Dr. Ash Pachauri is the founder and director of The Center for Human Progress (the Center) and India Country Representative of US-based Social Impact (SI). With a PhD in decision behavior and master’s degree in international management, Dr. Pachauri worked with McKinsey & Company before pursuing a career in the social development arena. Dr. Pachauri’s experience in the field of public health, emerges from a range of initiatives including those of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, UNDP, IPPF, and CDC-funded interventions in the US.
Dr. Pachauri has been engaged with use of information technology for development, developing geo-information systems for health, and research, implementation and capacity building of communities in social mobilization and behavior change communication. With a passion for internet technologies, Dr. Pachauri also developed the first electronic platform to support programmatic- and community-based knowledge exchange for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan program in India.
Widely published, winner of the prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship, awarded for advanced studies in the U.K. and recognized for his academic achievements, Dr. Pachauri pursues interests in research and teaching through ongoing collaboration with academic institutions in India, the UK and the USA. He is also on the Boards and Advisory Groups of several organizations, including the International Institute of Education (IIE), AIESEC IIT Kharagpur and Connecting Youth Organizations Nationwide (CYON) of Swechha.