Sujith Nair is the CEO and Co-founder of FIDE – Foundation for Interoperability in Digital Economy, a not-for-profit organisation that is the genesis author and angel donor to an open-source initiative called the Beckn Protocol. Beckn enables the creation of decentralised digital economy ecosystems. Co-founded along with Nandan Nilekani and Dr Pramod Varma, FIDE has been helping Beckn Protocol evolve as an independent and large-scale open-source community effort focusing on its adoption and sustenance as a digital public good.
Sujith conceptualised and helped set up the world’s first decentralised open mobility network using the Beckn Protocol in Kochi called the Kochi Open Mobility Network (KOMN), which was launched in July 2021.
Sujith also co-conceptualised the idea of ONDC along with Mr Anil Aggarwal, AS, DPIIT and Ms Anjali Bansal, Co-founder of Avanaa Capital, as part of the pandemic relief effort of the Commerce Ministry in April 2020. Sujith onboarded the first set of market participants on ONDC, co-authored the ONDC Strategy Paper and was instrumental in the setup of ONDC Ltd in Dec 2021.
Sujith continues to volunteer for KOMN, ONDC and other such open network initiatives and is a global advocate for interoperable and decentralised digital ecosystems. He’s the Team Lead for eMarketplace specifications under the GovStack Initiative of ITU, Geneva.
Before FIDE, Sujith headed Management Consulting practices and Internet businesses in the sectors of urban mobility and digital payments. Sujith has contributed to many key interventions in the Aadhaar program between 2010-2012. Sujith also designed India’s national transit open payments interoperability (One Nation, One Card) in 2014 to integrate ticketing and payments across public transport systems in the country.
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