Akhtar Badshah is Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs, administering the company’s global community investment and employee programs. Through monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions, and employee volunteer hours, Microsoft supports programs and organizations that address the needs of communities worldwide. Since 1983, Microsoft and its employees have provided over $4.6 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits worldwide. Akhtar manages the philanthropic elements of Microsoft’s YouthSpark, a global initiative helping youth into opportunities through training, employment and help starting their own ventures. Before Microsoft, Akhtar was CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a nonprofit utilizing the digital economy to benefit the poor. An architect and doctoral graduate of the M IT, he co-authored “Technology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Needs of the Emerging Markets” (Wiley and Sons).