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Shashi Buluswar


Shashi is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies and the founder of the LIGTT Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is the lead author of the recently released groundbreaking study to identify the “The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development”.

Prior to creating ITT and LIGTT, Shashi was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a mission-driven strategy consulting firm which serves a broad spectrum of clients in international development such as NGOs, corporations, foundations, governments, social entrepreneurs, and international agencies like the UN. At Dalberg, Shashi helped the UN Peacekeeping Department in restructuring its global operations, the Gates Foundation on several large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa and Asia, the US government’s efforts in post-conflict development in Afghanistan, several multinational corporations in their social responsibility agendas, and dozens of NGOs in fighting for human rights, health, education, and economic empowerment. Before joining Dalberg, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University.

He teaches international development at the University of California at Berkeley, and his course has been recently launched as an “MOOC”.

Beyond his professional interests, Shashi spent a decade competing on the Indian national rowing team,and recently made a critically acclaimed documentary film about the India-Pakistan conflict.

Shashi holds an MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Artificial Intelligence, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He pursued his undergraduate degree from Goshen College.

Shashi was born and raised in India.