Professor Ajay Agrawal is an award-winning professor, researcher, writer, and presenter on machine learning and the economics of artificial intelligence. 


Ajay Agrawal is the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.  

He is founder of Creative Destruction Lab, co-founder of The Next 36 now known as NEXT Canada, and Academic Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Agrawal is co-founder of an annual conference, held at the University of Toronto, on the business of artificial intelligence, “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence.”

Agrawal is a co-author of the book ‘Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence(released in April 2018) which is currently on the non-fiction best-sellers list of Amazon Canada

He is co-editor of the forthcoming book "The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda" (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press). 


Agrawal was awarded Professor of the Year seven times by MBA classes at the Rotman School of Management, the Martin-Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching, and most recently the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award in 2017.

The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine named Agrawal to its 2017 “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch, calling him “a key contributor to Toronto’s emergence as a world-class technology ecosystem.” 

His co-founded company, Kindred AI, was featured at number 29 on MIT Technology Review’s 2017 list of smartest companies in the world.


Professor Agrawal speaks at conferences and events throughout the world. He also runs customized workshops to help corporations better prepare for and maximize the impact of artificial intelligence.