In 2004 Microsoft Corp. "announced the addition of Akhtar Badshah as senior director of Community Affairs; in this role he will manage the company's global community investment and employee programs. Badshah brings more than 22 years of experience as an internationally recognized development expert...
"Before joining Microsoft, Badshah was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area nonprofit organization whose mission is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor. At Digital Partners, he established the organization's core programs in India, Africa and Latin America. His work includes development of the Digital Partners Social Venture Fund, designed to support the expansion of IT-based anti-poverty efforts around the world, and the Digital Partners Social Enterprise Laboratory (SEL), an initiative that provides mentorship and seed money to entrepreneurs whose vision and business models use ICT to empower the poor and their underserved communities...
"A doctoral graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Badshah serves on the Advisory Board for the Development Gateway Project of the World Bank, World Links India, World Corp., Teachers Without Borders and Datamation Foundation India. He has co-edited "Connected for Development -- Information Kiosks for Sustainability," and authored "Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability" and several articles in international journals on megacities and sustainability, urban and community development, and housing." 
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- Microsoft Hires Akhtar Badshah as Senior Director of Community Affairs, Microsoft, accessed December 20, 2008.
- World Affairs Council, Seattle Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed November 17, 2013.