachandran, President of Broadband India Forum, stated, “We are most fortunate and honoured to have the leadership of Madam Smt. Aruna Sundararajan in our avowed mission of ‘Broadband for All’ in a technology-neutral and all-inclusive manner. We are confident that she would guide us to higher heights of excellence in serving the economy, the nation, and the consumer.”
Sundararajan has served as the Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministries of Steel, Information Technology and Telecom; and retired as Chairperson of the Digital Communications Commission in July 2019. During her tenure, she played a pioneering role in steering various important tech policies and initiatives across the domains of telecom and hardware manufacturing, e-governance, digital payments, data protection, cyber security, and tech start-ups.
Post her retirement, Sundararajan served on the Boards of leading companies including Delhivery, Infoedge and Bharat FIH, India’s National Bank of Infra Financing and Development (NabFID), Cochin International Airport, and a neo-banking start-up Digi Vriddhi. She is also an active member of various tech mentoring and angel financing initiatives.
Broadband India Forum (BIF) functions as an independent policy forum and knowledge-based think-tank that works for the development and enhancement of the entire broadband ecosystem in a holistic, technology-neutral and service-neutral manner.