Akthar Badshah

Founder and Chief Catalyst @ Catalytic Innovators Group

Akhtar Badshah is an expert on social impact, philanthropy, CSR and international development, an author and artist. He is the founder and Chief Catalyst of Catalytic Innovators Group a new consulting practice focused on accelerating social impact through catalytic innovation. He teaches at the University of Washington, School of Business (Bothell Campus) and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

CIG offers consulting services around social impact and has launched Accelerating Social Transformation a professional development course for those working in the social impact space.

Formerly, he was the Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he administered the company’s global community investment and employee programs. Through monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions, and employee giving, Microsoft supports programs and organizations that address the needs of communities worldwide. Since 1983, Microsoft and its employees have provided around $5 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world through localized, company-sponsored giving and volunteer campaigns. Among his responsibilities, Badshah managed the philanthropic elements of Microsoft’s YouthSpark, a global initiative that is designed to help youth into opportunities through training, employment and help starting their own ventures.

He is the co-author of the book “Technology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Needs of the Emerging Markets”, published by Wiley and Sons and the author of “”Our Urban Future””, published by Zed Books.

Badshah also serves on the Board of several organizations including, President, Global Washington, Incoming Chair, Bellevue Life Spring, Microsoft Alumni Network, and US Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center.

Specialties: Corporate Social Responsibility, Non-profit development, Information and Communication Technology for Development, Opportunities for Youth, and Sustainable Development.