Ajay Agrawal

Academic Director, NEXT Canada, Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and NBER

Ajay Agrawal is a professor at the University of Toronto and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He conducts research on the economics of science and innovation and recently coauthored the best-selling book "Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence." He is founder of the Creative Destruction Lab and cofounder of Next AI, both programs focused on transforming AI projects into scalable businesses. He cofounded Kindred, a company that builds machines with human-like intelligence and that was named to The MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest Companies of 2017 as well as CB Insights’ AI 100 (2018). In 2017, The Globe & Mail listed Professor Agrawal as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Canadian Business.