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Oral History Interview with Akhtar Badshah

A doctoral graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Badshah is the Director of Community Affairs for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Badshah was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area 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 efforts around the world, and the Digital Partners 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. Akhtar Badshah is a Board Member of United Way King County, the Global Knowledge Partnership and Youth Employment Summit Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the following organizations: World Affairs Council (Seattle), Santa Clara University Center for Science Technology and Society, University of Washington South Asia Center, and University of Washington Business School. He has co-edited “Connected for Development – Information Kiosks for Sustainability,” and authored “Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability,” as well as several articles in international journals on Information Communication Technology for Development, megacities and sustainability, housing, and urban development. Akhtar is a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the former president of the Lambda Alpha International, New Jersey Chapter. He is very active in the Seattle area community. He lives in the Bellevue area with his wife Alka and they have three sons together.

Date: February 13, 2008
Subject(s): Akhtar Badshah
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Amy Bhatt
Location: Washington

Holding Institution: University of Washington
Collection: South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington
Additional Information: Phase 3
Item History: 2017-01-22 (created); 2017-01-22 (modified)

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