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Piyush Tantia

Chief Innovation Officer, ideas42

Piyush Tantia is Chief Innovation Officer and a board member at ideas42, a social enterprise that uses insights from behavioral economics to invent fresh solutions to tough social problems. Since joining ideas42 in 2009, he has worked closely with leading academics from Harvard, MIT, and Princeton to design and implement solutions in various areas including household finance, education, international development, poverty, criminal justice, and healthcare. As ideas42's founding Executive Director until 2018, he transitioned the organization from a research initiative at Harvard University to an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Prior to joining ideas42, Piyush was a partner at Oliver Wyman, a leading strategy consulting firm. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School and frequently lectures at Harvard, Wharton, and Columbia. Piyush has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior and various boards.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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