Ajit Prabhu provides the vision and strategic direction for the growth of QuEST Global, which he co-founded in 1997. Ajit is passionate about organizational development and he constantly ponders over how to build a sustainable and a scalable company; an institution that can stand the test of time. He has been responsible for the company’s phenomenal growth in a short span of 17 years. From a small 100 sq ft office in Schenectady in 1997, QuEST Global has grown to an organization with more than 6900 employees operating from 34 centers across the world. Ajit’s determination, ability to open up new market space, dynamism and passion to understand customer challenges has enabled QuEST Global to establish a leadership position in most of its service offerings.
Ajit began his career 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. Later, he went on to establish QuEST Global.
Ajit holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Karnataka University, India, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and, a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy NY. For his research at Rensselaer, he received the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research. In 2014, he was awarded Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award by Singapore-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI). In February 2015, Ajit won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year India Award 2014 for Services, an award that he earned through his focus and perseverance and which places him in the league of some of the biggest names in the Indian industry.
Ajit was inducted as a life time member into 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 also an invited speaker at global industry forums as well as educational institutes in US, UK, Singapore and India.
Ajit believes that the future is created by engineers and is passionate about building a sustainable world class company for the next generation. He strongly believes in the role of education in building successful lives and society. Education of underprivileged deserving students ranks high in his agenda and QuEST Global’s CSR initiative has a special focus on education.