Start Center - Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center

Akhtar Badshah

Faculty Lead

Dr. Akhtar Badshah received his DipArch from the School of Architecture and Planning, CEPT, India in 1981. He received his SMArchS in 1983 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also received his PhD in Environmental Studies in 1993. Dr. Badshah is focused on exploring the changing social impact space and its impact on the nonprofit and social development space. He also looks at the intersection of technology, especially exponential technologies and its impact on societies and how nonprofits can effectively utilize these technologies. Dr. Badshah also launched Accelerating Social Transformation, an executive leadership development course for mid-career professionals working in the social impact space.

A seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit on social enterprise. Dr. Badshah has also taught architecture and urban development at MIT and is a published author, and an acclaimed international speaker. His expertise is in the area of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, information technology for development (ICT4D) and creating opportunities for youth.