Varun Aggarwal - Aspiring Minds an SHL Company
Co-founder & CTO

Varun is a researcher, entrepreneur, and author. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Delhi University and later went on to complete his Master's degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He co-founded Aspiring Minds in 2008 to drive meritocracy in labor markets. Aspiring Minds is one of the largest employability assessment and job credentialing companies in the world. Varun heads research at Aspiring Minds. His work has led to the world’s first machine learning-based assessment of coding skills and the world’s first automated motor skills assessment. He has published more than 30 research papers and takes pride in the fact that the fruits of his research have improved millions of lives.

Varun is a recognized expert on developing and applying artificial intelligence to real-world problems, including circuit modeling and design, parallel processing and network coding. Varun is also a promoter and advocate of data science. In conjunction with colleagues, he runs ML India (, to build India’s AI ecosystem, and also organized world’s first data science camp for school children. He has a passion for writing about science. His debut book “Leading Science and Technology: India Next?” published by SAGE Publishers has received critical appreciation from industry and academia at large.

Varun’s work has been covered in The Economist, MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, HT Mint, Economic Times and IEEE Spectrum. His earliest works include an evaluation of Jagadish Chandra Bose’s contribution to the invention of radio, which won him the AWA award. He was also awarded the HUMIES award in 2006 for developing algorithms that mimic human intelligence. He enjoys writing poems and stories.

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