New Delhi (01.05.2022): The IAS-IPS fraternity can’t but envy him, more because he doesn’t belong to them, nor did he care much for joining the fraternity – like many bright students.
An Indian American Nand Mulchandani has become US CIA's first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO). It’s not an easy win like joining the IAS-IPS fraternity through a UPSC exam that puts a premium on cleverness rather than the depth of a person’s knowledge and his ability to translate this knowledge into solving complicated problems.
Mulchandani’s more than 25 years of experience working in Silicon Valley as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) tops his impressive educational profile that includes a degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard.
Before he moved to the US for higher education like many of his fellow Indians who found the domestic growth prospects highly restrictive, Mulchandani completed his schooling at Delhi’s Bluebells School International in 1987.
In his LinkedIn post announcing the appointment, he stated that he “could not refuse” the job offer
“I couldn't be a luckier person to get this job and am excited to continue my journey in public service with the CIA,” he wrote.
Till recently, he served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He also co-founded and was CEO of several successful startups.
What did he do to get through the interview process? He said his knowledge of the CIA came from Hollywood movies.
“As you can imagine, it was hard to prepare for the interviews when the information flow is so one-sided; the best that I could find was the Jason Bourne movies with Matt Damon and "Central Intelligence" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart,” he wrote. “Since I got the job you know these are all reliable sources of background material, and I know I'm going to be pleasantly surprised how accurate those movies are!”
USA’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
(By Mukul Shukla)