Neil Buddy Shah

  • IDinsight

  • Co-Founded with Esther Wang

  • 2012 Global Fellow

Neil Buddy Shah
  • IDinsight

  • Co-Founded with Esther Wang

  • 2012 Global Fellow

bold idea

Ensure the effectiveness of international development programs by providing project managers with tools for effective evaluation.

organization overview

Through client-centered, rigorous field experiments, IDinsight helps governments, NGOs, foundations, and social businesses generate and use evidence to improve social impact. 

Personal Bio

Dr. Neil Buddy Shah was the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Institute. Prior to that, he was the Giving Director at Givewell, and was the CEO + founder of IDinsight and provided significant evaluation, policy, and management expertise.
Buddy has overseen IDinsight engagements in governance, health, sanitation, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He has worked previously at the World Bank’s Governance and Public Sector Reform Unit and MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Buddy holds a bachelor’s degree 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 has represented IDinsight as an Echoing Green Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, and one of Forbes’ top “30 under 30” social entrepreneurs.

  • Issue Area ?

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    Poverty Alleviation Economic Development

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    San Francisco, United States

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