Bridging Nations Foundation


1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 715Washington, D.C.District of Columbia20036United States View Map




(202) 518-1247


Dr. Prakash Ambegaonkar founded the Bridging Nations Foundation as a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Bridging Nations works on issues of leadership, technology, and education, including the India-China Center in Pune, India and the establishment of a graduate program in Energy Science and Technology. Bridging Nations has developed a "Declaration of Education Rights" to make education a universal birthright. Currently, Bridging Nations is privately funded by Dr. Ambegaonkar and his wife Nunda. The Ambegaonkars have been active for many years in philanthropic, civic, and political affairs. Together with his wife, Dr. Ambegaonkar has contributed to numerous causes including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Asia Society, the Orphan Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, and the World Affairs Council. Dr. Ambegaonkar's nonprofit work follows his highly successful entrepreneurial career, which included the formation of three high-tech companies. Tellus Technologies was one of the first software companies in India, while E-Lock created the digital signature products that President Clinton used to sign the e-signature law making internet transactions legally enforceable. Frontier Technologies was named one of Information Weeks Top 25 Intranet Companies and was honored as one of Upside Magazine's Hottest 100 Companies. In all, Dr. Ambegaonkar's companies have won over 30 industry awards, including LAN Magazine's Product of the Year three times running. Dr. Ambegaonkar was also named Inc. Magazine's Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995. Dr. Ambegaonkar obtained two Masters degrees in electrical and industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Marquette University. He currently lives in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC.

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