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Vikrum Aiyer is the Vice President of Global Public Policy for the on-demand technology platform, Postmates. Previously, he was as a senior official in the Obama Administration serving as both the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and as President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council.
As Postmates creates new opportunities for brick & mortar businesses to distribute their products in the era of e-commerce, it is also shaping the way independent workers and automated robotics are shaping the labor market. Aiyer helps lead the legislative, regulatory, and policy discussions at the federal, state, and municipal levels which are impacting the Future of Work and the on-demand industry.
In the Obama Administration, Aiyer served as the principal political and policy advisor to the U.S. undersecretary of commerce for IP, where he coordinated a $3.2B budget, in support of 13,000 employees, to execute the daily operations, policies priorities, and global communications of the president’s intellectual property agenda. In 2016 Aiyer led a U.S. delegation to Cuba to reset relations between the two nations' IP offices, and separately served on Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Taskforce, to accelerate progress towards a cure. While in the White House, Aiyer also steered investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next generation semiconductors.
Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy in 2015. He currently lives in San Francisco, California where he serves as a Term Member for the Council on Foreign Relations; an executive board member for the Bay Area Council; a Society Fellow for the Brookings Institution; and a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.