Neil Buddy Shah

Neil Buddy Shah

Founder of IDinsight

2012 Global Fellow

Through client-centered, rigorous field experiments, IDinsight helps governments, NGOs, foundations, and social businesses generate and use evidence to improve social impact. 


Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of IDinsight and provides significant evaluation, policy, and management expertise.

Buddy has overseen IDinsight engagements in governance, health, sanitation, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He has worked previously at the World Bank’s Governance and Public Sector Reform Unit and MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Buddy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, an MD with special distinction in global health policy from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School.

Buddy has represented IDinsight as an Echoing Green Fellow, a Rainer Arnhold Fellow, and one of Forbes’ top “30 under 30” social entrepreneurs.