Shakti, also known as Shaks to his childhood friends, is a husband, father, brother and friend, philosopher, guide to many. He considers himself to be a world citizen sporting a universal and inclusive outlook and possessing a wide range of interests. He was born and brought up in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, to parents who hailed from Lahore [now in Pakistan]. He is the youngest of four siblings; husband to Suchita, a travel-trade professional and father to Karishma, a public health professional.
Whilst growing up, Shakti attended Campion school, a Jesuit run institution. This was followed by a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting with the University of Mumbai and an MBA from Boston University. On graduating from his MBA class, he experienced a great void sensing the lack of an appreciation for humanities, social sciences and the arts.
He went on to join Banque Nationale de Paris as a management trainee and has played roles of a banker, entrepreneur, management consultant, corporate strategist and business development executive over a career spanning 33 years the latter half of which was spent at IBM from where he emerged as a Corporate Service Corps (CSC) alum. On superannuating from IBM in 2017 he participated in the inaugural cohort of the India Leaders for Social Sector [ILSS] program in Jan-Feb ’18 and has since crossed-over to the Impact sector. He now works as a Senior fellow with PYXERA Global, a D.C. based non-profit that is reinventing how public, private and social interests engage to solve global challenges. His professional interests cover international relations, cross-cultural exchanges, education, public health, financial inclusion & literacy, environment & sustainability, and impact investing & social innovation. He is always on the lookout for cross-fertilization of such themes to promote greater regional and global understanding, striving for a harmonious balance between economic progress and ecological security.
In his formative years, Shakti was most influenced by Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello S.J.; noted poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and the legendary investment manager Sir John Templeton. In more recent years, he has been a fan and follower of prominent oncologist Dr Bernie Siegel, M.D.; noted management consultant Peter Drucker; economist E F Schumacher; earth scientist James Lovelock; S.N. Goenka, who took Vipassana meditation to different corners of the globe and of the contemporary yogi, mystic and humanitarian Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
He is an avid speaker and blogger and has spoken at several conferences and forums on a variety of topics. Since 2011 he has supported the V Care Foundation, a Mumbai-based cancer care NGO, and now serves on its Board of Trustees. He is fond of the outdoors, in particular hiking, cycling, running and sailing. He is an advocate for Eco-intelligence and preventive medicine and he loves gardening, travel, music, the arts, yoga and meditation. His outlook to life can be best summed up as ‘Live and Let Live’.