I was born in Alwal, Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Since then, I have lived in Delhi, Saint-Étienne, Paris, Mannheim, Boston, Austin, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

I was previously known as Avinash Gannamaneni until 2018. I changed my name to Avinash Collis after marriage. I go by "Avi".

If you are interested in research on gender and innovation, I highly recommend the work of my significant other Manuela Collis.

Here is our dog Filou, you can follow him on Instagram @filou_en_route :)