Akhtar Badshah
Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators Group


Akhtar Badshah is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development, managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise.  As the Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group, he is advising individuals and organizations to catalyze their social and philanthropic investments. In addition, he is teaching at the University of Washington Bothell at the Business School on Global Business, and Business Government and Society to both undergraduate and graduate students; and the Evans School for Public Policy and Governance on Social Enterprise.  He is the founder and curator of Accelerating Social Transformation, a mid-career professional development certificate course on social impact. Join his course this June in Silicon Valley and in Seattle in August.

Badshah led Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts for 10 years, where he administered the company’s community investment and employee contributions.  He was instrumental in launching both Unlimited Potential and Youth Spark – the company’s focus to bring digital technology to underserved communities and youths all over the world.

Badshah brings a unique global and local understanding of community needs and investment models to create the most sustainable impact. He has built both local and global programs with a diverse team, based on a conviction that programs need to be effectively global and appropriately local. His approach is to set the vision, provide direction, engage stakeholders and develop effective partnerships.  He has traveled extensively around the world, has experience working on global programs, and works comfortably in any socio-economic and culturally diverse environment.

Badshah is a published author, an acclaimed international speaker and a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also taught architecture and urban development. Twitter: @Akhtarbad


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