Akhtar Badshah, Chief Catalyst

Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Author, Acclaimed Speaker and Advisor.

A seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise.  Badshah has also taught architecture and urban development at MIT and is a published author, and an acclaimed international speaker.   His expertise is in the areas of corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, information technology for development (ICT4D), nonprofit development, and creating opportunities for youth. 

Badshah has experience in creating a vision and then executing on it.  He has built global programs with a diverse team, based on a conviction that programs need to be effectively global and appropriately local. Badshah has worked effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders from government, business, and nonprofit leaders, to academics, to ordinary citizens.   His approach is to set the vision, provide direction, engage stakeholders and develop effective partnerships.  He has travelled extensively around the world, has experience working on global programs, and works comfortably in any socio-economic and culturally diverse environment. 

Badshah has authored Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability, co-authored Technology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Need of Emerging Markets and co-edited Connected for Development – Information Kiosks for Sustainability.  He has also published numerous articles in international journals on CSR, ICT4D, megacities and sustainability, housing, and urban development.  Dr. Badshah has also lectured at numerous universities around the world on issues of Technology and Development, Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility.  He also blogs on the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/akhtar-badshah/ 

Dr. Badshah has extensive experience in serving on numerous board.  He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Council on Foundations, he is the Chairman of the Telecentre.org Foundation, Treasurer Microsoft Alumni Foundation Board, Board member Youth Empowerment and Sustainability, and serves on the Advisory Board of the US Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center.  He has served on the Boards of the United Way King County and on the Advisory Board at the World Affairs Council, Santa Clara University Center for Science and Technology, and Global Washington. 

Dr. Badshah is a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He and his family are very active in the Seattle area community.  Twitter: Akhtarbad


Patricia Devereux, Principal

Strategist, Humanitarian, Advisor and Mentor

Patricia Devereux is a senior executive with a track record of designing and executing new strategies, programs and partnerships that achieve measurable business and social impact. Recognized for cultivating strong relationships across non-governmental, non-profit and business sectors, she moves adeptly between the business and philanthropic communities. With a long career with a number of public companies across multiple sectors, Patricia is skilled at analysis and communications with strong financial and business acumen. Her areas of expertise extend to corporate philanthropy, corporate responsibility, financial inclusion, economic empowerment and disaster relief.

Known for her passion and commitment to MasterCard’s global philanthropic efforts, she was instrumental in the creation of the MasterCard Foundation in 2006, which is now the fourth largest private foundation in the world.

 As Executive Director, Global Philanthropy, she transformed MasterCard’s corporate philanthropy program into a global program with more than 20 partners in 40 countries helping to drive the company’s financial inclusion strategy. Her strategic oversight enabled MasterCard to deliver much needed resources, education and support to individuals and communities while strengthening the capacity of MasterCard’s NGO partners.  Patricia also created new employee engagement programs fostering leadership development and enabling peer-to-peer giving.

 Prior to leading Global Philanthropy, she capitalized on her abilities and skills in analysis, planning and communications as a member of the Finance and Law senior leadership teams reporting to both MasterCard’s General Counsel and CFO.  Patricia directed and managed all financial, communications and administrative matters for a global line of business including planning, budgeting, business case development, expense controls and process improvement.

Patricia is an active advocate and contributor to multi-stakeholder initiatives that strive for transformational change.  She is a frequent speaker on the trends in corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, economic empowerment and financial inclusion.  She holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BA in English from Rutgers University. 

 Recently relocated to Seattle from New York, Patricia is a member of the board of directors of the Snow Leopard Trust and a Partner in Social Venture Partners, Seattle