Tata Talks: Technology innovations for sustainable global development with Shashi Buluswar

CEO of the Institue for Transformative Technologies (ITT) shares 50 Breakthroughs on critical problems facing the global poor on December 1st.


What technologies are required to address critical problems facing the global poor? The study on The 50 Breakthroughs analyses the underlying drivers of the problems, the key hurdles which are keeping solutions from becoming a reality, and the technology solutions which can overcome those hurdles.

This talk will focus on how ITT uses the 50 Breakthroughs to shape its work, specific case examples of technologies and business models inspired by the study, the evolution and future plans for the 50 Breakthroughs, and how the MIT community can use this study to apply its collective power towards social impact.

Shashi Buluswar will be covering a broad range of issues, including health, food security & agriculture, education, human rights, the digital divide, access to water, gender equity, access to electricity, and resilience against climate change & environmental damage.


Thursday, December 1, 4:00 PM
Sloan School, E62-250

All Tata Talks are free and open to the MIT community!

About the speaker:

Shashi Buluswar is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT). 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 range of topics including water, energy, and health.

Prior to ITT, Shashi 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 Northwestern University. He holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Robotics, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Beyond his professional interests, Shashi 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. Shashi was born and raised in India.