With a barely decipherable through-line in a career that spans the New York State Attorney General's Office, Empire State Development Corporation, Scientists Without Borders and Nike Foundation, Shaifali Puri has continuously taken control of her own trajectory. As the daughter of immigrants with a law degree from Stanford, Shaifali was groomed for finding positions with high value and high expectations. She has taken that assumed pressure and focused it by working on a core mission of improving people's lives.

She was recruited by the New York Academy of Sciences and the United Nations Millennium Project to spearhead Scientists Without Borders, a non-profit dedicated to identifying and accelerating innovative approaches and solutions to tackle the world's most pressing development challenges. Shaifali raised millions of dollars to support open-source innovation in the sciences with partners such as Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her work with the Nike Foundation focused on the Girl Effect movement, which recognized the mission of empowering adolescent girls and their untapped potential. She helped to generate partnerships with both public and private sector players to impact girls towards the eradication of global poverty.

She is currently a visiting scholar at New York University's journalism school, where she is researching how technology can be harnessed to benefit the developing world. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She was named to Crain's New York 40 Under 40 list and has written for publications including Fortune, The New York Times, Slate and The World Policy Journal.

 

 

CHALLENGES & OPEN INNOVATION: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPLEX PROBLEMS

Even Fortune 100 companies grapple with some of the biggest challenges we face as a global community—especially when it comes to keeping up with our rapidly growing, tech-based society. In this continually evolving talk, Shaifali explains how micro-actions can yield macro-solutions, regardless of what stands before us, and how we can all play a part in the process both as leaders and as problem solvers in a connected world.

INNOVATION BY DESIGN: NEW RULES FOR THE DIGITAL AGE LEADERSHIP IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Solving the major challenges can't happen overnight. In this talk, Shaifali shares how using counter-intuitive thinking and long-term planning to create an actionable models can help identify, isolate and solve of the most complicated challenges around the globe—and how these principles can be applied within any company or organization.

SCIENCE AND THE DIGITAL AGE: PIONEERING SOLUTIONS FOR HUMANITY

In this gripping presentation, Shaifali Puri examines the past, present, and future of the Sciences as they relate to humanity at large. In her uniquely engaging style, Shaifali analyzes and addresses how Scientists Without Borders - a global partnership that aims to improve the quality of life in the developing world by linking, mobilizing and coordinating science-based activities, initiatives and resources - can accelerate scientific development, discovery, and application in the digital age. Considered to be one of the top female leaders in the world, particularly in science and innovation, Shaifali shares with audiences what we can learn about the future, today.

 

Shaifali was WONDERFUL with the students...We all need a good dose of reality from time to time to remind us that the world doesn’t begin and/or end here in our tiny little corner of the universe...my sincere gratitude.
— Spokane Community College