|Alma mater||Jabalpur Engineering College|
|Occupation||Founder, HCL, Chairman: National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT),Ranchi, IIIT -Naya Raipur|
Ajai Chowdhry (born 29 August 1950) is one of the six founder members of HCL (Hindustan Computers Limited). He is currently the Chairman-Board of Governors at National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi,International Institute of Information Technology, Naya Raipur.
Ajai's parents migrated to India, from Pakistan, during the Partition of India, along with six children. They came to a refugee camp in Delhi. Later, Ajai's father picked up a job in Mount Abu, to get the accession of the princely states. Ajai was born in Mount Abu, on 29 August 1950. Ajai is the youngest of the seven siblings. In 1955, his father joined Indian Administrative Service.
Ajai Chowdhry did his schooling from Christ Church School, Jabalpur. He passed out of school in 1966. Thereafter, he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Telecom) degree, from Jabalpur Engineering College, in 1971. He also did an Executive Program from the University of Michigan, in 1994.
Beginning his career in 1972, Ajai Chowdhry worked with DCM Data Products. In 1975, he quit his job to start his own company named "Microcomp".
Chowdhry worked as the Chairman of IIIT Naya Raipur in 2019.
In August 2009, the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT and the Government of India constituted the IT Task Force, under the leadership of Ajai Chowdhry.
Ajai Chowdhry was a member of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), which is an apex body providing advisory inputs for shaping government policy.
Ajai Chowdhry was the Chairman of CII National Committee on Technology.
Ajai Chowdhry was a panelist on the USC Forum on Globalization and Innovation.
In 2010, Ajai Chowdhry co-chaired the ‘World Economic Forum on Africa in Tanzania.