Dr. Sood frequently speaks and writes on technology, design and society in academic, industry and public forums. With foundational training in Architecture and Critical Theory from the University of Michigan, he is a former Fulbright Scholar with doctorates in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Sanskrit Philology from the University of Chicago
Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies, where he directs design and innovation projects involving peer-to-peer networks, interactive services and interface design, as well as product design, including usability, form, color, material and finish. CKS is a full-service user-centered innovation consulting firm that works end-to-end, from understanding consumers to developing product prototypes to enhancing their usability and appeal for end-users. CKS has worked with the world's leading corporations in different sectors, including telecommunications, interactive services, aviation, automobiles, security, and home and workspace décor.
With CKS, he has authored the CKS Guide to ICTs for Development (2002), curated the exhibition Used in India (2005), written the Mobile Development Report (2007) and directed research for the Emerging Economy Report (2008), the lattermost being a comprehensive survey of technology, visual and material culture and societal change spanning seven countries around the world. He is currently directing on a major international research project on the future of data services in emerging markets.