In March 2021, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced the addition of 15 manufacturing facilities to the prestigious Global Lighthouse Network. Two Indian companies were on the list – the Tata Steel facility in Jamshedpur, and the ReNew Power facility in Hubli. This is twice the number of Indian companies on the list last year. Many more facilities will likely be added to the WEF list, as several prepare to graduate their manufacturing businesses to keep up with Industry 4.0.
Researcher, Cybersecurity Studies Programme and Manager, Management Office, Gateway House
Sagnik Chakraborty is a Researcher in Cybersecurity and Manager of the Management Office at Gateway House. His work focuses on technology and national security. A software programmer by profession, with more than nine years’ experience in the IT industry, he was with Tata Consultancy Services prior to joining Gateway House. He has held various roles in his IT career, starting from software developer to consultant to an operations and product manager. He is a graduate in physics from Fergusson College, Pune. His areas of research interest are cyber security, digital black markets, digital payment systems, messaging platforms, business analytics and disruptive technologies.
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Last modified: April 12, 2021
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