Dr. Shashi Buluswar
Dr. Shashi Buluswar is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT). Created in 2015, ITT aims to bring to life, breakthrough technological solutions for addressing global poverty and related social ills through advanced research, user-centric product engineering, innovative business models, and a global network of partnerships. ITT works on a range of topics including water security, energy, and health—based on its ground breaking “50 Breakthroughs” study, which identifies the most important technologies required to sustainably combat global poverty. Dr. Buluswar is the study’s lead author. Under his leadership, ITT’s technology portfolio includes a sanitation technology (which is now the world’s most widely deployed branded sanitation technology for low-income rural households), a turnkey system for building affordable solar mini-grids in rural areas, and a several other technologies from the ”50 Breakthroughs” list.
Prior to creating ITT, Dr. Buluswar was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a mission-driven strategy consulting firm which serves international NGOs, foundations, governments, social entrepreneurs, and the UN. Prior to joining Dalberg, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and a Visiting Professor at North western University. He holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Artificial Intelligence, and an MBA from North Western University’s Kellogg School of Management. Beyond his professional interests, he spent a decade competing on the Indian national rowing team, and made a critically acclaimed documentary film about the India-Pakistan conflict and “cricket diplomacy”. He also teaches at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Buluswar was born and raised in India.