In Enabling Tomorrow we interview changes agents working at the forefront of tech, innovation, and digital inclusion in emerging markets.

In this episode, Tim Metz chats with social impact thinker and author Akhtar Badshah. Akhtar is Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group, a consulting company that helps individuals and organizations accelerate social impact. He’s also the founder of Accelerating Social Transformation, a professional development course for social entrepreneurs. 

Akhtar shares his experience leading digital inclusion programs, including at Microsoft, where he served as the head of the company’s Philanthropy program from 2004 – 2014. He also discusses his new book, Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World, which describes the innovative strategies Microsoft used to build a culture centered around giving.

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Dr. Akhtar Badshah is a Distinguished Practitioner at the University of Washington at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and a faculty advisor at the START Center Department of Global Health. He’s a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development, having managed a corporate philanthropic program and co-founded a global nonprofit for social enterprise. Dr. Badshah led Microsoft’s philanthropic efforts for ten 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 the underserved communities and youth all over the world. His forthcoming book is titled Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World. Dr. Badshah serves on the boards of Microsoft Alumni Network, Global Washington (Chair) and The Indus Entrepreneurs, Seattle. He is an accomplished artist, a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an active philanthropist.

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Host: Tim Metz — Marketing Director KaiOS
Recording date: 4th of September 2020