Vivatech 2023

Loves technology, art, travelling, meeting people, and trying local food!

Pramod Varma



Dr. Pramod Varma, Former Chief Architect Aadhaar & India Stack, CTO EkStep Foundation, Co-Founder and Creator of, Co-Chair at Center for DPI ( ———————————————————————————————- Dr. Pramod Varma is the former Chief Architect of Aadhaar, India's digital identity program that has successfully covered more than 1.3 billion people. He was also the chief architect for various India Stack layers such as eSign, Digital Locker, and Unified Payment Interface (UPI), and Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA), and all of which are now working at population scale in India. He played an integral role in architecting India’s digital health infrastructure (ABDM), vaccination & immunization infrastructure (Co-WIN and DIVOC), and Unified Health Interface (UHI). He is currently the CTO of EkStep Foundation, a not-for-profit creating learner-centric digital public goods under Project Sunbird ( These power India’s largest digital learning infrastructure called DIKSHA providing learning opportunities to 200+ million children and 10+ million teachers in India. In addition, he is the Co-Founder of, he is the genesis author of the open source beckn protocol ( that helps create decentralized open discovery, fulfillment, and transaction networks. Beckn protocol is the base protocol for India’s new commerce infrastructure efforts such as Open Network for Digital Commerce (, Kochi Open Mobility Network (KOMN), and Namma Yatri ( He is also an adjunct faculty and Co-Chair at the global Center for DPI ( , a non- profit, helping countries design and architect their own Digital Public Infrastructure.

A fun fact about me

Loves technology, art, travelling, meeting people, and trying local food!

My interests

Diversity & Inclusion
Future of Work
Retail & e-commerce

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