Shakti retired from IBM in 2017 after a career spanning 33 years across banking, management consultancy and information technology. Post-IBM, Shakti has crossed over to the development sector and now wishes to engage with social enterprises; establish linkages between corporations/Foundations and social responsibility; promote the social sector ecosystem and work with impact investors. His areas of interest include sustainability & environment protection, financial inclusion, education, public health, rural development, and social innovation.
In 2017, he was chosen to participate in IBM’s Corporate Service Corps program. He was one of a 15-member team, from 10 countries, to be selected for a pro bono consulting assignment in Morocco. The project focused on developing program management specifications to help the Moroccan Government improve its ranking in World Bank’s annual “Ease of Doing Business” survey. This was an experience of a lifetime and it significantly enhanced his exposure to the world of Corporate Citizenship.
Since 2011, he has been supporting V Care Foundation and Isha Foundation as a volunteer. V Care Foundation is a cancer care NGO that is dedicated to the alleviation of suffering of cancer patients through support for treatment; occupation therapy and counseling. He has supported V Care in fund-raising, and providing pro bono management consultancy inputs such as carrying out a social media review and offering recommendations to enhance capacity building.
His involvement with Isha Foundation began after attending an Inner Engineering program in 2011. Isha Foundation is a social enterprise set up with the aim of promoting physical, mental and spiritual well-being in humanity and sponsoring a host of social projects. He has supported several initiatives such as RallyForRivers (R4R) campaign and setting up Think-Tanks for Isha Leadership Academy (ILA).
Shakti’s personal outlook reflects a ‘live and let live’ philosophy and he describes himself as a world citizen with an inclusive outlook. He has traveled extensively on account of work and personally in India and abroad and sports both global and local perspectives. He is keen to give back to society and the world.
He is an avid speaker and blogger and has spoken at several forums and conferences on a variety of topics. He loves the outdoors and is fond of trekking, sailing, cycling. His other interests include the arts, gardening, meditation, music, travel and yoga.