Keynote

Shaifali Puri – Executive Director of Global Innovation, Nike Foundation

Shaifali PuriShaifali Puri helps drive innovation across all aspects of the Nike Foundation’s work, including leading the New Business Model initiative. Puri was most recently the CEO of Scientists Without Borders (SWB), where she was Executive Director. Under Puri’s leadership, SWB pioneered the development of novel models to address global public health and sustainability issues facing the world’s poorest communities. Prior to Scientists Without Borders, Puri was Senior Advisor to the President of the Empire State Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the State of New York. In that capacity, she helped devise and execute economic development strategy and supervise the operations of the 550-employee agency with a $50 million annual operating budget and a $500 million capital and program budget. Puri has been named as a '40 Under 40' rising business star of New York, is a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and was previously an Assistant Solicitor-General of New York and a journalist at Fortune magazine. Puri received her A.B. from Princeton University and her JD from Stanford Law School.