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Senior Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft
Akhtar Badshah is the Senior Director of Community Affairs at Microsoft. Prior to this position, Badshah was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor. At Digital Partners, he established the organization's core programs in India, Africa, and Latin America. His work includes development of the Digital Partners Social Venture Fund, designed to support the expansion of IT-based anti-poverty effort around the world, and the Digital Partner Social Enterprise Laboratory (SEL), an initiative that provides mentorship and seed money to entrepreneurs whose vision and business models use ICT to empower the poor and their underserved communities.
A doctoral graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Badshah serves on the Advisory Board for the Development Gateway Project of the World Bank, World Links India, World Corp., Teachers Without Borders and Datamation Foundation India. He has co-edited "Connected for Development - Information Kiosks for Sustainability," and authored "Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability" and several articles in international journals on megacities and sustainability, urban and community development, and housing.