Student event

Careers in Digital Governance: GovTech in India

Three speakers working in different sectors related to GovTech in India would speak about their work and experiences.

GovTech, according to the World Bank, refers to a technology-based government approach to public sector modernisation. It emphasises three aspects of public sector modernisation - citizen-centric public services that are universally accessible, a whole-of-government approach to digital government transformation, and simple, efficient and transparent government systems. GovTech could also include private companies providing such services 

In 2006, the Government of India rolled out the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) with the aim of making government services available to citizens through digital means. Subsequently in 2015, the ‘Digital India’ initiative was launched with a vision to "transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy". 'Digital India', thus, covers a multitude of programmes ranging from e-governance to mobile e-health services, and it has given rise to many GovTech initiatives in the country in the last couple of years. 

Our speakers for this event, Abhishek Singh (President and CEO, National eGov Division, IT Ministry of India), Trisha Ray (Deputy Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology at the Observer Research Foundation), and Jairaj Bhattacharya (Founder & Managing Director, ConveGenius), have vast practical experience in different sectors related to GovTech in India. The session would explore India's GovTech developments and career/research opportunities available to those interested in the field.

This event is open to the Hertie community and will be moderated by Krisstina Rao, MPP student at the Hertie School. 

Registration is mandatory. The link to the event will be sent on the day of the event.  

This event is part of the event series entitled "Career perspectives in digital governance" co-hosted by the Hertie School's Career development team and the Centre for Digital Governance. This event is also co-hosted with the Hertie Asia Network


  • Abhishek Singh in an Indian Administrative Service officer (1995 batch) with diverse experience of administration, managing law and order, implementing development programs, and policy formulation at Central Government with regard to the use of technology for improving Governance. He is currently the CEO of MyGov, and President & CEO of National eGovernance Division, and MD & CEO of the Digital India Corporation. He did his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Mason fellow in May 2013, and his B.Tech and M.Tech from IIT Kanpur.


  • Trisha Ray is Deputy Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology at the Observer Research Foundation. Her research focuses on geopolitical and security trends in relation to emerging technologies, AI governance & norms, as well as the Quad technology partnership. Trisha is a member of UNESCO’s Information Accessibility Working Group, a Pacific Forum Young Leader as well as a 2022 International Strategy Forum Asia Fellow. Trisha completed her MA in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 

  • Jairaj Bhattacharya is the founder and Managing Director of the technology group of Companies from ConveGenius, the company behind India's leading personalised and adaptive learning solutions, leading conversational AI platform SwiftChat, and leading 3rd party assessment solutions ConveGenius Insights. Jairaj has spent over eight years as a tech entrepreneur focused on mass-market India, and his efforts have helped ConveGenius reach out to more than 35 Million users in six years. He is a graduate of IIIT Hyderabad and an Exec alum of Chicago Booth School of Business.  


  • Krisstina Rao is an MPP student at the Hertie School. She joined the Centre for Digital Governance to pursue her interest in technology intersections with society. She has worked with the Government of India on AI and open data policies for health, with GIZ on digital public goods (DPGs) for health and on education technology in India.