Ajay Adala is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur (B.Tech. (Hons.) and Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Gwalior (MBA). He also holds Executive Master Degree in e Governance from EPFL, Switzerland. He is basically a mining engineer and worked in iron ore mines. He was associated with government as consultant for conceptualization, implementation and managing e Governance projects. He was also a software entrepreneur for a brief period prior to joining government. He is now an independent consultant, undertaking short-term assignments in e Government implementations.