Shaifali Puri is the Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, a public/private partnership conceived of by the New York Academy of Sciences in conjunction with the United Nations Millennium Project and the Earth Institute. Scientists Without Borders provides a free web-based platform that enables a strategic partner network and a worldwide user base to generate, share, and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing global development challenges through open and collaborative innovation. Scientists Without Borders’s partners and supporters include a diverse array of leading NGOs, government agencies, research institutions, and multi-national corporations.
Prior to being named Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, Shaifali was the Senior Advisor to the President of the Empire State Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the State of New York. In that capacity, she helped to devise strategy for and supervise the operations of the 550-employee agency with a $50 million annual operating budget and a $500 million capital and program budget. Earlier in her career, she was an Assistant Solicitor General for the State of New York and a journalist at Fortune magazine.
Shaifali received her AB from Princeton University and her JD from Stanford Law School. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and she serves on the Board of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and on the Advisory Council for the Digital Health Initiative of the United Nations Office of Partnerships. In 2011, she was named to Crain’s New York’s “40 Under 40” list of the top young business leaders in New York. Shaifali’s has written for publications that include Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Slate Magazine, and The World Policy Journal.