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Akhtar Badshah is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Catalytic Innovators Group . He led Microsoft's global community investment and employee programs for 10 years. Among his responsibilities, Badshah managed Microsoft YouthSpark and the Microsoft Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills Program, two global initiatives designed to help narrow the technology skills gap; aid global work-force development; and create social and economic opportunity by providing technology training through community technology centers. Since the Microsoft Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills Program launched in 2003, more than $255 million in cash, software and curriculum has been donated to projects in more than 102 countries. Badshah also oversees programs aimed at helping nonprofit organizations improve their effectiveness through increased technology capacity. This includes Microsoft’s signature relationships with organizations such as NPower, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, telecentre.org, TechSoup and NetHope. Prior to 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 included 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. Badshah is a Board Member of Global Washington, Bellevue Life Spring, Telecentre.org Foundation, Microsoft Alumni Foundation, and US Chamber Corporate Citizenship Center. 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.