Neil Buddy Shah

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Leads the strategic direction of IDinsight.

Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is CEO and Founding Partner of IDinsight.

Dr. Shah guides the overall strategic direction of IDinsight. He is actively involved in designing and co-leading a number of IDinsight's engagements, including our embedded partnerships with the Government of India, GiveWell, Educate Girls, and others. Buddy started his IDinsight career launching the organizations' first projects, splitting his time between Cambodia, India, and Uganda.

Buddy previously worked at the World Bank’s Governance and Public Sector Reform Unit and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Buddy holds an AB in Economics from Harvard University, an MD with special distinction in global health policy from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School.

Buddy is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as visiting faculty for Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education course on leading successful social programs. He has also represented IDinsight as an Echoing Green Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, and was one of Forbes’ top “30 under 30” social entrepreneurs.

Selected Publications

  • "Can Machine Learning Double Your Social Impact?" (with Brockman B, McManus J, and Fraker A). Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 20, 2019. (Article)

  • "The Great DIB-ate: Measurement for Development Impact Bonds" (with McManus J and Sturla K). Stanford Social Innovation Review, November 21, 2018. (Article)

  • "Welfare impacts of an entry-level solar home system in Uganda" (with Stein D, Fraker A, Shirrell S, Fisher J and Chen A). Journal of Development Effectiveness, April 12, 2017. (Article)

  • “Microcredit and Willingness to Pay for Environmental Quality: Evidence from a Randomized-Controlled Trial of Finance for Sanitation in Rural Cambodia” (with Ben Yishay A, Guiteras R, Palloni G, Fraker A, Shirrell S, Wang P). JEEM, November 25, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jeem.2016.11.004. (Article)

  • “Evaluations with impact: decision-focused impact evaluation as a practical policymaking tool” (with Fraker A, Wang P, and Gastfriend D). International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), September, 2015. (Working paper)

  • “Quantitative Baseline Assessment of Child Nutritional Status and Performance of ICDS Supplementary Nutrition Programme in Bihar” (with Abraham R and Fraker A). International Growth Centre, February 1, 2013. (Article)

  • “Deworming Kenya: Translating Research into Action” (with Ashraf N and Gordon R). Harvard Business Review, March 19, 2010. (Case Study)