Dr. Saji Gopinath is the first Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation, and Technology (Digital University Kerala). He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kerala Startup Mission for three years and also worked as Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala. He has also served as the Director of TAPMI Manipal and the Founding Dean of Bennett University, set up by the Times of India. Under his leadership, Kerala Startup Mission has been consistently ranked as the Top Performer Ecosystem in the country by the Government of India and as the world`s #1 Public Business Accelerator by the World Incubation Summit in 2019. Gopinath was also the recipient of several awards from national and international bodies, including the British Council Knowledge Economy Fellowship, the TiE Ecosystem Enabler Award, and the KMA Technology Leadership Award.