Ajay Agrawal is the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and founder of U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), which is home to the greatest concentration of A.I.-enabled companies in any program on Earth. Featured on the cover of The Globe and Mail’s “Report on Business,” the CDL is “paving the way for a more vibrant Canadian economy.” Report on Business Magazine has also named Agrawal to its “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch, calling him “a key contributor to Toronto’s emergence as a world-class technology ecosystem.”
Professor Agrawal and his coauthors describe the “Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence” in the Harvard Business Review online and were co-organizers of the research session on the Economics of Artificial Intelligence at the American Economics Association annual conference in Chicago. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.
Professor Agrawal is a co-founder of NextAI, a not-for-profit, where he helps young entrepreneurs and technologists explore new commercial opportunities that are a direct result of advances in A.I. He is also a co-founder of “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence,” an annual conference on the business of artificial intelligence. In addition, he is a co-founder of Kindred, a company that seeks to build machines with human-like intelligence.
Agrawal holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Economics and an M.Eng./MBA from the University of British Columbia and served as a Visiting Scholar at MIT, London Business School, and Harvard University, as well as a Visiting Professor at Stanford.