Vibhav Kant Upadhyay is a development leader known for his statesmanship, macro-vision and pragmatism. A prolific out-of-the-box thinker, Vibhav has been working towards a new socio-economic framework based on the principles of Energy- efficiency (E), Environmental responsibility (E) and Sustainability (S).

He strongly believes that the current development model needs a foundational change and has dedicated his life towards manifesting this thought process into visible and tangible results.

His education in Computer architecture allows Vibhav to approach development in a structured and scientific way. Combined with an avid and in-depth knowledge of the political system, Vibhav has, as an individual, managed to leave an indelible and unique stamp on India’s nation-building process.

He established the India-Japan Global Partnership (IJGP) initiative and is therefore, widely regarded as the architect of the modern India-Japan relationship. With relentless persuasion, he has nurtured and strengthened the strategic relationship between the two nations. This has led to mega-initiatives like the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), which was formed to re-establish the industrial culture of India.

Vibhav is now focusing on further mega initiatives based on Alternate Model of Development including but not limited to the India-Japan Energy Corporation (IJEC), Healthcare Corporation of India (HCI) and Smart Knowledge and Agriculture Corridor (SKAC), Buddhist Circuit Corporation(BCC). Under his aegis, the leadership of India and Japan supported the unique partnership between the cities of Varanasi and Kyoto, which attempts to make Varanasi a Heritage Smart City in lines of Kyoto.

As the Founding Chairman of India Center Foundation (, Vibhav focuses on ethos of contributory, inclusive and accessible development, championing the cause of a common man. His initiatives have led to thousands of projects creating opportunities, employment and vibrant economy. He is also the Founder Chairman of Global Partnership Summit (GPS) (, a platform to manifest unique ideas into tangible outcomes for a socio-economic impact.

Vibhav was born in Agra, India. He has a Post-Graduate degree from the revered University of Allahabad. He has a second Post-Graduate degree from the University of Tokyo, TRON laboratory headed by Prof. Ken Sakamura. Vibhav is prolific in Japanese and English language besides having Hindi as his mother tongue.