Avinash Vashistha is Chairman and Geography Managing Director for Accenture in India. Before joining Accenture in January 2011, Avinash was chairman and CEO of Tholons. Earlier in his career, he founded neoIT, an offshore advisory firm, and prior to that, led Nortel’s pioneering outsourcing efforts in India, UK and US. He started his career with AT&T Bell Labs, USA, is a known thought leader in the industry and co-authored the book “The Offshore Nation”. Avinash is also an Executive Council member of NASSCOM. Avinash holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, a master’s in Computer Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Arizona.