Ajit Prabhu is the Chairman and CEO of QuEST Global, which he co-founded in Schenectady, NY in 1997. As a visionary and as a strategist, Ajit played a significant role in establishing a scalable and sustainable organization; an institution that he hopes will outlive him. This phenomenal growth within a short span of 20 years can be attributed to Ajit’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for organization development.
He has been recognized by industry bodies and universities for his outstanding achievements as a passionate entrepreneur. In 2017, Ajit was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of his alma mater Old Dominion University. He was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the University. Ajit has also received Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2014 in the Services category for his inspirational and exceptional leadership, contributing to India’s ascent in the global business sphere. He was also recognized by Singapore-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) for his achievement as an outstanding Indian entrepreneur. Ajit is also the recipient of the prestigious Young Investigator Award, conferred by International Association for Dental Research.
Besides the Awards, Ajit is also a lifetime member of distinguished Livingston W. Houston 13 Society of Patrons of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also serves on the Engineering School Advisory Council at Rensselaer. Ajit was inducted into prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society, UK as a Fellow in 2010. He is frequently invited to speak in global industry forums as well as educational institutes in US, UK, Singapore, and India.
Having begun with a humble background, Ajit nurtures his passion of giving back to the community with specific interest in less-privileged children’s education. He continues to support his alma mater and QuEST’s adopted Government schools in Bengaluru and Hubli, believing that ‘Education’ plays an inevitable role in shaping children’s future and the society at large. He has personally pledged to support college education expenses of one thousand students by 2035 and profusely donate towards this cause.
Prior to founding QuEST, Ajit’s career began at GE’s Corporate R&D Center as a contract engineer, in Schenectady, NY, while working on power generation, aircraft engines; appliances and locomotive related engineering problems.
Ajit holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Karnataka University, India, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy NY.
As a certified scuba diver, Ajit enjoys the serenity of under-water life when he is not busy jet-setting for business or serving the community.