Adviser-Information Technology, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, and Chairman, Blockchain Standards Committee
Jakkampudi Adiseshaiah Chowdary, popularly known as JA played an important role in developing the industry in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the 1990s, in his capacity as the founding Director of the Board of Software Technologies Parks of India (STPI) at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai,. He was one of the key architects of the Hi-Tech City & Cyberabad in Hyderabad, and also played a major role in founding the IIIT at Hyderabad. He was one of the key personalities instrumental in bringing about an IT revolution in Hyderabad. He is a well-networked IT man and also one among the trusted deputies of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. His prime focus as IT Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, is to mobilise investments, create IT ecosystem, and provide more jobs. Chowdary is roping the IT industry in India and in the U.S. to kick-start IT initiatives in Amaravati, the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh. He will also serve as ex-officio Secretary to the Government in the Chief Minister's Office. His role includes advising and assisting the government in bringing in investments, generating employment, and encouraging innovation and start-up activities. Chowdary started his career at ISRO as a scientist where he was involved in designing telemetry test equipment and telemetry sub systems for Bhaskara, Rohini, and Aryabhatta, India's premier satellites. He then worked at BHEL, where he was instrumental in developing mechanisms that facilitate monitoring of pollution levels online and process control instruments for BHEL power stations.