Pragya Mishra OpenAI

OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, has made its first strategic move into India by appointing Pragya Mishra as the head of government relations. This development comes at a time when India is undergoing its 18th General Election, the outcome of which will hold significant sway over the formulation of regulations pertaining to artificial intelligence (AI) in the world’s most populous nation.

Sources familiar with the matter disclosed that the Microsoft Corp-backed company has enlisted Mishra, aged 39, to spearhead public policy affairs and partnerships in India. Having previously held positions at Truecaller AB and Meta Platforms Inc., Mishra is expected to commence her role at OpenAI by the end of this month, marking a significant step for the company’s presence in the region.

The move underscores OpenAI’s proactive stance in advocating for favorable regulations as governments globally grapple with the complexities of AI governance. With India boasting a population of 1.4 billion and a burgeoning economy, it represents a lucrative market for tech giants. However, navigating the Indian regulatory landscape poses challenges as policymakers strive to ensure a level playing field for domestic companies.

Furthermore, OpenAI faces competition from industry stalwarts such as Google, which is tailoring AI models specifically for India to accommodate its diverse linguistic landscape.

CEO Sam Altman underscored the imperative of integrating AI into government services during his visit to India last year. Altman emphasized the urgency for governments to take a proactive role in shaping AI regulations in alignment with the technology’s rapid evolution.


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