Tarun Wadhwa is a writer and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, international development, and public policy. He regularly writes for Forbes and The Huffington Post, and his work has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Marketwatch, The Washington Post, Digital-Life-Design, and elsewhere. He is a Visiting Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.
He is Founder and CEO of Day One Insights, a strategy and advisory firm focusing on technological convergence and corporate reinvention. Tarun speaks and advises about trends that are overturning established industries; developments in cyber security, privacy, and surveillance; and the impact of technological advancements on legal systems and societal institutions. Clients include major multi-national corporations, business groups, and consulting firms across five continents.
Identified: The Digital Transformation of Who We Are, a book Tarun has authored about the global rise of digital identification systems, will be out 2017. It analyses the technologies that governments and companies use to see who we are — things such as national identification systems, biometrics, and online identity. He tracks these systems over time to see how they are changing governments, social norms, and the lives of people all around the world. He is also co-author of the upcoming book Enabled: The End of Physical Disability As We Know It. Enabled details how a convergence of technologies over the next decade can radically improve quality of life for those with disabilities. It will focus on how innovative devices, procedures, and data analysis will restore physical abilities in a way that was never before possible in the past. The book will detail the impact of the transformation of healthcare through digitalization.
Tarun was previously co-Founder and COO of AIC Chile, a private innovation lab that creates technologies aiming to alleviate poverty. He worked to commercialize Plasma Water Sanitation System (PWSS), a breakthrough purication technology that is currently providing thousands of people across Latin America in at-risk communities with clean drinking water. In 2016, PWSS technology was acquired by Grupo Rotoplas.